By Jessica Cruel via PopSugar
You want longer, healthier hair? Perhaps you should look into how well you're treating your scalp. Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy celebrity dermatologist Francesca Fusco explains how getting gorgeous hair has so much to do with its roots, and reveals some of her professional secrets to getting the lustrous strands you desire.
Taking supplements can help hair growth.
Adding a supplement with the right balance of vitamins can help you achieve maximum lengths. Look for a formula made for hair, skin, and nails that has biotin, silica, vitamin’s B, C, and E, iron, and omega-3. And if you didn't love summer enough already, here's the cherry on top of that ice-cream sundae: Hair and nails grow at a faster rate during the warmer months. (For extra enrichment, try this conditioning treatment that feeds your scalp.)
Birth control could stop your hair from thinning.
High levels of testosterone in women can actually lead to excess shedding; contraceptives regulate the hormones to help stymie hair loss. If you notice your hair is thinning but you don't see shedding, it's time to make a dermatologist appointment, as this could be a sign of female-pattern thinning. It's also wise to ask for a thyroid check.
Your hair is affected by what you eat.
If you suffer from a dry scalp, try incorporating more omega-3 and fish oils into your diet. Vegans should also make sure to supplement their diet with protein and iron for maximum hair health.
Pass on getting certain hair treatments when you're premenstrual.
Schedule your perms, relaxers, and color services during non-PMS weeks. "We are more vascular and prone to bruising at that time," Fusco says. And when you do head to the salon, Fusco recommends deep conditioning your strands 24 hours prior, to keep the pH in check. You can even take an Advil one hour before the service if needed.
Getting your hair colored shouldn't tingle.
"A lot of people who have scalp problems don't even know it," Fusco says. "If women go get their hair colored and feel a tingling, then there is a possibility that your scalp is really dry." And it will only worsen over time, which can lead to dandruff, inflammation, unhealthy hair follicles, and, potentially, hair loss.
Your scalp needs exfoliation.
Just like you exfoliate the skin on your face, your scalp can also benefit from a good scrub. Fusco suggests adding a few spoonfuls of sugar to your shampoo to help get rid of dead skin cells, using the pads of your fingers to work the mixture in. Always avoid using your fingernails when scrubbing, however—this aggressive technique can lead to unintentional scabbing. For heavy buildup, try a salicylic acid shampoo once a week.
And it could use some conditioner, too.
"Many women don't use conditioner on their scalp because they're afraid to clog pores or weigh down fine hair," Fusco says. But just like your face requires moisturizer, your scalp benefits from hydration. Just make sure your conditioner is non comedogenic, so that you can actually use it from roots to ends. Fusco also recommends adding a drop of oil to your leave-in conditioner for extra moisture.