10 Tips to Improve Hair and Scalp Health

A healthy scalp leads to healthier hair, and healthy hair improves the appearance of your face. But what’s the best way to improve your hair and scalp health?

To get you started, here are 10 tips on how to improve hair and scalp health:

1) Change what you eat

Eating a healthy diet can have a profound effect on hair growth. By ensuring you’re getting enough protein, vitamins, and nutrients, you can encourage healthier hair growth.

2) Change your shampoo

The first thing you can do to improve your hair and scalp health is change your shampoo. Most shampoos are filled with harsh detergents and other chemicals, which strip essential oils from your hair. One of the most important steps you can take is switching over to a more natural option. Natural shampoos tend to be gentler on your hair, causing less breakage when they cleanse it. Find a brand that works for you—you’ll notice a difference almost immediately.

3) Use less heat

Using too much heat styling tools, like blow dryers, straighteners or curling irons can cause serious damage. These high temperatures can lead to hair breakage and increased hair loss, which is never a good thing. If you want healthy locks, use low heat when possible.

4) Get more sleep

When you’re sleep-deprived, your body doesn’t have time to repair itself. Not only does it affect your hair—because you aren’t repairing damaged cells—but it also increases hair shedding. Ideally, aim for 7-8 hours of shut-eye per night. If that's not realistic, try taking a nap during your lunch break or after work. Short catnaps are much better than no sleep at all, but consider setting an alarm so you don't nod off too long (or risk being late for dinner). Some people say two or three 20-minute naps throughout a day can be almost as effective as one full night of sleep!

5) Minimize stress

Stress can increase levels of DHT (dihydrotestosterone), a natural steroid that encourages hair loss in both men and women. Try not to stress about your hair, or at least minimize how much you do. Meditation is a great way to start getting your stress under control. If you meditate before bed each night, you may be able to greatly reduce morning testosterone levels which can lead to increased hair loss. There are many different styles of meditation so find what works best for you! Studies show benefits with 30 minutes daily for beginners.

6) Avoid toxins in products

There are many chemicals in hair products that can negatively affect your scalp, so opt for products with fewer ingredients. Barbers and Hairdressers recommends choosing products derived from more natural ingredients.

7) Drink enough water

Most people don’t drink enough water each day. Water not only keeps our bodies hydrated, but also helps remove impurities from our body. If you have dry hair, it could be a sign that you need more water in your diet.

8) Manage your weight

Being overweight or obese can cause blood vessels in your scalp to narrow, which impedes blood flow and oxygen supply. Even if you have a full head of hair, it’s important to manage your weight for overall health; talk with your doctor about what an ideal weight for you would be. If you need to shed some pounds (or kilos), make a few small changes at a time—and don’t go on any fad diets!

9) Consult with a professional Barber or Hairdresser

In order to know exactly what your hair needs, it’s important to consult with a professional. A Barber or Hairdresser is knowledgeable about these matters. They can tell you which products will be best for your scalp type, how often you should wash your hair, etc. They are trained in these things after all!

10) Keep it clean

The scalp is home to more than a hundred thousand sebaceous glands. These glands secrete oil that keeps hair and skin moisturized, but too much or too little oil can cause problems for your scalp—and even your hair. It’s important to keep your hair clean, especially if you have an oily scalp. Washing daily with a gentle shampoo can reduce excess oil on your scalp, resulting in fewer dandruff flakes, less itching, less signs of dandruff, flaking and irritation.