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What Is a Healthy Scalp | Experts Weigh In

June 22, 2021

5 Min read

Your scalp works hard to support your hair and yet, it’s often overlooked. Cultivating a healthy scalp is one of the most important things that you can do to boost your hair’s overall well-being. If you’re wondering what the scalp does and why taking care of it is essential, keep reading.

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What does your scalp do?

When we’re discussing your scalp, we’re really talking about the skin on top of your head. This skin is essential because it’s responsible for housing hair follicles and roots. In other words, it’s where your hair comes from. 

Underneath the hair root, there is a place where your cells band together and create keratin. This is the protein your hair is composed of. The root is housed inside of the follicle, similar to a small tube in the skin. When your hair grows, it pushes its way from the root and out of the follicle. Finally, it peeks through the skin where it is seen. There are small blood vessels at the base of hair follicles to feed the root, which keeps it growing. 

Your scalp can dictate a number of things about your strands, including the length, health, and luster of your hair. As a result, nourishing your scalp can affect your hair’s holistic health.

So, what is a healthy scalp?

If you spend a few extra minutes of your hair care routine tending to what your scalp needs, you’ll find that it will repay you tenfold. The result could be fuller hair with more bounce, body, and shine than ever before.  

It’s easier to notice an unhealthy scalp than a healthy one. An unhealthy scalp can itch, feel tight, or be otherwise irritated. It also might appear red, dry, or flaky. If you’re experiencing burning or itchiness, those are also clues that something’s brewing with your scalp. On the contrary, those with healthy scalps won’t experience flakes, irritation, or redness. The scalp won’t be overly dry, and there won’t be signs of disruption of the skin or, worse, infection. It should be clean in appearance and devoid of pimples. 

It’s worthwhile investing time, effort, and money into your scalp’s health because this is where your hair begins growing. As the scalp houses the hair follicles, it’s of utmost importance that your scalp provides your hair with a healthy place to grow and thrive. The skin on your head might be covered by hair, but it’s still skin: an organ.

What causes an unhealthy scalp?

There are plenty of factors that can impact your scalp’s health. Our everyday routines can play a part, including factors like pollution, poor eating habits, or stress. Still, there are more niche reasons why your scalp is in distress. One of the most common culprits for a scalp problem is buildup surrounding your hair follicles.

Buildup can be caused by a number of things. If you overuse hair or scalp products, your follicles are at risk. That’s why it’s important that you use products like sprays and oils as specified. If your scalp doesn’t get properly exfoliated, these products’ buildup can clog the follicles. The result can be upsetting for your hair: breakage, hair loss, and dryness could occur. 

In addition to this, your hair washing routine could be at least partially responsible for your scalp’s health. If you’re using ingredients such as sulfates or parabens in your products, it’s time to switch to something else. These ingredients can be both irritating and harmful. Choosing supportive hair care can really make all the difference.

How can you support your scalp’s health?

If you’re wondering how you can support a healthy scalp, you’re in luck. There are many ways you can provide your skin with the support that it requires.

Adding supplements into your hair care routine

Supplements don’t only support your scalp. They can make a tremendous impact on your hair’s overall health. We’re happy to introduce you to our Root Source™ supplements. This two-capsule system is specifically formulated to support your hair as it works to become longer, fuller, and healthier. The first supplement is designed with a blend of ingredients that are known for detoxifying the scalp, and the second supports hair growth*.

Using a mask on your scalp

One of the best ways to ensure that your scalp is getting the care it needs is by using a product formulated specifically to support it. Enter our Pre-Shampoo Scalp Mask. This product isn’t like the other masks you see in drug stores or salons. Instead, it’s crafted to specifically nourish your scalp. It’s part of our mission to provide you with the very best customized haircare out there. 

The intensive pre-wash treatment was created to support your scalp in several ways. Not only does it help scalp health, but it can also provide a gentle detox. Whether your scalp needs a bit of extra TLC or you just want to maintain it, the Pre-Shampoo Scalp Mask is exactly what your hair care routine is missing.

Being mindful about the products you’re using

Your scalp is skin, and your skin can be sensitive. That’s exactly why you should be sure you’re mindful about the products that you’re using. Prose Hair makes custom shampoo and conditioner (amongst other products) that are tailored to your hair’s needs, not to mention completely devoid of common irritants including sulfates, parabens, phthalates, GMOs, and alcohol.

Treat your scalp right

Your scalp’s health can make a tremendous impact on your hair’s overall well-being. By taking the extra time and energy, and using the right products to nourish your scalp, you’re committing yourself to taking care of your hair.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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