Properly washing your hair can be simple, provided you understand a few basics about your scalp, hair follicles, and hair care products. In this article, learn how scalp and follicle health ultimately impacts the look and feel of your hair. Then, follow the hair washing tips provided by acclaimed Miami aesthetic dermatologist, Dr. Mariano Busso, to begin nourishing your scalp and hair today.
Scalp, Hair Follicles, and Hair Health
It’s easier to understand how to properly clean and care for your hair after first understanding how hair grows. The human body has about 5 million hair follicles, and about 100,000 of them are located on the scalp. Hair follicles are located in the dermis of the skin, and they act as the foundation from which healthy hair grows. Through the hair follicle, each individual strand of hair receives oxygen, nutrients, and growth factors from the blood. This is important to understand, because caring for the scalp can improve the health of hair follicles, and which in turn will improve the look and feel of your actual hair.
Tips for Washing Your Hair
- How much oil your scalp produces determines how often you wash your hair. Oily scalp might need to be washed once a day. Older scalp, or chemically treated hair, may require washing less often. If you see flakes, you may not be shampooing enough.
- Concentrate on cleaning the scalp primarily, rather than washing the entire length of the hair.
- Use a shampoo and conditioner formulated for your type of hair. A few things to consider include the following:
- Colored hair: Use a shampoo that is gentler than regular shampoos. It can help extend your hair color.
- Dandruff: Try a shampoo formulated to fight dandruff.
- Damaged or chemically treated hair: Consider a 2 in 1 shampoo, which cleans and conditions your hair. Alternatively, you may use a separate conditioner after every shampoo.
- Note: Conditioners cannot repair hair but can improve strength, increase shine, decrease static electricity, and offer some UV ray protection. Be sure to apply to tips of the hair, and not the scalp or length of the hair.
- Swimming pool: Conditioning and wetting your hair before can protect your hair from the damaging effect of the chlorine. Wear a tight fitted swim cap and use a specially formulated “swimmers” shampoo and deep conditioner to replace lost moisture.
Is It Time to See a Dermatologist?
Dr. Mariano Busso is an aesthetic dermatologist in Miami, ready to enhance the appearance of your skin, scalp, and hair. Call 305-857-0144 or schedule a dermatology appointment online today.