February 11, 2015 3 Comments

Dry scalp is a condition that effects many women and men every day. Many people who deal with dry scalp have to take extra precautions in every season of the year not just Winter or Fall. Doctors have created medications to internally dispel dry scalp and there are numerous home remedies to treating dry scalp as well. For many people knowing that they have dry scalp is enough for them but in this article we are going to dig deeper into what dry scalp actually is and how to combat the science of what is really going on under the hair follicle. Have you ever brushed your hair and seen hundreds of small white flakes falling into the air? Or noticed that throughout the day your scalp feels irritated or dry even after a fresh wash? Well here are the top 3 ways you can fight dry scalp all year around...

Your scalp is the skin between the part of the hair shaft that you can see and the root of the hair under your skin that you can not see. Under the scalp is where we as women and men don't take much time in caring for. Most hair products we buy because we were either recommended or saw a commercial that promised great results. Learning more about what goes on under the scalp itself will help you choose a better product for your hair and keep your protective skin surface moisturized and healthy. You know the saying what happens in the dark will come to the light, well the saying is metaphorical to each of our heads. What happens under the scalp will come to the hair!

Below the skin of your head there is a sebum, a follicle, and a sebaceous gland. The sebum and follicle are the two parts of the hair shaft closest to the surface and they act as a container holding in moisture until ready. You may have heard the word follicle used commonly in reference to quantity, for example; “Your hair follicles must be opened in order to receive proper deep conditioning”. The third part of each piece of hair that is responsible for how dry or moisturized your scalp stays is called the sebaceous gland. The sebaceous gland releases a waxy and oily matter called sebum. Sebum is the natural oils that lay on your scalp. A lack of sebum is what we know as “dry scalp”. A lack of sebum can cause irritation as well and is not always the cause of dry scalp. Sometimes the sebaceous gland produces the “normal” amount of sebum and the products we use on our scalps wash away the natural oils our hair needs to stay healthy. This is why excessive shampooing is not good for your hair.

Regulating the amount of sebum that is released by the sebaceous gland is not as hard as you think. The things we eat and do on a daily basis can improve dry scalp. Listed below are the top 3 ways you can fight a dry scalp every other season of the year!

1. Eat more fatty acids

Fatty acids is one of the ingredients the body uses to create sebum, that later gets released into the skin by the sebaceous gland giving your scalp that moisturized smooth feeling. Eating foods with more fatty acids or even taking vitamins containing fatty acids can help your body skip a step in trying to find the nutrients it needs in everything you eat. Make things easier for yourself and your body by making an effort to eat foods with the vitamins you know you need.

Vinegar Rinse!

2. Yes... vinegar is not the best smelling product to put in your hair but it helps greatly with restoring the natural acids in your scalp. A vinegar rinse is a great way to remove the excess build up on your scalp without completely robbing your hair of it's natural oils.

3. Massaging your scalp with olive oil.

This remedy is widely recognized and it never fails. The key here is to MASSAGE the oil into your scalp not just pour it on your hands and rub it in. The massaging helps promote blood flow and not to mention it is relaxing and can also relieve head aches.

Now that we have covered the science of what is really going on in your hair be sure to take this information and use it for your good. Dry scalp is something that effects many people but you shouldn't have to deal with it if you can prevent it and that can be done easier than you may think. Try these home remedies out and tell us what you think! Remember these are not quick fixes and must be done consistently over a period of time to show results but with good persistence you can cure your dry scalp.

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Natural Girls Rock

February 13, 2015

Angela, Apple Cider vinegar is the best. Also, among the many symptoms of omega-3 deficiency are dry skin and poor circulation, which can contribute to dry scalp. Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids include fatty fish, such as salmon, mackerel, tuna and herring. Vegetable sources include flaxseed, canola oil, soybeans, pumpkin seeds and walnuts.


February 11, 2015

I use a vinegar rinse at least two times a week. I have locs (1 yr. next month!), and I work out pretty much every day, so vinegar rinses (Apple Cider) really come in handy for conditioning my scalp as well as my locs. I mix 1 part apple cider vinegar to 1 part distilled water in a spray bottle. Saturate my locs with the spray and let it sit for 10-15 min, and rinse in the shower. My locs come out soft and shiny! I hope this helps.


February 11, 2015

What type of vinegar, apple cider or white distilled? Can you list list examples of fatty acid foods?

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