Why We Should Be Giving Our Scalp More Love.

SHOW YOUR SCALP MORE LOVE.

When it comes to clean beauty products, we love to keep things simple. Hair care is no exception! We want hair care that nourishes and protects our hair and scalp. We don’t want harsh chemicals that strip our natural oils, cause irritation and expose us to detrimental side effects.

We use shampoo to remove dirt and oil, and we condition so our hair is smooth and easy to brush. Yet we forget about the underdog that is so important in achieving our best hair. The scalp! Today, we explore why we need to show our scalp a whole lot more love.

Why Is The Scalp Important For Hair Growth?

  • Both men and women lose between 50-100 hairs per day.

  • On average your hair grows about 1cm each month.

  • Hair grows from a root in the bottom of the hair follicle that is made up of cells of protein.

  • Blood from the blood vessels in your scalp feeds the root, which creates more cells and makes the hair grow.

  • The hair gets pushed up through the skin as it grows, passing an oil gland along the way.

  • The gland releases a fatty substance called sebum into the follicular duct and to the surface of the skin. Sebum is composed of keratin, fat and cellular matter.

  • A single scalp hair grows continuously for 2-6 years (growth phase) and stops growing for 2-4 months (rest phase). After this the hair falls out. In its place a new healthy hair begins to grow, and the cycle is repeated.

  • There are approximately 120,000 hairs growing on the scalp at any one time.

  • Not caring for your scalp can lead to inflammation, infection and potential hair growth problems. 

Why Do I Have A Dry Scalp?

A dry scalp occurs when it doesn’t produce or hold enough moisture or oils. People with dry skin are more prone to dry scalp. So you need to take care with dry air, excessive washing, harsh chemicals and medical conditions like a hormone imbalance. Tips to avoid dry scalp include:

  • Shampoo only when your scalp feels dirty.

  • Avoid hot water on the scalp, use lukewarm to cool water when shampooing instead.

  • Eat foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin A, Vitamin Bs and Iron.

  • Use a Pure Shampoo and gently cleanse to replace any lost moisture and nutrients.

  • If your scalp has a tendency to be dry, a scalp treatment will assist in removing the build-up of scale that can occur.

Why Do I Have An Oily Scalp?

If you have an oily scalp, the sebaceous glands produce excess sebum, which travels down the hair shaft making your hair feel greasy and lank. Causes of excess sebum include genes, hormonal imbalance, the weather and humidity, and your diet. An oily scalp can lead to dandruff or Seborrheic Dermatitis, which causes scaly patches and can lead to hair loss. Ways to avoid an oily scalp include:

  • Avoid washing your hair every day. This can aggravate your scalp and dehydrate your hair. Shampoo every 2-3 days, and when you wash, shampoo and rinse twice.

  • Choose a shampoo product with natural ingredients that balance the scalp flora and stops microbes.

  • Assess the needs of your scalp and hair separately. Choose a conditioner suited for your hair, not based on what shampoo you use. For example try a Sensitive or Pure Shampoo for an oily scalp and a hydrating conditioner for your dry/damaged hair.

  • Manage your diet to improve your scalp health. Eat food that provides Protein, Biotin, Zinc, Magnesium, Selenium, Iron and Vitamins A, B & C. Plus Folate and Omega 3 fatty acids for their anti-inflammatory properties.

  • Drink plenty of water.

  • If you exercise a lot try a herbal rinse treatment between washes instead of over cleansing.

Ingredients To Avoid On Your Scalp.

You might be on first name basis with these guys as a lot of these are repeat offenders. But the more familiar you become, the easier it is to choose safer options.

  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulphate. This foaming agent makes it easy to lather your tresses, but is extremely drying and a known skin irritant. Often found in industrial detergents and cleaning products.

  • Propylene Glycol. Found in everything from shampoo to hair dyes. It serves to make hair look shiny and smooth, however it can cause scalp irritation and break down hair proteins.

  • Isopropyl alcohol is designed to dissolve oils, which can strip the hair of moisture. It is commonly found in antifreeze and Shellac. Side effects may include headaches, flushing, dizziness, mental depression, nausea and vomiting.

  • 1,4- Dioxane. This is formed when common ingredients, mixed together, react to form the compound. This is a known carcinogen linked to organ toxicity and skin irritation.

  • Diethanolamine (DEA) and Triethanolamine (TEA) are a chemical group comprised of amino acids and alcohols. Often used as emulsifiers and pH adjusters, they have also been linked to cancer and organ toxicity.

  • Parabens act as a preservative to keep bacteria and other microbes from invading your shampoo bottle. There has been discussion surrounding their involvement as endocrine disruptors, and hence many companies are choosing to formulate with alternative ingredients whilst this is investigated.

  • Synthetic fragrance - this could be any number of chemicals. One of the first things people do when they purchase shampoo or conditioner is pop the top to smell it. Don’t be enticed by smell alone, always check the ingredients.

HOW TO SHOW YOUR SCALP SOME LOVE.

  • Go easy with colour treatments, heat styling tools and tight ponytails that pull on your hair follicles.

  • Look at ways to improve your diet to get the nutrients your hair follicles need.

  • Exercise improves circulation to the skin. It also produces Serotonin which helps reduce stress and promotes sleep.

  • Choose hair care products without harsh chemicals. Holistic Hair products are designed to nourish the scalp and hair with plant-based botanicals.

  • Seek professional advice and see a Dermatologist, GP or Trichologist for any scalp or hair loss concerns.

 

Products that we use every day are a great place to start if you want to reduce your chemical load. If you have sensitive skin that doesn’t tolerate certain hair care products, then natural hair care is worth exploring. Go ahead and give your scalp some love.

 

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