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Scalp Health- Goodbye Itchy and Irritated Scalp

“The scalp is the soil in which the hair follicle blooms”


What occurs on our scalp is a direct reflection of our beauty routine.

Many are so focused on other areas of their beauty routine that they miss an essential part of caring for their hair; nurturing the scalp. If the scalp is healthy your luscious locks will bloom too.


Understanding the Causes of Irritation

Many mainstream products contain silicones, waxes and additional ingredients that can suffocate the follicle, slowing down hair growth ,causing hair loss, and in rare cases permanent damage to the hair follicle. These products if not removed can cause inflammation, flakes, and irritation.


Other contributing factors to scalp irritation can be the environment, eating habits , allergies,hormones, pollution and product build up.The scalp much like the face should be cleansed, exfoliated, and moisturized. Once you better understand what is causing your scalp irritation the better we can treat your inflammation.


In rare cases scalp irritation and inflammation may be a symptom of other underlying health issues and should be looked at by a healthcare professional if symptoms persist.


We have found great success in reducing itchy and irritated scalps by implementing the following scalp care steps.


Girl, Brush YOUR HAIR ..


As we know healthy hair starts at the roots, when we increase circulation and stimulate the scalp we can encourage hair growth, and reduce inflammation.

Brushing your luscious locks is a form of mechanical cleansing which increases blood flow to your scalp without stripping your natural oils . This helps to nourish and protect all hair types and textures.


What Brush to Use

We recommend using a boar bristle brush or a brush with a combination of bristles that includes natural hair bristles. This will better distribute your natural oils, decrease your shampoo, and better exfoliate the scalp.


How to Brush

You must first detangle your hair by brushing through the ends first. Work your way towards the scalp until the hair is thoroughly detangled. Now, take time to focus on your scalp. Brush from all directions slowly and steadily, moving oil and buildup down the hair.


When to Brush

We recommend brushing your hair at the beginning of your day to help distribute your natural oils and make your application of dry shampoo more seamless. It is also wonderful to dedicate more time to the scalp and brushing before you shower to help remove product build-up/flakes.


Watch your diet..

Inflammation can be caused by our diet and the foods we eat.

A healthy balanced diet rich in zinc, omega-3 fatty acids, and protein will help keep your scalp and hair strong. Some foods can also trigger an inflammatory response which can be seen on our scalp.


Avoid these common inflammatory foods:

Processed foods

Nightshades

Alcohol

Red meats

Dairy


Drink Water!

Much like a plant needs water to grow, so does hair. ...

Water makes up almost 25% of the weight of a single strand of hair. Drinking at least two litres of water a day will help the strength of your hair, increasing growth, reducing inflammation, and resolving dehydrated skin.

Dehydration immediately halts hair growth and can cause dry itchy scalp.


Use a Shower Head with a Water Filter

A shower head with a filter that addresses hard water prevents skin irritation by keeping soap scum from clinging to your skin. Many water filters can also remove microorganisms, chlorine, and chemical contaminants, and minerals in the water that can also irritate skin.


Not only will a filter reduce your skin irritation it will also help with the longevity of your hair colour keeping your luscious locks shiny and bright.


Exfoliate the Scalp

To exfoliate the scalp you can use two methods.


Boar Brush Exfoliation

You can deeply exfoliate once a week by parting the hair and gently agitating the scalp with the brush. A teasing brush works well to get closer to the scalp rather than a regular brush. You may also do this in conjunction to your regular brushing.


Do not apply too much pressure , this should feel good and not painful. You will see the dry skin come loose as you brush. For some scalp conditions this can be counterproductive to your treatment; however for many who suffer from dry itchy scalp this will help exfoliate and remove product build-up


Clarifying Treatments

Clarifying shampoos or salon treatments will help remove dead skin cells as well as product build up. This deep cleanse is essential especially if you use products that contain waxes, oils and silicones. This deep cleanse is great once a month or weekly to prevent product build-up


Moisturize the scalp with Oil

A dry scalp that isn't producing enough natural oil can make your hair dull and your scalp itchy and flaky.

It’s important to note that not all oils should be used on the scalp as they can increase build-up and inflammation.No two hair oils are made the same therefore it is important for you to do your research before applying just any oil to the scalp.


We recommend using hair oils that are high in fatty acids, that have UV protection, anti-viral, and anti-fungal properties. The best hair oils will leave the hair feeling nourished without being greasy.

At this time we are doing more research and will be carrying a hair oil that we love this spring!


Medicated Shampoo

A medicated shampoo is great for people that suffer from dandruff or psoriasis. We love Segals shampoos that help reduce inflammation and treat the existing condition. Zinc based shampoos are also ideal to reduce irritation and inflammation.

In rare cases a prescription shampoo is also necessary to help relieve and treat your symptoms. Once we have reduced the inflammation these shampoos are used as a treatment not a long term solution.


Avoid Sun Exposure

To increase your hair and scalp health we recommend reducing your UV exposure not only in summer but throughout the year. Not only should we wear hats but we can also use select hair oils to offer some UV protection.



We hope you found this information helpful!

If you have any questions please contact Vocare Hair Studio.

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