By Geniece of Beautifully Made
When my hair was first relaxed at the age of twelve I never worried about the health of my scalp. As a child and early in my adolescence hair washing was matter of general hygiene but I actually didn’t experience build up or dandruff that necessitated the regular hair washing I must maintain as an adult. I believe that relaxing my hair and later changes in my body chemistry that came with age made my scalp more prone to dryness and flaking. I hoped that going natural would remedy some issues and while I no longer had to deal scabs, left by relaxers, maintaining the a healthy scalp has remained an ongoing challenge.
There are several things that I’ve practiced that have been useful in helping me improve the health of my scalp over the past few years. Please keep in mind that these tips may not work for everyone. I am basing my recommendations on personal experience.
If you were like me as a child you can probably remember your hair being parted and greased. I continued this practice, using the heavy petroleum based products my mom used on me for a few months after I went natural. It then dawned on me that the scalp build up I accumulated from those products only led to itchiness and clogged pores. I wasn’t going to forsake all oils but I needed to find something that helped with dryness without the negative aspects of heavier oils. I have found that jojoba oil works best for my scalp because it is light and mimics the natural oils my scalp produces without creating unnecessary build up.
Early in my healthy hair growth journey I explored the possibility of speeding up my hair growth by using supplements. After six months of experimentation I realized that simply caring for my hair was good enough. For scalp health, however, I was curious to learn what impact supplements like fish oil might have on my hair. Especially because fish oil has other benefits , like possibly promoting heart health, I figured taking it could have both internal and external health benefits. After about ten months of use I have found that fish oil has in fact helped with the overall health of my skin and scalp.
Washing your hair regularly is a necessary part of hygiene. The products you use can both help or exacerbate any scalp issues that you may be experiencing. I have found by diluting some shampoos can allow me to properly clean my scalp without build up. I recommend using two parts shampoo to one part water for most over the counter shampoos.
*Please exercise caution before taking supplements. Contact your health care provider for advice.
How have you improved your scalp health?