Your scalp: How much attention do you pay it? You scrub it for a few seconds each day in the shower. Maybe you curse it when it's itchy or a little flaky in the winter. That's probably as far as you go. However, your scalp contains at least 100,000 hair follicles, plus oil glands, blood vessels and nerves — and how well you treat it affects the quality and growth of your hair.
Products that promote scalp health are the new frontier in hair care. Brands like Clear and Nioxin focus on reducing breakage and hair loss through the treatment of the scalp. Now, Shu Uemura Art of Hair has launched Essential Drops Made-to-Measure Scalp Treatments, $50 each, in a Purifying Blend for normal to oily scalps and a Relaxing Blend for normal to dry scalps. The drops, which can be applied to dry hair or mixed with shampoo, are part of a system of care that focuses on the ritual of treating, cleansing and conditioning the scalp and hair while encouraging psychological and physical health through aromatherapy (the yummiest whiffs of ginger, peppermint or camellia).
To reap the benefits of scalp-treating products, give yourself a lengthy (at least 30-second) scalp massage with your products of choice every time you hit the shower. The head rub will promote healthy blood flow, unclog follicles and oil glands and, depending on the product, cleanse, nourish or de-stress your strands. With these simple steps, you'll be well on your way to achieving the strong, soft, bouncy hair you've always wanted.
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