Did you know that our scalp ages six times faster than our skin? Like our facial skin, the scalp ages and experiences changes as we age. In addition, the scalp is more susceptible to bacteria growth due to its lower barrier function. Over time, improper scalp care affects scalp health and may result in scalp issues such as dandruff and even hair loss.
Why do we religiously follow a six-step (cleanse, exfoliate, tone, fortify, moisturise, mask) beauty regimen but do not offer the same level of care to our scalp? With 100,000 hair follicles on our scalp, it pays for us to better care of our hair and scalp. Here are seven top tips to give your scalp and hair the care it needs. Yahoo Shopping found a list of hair and scalp products with thousands (some tens and thousands) of good reviews so you can have shiny, beautiful hair. You’re welcome!
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Tip 1: Exfoliate
Similar to our skin, our scalp also requires exfoliation due to the build-up of products. Since the scalp is where our hair grows from, it makes sense for us to get to its root cause (pun intended). Maintaining a clean and healthy scalp can, in turn, bring about a head of lustrous, healthy hair. Only then can the natural oils produced by our scalp keep the hair and scalp nourished and allow for healthy hair growth. Try using your fingertips (note: not fingernails) to massage in a circular motion as you shampoo. Target to exfoliate once or twice a week.
Pro-tip: Use this before and after each shampoo to dislodge the debris.
Pro-tip: Get that blood circulation going on your scalp. It may be used during hair wash too.
Tip 2: Say no to all nasties
GMOs, SLS, parabens, alcohols and fragrances are bad for our scalp and hair health – period. Please do yourself a favour and take a minute to study the ingredient lists before adding any products to cart.
Tip 3: Tackle hair thinning head on
We know that serums enhance the efficacy of moisturisers. So why do we skip scalp tonic when it comes to our hair? If you have yet to do so, start incorporating this essential step into your hair care routine!
Tip 4: Processed hair requires TLC
Despite being aware of how damaging dyeing and perming are to our hair and scalp, it may be a tall order for first-worlders like us to avoid treating ourselves to a different look now and then. Instead, prevent any further damage by using restorative hair care products. Give your hair a treat!
Tip 5: Give your scalp the sun care it needs
Most of us neglect that the scalp is the same piece of skin from our face that covers and protects our head. We do not hesitate to apply sunscreen on our skin but do we do the same to protect our hair and scalp? Suncare is of vital importance to our scalp too! Besides donning a hat under the hot sun and using UV-protection umbrellas, did you know that you can also spray sunscreen on your hair to protect your scalp?
Tip 6: Supplement your diet
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Tip 7: Get expert help
Similar to how we look to beauty salons for a facial treatment every month, why not consider a hair spa too? Coulisse Heir, an avant-garde boutique, offers premium hair and scalp services in the heart of Orchard Road. As with skin, each of our scalp conditions is different. Here, you will get a hair analysis, performance-based hair services and scalp therapy. And if you are looking at exclusivity, their premium individual pod service will ensure a pampering session.
With 18 years in the beauty industry, we got Coulisse Heir co-founder Selina Ong, an avid adventurer, hiker and traveller, on how to take care of our scalp even when we are away from the usual comforts of home.
“I use non-fragranced baby wipes to gently wipe and clean my scalp daily when I go for hiking trips. I would also wear a sombrero hat to protect my scalp against the harsh weather elements on a trek. I prefer to plaid my long hair to reduce pressure on my scalp as compared to tying a ponytail. Once I return to urban comfort, double cleansing for my scalp and hair is a must.”
Coulisse Heir is located at ION Orchard, #04-02.
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