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Healthy hair: How to care for your scalp for strong hair

by Lotte Lindgren on Jun 19, 2023

Read through by Dorthe Kristensen

Hairdresser and former co-owner of the award-winning hairdressing chain Zoom by Zoom
With many years of experience in the hairdressing industry, Dorthe has advised many customers about hair and hair care. Dorthe has read through this blog entry to ensure high quality and professionalism. This blog post is professionally updated on January 30, 2024.

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Have you dreamed of having healthy and strong hair? You are not alone. Women all over the world want the same thing, but many don't know where to start. It starts with a healthy scalp. In this article I will share my best tips and tricks on how to take care of your scalp to achieve the healthy and beautiful hair you have always wanted.

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Why is a healthy scalp important?

A healthy scalp is essential to achieving healthy and strong hair. Your scalp needs care and moisture, just like the rest of your skin on your body. Use a shampoo specially designed for your hair type and avoid washing it too often, as this can dry out your scalp. Also remember to use conditioner only at the ends of your hair, so you avoid excess product on your scalp.

The structure of the hair

The different layers of the hair shaft and their function:

Hair consists of three layers: Cuticle, cortex and medulla. The cuticle is the outermost protective layer that prevents hair from being damaged by sunlight or hot styling tools. The cortex is the middle layer where the color resides and it gives the hair its strength. The medulla is the inner core-like region of the hair shaft. To maintain healthy hair, make sure you care for all three layers using the right shampoo and conditioner.

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Chemical processes that affect the hair (e.g. dyeing):

Some chemical treatments such as permanent, bleaching or color treatment can be harmful to your hair - if they are not used correctly! If your stylist uses a low concentration of peroxide during your color treatment as well as a moisturizing finishing treatment for the tips, any negative effects will be significantly minimized. A good way to maintain the health of one's scalp during such treatments can also be to regularly give yourself leading care products containing extra moisture.

The importance of a healthy scalp for hair strength:

A healthy scalp means stronger roots, which ensures shiny and resilient hair follicles. A hair care routine with regular washing removes impurities from your skin as well as excess oils that would otherwise clog the hair follicles and impair the health of your scalp. So give your scalp some extra attention by regularly using a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner and you'll see the results on your long healthy shiny hair!

How does a healthy scalp affect the hair?

A healthy scalp is the key to achieving healthy and strong hair. By preventing dandruff and itching, you can avoid irritation in the scalp, which can lead to hair loss or weakening of the hair. At the same time, good care of your scalp will help promote hair growth and reduce hair loss over time.

The improvement in shine and texture also comes from a well-groomed scalp. Use moisturizing shampoo and conditioner on the lengths to target dry or damaged hair and avoid split ends. All in all, it's all about balance — maintaining a clean, hydrated and healthy scalp for optimal results on your locks!

How to care for your scalp

A healthy scalp is essential for strong and shiny hair. Use the mildest possible shampoo that suits your hair type and gently massage it into the scalp with your fingertips. Avoid rubbing your hair against each other or using your nails, as this can damage both hair and scalp. You can consider using a Deep Scalp Brush for effective scalp massage.

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Too much heat not only damages the hair but also your scalp. Therefore, choose a lower temperature on your styling tool and always use a heat protection spray to avoid overheating both your hair and your scalp.

Use the right shampoo

Do you want healthy and strong hair? So it is important to choose the right shampoo. Use a mild shampoo without sulfates and parabens to avoid harmful chemicals in your hair. Also, avoid washing your hair too often as it can dry out your scalp. You can read our guide on how often you should wash your hair here.

Instead, use a conditioner after the shampoo for extra care so that your hair becomes delicious and shiny.

  • Choose a mild shampoo without sulfates and parabens
  • Avoid washing your hair too often as it can dry out your scalp
  • Use a conditioner after shampoo for extra care

Massage the scalp

When you want to have healthy hair, it is important to massage your scalp regularly. Start by using your fingertips to massage in circular motions on the scalp to increase blood flow and release tension. Then continue down the neck and shoulders for a more relaxing experience that can help you also feel more relaxed in your body overall. Make sure you always take at least a minute for this every time you wash your hair - it will make a world of difference! Read our guide to optimal scalp massage here!

