Get­ting to the root of the prob­lem

Did you know that an un­healthy scalp could be caus­ing your bad hair days?

No. 1 Magazine - - NEWS -

When we ex­pe­ri­ence a bad hair day, we more of­ten than not blame the shampo we used or our hair-dry­ing tech­nique, but it could ac­tu­ally be an un­healthy scalp that's caus­ing your hair woes. No.1 takes a closer look at ways you can im­prove and nour­ish the con­di­tion of the most for­got­ten area of skin on our body. • EX­FO­LI­ATE – We are so used to ex­fo­li­at­ing the rest of our body that we for­get about the skin on our head. A home­made sugar scrub is ideal for re­ju­ve­nat­ing your scalp. Just add some sugar to your sham­poo and massage into the roots of your hair.

• CLAR­I­FY­ING SHAM­POO – A build-up of prod­ucts (sham­poo, hair­sprays, wax etc.) can cause ir­ri­ta­tion on the scalp, but ev­ery­day sham­poos can strug­gle to re­move them. Us­ing a clar­i­fy­ing sham­poo that con­tains cit­ric acid will elim­i­nate any residue and give scalp and hair a thor­ough clean. Ap­ply to the hair by mas­sag­ing into the scalp, and leave in for sev­eral min­utes, be­fore rins­ing, sham­poo­ing and con­di­tion­ing.

• OILS – We all want to avoid oily hair, but leav­ing in an oily hair mask overnight can ac­tu­ally work won­ders on a dry scalp. You could treat your head to a mask once a week. A few drops of an es­sen­tial oil, such as rose­mary, tea tree, or laven­der, can be added to oil be­fore it's mas­saged into your scalp, this can pre­vent dan­druff. Sim­ply wash out the next morn­ing. • MASSAGE – In the same way as brush­ing, mas­sag­ing your scalp can boost cir­cu­la­tion, keep­ing the blood flow­ing to the fol­li­cles. Some hair­dress­ing sa­lons of­fer a Ja­panese-style shi­atsu head massage be­fore cut­ting and styling. The shi­atsu is an in­vig­o­rat­ing and stim­u­lat­ing scalp massage, which in turn re­lieves ten­sion. • HAIR-PULL – This is an un­usual form of massage that has been around for centuries. Tug­ging sec­tions of your hair gen­er­ates blood flow. Pull your hair and hold in trac­tion for a few sec­onds at a time. Stim­u­lat­ing your scalp in this way is be­lieved to pre­vent hair loss.

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