A healthy scalp creates healthy, thick, shiny hair, so here are some things you can do as an at-home scalp treatment. Poor circulation, dandruff, inflammation, infection – all of these factors affect how your scalp is doing.
Healthy From The Inside Out
That is the Nutrafol motto. Hair loss can be the result of many things. It could come from stress, hormonal imbalance, genes, aging, over styling, illness, poor nutritional habits or thyroid illness. Most of the times hair loss is caused by a combination of several factors. That is why it is now outdated to only take vitamins as scalp treatment. If hair loss is caused by more than a vitamin deficiency, wouldn’t it be reasonable that you also need more ingredients to address those causes?
Nutrafol’s Tips For Stimulating Scalp Treatment
Some natural supplements contain a mixture of several ingredients made to help you achieve a healthy scalp and beautiful hair. But there are things you can do at home to stimulate your hair follicles and scalp.
A massage anywhere on the body will improve circulation and drain the lymphatic system. On the head, it improves circulation so that the blood flow to the surface of the skin increases, and that means nourishment! It will also fight emotional exhaustion, and that is a stress-reliever – stress being one of the biggest causes of hair loss.
A great scalp treatment is to massage your head with oil. Medium-chain fatty acids found in coconut oil, opposed to long-chain ones found in animal products, relieve inflammation of the arteries. Which improves blood flow. An added bonus is that coconut oil also has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, as well as antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, all of which your scalp needs. You can also use almond, palm, avocado or jojoba oil, and for an extra boost, add a few drops of essential oil like peppermint or rosemary.
There are three teas in particular that are good for activating your hair follicles and therefore hair growth. The first is green tea, since it is full of antioxidants. Antioxidants fight free radicals, rogue cells responsible for aging.
The second one is Rooibos tea that contains minerals like zinc, calcium, copper and potassium. This tea increases hair growth and also makes your hair stronger. The copper in this tea can also help prevent premature graying of hair.
The third is nettles tea, since the leaves block hormones responsible for thinning hair. To make nettles tea, pour boiling water over leaves and let steep. You can also find nettles tea in health food stores. You can even apply it with olive oil directly to your scalp.
Some, like rosemary, horsetail, saw palmetto, aloe vera, peppermint, nettles, burdock, lavender, gingko blob and ginseng, are known to stimulate a healthy scalp. Use these in combination with an oil to massage the scalp; a great way to get an extra boost is to combine a couple of stimulating herbs.
As a scalp treatment, we always recommend using natural ingredients like lemon, tea tree oil, or even vinegar to cleanse the head. Many shampoos can be too harsh and contain sulfates and other chemicals. Remember that a dry scalp can block the hair follicle as much as a too-oily one.
Fire up your day while stimulating your scalp with a juice, especially if it is made of beetroot, a proven scalp stimulator. Beetroot is shock full of nutrients, such as protein, carotenoids, vitamins B & C, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and can even be used with other veggies, like cucumber.
Eat Follicle-Stimulating Foods
Zinc is one of the most important nutrients for hair growth, and you’ll find which foods contain it on our list here.
So now you know what to put IN your body to achieve a healthy scalp and hair follicles. Don’t forget the outside. Exercise, brush your hair daily – and never forget to breathe deeply. Our breath tends to become shallow when we are stressed. Taking a few moments of deep breathing can really calm you down.