Itchy scalp? Hair fall? Pimple breakout? These things could make anyone uncomfortable and irritated. Watch out as this might mean that these issues are related to your hair follicles.
Our hair is produced by hair follicles situated in the deepest layer of the skin, which is composed mostly of pigment and dead protein. These hair follicles often get blocked with dirt, oil secreted from your scalp, and pollution, causing the nutrients to be unable to reach the hair, causing hair fall. It is also often the source of mysterious itching or inflammation that causes you to scratch incessantly at your head. Also, some skin bumps might even start to show if your hair follicles get clogged in spots where you also have many oil and sweat glands. They might appear in areas where you normally don’t have breakouts.
Now, what do we do to avoid having clogged and blocked hair follicles and to save ourselves from experiencing skin and hair problems?
1. Pick the Right Shampoo
When it comes to choosing hair products like shampoo and conditioner, we consider the packaging, scent, and brand most of the time. Sometimes, checking the ingredients list comes last, so we end up getting the wrong hair product. Knowing your hair type is important to determine which ingredients should be present in your shampoo or conditioner.
2. Avoid Hot Showers
While hot water showers have their own therapeutic effects and can remove much of the body’s dirt, some of the good things that protect your skin get washed away with it as well. So it might be better to bathe with lukewarm water, your hair follicles will surely thank you for the slight drop in temperature. If the water is too hot and you shampoo your hair, it can dry the hair out and strip your scalp of its natural oils, leaving it frizzy. The same applies to the skin, where very hot water can deprive the skin of its natural oils, making it dry and itchy.
3. Improve Your Diet
Remember that you are what you eat. So be careful as those clogs in the hair follicles must be a result of an unhealthy diet. If you’re eating foods that are greasy and unhealthy fats, it will be evident on your skin. You will have an oily scalp that can attract bacteria that can block your follicles. Eating more natural foods and fruits and vegetables is a great way to boost your hair and skin health in general. Not only will this cause your scalp to stop overreacting and producing too much oil, but it will also cause your hair to grow stronger and your face smoother than before.
4. Use Essential Oils
Essential oils do not only boost your energy levels, relieve headaches or migraines, and calm nerves. They can also be of great help in stimulating the scalp and support emerging hair follicles to keep on growing. These oils help improve the blood flow to your hair follicles when massaged into your scalp. Excess oil will also be extracted from the scalp without drying it too much.
Experience the cleansing power and the additional benefits it can give to your hair's overall health. Try experimenting with a few different variants of essential oil combinations to see which you prefer.
5. Scalp Massages
Who would say no to a relaxing scalp massage at the end of a long day? Aside from the soothing feeling it gives, this just might be the extra help your scalp needs to unclog hair follicles. Giving your scalp a gentle massage in the shower or before bed can agitate the follicles and loosen hardened clogs. While in the shower, you can gently massage your scalp with shampoo or conditioner for 5 minutes. And of course, there’s always the traditional way: Using your fingertips, apply light to medium pressure to your scalp, move in small circles then, across your scalp to cover all areas. Massaging your scalp with your fingertips for at least 5 minutes several times a day can is a good practice that can help you relax and benefit your hair follicles as well.
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