Dry scalp is a very common affliction, and I put most of the blame on the harsh ingredients found in conventional hair care products AND our obsession with over-shampooing our hair.
Dry hair and scalp is often the result of over-shampooing with products that contain SLSs (Sodium Laurel Sulphates – sudsing agents), PEGs (petroleum-based polyethylene glycols used as moisture carriers and stabilizers) and parabens (preservatives linked to breast cancer). These synthetic, cheap and toxic ingredients contribute to both dry and inflammatory skin conditions. There are many natural remedies and preventative practices to make your hair and scalp more moisture and pH balanced:
1. Less Shampooing or the No-poo trend: In general, our hair and our scalps need only small amounts of shampoos and detergents. It is well known in the industry that hair can actually be cleansed by only using a conditioner (creme rinse) and forgoing the shampoo altogether. I recommend John Masters Organics Lavender & Avocado Conditioner
2. Scalp massage/manipulation: Get into the habit of a weekly massage with a certified organic oil. Look for oils high in linoleic acid, an omega 6 fatty acid. Try these 3 oils which boast the highest linoleic acid content: Grapeseed, Safflower and Evening Primrose. A weekly scalp massage with these oils with revitalize and heal your scalp, with the added bonus of promoting an ideal environment for healthy hair growth. These oils will leave your scalp moisturized and your locks super shiny. I recommend Innersense Organic Beauty’s Harmonic Healing Oil for deep hydration and nourishment.
3. Using natural and organic hair products Get to the root of the problem by banishing conventional and toxic beauty products from your regime. Not sure what’s safe and organic? Check out The Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep – Cosmetics Database. There, you’ll find third party, lab tested analysis and rating of your favorite hair, skin, and cosmetic products. You’ll know right away what to buy and what to avoid.