The term “Scalp Microbiome” may seem a little intimidating and confusing––we get it. But, your microbiome plays an extremely important part in the overall health of both your hair and scalp, so we’re going to break it down for you.
A microbiome is a community of microorganisms that work to protect the skin and keep the skin barrier functioning properly. Think of it like the good bacteria found in probiotics that help to keep your gut health in check.
Everyone’s scalp has its own unique microbiome, and its composition can change due to pH, temperature, sebum content, and particular grooming practices. The goal is to keep your microbiome as balanced as possible, because when it’s out of balance, you may notice scalp issues arising. So, how do you go about balancing your scalp microbiome?
Wash your hair regularly with gentle products
Keeping your scalp clean and free of excess dirt, oil, and sebum is extremely important to ensure you have a healthy scalp environment. Using gentle, highly nourishing products will ensure delivery of all the necessary nutrients your scalp needs.
Detox your scalp
Adding in a detox 1-2x per week ensures any heavy-duty buildup is removed. An oil based detox helps balance the scalp’s oil production levels, and ensures that the surface is sufficiently moisturized.
Prioritize your health
Health starts from within! An unhealthy diet, lack of sleep, and too much stress can all cause inflammation that will throw off your biome. Although challenging, make small adjustments at first, and work your way up to bigger lifestyle changes. Your body will thank you in the end!