The secret to healthy hair is a healthy scalp...
Say goodbye to dandruff and hello to a healthy
scalp and hair with these great tips.
As a veteran hair stylist, I've seen my fair share of scalps. I always remind our guests at Kasia Organic Salon that you do not want to "over wash/strip" your hair by cleansing too often - but to remember the scalp is still skin and it needs to be cleansed, exfoliated and toned just like the skin on the rest of your body in order to be healthy.
The most important step of a healthy scalp is in the scrubba-dub-dub! If you neglected your face/body every day, the grime would build up. Same is true for the scalp/hair. Another big default of under stimulated and un-cleansed hair is an increased risk of hair loss. Yikes - grab your pooo!
WHAT IS DANDRUFF?
Dandruff occurs when there is an increase in cellular turnover and is essentially a build-up of dead skin cells on your scalp. The probability of dandruff is increased when the skins secretions ( like sebum (oil) and sweat) speeds up, a stress response is triggered or by using inefficient products. Keep in mind -skin shedding is always in motion, but you usually don’t notice it on your body as it’s rubbed off on your clothes throughout the day or removed when you bathe.
It is only natural that you will notice these cells on your scalp when they’re allowed to accumulate. Dandruff can also be created from certain bacteria reactions on the scalp as well.
Got the Dandruff Itch?
Associated itching and irritation are caused by an over-growth of bacteria, and often, the pressure of the flakes on the nerve endings in the hair follicles.
Daily Dandruff Defense
Shampoo daily or every other/third day. Make sure you are using SLS FREE shampoo's that are non- stripping and create nourishment while you cleanse. Kasia's Spicy Citrus Shampoo removes dead skin cells, promotes healthy scalp flora by using gentle surfactants and gives a euphoric experience with efficient essential oils that bring stimulation, anti-bacterial effects, and pH balance to the hair and scalp.
Be Wary of Dairy. Dairy products can worsen dandruff, so try avoiding these if you’re having a flare-up. Add soy or almond milk to your morning coffee(s).
Drink Sensibly. Alcohol can dehydrate your scalp. However, white wine and champagne in particular can irritate flaky/itchy scalps. Sorry!
Don’t Add Oil. Contrary to popular belief dandruff is oily, not dry. Don’t rub in oil to remove it – you will just get greasier flakes.
Stress Less. You may have noticed that when you’re irritable, your scalp follows suit! Try to relax – stress can trigger dandruff.
TOP TIPS FOR A HEALTHY SCALP
Remove the Goo. At Kasia, we use a "chelation" treatment formula that lifts hard water, build up, and debris from the hair. It does not STRIP the hair, which is very important. Be careful of "stripping" products when searching for build up/hard water removals.
Use The Right Shampoo. Each hair is attached to a sebaceous (oil) gland. Fine hair tends to get oiler quickly at the roots. Match your shampoo to your hair type to fit your scalp and hair’s specific cleansing needs.
Conditioning Lightly and Correctly. Many women skip conditioner all together because it "makes their scalp greasy." Do not apply your conditioner too close to your scalp. Concentrate on the mid-length and ends of your hair, where moisture is needed most.
Dry Shampoo! Kasia's Revive Dry Shampoo allows the scalp to breath while helping soak up oil secretion, allowing you to make your wash last a day or two longer. Our dry shampoo has no fillers, scents, or parabens included, therefore it does not feel tacky on the scalp.
Stay Hydrated. Your scalp is more prone to dehydration than any other area of skin
Inside - Out Hair Health
- Avoid all gluten and grains, including wheat, rice, corn, quinoa, buckwheat, barley, spelt, and oats.
- Avoid all seed and industrial oils, including canola, soy, and corn.
- Avoid dairy, including milk, cream, half-and-half, cheese, and yogurt.
- Avoid all processed and packaged foods.
- Avoid all added sugars and artificial sweeteners.
- Eat protein, vegetables, fruits, and fats to satisfaction.
Contact the Kasia team for any further questions for hair and scalp health, as well as at-home product suggestions that will help put your scalp back into balance.
# 612. 824. 7611 Kassie@kasiaorganicsalon.com
Reference: Dr Kingsley