Avoid too much heat

Allow your hair to air dry as much as possible and avoid regular use of hot styling tools. If you cannot avoid blow dryers or straighteners, always use heat protectant products first to protect the hair. Turn down the heat on your styling tools to reduce damage to the hair.

Keep these tips in mind when styling your hair with hot tools:

  • Always use a heat protectant spray or serum
  • Avoid holding your styling tool in one place for more than a few seconds.
  • Do not use the highest settings unless absolutely necessary
  • Consider investing in a good quality styling device for less damage to the hair over time

Taking care of your hair and avoiding excessive exposure to heat will help you achieve healthy and strong hair.

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Eat a healthy diet

Include healthy fatty acids from fish, nuts and avocados in your diet to help nourish your hair and keep it healthy. Also make sure you get enough protein to build keratin, which is important for strong hair. Also remember that the hydration of the scalp is essential - drink plenty of water every day.

Tips for a healthy diet:

  • Include fatty fish such as salmon or mackerel
  • Eat nuts and seeds
  • Add avocado to your meals
  • Get plenty of protein through sources like chicken, eggs or legumes
  • Drink at least 8 glasses of water every day

It can be difficult to always eat a perfectly balanced diet, but if you make these simple adjustments to your diet you can help your hair take the best possible care from the inside out. If you feel that it will be too difficult to get it together, you can consider whether you should use vitamins for the hair. Here at Yuaia Haircare we have our own hair vitamins which, among other things, contain biotin which helps to maintain normal hair. Read more about the hair vitamins here!

Tips and tricks for healthy hair

Hair washing is a necessity, but too much washing can take a toll on your hair. Try to wash your hair every other day and use a mild shampoo that won't damage your scalp.

Styling products can give your hair the perfect look, but they can also damage it in the long run. Try to avoid products with alcohol and other chemicals and choose natural alternatives like coconut oil or aloe vera gel instead. Use only as much as necessary to get the desired result.

A brush with natural bristles will reduce drag on the hair and reduce the risk of split ends. It will also help you distribute your natural oils throughout your hair, which will keep it healthy and shiny.

Avoid too many hair washes

Use dry shampoo between washes to avoid washing your hair too often. Washing your hair more than necessary can result in a dry and irritated scalp as well as damage to the hair structure. At the same time, the use of dry shampoo can also give you an extra boost to your hairstyle.

Consider washing your hair every other day instead of every day. Not only will this reduce the risk of an overwashed scalp, but it will also help retain the hair's natural oils and moisture. If necessary, try a wet brush or comb to quickly refresh your look between washes. Also avoid scalding hot water and try to see if lukewarm water can't do it. It is much better for the hair.

Choose a mild shampoo with natural ingredients, such as aloe vera or rosemary oil, for your wash days. These ingredients are known for their soothing properties and at the same time stimulate blood circulation in the scalp – promoting the health and growth of new hair strands. You can also consider using a hair treatment that adapts to your hair type. Here we have a really good moisturizing hair treatment which is ideal for you with slightly dry ends. ALWAYS remember to finish with conditioner to close the hair shaft again.

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Cut back on styling products

Avoid products with alcohol or silicone if you want healthy hair. These ingredients can dry out the hair and make it more fragile. Try to use natural products instead of avoiding unnecessary chemicals.

Air dry your hair as often as possible and avoid heat appliances such as blow dryers as they can damage your hair. Use only a little product at a time to avoid residue building up in the hair, which can make it heavier and less bouncy. If you finally have to use heat styling for your hair, make sure to use a product with heat protection before. Taking these small steps will help you achieve healthier and more vibrant hair!

Use a boar bristle brush

Invest in a good brush made of wild boar hair, which damages the hair less than synthetic materials. It is important to choose the right brush for your hair to avoid unnecessary damage to the hair. Brush the hair gently from root to tip to avoid knots and pulling on the hair. Take time to care for your hair using gentle movements with your natural brush. We have a fantastic gentle hair brush with wild boar hair, find it right here!

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Clean your brush often using mild soaps or shampoo as this will remove any build-up and dirt that may transfer to the hair the next time you use the brush. Maintenance is the key to healthy hair! Be kind to your hair by regular cleaning and gentle treatment with a good quality brush made of natural material - you will quickly achieve a healthier look and shinier hair!

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