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The Causes of Dry Scalp and How to Combat Them!

To combat an itchy scalp, it’s important to know what the cause of the itch is. Many of us experience the telltale white flakes, redness and itchiness and automatically assume the cause must be dandruff. However, this isn’t always the case. Dandruff is caused by excess oil building up on the scalp, which builds up on the skin and causes it to shed.

The best way to determine if you have dandruff is by visiting a dermatologist. They will be able to diagnose the cause of your itchy scalp and provide you with medication to combat the issue.

If you’ve found that dandruff isn’t the issue, then it’s always a good idea to pay attention to your hair routine. How your hair reacts after certain activities will help signal what the problem might be!

Dry scalp can be caused by a number of factors including:

  • Cold and windy weather conditions
  • Protective styling worn too long/too tight (weaves, extensions, braids, etc.)
  • Hygiene
  • Washing hair too often
  • Harsh shampoos/conditioners

Listen to your hair! Pay attention to your routine and see how your hair responds. It will help to determine the cause of dry scalp. If you use a shampoo with sulfates, you may find that it might be a bit too harsh for your hair. Consider switching to a gentler sulfate-free shampoo. When protective styling, make sure your braids or weaves aren’t installed tightly, as this can create tension for the scalp and cause itching. Also, be sure to wash your hair regularly even with extensions installed.

Be mindful when applying products to the hair and scalp, as some products can really clog your hair follicles and cause itching. If you exercise often and find your hair gets itchy after a workout, try rinsing your hair with water or try a co-wash if your hair feels dirty.

If you find that your hair routine is solid, dry scalp may just be caused by the weather. Scalp massages, exfoliation, and oil treatments are all great methods for dealing with dry scalp. You can also try incorporating more natural oils into your regular routine; coconut, jojoba and grapeseed oil are all amazing oils that work wonders on the hair and scalp.

What are some of your remedies for dry scalp? Let us know in the comment section!

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You Exfoliate Your Face, But Do You Exfoliate Your Scalp?

Most of us exfoliate our face, our body but have you ever considered exfoliating your scalp? How often do you think about your scalp? Do you massage it? Did you know that our scalp is one of the most neglected parts of our body?

Severe hair damage and premature hair loss are sometimes the result of scalp neglect. It is really weird how the scalp is the most neglected, when it provides all the necessary nutrients to the hair root to make your hair healthier and stronger which is our main hair goal!

 

These are some of the benefits of using a scalp scrub:

      1. Scrubbing your scalp removes excess oils

      2. Like a facial scrub, it removes dead skin cells

      3. Fights dandruff

      4. Clarifies the scalp

     5. Improves circulation

     6. Gets rid of impurities

     7. Removes product build up

 

Exfoliating the scalp is very simple and can be done 1-2 times a week before, during, or after you shampoo or condition your hair.

You can either buy products that are used for exfoliating the scalp, or get creative with whatever is in your pantry.

Couple of homemade ideas you can try are:

-olive oil + sugar + honey

-your fave conditioner + coffee grounds

-sea salt + lemon juice + olive oil

 

Keep in mind that when you do exfoliate your scalp, that it must be done gently. Always scrub gently with the pads of your fingertips, NEVER scratch!

 

To explore more methods of maintaining your mane and scalp, check out this great 7-Day Detox for hair loss! https://www.hairlossrevolution.com/7-day-detox/

 

Do you exfoliate your scalp?

If so, what are your go- to scrubs? Drop us a comment below!

 

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3 Reasons Why Your Scalp Is Itchy

Are you suffering from an itchy scalp? Consider these three things that may be causing you to scratch:

1. Dry Scalp

It’s important to remember that your scalp is your skin. If it is moisture deprived, it will become dehydrated, dry, and irritated. When your scalp is dry, you may see tiny flakes start to appear. Don’t mistake this for dandruff– it is simply your scalp over-shedding and is often accompanied by tightness and itchiness. To treat a dry scalp, be sure to drink plenty of water, shampoo less often, and hydrate your scalp by spritzing with your favourite moisturizing leave-in.
2. Product buildup

Over time, all of the moisturizing and styling products used on the hair result in build-up on the hair and scalp. Dirt, debris, and other particles clog the pores on your scalp and cause irritation and that uncomfortable, itchy feeling. While rinsing the hair from time to time or using a moisturizing shampoo is great, it is important to use a scalp cleanser or clarifying shampoo to deep clean those pores! Regular shampoo doesn’t penetrate the scalp quite deeply enough to get under all those layers of build-up.

 

3. Skin Condition

If you’re keeping your scalp hydrated, cleansing it regularly from product build-up, but you’re still scratching away, a scalp condition may indeed be the culprit. Dandruff, a common condition caused by overgrowth of a yeast-like fungus called Malessezia, causes large, greasy flakes and itching. Dandruff is just one of various scalp conditions that can cause itching and irritation. Thankfully, it’s totally treatable! Be sure check with a dermatologist who will be able to diagnose possible scalp conditions and work to fix them ASAP!

Healthy hair starts at the root, and that means a healthy scalp!

Do you have any tips to stop scalp itch? Share with us in the comments below!

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