"Beauty starts from the inside out" may read as one of those cliché and overused phrases, but no one can deny its validity. We're all guilty of tirelessly experimenting with products and techniques, only to realize that neither of those actually get to the root of the issue.
For hair care specifically, we tend to pay more attention to our strands instead of the surface from which they grow: the scalp. Like anything that grows in nature, you must take special care of the scalp if you want hair that looks and feels healthy.
"Your scalp has many functions; one of which is to provide a healthy environment for hair growth," says Mahisha Dellinger, founder and CEO of the natural hair care brand CURLS. "This is accomplished through the production of sebum, from the sebaceous glands and to your hair strands."
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Sebum is a natural oil of the body that lubricates the scalp and protects hair strands. However, too much or too little of it will create a host of challenges (dryness, irritation, etc.)
"A healthy scalp should be supple and soft to the touch," Dellinger emphasizes. "With regular maintenance, your scalp will have adequate blood flow and oil secretions to nourish and protect your hair."
Here are three key practices to keep in mind as your hair adjusts to a new season. And of course, make an appointment with your dermatologist or trichologist if general care doesn't suffice.