Harklinikken’s Founder and Lead Researcher, Lars Skjoth, has been guiding men and women along their unique hair journeys for 30 years. So, he knows exactly what your hair and scalp need for optimal health and vibrancy. Here he shares his best advice on how to care for your hair and scalp to optimize conditions for hair growth.
Wash your hair more, not less
It’s a total myth that washing your hair less is better. Build-up of sebum from oil glands, dead skin and products can lead to scalp problems and damaged hair. My advice is to wash your hair daily or every other day. Wash as if you were bald, ensuring that you rub your scalp vigorously for a minute or two. Of course, you also need to wash with the right products, and natural cleansing shampoos are best. The shampoos and add-on shampoos I’ve created with my team are all formulated with clean, natural ingredients – our Balancing Shampoo cleanses and strengthens your hair with mustard seed, and our Stabilizing Shampoo will stabilize sebum production with natural burdock root extract. Our Fortifying and Restorative add-on shampoos use organic aloe vera and burdock root to boost your hair and scalp health.
Massage while washing
A scalp rub is perfect for increasing blood flow to your scalp and hair follicles. You can save time and massage your scalp while washing your hair.
Let your scalp breathe
Avoid wearing a hat or cap for long periods or when your hair is wet or damp. The locked-in excess moisture and heat make your scalp a breeding ground for unhealthy bacteria and fungus.
Avoid toxic ingredients
Perfumes, essential oils, and dyes can cause contact reactions. Try to avoid them. Also, drop all silicones – any ingredients ending in “cone” or “oxane”. These may make your hair look smooth and shiny, but they actually cause build-up on your hair and potentially on your scalp. This can cause scalp irritations and, ultimately, hair loss. I’ve spent all my working life ensuring that our products are totally free from toxins or any harmful ingredients like silicone. Our shampoos contain only naturally derived ingredients that will gently, yet effectively, cleanse your hair and scalp. And our Daily Conditioner and styling products are light weight and do not leave residue or weigh your hair down. They’re also all formulated to work in synergy with our customized hair gain Extract to improve the condition of your hair and scalp and optimize conditions for hair growth.
Apply your products correctly
I always advise that you apply styling products and hair color to your hair, not your scalp. The same goes for conditioner. This should only be applied from your ears to the ends of your hair.
Drop the dry shampoo
Dry shampoo is the worst thing you can do to your scalp if you’re concerned about hair loss or scalp problems. It’s not even shampoo and doesn’t cleanse your scalp or hair at all — it just gives the illusion of clean hair due to chemicals and powders that can clog the hair follicles and throw off your scalp’s pH balance. Dry shampoo particles bind to hair strands and to the surface of your scalp and the scalp´s sebum – a natural oil that protects your scalp from infection and dryness. This can lead to a build-up of unwanted bacteria or a contact reaction with itching, a burning sensation or inflammation of the scalp. Extensive, continued use can lead to hair loss and hair thinning.
Make your home hair friendly
The environment you live in can affect your hair. If your home is too hot or too humid, it can create an imbalance in your scalp microbiome. Make sure that you regularly ventilate to keep your hair and scalp healthy.
I hope this advice will help you look and feel your best and that you will enjoy healthy and vibrant hair.
Founder & Lead Researcher, Harklinikken