Keywords: protective styling, scalp care
Scalp care while wearing protective styles like braids, twists, wigs or hair extensions is not always at the top of our list of hair care practices. Unfortunately, we sometimes fail to recognize that the products we use can create build-up and contribute to an unhealthy scalp.
Here are three critical things you can do to care for your scalp while wearing protective styles.
Start with a Clean Scalp
As a best practice in scalp care, never install protective styles unless your hair and scalp are clean. Doing so places your follicles and scalp at risk for damage, disease and other scalp problems.
Eat Well and Hydrate
Your first thought might be to focus on your hair care product choices, but for a healthy scalp, it starts with your nutritional habits. You will need to drink plenty of water –at least 32 ounces of water each day. Drinking water will help to keep your scalp hydrated.
Additionally, choose foods that are rich in these five vitamins: vitamin A, B, C, D, and E. Each of these vitamins are essential for rejuvenating your scalp.
Next, eat foods that contain iron, zinc, and protein. Iron is especially vital for carrying oxygen and other nutrients to the scalp region for healthy hair growth.
Clean Your Scalp in between Washes
Your scalp thrives in a clean environment. The good news is that you do not have to undergo a full-service hair wash to keep this area of your head clean. You can use apple cider vinegar on your scalp and a Q-tip between your braids or twists to clean your scalp, removing dirt, debris or product build-up, and balance scalp pH.
Finding ways to take care of your scalp is vital to the health of your hair. Problems with the scalp such as inflammation, irritation, infection or disease can have a detrimental effect on the texture of your hair and growth cycle. Do not minimize your scalp care practices.