What Are the Best Ways to Maintain Your Scalp?

Written by Dr. Griffin

How can I keep my scalp healthy? Our Philadelphia-based team believes that a person’s scalp shouldn’t be taken for granted if they want to maintain healthy hair.

The scalp is the skin on the top of the head that supports and protects the hair. It is an important part of the body, since it provides a healthy environment for hair growth—and an unhealthy scalp can directly affect the well-being of the hair. Maintaining the scalp is crucial for preventing hair loss, promoting hair growth, and ensuring healthy hair.

Here are some tips for keep your scalp happy, healthy, and functioning the way it should:

Keep Your Scalp Clean

Regular washing of the scalp and hair is essential for maintaining a healthy scalp. Use a mild shampoo and gently massage the scalp to remove dirt, oil, and product buildup.

Don’t Overwash

While it’s important to keep your scalp clean, over-washing can strip the scalp of its natural oils, leading to dryness and irritation. Generally, it’s best to wash your hair three to four times per week at most.

Avoid Certain Ingredients

Don’t use ingredients like silicones, dimethicones, or trimethicones that “block” or “suffocate” the scalp. You should also avoid heavy-hold sticky gels, mousses, and hairsprays with high alcohol content.

Avoid Hot Styling Tools

Excessive heat from hot styling tools can damage the hair and scalp. If you must use heat-based styling tools, use a heat protectant, and keep the temperature low.

Massage Your Scalp

Massaging your scalp can stimulate blood flow, which can promote hair growth and a healthy scalp. Use your fingers to massage your scalp in a circular motion for a few minutes each day.

Eat More Antioxidants

A healthy diet rich in vitamins and minerals is essential for a healthy scalp. Try to get plenty of antioxidants to prevent oxidative stress.

Protect Your Scalp from the Sun

Ultraviolet radiation can damage the scalp and hair, leading to dryness and irritation. Wear a hat or use a sunscreen specifically designed for the scalp when spending time outdoors.

Our Philadelphia-based team at Griffin Hair Restoration Center can provide a more detailed answer to questions about scalp care, as well as address any other concerns you may have. Call us at (215) 561-9100 or submit a contact form if you are interested in learning about surgical or non-surgical hair loss treatments.