How the Microbiome Affects Scalp and Hair Health

Microbiome is more than a buzzword. You may be familiar with this term in relation to your skincare routine, but did you know that the microbiome also plays a big role in the health of your scalp and hair? If you’re new to the concept of a microbiome, we’re here to help define what it does. Microbiomes are home to unique microorganisms. On our bodies, they can be both in and on us (i.e. gut and skin). Our scalp is also a microbiome that houses microbes—bacteria and fungi. When good bacteria and fungi are in perfect harmony, the scalp and hair are able to thrive. However, when that balance shifts, and bad microbes take over, problems such as dryness, itchiness, buildup, oil overproduction and hair damage can arise.

It’s important to protect your scalp microbiome for many reasons. It acts as a shield against environmental stressors and feeds your follicles with the necessary nutrients they need to grow. The products you put on your scalp and hair can play a big part in managing your microbiome. If you never exfoliate, or if you use harsh formulas, scalding hot water and moisture-stripping ingredients, the microbes in the microbiome go awry, leading to thirsty, flaky or inflamed skin, and dull, dehydrated or greasy hair.

The health of your scalp and hair is in your hands—there are certain easy precautions you can take in order to keep the bacteria on the scalp microbiome in a beneficial balance. Opt for hair care with mild ingredients and a pH that’s close to the natural pH of hair and skin. Our new Hair Renew Scalp Oil is a lightweight treatment oil that nourishes the scalp and roots. A blend of nutrient-rich, cold-pressed oils (Sesame, Sunflower + Pomegranate Seed) strengthens the skin’s moisture barrier, calms itching caused by dryness + supplies stress fighting antioxidants. It’s Microbiome-Friendly Certified, meaning it keeps the scalp’s natural bacteria ecosystem (a.k.a the good stuff) intact. Pair this oil with Clarity Hairbath + Conditioner, a fragrance-free, hypoallergenic duo that is also Microbiome-Friendly Certified. 

Beyond just the products you use, you can make subtle switches to your lifestyle and see major  microbiome improvements. Remember to always use warm (not super hot) water when washing your scalp and hair. Another key to scalp success is found in your diet. Eating pure, nutrient-rich natural foods versus processed options can lead to a microbiome that yields nourished skin and resilient hair. Eliminating stress (see our story on self-care) has also been shown to support the scalp microbiome and lead to fuller, more lush-looking hair. Take care of your microbiome and watch as your strands get stronger.

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