Recently when discussing scalp health with many of our clients there has been a direct correlation between those that air dry their hair and scalp irritation. We thought that this would be a wonderful opportunity to help you better understand that the scalp and hair require different care.
Yes you can still cut back on blow drying those luscious locks; but here's why letting that moisture sit on the scalp may be causing your discomfort.
Water Removes Moisture
When water comes into contact with the skin, it quickly evaporates and takes many of the skin's natural oils with it. These oils act as a natural defence against the elements and harmful bacteria. Our sebum or oils aid in keeping a healthy and hydrated scalp. This is why it is important to cut back on our washing and remove excess moisture to prevent this barrier from being disrupted.
Water Changes The PH Of The Skin
Our skin is happiest when at a PH level range of 4.5-5.5. This means that our skin is slightly acidic compared to water which is typically at a PH of 7. Water is more alkaline in comparison and this contact to our skin can cause damage to the barrier(protective) function of the skin. This leads to dryness and decreased antibacterial defence. When this occurs it limits the skin's ability to fend off the harmful bacteria that can lead to scalp irritation and infections. This is why it is essential to limit your washes, use a shampoo that is PH balanced and is gentle enough to cleanse without disrupting your natural moisture balance.
Water Quality Matters
Hard water and water that contains chemicals can build up on your scalp and can cause dryness or dandruff. When our water contains more solids or additives it may cause additional aggravation in people with skin conditions like eczema and dermatitis. This is where in home water filtration systems or even a simple shower head filter can help reduce scalp dryness and irritation.
Use a blow dryer to dry your scalp. Moderate-low heat is ideal.
Do not roll up wet hair on scalp and let it sit.
Cut back on washing with our Hair Training Tips
Use detergent free or PH balanced shampoo
Install a shower head that has a water filter
Moisturize to re-balance, treat, and prevent irritation with our favourite scalp oil
We hope this helps you better understand how to best approach air drying the hair and caring for your scalp. These simple tips and tricks will balance the scalp eliminating excess oil production and many other scalp woes.
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