The rules of hair care are simple and finite (name that movie) but how many of us are taking care of our scalps? Taking care of your scalp is imperative when talking about hair care since they go hand-in-hand for shiny strands. We spoke to experts ranging from salon owners to doctors about the importance of this often-overlooked piece of self-care.
Why is scalp care so important?
Sayaka Nitta, owner, head spa technician, and master stylist at Blow Me Away, an organic hair salon and head spa specializing in Japanese-method scalp revitalization in Los Angeles, says the scalp is the foundation for the hair — and if it’s not in good condition, hair won’t be able to grow properly. Proper scalp care can also help prevent hair loss and hair thinning as a healthy scalp is better able to support the growth of healthy, strong hair.
“A healthy scalp is necessary for healthy hair growth,” Nitta says. “[It] is also less likely to be itchy, flaky, or irritated, which can cause dandruff and other scalp conditions.”
Taking care of your scalp also helps promote blood circulation, which is essential for hair growth. Frequently removing the buildup of oils, dirt, and other impurities along with dead skin cells that can clog the hair follicles and inhibit hair growth is crucial for those luscious locks.