Getting to the root of the problem
Did you know that an unhealthy scalp could be causing your bad hair days?
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.