Whether you wear it short, to your shoulders, or full Rapunzel, you probably go to great lengths to take care of your hair. It’s a big part of both our outward appearance and our inner confidence. But with all this focus on having beautiful hair—there are literally entire aisles dedicated to it at the pharmacy—it’s the scalp that needs our attention when things get ugly up there.
Think of the scalp as the soil for your garden of tresses—the layers of skin beneath your mane that nurture roots and protect follicles, giving them a healthy environment for growth. If your scalp feels dry, itchy, flaky or oily, or you’re noticing hair breakage or loss, it’s probably a sign from above. You want strong, healthy hair? Here are 5 easy ways to take better care of your scalp.