Like so many of us, between washing, blow drying and styling our hair, it's easy to neglect your scalp. But do you know the difference between a healthy and not-so-healthy scalp?
#1: So what is a healthy scalp?
A healthy scalp is one with a balanced pH between 4.5 and 5.5. This means the skin is neither too alkaline nor acidic, allowing it to function optimally with a healthy level of oil secretions. A healthy scalp will shed regularly (without being obvious) as the dead skin cells are easily washed and brushed away without clumping.
Tip: Use the quality of your hair to gauge your scalp health. If your hair grows well, and appears luscious without being overly oily or dry, your scalp is likely functioning at its best.
#2: Signs of an unhealthy scalp
Dry, Itchy Scalp: If you experience flaking accompanied by irritability, this is a sign of dry scalp. Small white flakes will be present post-washing and brushing the hair, as opposed to larger yellow-ish flakes for dandruff sufferers.
Scaling: In severe cases of scaling and inflammation, seborrheic dermatitis may be present. This is a chronic inflammatory skin condition which isolates itself to the scalp and hairline accompanied by extreme discomfort and redness.
Oily Scalp: If you experience oiliness and feel the need to wash your hair daily, this is a cause of concern as your scalp may be overproducing oil. The overproduction of oil can lead to the overgrowth of a naturally-occurring fungus called Malassezia. While many associate dandruff with dry skin, ironically excess oil and Malassezia is the leading cause.
Tip: A sign of poor scalp health is hair loss. Hair may fall out (more than your average 150 strands per day) and may appear lackluster, limp and struggle to grow.
#3: How to rectify poor scalp health
- Balance the pH of the skin to allow it to regulate and function optimally.
- Regulate the oil production and the conditions caused by too much oil will be minimised.
- Avoid harsh ingredients which effect pH, or worse, strip the skin of natural oils is vital.
- Incorporate a pH balanced naturally derived shampoo into your regime to manage dry scalp conditions.
Tip: By opting for a shampoo that not only rectifies dry scalp conditions, but also nourishes the hair like a professional shampoo, you can support your scalp without adding extra steps to your hair care regime.
#4 Colloidal Oatmeal for a perfectly balanced healthy scalp
Tip: Look for natural ingredients which are known to hydrate, soothe, and protect the skin for complete treatment, maintenance and preventative properties.
If dry scalp conditions are keeping you from reaching your hair goals, be sure to try a natural soap-free remedy to regulate pH and oil production. Dermavive Dry Scalp Shampoo is formulated to effectively relieve dry scalp conditions by encouraging healthy scalp functioning with complimentary nourishing and soothing capabilities.
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