First things first – take care of your hair follicles before you switch up your hair.
Healthy hair comes from a healthy scalp. When your scalp becomes dry and damaged, it provides a poor foundation for your hair to grow.
If you’re into beautiful hair textures and expressive styles that thrive with less frequent washing, your scalp may become dry, resulting in discomfort, itching and unsightly flakes.
Cleanse your hair and scalp regularly to avoid build-up, irritation and damage. Do this every one to three days, depending on the level of oil production. Some women may only need to wash it once a week.
Be sure to use your fingertips to massage in the shampoo to remove the product, and to cleanse your scalp effectively.
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If you’re rocking a protective style, wig or weave, try using a leave-in treatment between washes to moisturise and get rid of debris. Look out for products with zinc pyrithione that will help to restore and rebalance your scalp by reducing dryness, itching and flaking.
Care for your scalp like a pro with tips from these stars:
“Scalp care is very important for me, as I constantly go from one cornrow style to the other. I base my scalp with a coconut oil or olive oil hair food to retain moisture,” says the John Cena hitmaker.
“I mostly wear my hair in an afro or plaits, but I make sure to detox my scalp every week when I go to the salon for a wash,” the neo-soul musician and songwriter explains
“Dandruff is my worst nightmare so I’m obsessed with treating my hair with conditioners that nourish the scalp and keep the flakes away,” says the afro-soul artist known for her hit song Thandolwethu.
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