In recent years, people have become more aware of the importance of scalp health. TikTok views for #scalp have surpassed 700 million, and Google searches for scalp health have risen by more than 300% since last year. Prof. Dr Fuat Yuksel, a plastic surgeon at Longevita, offers his expert opinion on scalp health maintenance, as a healthy scalp leads to healthy hair.
Tip #1: Protect Your Scalp From Sun Damage
Just like the skin on your face, the skin of the scalp is susceptible to sun damage. Lacking hair cover, this situation is worse for bald people. To protect your scalp against UV damage, you’re advised to wear hats and scarves.
Umbrellas can also provide protection. Additionally, the best thing that you can do is limit sun exposure altogether. However, avoid applying sunscreen on your scalp because it can clog pores and cause irritation.
Tip#2: Avoid Harmful Chemical In Hair Styling Products
Hair styling products that contain the following ingredients can irritate your scalp:
- Polyethylene glycols (PEG)
While certain packaging may look enticing, make sure to check out the ingredients of any product that you’re buying. It’ll save you a lot of trouble. The surgeon at Longevita recommends using natural hair styling products.
Find a formula free of sulfates and containing mild surfactants. For smoothing roughness, coconut oil is an excellent humectant, quaternion salts are beneficial for improving the condition of hair, and silicone oils give shine and lustre. Therefore, you can consider using these.
Tip #3: Don’t Let Sweat Damage Your Hair
It is impossible to overstate the importance of exercise for overall health. However, excessive sweating (which is not always a result of exercise) can be quite damaging to your hair. This is true even if you let it linger for a long time. Sweat can clog the pores and damage your follicles. After each exercise session, you should thoroughly wash your hair.
Tip #4: Wear Hats Sparingly
While it’s true that you can prevent sun damage to your scalp by wearing hats, the downside is that they can keep your scalp from receiving enough oxygen. Your scalp needs to breathe, and that’s not possible if you’re wearing a hat all the time. Taking a break from hats is good for your scalp.
Tip #5: Never Scrub Your Scalp With Nails
Overly enthusiastic hair washing can damage our scalps. The use of nails during shampooing is especially damaging for hair follicles. You can also cause infections by scratching your skin. The scalp should be gently massaged with the fingertip of your hands.
Tip #6: Do Not Take Hot Water Baths
Even though hot water baths are relaxing, they can damage your hair in the long run. Hot water can cause irritation, dryness, and dandruff. Make sure you wash your hair with lukewarm water every time.
Tip #7: Rinse Your Hair Thoroughly
When you don’t rinse your hair thoroughly with plenty of running water, shampoo or conditioner residue can remain on the scalp. And when hair cleaning products accumulate on the scalp, dandruff and irritation can occur. Each time you bathe, Dr Fuat recommends thoroughly washing your hair.
Your hair gets nourishment from the structures associated with your skin. If that skin is not healthy, you cannot expect your hair to grow strong and healthy. It is important to be vigilant about everyday things because sometimes they can be the cause of problems.