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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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4 Ingredients to Incorporate Into Home Hair Care

Whether or not you embrace your natural texture, you’ll learn that products with natural ingredients tend to work best for your hair. Mother nature has a wealth of ingredients that lend to a happy and healthy mane, and all of these ingredients lend to total hair health.

Take a look at these 4 natural ingredients that are common in popular hair products and how you can incorporate them into your home hair regimen:

Jojoba Oil

Because it’s molecular structure is so similar to the oil your skin naturally produces, jojoba is a great oil to moisturize both the hair shaft and scalp. This natural ingredient is excellent for balancing oil production from the root, leaving hair shiny and supple without leaving it greasy and weighed down. Try applying a few drops to your ends before styling!

 

Vegetable Glycerin

This ingredient serves as a humectant in hair products, meaning that it draws and binds water molecules to itself (and everything it touches). Glycerin also acts as a sealing layer over the hair strand, resulting in even more moisture retention! This is a great ingredient to add to your homemade leave-in spritz in a pinch.

 

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is a powerful natural antiseptic for a wide range of scalp conditions ranging from run-of-the-mill dry scalp to the most heinous of fungal infections. Whatever your ailment, tea-tree oil packs an anti-bacterial punch that is sure to provide some relief. Because this is a highly concentrated essential oil, a little goes a long way! Dilute this ingredient by combining it with your favourite carrier oil (e.g. jojoba or extra virgin olive oil) or adding a few drops to your shampoo and conditioner.

 

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Extra virgin olive oil is an ingredient found in many natural deep conditioning products because it works well in sealing and softening the hair. “Extra virgin” olive oil is named as such because of its highly unrefined and top-notch quality. With zero chemical processing, this oil is a great pick for the girl who wants to simplify her hair product roster. Use oil this as a pre-shampoo treatment or a nourishing deep-conditioner.

 

Have you tried any of these ingredients in your home hair-care routine? Tell us your experience by commenting below!

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5 Natural Products that Help Stimulate Hair Growth

When it comes to hair growth, there really is no magic secret. The formula is quite simple in theory– keep your scalp healthy and keep damage to your ends at bay. However, as many women on a healthy hair journey can attest to, hair growth is not always so straightforward. There are many factors that can affect your hair growth, but the fact is that you’re at the mercy of genetics.

The good news is that although you can’t control your DNA, you can take steps to create the optimum environment for maximum hair growth. Here are 5 products that will help along the way:

1. Rosemary Oil

Rosemary is well-reputed as an effective hair growth aid. Its scalp-stimulating properties are what make this oil great for bald spots and thinning edges. Try diluting a few drops of this essential oil into your favourite liquid oil and massaging the formula gently into your scalp.

 

2. Aloe Vera

This succulent is more than just your favourite house plant– it’s essentially a super food for your hair! Overflowing with an abundance of antibacterial properties, vitamins A, C, E, and over 20 different minerals, Aloe assists in hair growth by keeping your scalp’s natural oils in check. By regulating the production of sebum, it allows the pores on your scalp to breathe, keeping them from being clogged, which slows natural hair growth.

 

3. Peppermint Oil

This refreshing essential oil stimulates hair growth by deeply penetrating the scalp and follicles, allowing for more oxygen to flow through the blood vessels. Watch out though– this oil is very strong and must be diluted properly before use. You can also add a few drops to your favourite shampoo for an invigorating wash day!

 

4. Lavender Oil

Lavender is another hair hero with antibacterial properties and a sweet scent for added bonus! It keeps the pores on the scalp clean and open, preventing growth-reducing conditions like dandruff. To use lavender as a rinse, boil the herb in water for a few minutes and allow it to cool before use. You can also make a lavender infusion by leaving the plant to sit in your favourite oil for 3-4 weeks.

 

5. Apple Cider Vinegar

Shampooing too frequently can strip hair and scalp of its moisture– something that is detrimental to overall hair health. However, for those who lather sparingly but style often, buildup can easily become your worst enemy and a huge barrier to reaching growth goals. Using an apple cider vinegar (ACV) rinse after your shampoo balances the pH levels in your scalp that too much product, dirt and grime have thrown out of whack. Instead, your hair will be soft and shiny and your scalp will breathe much more easily. Mix 1-2 tablespoons of ACV into 1 cup (8oz) of water for a remedy that will leave your strands smiling!

 

Have you tried any of these products before? Let us know how they work for you in the comments below!

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Easy Homemade Scalp-Cleansing Solution

The main culprits of scalp build-up are product accumulation and infrequent washing (naturals, we’re talking to you!). We often forget that our scalp is skin, the same skin that’s on your arms, legs and face. Think about it–how would your face react if you constantly lathered it with creams, oils, and cosmetics without cleansing on a regular basis? The thought is enough to make you cringe! It only makes sense that we take care of our precious scalps in the same way we would any other skin on our body. After all, healthy scalp = healthy hair!

If you’re the type that loves home hair treatments, try the recipe below. Baking soda is a simple, natural, and fool proof solution for removing product build-up that suffocates the scalp and dulls the hair. Your scalp will love you for it!

Baking Soda Scalp Cleanser

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup of water
  • 1 tablespoon of baking soda

Instructions

  1. Mix ingredients together into a paste
  2. In the shower, smooth the mixture onto wet hair and spread through hair with your fingers or a wide-toothed comb
  3. Rinse with cool water and shampoo/condition as you normal

Did you try this out? Let us know how it worked for your hair- we’d love to hear from you!

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