PSA: Scalp care is skincare too! A balanced, flake-free scalp is essential for healthy hair. After all the effort you put into washing, conditioning, and masking your tresses, this extra step of removing buildup might make you facepalm but wait till you hear the benefits of it.
Exfoliating and detoxifying your scalp removes any gunk that may be blocking your hair follicles. It encourages hair growth, promotes healthier hair, and works really well in preventing dandruff. Still not sold on the idea of scalp care? Anchal Morwani, a celebrity hairstylist is here to give you the scoop. She regularly works with Bollywood biggies like Sara Ali Khan and Kiara Advani and is a Mumbai-based hair expert who is here to give you expert tips on how to get rid of scalp buildup.
"Whether it is treating dry and frizzy hair or helping with getting rid of product buildup on the scalp, this treatment solves all haircare problems. I love using it twice a week," says Anchal.
To make this neem-infused treatment, you need the following:
Add all the ingredients into a vessel and heat it on a slow flame for 20 minutes. Strain the mixture and apply it to your scalp. Leave it on for an hour or even overnight!
Neem has antifungal and antibacterial powers. It fights dandruff, conditions the scalp, and leaves your hair feeling shiny and soft. Sesame oil promotes hair growth and has natural SPF properties. Coconut oil can help prevent a dry, flaky scalp and dandruff, as well as split ends and hair breakage. Lemon juice is antifungal and gives the hair a shine.
"Using a creamy shampoo can make your scalp more greasy and oily. Switch it for a clarifying one to cut through product buildup," advises Anchal. Remember all the dry shampoo, hairspray and shine spray you used to give your tresses extra oomph? Using a deep cleansing formula will dissolve all of the buildup more efficiently than your regular 'ole shampoo.
If you tend to workout daily or find that your scalp gets greasy often, try rinsing your hair without shampoo. "Don't shampoo every day but rinse your hair between washes. Condition the ends if required and thoroughly wash off the formula," suggests Anchal.
Your scalp is exposed to pollution, the drying air of the AC, heat and other stressors daily so it is obvious that it needs antioxidants to neutralize the free radicals that wreak havoc on it. Anchal recommends using a green tea and amla hair mask once ot twice a week to nourish your mane.
To make the mask, you need:
Steep the green tea bags in one cup of water. Add the amla powder and lemon juice and mix well to form a paste. Apply all over your scalp and cover with a shower cap. Rinse off after 30 minutes.
Green tea is full of antioxidants that repair scalp and hair damage whereas amla is an age-old ayurvedic ingredient that controls hair loss and strengthens roots. It prevents premature greying and promotes hair growth.
Have you tried any of these haircare DIYs or tips?
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