Hello! I hope your day is going fantastically! Today I’m here to talk to you about some scalp issues that I’ve been having for the past couple months.
An unhealthy scalp.
So we all know that you can not have healthy hair without a healthy scalp, yes? No? Well, now you do. Having a healthy scalp is extremely important to overall hair health, and my scalp has not been happy and healthy for a while now.
Does your scalp itch, sometimes unbearingly?
Does your hair seem to break off at the root?
Is your hair caked with dirt and/or flakes even though you washed it a couple days ago?
If your answer to any of these questions were yes, your scalp might be healthy.
Step 1: Know The Difference Between A Dry Scalp and a Dirty Scalp
An dry scalp will sound much like pencil on paper when you scratch. Your fingernails after scratching will produce no dirt, and your scalp will feel PARCHED.
A dirty scalp, however, will sound more like a ballpoint pen on paper when scratched. Also, when you look under your fingernails, there will be debris caked up under there.
Now that you can differentiate between a dry and an itchy scalp, you can execute a plan of action.
For a dry scalp, you’re going to want to focus on moisture. As well as directly moisturizing the scalp, you’re going to want to ingest more water than you usually do. Also, dump the sulfates. I know I said I liked them in a previous post, but they’re a negative. For real.
For a dirty scalp, you’re going to want to focus on clarifying and cleansing. The main point for a dirty scalp is to stop, or at least ward off, product buildup. You can do cowashes more often, or my favorite, the ACV rinse, which I’ll post about seperately.
As for me personally, I suffer from both. My scalp is both dry and dirty. I don’t know why, but my scalp just collects more dirt than usual. That is why it is IMPERATIVE that I shampoo on a weekly basis. My scalp is also dry, and I would scratch to the point where I felt like there were sores on my head. (Gross.)
Now I, like everyone, thought that oils were moisturizers for my scalp, which really, looking back on my thought process, made no sense at all. Anyhoo, I would oil my scalp religiously, every week. And every time that my scalp itched, I would simply drown the spot in oil and it would temporarily relieve it.
This all came to a head when I put in my Marley twists. That itching was something SERIOUS that I would not wish on my worst enemy. I would definitely not. It was really bad. At this time, I was also working out every day, and that would add to the build up and compound upon the itching.
After doing some research, and speaking to some naturalista buddies, I developed a plan and began to implement it. Listen to me when I tell you that the itching is much less now. I would itch until I broke skin before, and now, if I do have an itch throughout the day, I scratch and keep it moving. It’s so much better. Really. I love this community. 🙂
Just to clarify, you should only use oils on your hair shaft after moisturizing.
Here is my plan that I am currently following:
1– NO SULFATES. I now use shampoo that has no sulfates. Sulfates are agents that are really drying on the hair and they dry your scalp out.
2– ACV Rinse. I use an ACV rinse to help me clarify my hair before washing. It really helps with lifting any debris on the scalp before washing it off.
This has worked wonders for me so far, and I will continue doing it. 🙂
Until next time,