Entertainment Fashion & Style How to Keep Your Scalp Healthy for Great-Looking Hair Share PINTEREST Email Print altrendo images/Getty Images Fashion & Style Hair Accessories Tops & Sweaters Dresses Skirts Jeans Pants Outerwear Lingerie & Swimwear Do It Yourself Shoes Skincare Advice Makeup Fragrance Tattoos and Body Piercings Kids and Teens Bumps & Babies Learn More By David Alexander Contributing Writer Georgia Southern University David is a contributing writer and licensed master hair stylist covering grooming for Byrdie. our editorial process David Alexander Updated February 27, 2018 There's no such thing as healthy hair. Hair is basically protein and has no nervous system or blood supply and, as such, does not have reparative properties. The scalp, on the other hand, does. Because your hair is an extension of the scalp, it makes sense that a healthy scalp helps ensure healthy-looking hair. Tips for a Healthy Scalp For keeping that scalp healthy, follow these quick and easy scalp care tips for men. Wash Daily Keeping your scalp clean is key to minimizing clogged pores and other scalp problems. Use a gentle shampoo and wash once each day, working the shampoo into the hair and scalp for about two minutes. Don't bother with the "rinse and repeat" part. One good wash should be sufficient. Exfoliate Weekly Once or twice per week, remove dead skin cells and dirt from the scalp with an exfoliating scrub such as Menscience Microfine Face Scrub. A scrub made for the face is gentle enough to be used on the scalp. Massage Scalp massage is beneficial because it helps promote good blood flow to the scalp, helps to keep the scalp flexible, soothes nerves and relaxes muscles. Scalp massage also promotes hair growth and luster. It feels great, too. One each week, massage the scalp with the fingertips using a firm pressure in a circular motion. Place the fingers under the hair to avoid pulling. Perform this exercise for three or four minutes. Avoid Drying Problems One of the main causes of dry scalp is shampooing with water that is too hot. This can strip essentials oils from the skin and cause dryness. Wash hair in lukewarm water to help retain those essential oils. Excessive blow drying of the hair can also promote a dry scalp. If you notice excessive drying, a good leave-in conditioner can help replenish moisture to the scalp. Maintaining a great looking head of hair starts with a healthy scalp. Follow the tips above to help ensure yours stays in great shape.