I'm nothing, but transparent when it comes to my hair, which is quite evident with me being a natural hair blogger and all (duh). But one thing that I haven't mentioned on my site much about is the health of my scalp. We all know, or should know, that healthy hair starts with a healthy scalp. But that's usually not what's promoted out there.
I've had my scalp issues in the past, and I thought they would disappear, but lo-and-behold here I am writing this post about the same problem I experienced a while ago. From build up to dry scalp causing severe flaking, these past few weeks have been crazy for my hair. And the odd thing is that I never experienced these issues as a loose natural. What is it about my locs?
So I decided to do some research on the matter. According to a Facebook post by Lockology for Dreadlocks, our scalps "were not meant to be continuously exposed." This may be why those with locs tend to have more scalp issues than loose naturals. I'm not sure how true this is, but I will say personally I only started experiencing dandruff and buildup once I started my locs. When I think about it, it makes sense for an issue to possibly occur because when your natural hair is loose, dandruff can easily be rinsed from off of the scalp and into your drain, because the hair is loose; however with locs, it's a little more complicated since the hair is matted together.
So what should one do?
With my prior scalp issue, I went to go see an actual loctician for professional advice. Which, I would highly recommend. I am someone who is not against hair stylists, but my wallet is (lol). I also have enjoyed maintaining my own hair, because I get the opportunity to learn so much about my locs. However, when it comes to an issue that I have no knowledge of what the hell may be going on, I'm going to consult a professional. And I'd recommend that as anyone's first step when dealing with a scalp issue.
Once sitting in the loctician's chair, she observed my scalp and right away identified the problem as product build up.
How Sway? At the time I was barely using any products in my hair, and the products I was using were very light. After more questions about my regimen, I learned that my washing methods is what caused my buildup. Luckily this was around my six month mark of being loc'd, so I was able to correct the problem before it got worse. All to say, that when you recognize a problem and you're very unsure on how to correct it- consult with a professional.
Another way to make sure your scalp is at its healthiest, is to examine your washing methods. What kind of shampoo are you using? Is it clarifying, is it for color-treated hair, is it moisturizing? For me, because my scalp has been feeling drier these days AND I've started to incorporate butters and gels back into my retwisting routine, I need a shampoo that both clarifies and moisturizes.
Lately I've been washing with Maple Holistics' Tea Tree Oil Shampoo, and I absolutely love it! The tea tree oil makes my scalp tingle and is quite soothing to my roots. I always enjoy using shampoos with oils within the ingredients, especially, tea tree oil. Tea tree oil is a magical ingredient all on its own. It has the ability to unclog your hair follicles while nourishing your tresses at the same time. The ingredients in this shampoo are super simple: water, botanical keratin, jojoba, argan, tea tree, lavender, and rosemary oils. Literally, all ingredients that you can pronounce! I like to use this shampoo with the scalp brush (pictured above) I recently purchased from my beauty supply store. It really helps to dig up the product and dry skin sitting on my scalp.
And my last tip is to make sure you're putting as my much moisture into your body as you are on your hair. One of the reasons why my scalp has been flaking up a lot more, is probably because I haven't been drinking enough water. Your hair is an extension of the nutrition you put into your body. So a dehydrated body = a dehydrated head of hair. The National Academy of Medicine, recommends 15 cups of water daily for the average male, and 11 cups of water daily for the average female. I definitely have not been reaching that recommendation! I'm sure my scalp would be in way better condition if I were!
So, how's your scalp doing! Have you ever given one of these tips a try? Comment below!
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