According to The Science of Black Hair, "The scalp is the birth place of hair!"
If you want to create an optimal environment for hair growth you want your scalp to be:
1. Clean - wash it.
Every 7 to 10 days wash your hair and scalp. This is one of the reasons I don't enjoy washing my hair with twists in it: I can't get to the scalp as freely.
2. Unclogged by petrolatums - don't use them
Vaseline, Blue Magic, Sulfur 8 etc don't moisturise, they clog.
3. Hydrated - drink lots of water
Scalp hydration works its way inside out. Drinking water is vital for scalp health, spritzing water is important for hair's moisture.
4. Dandruff free - drink lots of water
The cells of the scalp are constantly dividing. You can't normally see this cellular division with the naked eye; however, when the moisture content of the scalp falls below 10% the process becomes accelerated resulting in dandruff! If you needed added incentive to drink more water, there you have it.
5. Not dry - oil it with Neno Natural's Hair Growth Stimulator or another high quality vegetable oil
Whilst the scalp does produce its own oil, sebum, sometimes it's not enough to keep the scalp and hair moisturised. Jojoba oil has a structure very similar to sebum so it's one of my oils of choice for stimulating the scalp. Jojoba forms 50% of Neno Natural's Hair Growth Stimulator.
6. Well stimulated - massage it often
Being a thin layer of flesh, the scalp gets less blood circulating to it than other parts of the body. You can help blood flow to the scalp with regular, gentle massages using a vegetable oil.
If there is one thing that has been consistent in my natural hair routine from the get go it's been massaging my scalp and recognising its health as important to my hair growth.
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By Heather Katsonga-Woodward