Whether it’s long or short, fine or coarse and curly, we all wake up to a bad hair day now and then. Teen Vogue gives you the best solutions to the worst — and very common — hair issues. It’s mane magic! We’ve adapted the article below, and you can read the original post here.
All too often, scalps get neglected when it comes to our haircare routines. We’re so much more concerned with extending the life of our blowout or making sure our curls don’t frizz in the humidity. It’s time to delete the dandruff imagery that pops into your head when you hear the word ‘scalp’ and rethink your stance — because a clean, healthy scalp can mean the difference between oily, lackluster strands, and covetable softness, shine and volume. A clean, invigorated scalp with good blood circulation can even help promote hair growth. Teen Vogue asked the pros to help them get to the root of all our haircare woes: “So you can fully expect a good hair day, every day — starting now!”
1. Every time you run a brush through your hair or shampoo your hair, you seem to lose more and more of it.
We have all seen hair clump in our drain post-shower. But “if you’re over feeling like your pet sheds less than you do on a daily basis, you first need to determine what exactly is to blame for excessive hair fall.” Anabel Kingsley, of the Philip Kingsley Trichological Clinic, advises, “Take a close look at your lifestyle. If you’re stressed out or eating poorly — especially if there isn’t enough iron in your diet — your hair can look and feel thinner, and falls out more easily.” Load up on food rich in iron like almonds, beans, dried fruits, and lean meats. Or take a complete hair growth supplement like Viviscal Extra Strength
Using a flat iron or blow dryer too often can destroy the strength of each individual hair on your head. Heat tools set to temps above 400 degrees can actually melt the keratin in your hair, causing serious damage. So give your heat tools a rest.
Whether you have fine hair or not, to give your hair the look of volume and thickness, try a densifying treatment. Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Elixir is a leave-in body-boosting treatment that can be applied to wet or dry hair. It gives the appearance of volume while working to fortify hair strength with Biotin, Zinc and Keratin.
2. Your roots are chronically oily, even though you just loaded up on shampoo.
If you find that your roots are always oily, you may be washing too frequently. This is especially true for those with fine hair who feel they need to cleanse every time they check the mirror and notice greasy roots. “It’s all about tricking your scalp,” says stylist Paul Cucinello. “If you’re shampooing too frequently, you wind up stripping the oils that form a protective barrier on your scalp — so your scalp gets the signal that it’s not producing enough oil, and it kicks into overdrive.” However, you do need to keep your scalp clean of debris, oil and sebum to maintain your healthiest looking hair growth. So how much is too much?
Experts recommend cleansing hair and scalp every two to three days. When you wash, use a gentle shampoo that’s free from SLS and SLES like Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Shampoo.
Before you get into this routine, Paul recommends hitting reset on your cleansing regimen by committing to a week-long detox for strands. He suggests first starting with a carbonated scalp cleansing foam that breaks down oils and dead skin trapped on the scalp using carbonation instead of harsh detergents that dry out strands. On day two, skip your regular suds session (and enjoy your day off!). On day three, rinse your hair with water only, then condition your entire head. “What most people don’t realize is that oil breaks down oil,” Paul says. “Conditioning will trick your scalp into thinking it has produced enough oil and it will hold off on making more.” Even though it feels counter-intuitive, work conditioner through your roots to your ends at the start of your shower, then let it work its magic the remainder of the time. Now rinse — and repeat the entire regimen starting the next day. After a full week of detoxing, it’s safe to return to your go-to shampoo, but wash every two to three days for significantly less oily roots.
3. Random bumps occasionally crop up throughout your scalp, and they actually kind of hurt.
Your scalp isn’t just a place that hair happens to sprout from. Instead, think of it as an extension of your skin — and just as your face requires weekly exfoliation, so does your scalp. Even if you’re diligent about washing your hair, residue from texturizers, serums and dry shampoo can build up and cause breakouts. “You can irritate pimples or bumps on the scalp by simply brushing your hair,” Anabel notes. Try washing your hair more frequently, and incorporate an scalp exfoliating mask like Philip Kingsley Exfoliating Scalp Mask into your routine twice a week for a fresh start.
You can also use a few of your skincare products on your mane to get the same exfoliation, says Paul. He recommends using Skinceuticals Micro Exfoliating Scrub twice a week as a scalp exfoliator, in place of your shampoo, to gently slough off dead skin cells without drying out your strands or causing further irritation.
4. You once had soft, glossy hair but now it looks dull and lifeless, no matter how many pumps of shine spray you use.
If your hair has lost its luster, you may not be washing your hair properly. Turns out, true cleansing isn’t as simple as shampoo, rinse and repeat. When you rinse out your shampoo, Anabel says, make sure that the water runs clean before you move on to conditioner.