8 top tips for a healthy scalp (and longer, healthier hair!
Great hair starts with a healthy scalp. We spend so much time focusing on our hair health but our DELICATE scalp often gets forgotten. So what can you do to maximise your hair and scalp health? A thorough regime can transform your locks. But from how to exfoliate your scalp to the best ways of getting rid of scalp build-up, here are our 8 top tips for looking after your scalp and strands in one…
What causes an unhealthy scalp?
Often caused by a build-up of product, scalp issues can also have a damaging effect on your hair, disrupting hair growth and leaving your locks lackluster and lifeless. The most common issues experienced with our scalps are:
Does a clean scalp help hair growth?
In short… yes! A damaged scalp can cause a build-up of sweat, dirt and excess oil around the hair cuticle, meaning healthy hair growth isn’t able to penetrate through the follicle. If you’re trying to grow your hair, a healthy scalp is key!
8 top tips for a healthy scalp and hair
1. Invest in a scalp scrub
Show your scalp some love and transform dry, flaky and oily scalps with our UG Scalp Scrub Exfoliating Anti-Dandruff Treatment.
Free from sulphates, silicones and parabens, it’s packed with natural exfoliants to help remove dead skin cells, bacteria and excess oils which in turn prevents flakes and restores a clear and healthy scalp.
As well as physical grain exfoliants, the non-irritating formula contains Pineapple Enzymes, which help to dissolve dry and dead skin cells and leaves your hair with a refreshing pineapple scent.
Use as a pre-shampoo treatment - once a week. Massage gently into the scalp focusing on areas of build-up and dryness and then leave for 5-10 minutes before you rise. Say goodbye to dandruff and get scrubbing!
2. Make time to massage your scalp
Massaging your scalp doesn’t just provide relaxation - it promotes circulation to the hair follicles by improving the transition of oxygen and vital nutrients to the hairs roots. This can lead to healthier and thicker hair growth. Yes please.
Give your scalp a good hairdresser-like scrub when shampooing using our Scalp Restore Anti-Dandruff Shampoo. It also contains pineapple enzymes, which helps to provide a gentle exfoliation to the scalp, increasing cell renewal and removing excess dead skin cells - allowing for optimal scalp health.
3. Apply a hair conditioning mask
Everyone loves a hair mask, right? But if you scalp isn’t happy, you don’t need a fancy formula that costs the earth. In fact, our UG Scalp Restore Anti-Dandruff Conditioner is perfect for doubling up as a 10-minute hair mask.
Indulge in a moment of self-care and let the vitamin-packed formula transform dry and damaged hair in a matter of minutes. It’s enriched with nourishing coconut oil and purifying vitamin E which supports scalp health and provides superior moisturisation to strands, helping to repair damaged hair and promote new hair growth.
4. Try not to over-wash your hair
A build-up of product can affect your scalp and hair but it’s also important not to over-wash your strands. Over-washing strips away the natural oils and proteins, which keep your scalp healthy and provide healthy hair growth.
Stick to washing 2-3 times a week – it’ll save you money on shampoo, too!
5. Protect your hair from UV Rays
Just like the skin on the rest of your body, your scalp can also be damaged by UV rays. It’s vital that we protect our scalp as much as possible while enjoying the sun.
Sun burn can cause redness and itching of the scalp. To protect against this, wear an SPF or a hat to protect your scalp. UV rays can also make your hair colour fade, but our UG Catch A Wave Coconut Oil Texture Spray is enriched with UV filters to help protect your strands and protect against colour fade.
6. Eat a healthy-hair diet
Maintaining a well-balanced diet can do wonders for your scalp health - providing it with the nutrients it needs to help produce new and healthy cells.
For optimum scalp health, having a diet rich in fruit and vegetables is best. Good quality meats, eggs and nuts are also great for providing your skin and hair with protein which is key for a healthy scalp and hair.
7. Limit using heat treatments
Straightening, styling and chemical perms are common in many hair routines, however overdoing these processes can cause dryness and irritation to your scalp.
Have professionals in hair salons perform lasting treatments to limit damage and look out for signs of itching and burning. If this occurs - our UG Scalp Range can be used to moisturise your scalp back to its full health.
Give your hair and scalp a break from blow-drying and at-home styling to limit dryness. Embrace your hair’s natural texture and let it air-dry every few washes to give your strands (and scalp!) a rest.
8. Invest in the best products for your scalp
The UG Scalp Restore range provides optimal scalp health with the fresh scent of pineapple and coconut. Enriched with Piroctone Olamine each product has been clinically proven to remove dandruff and leave a flake free scalp. Your hair and scalp is left feeling healthy and smelling incredible!
Remember: Healthy hair starts with a healthy scalp.
Written by: Chloe Burcham