Many of us suffer from this problem of combination hair. The roots will be greasy, sometimes with dandruff and feel unclean but the hair ends will be dry and frizzy, sometimes with split ends also. When the scalp feels greasy, we again go and shampoo it and end up with oily scalp the next day itself ! 😦 This vicious cycle continues until it leads to hair fall, split ends, reduced hair growth and other problems.
Most of us remember having normal hair years back but due to lifestyle many suffer from hair problems. Dry hair may be the result of over-shampooing, less moisture, diet, pollution,genetics etc. Greasy roots may arise due to over-shampooing, application of conditioner or other haircare products to the scalp, improper washing, genetics, dandruff etc.
Shampoo plays a major role in determining hair health. Because most shampoos contain SLS and other sulphates which are very harsh cleansing agents. The are same stuff used to wash grease from a car and clean the floor of a factory, even your dishes! SLS cleans by denaturing proteins and breaking down dirt and grease.
Sebum is the oily substance produced by our hair follicles to nourish the scalp. When we shampoo, we are washing away this protective sebum along with dirt and grease. Then we put conditioner to compromise for the sebum. The healthy scalp oils never get a chance to make their way to the hair ends. This is a vicious cycle that continues and compromises hair health.
Some simple tips to combat this condition.
1. Select your shampoo and conditioner. Select shampoo according to scalp type (oily/dry) and select conditioner according to hair type. Even if you have dry hair, do not pile on moisturizing shampoos on the scalp. Use shampoo for normal hair and follow with conditioner for dry hair. There is no rule saying that you have to use shampoo and conditioner from the same range. It is just a marketing gimmick.
2. Dilute shampoo. Always always dilute your cleaning agent, ie the shampoo. Most shampoos are very, very, concentrated since SLS is a very cheap cleaning agent. Take one teaspoon shampoo + 5 teaspoons of water and mix well in a mug. If shampoo does not lather, add more water, not more shampoo. The cleansing property of a shampoo does not depend on the lather. The bubbles are added for psychological reasons to get a “shampoo” feel. Apply this mixture on your scalp, spread with fingers (not nails). Massage for one or two minutes, rinse well. Check if your scalp is clean. If not, rub one-two drops of shampoo (undiluted) and wash well. Do not use 1/4 bottle for one wash. If the shampoo is mild, it will not lather much, so sometimes we end up using more. Avoid this.
3. Clean your scalp naturally. Apply one or two drops of any oil only to hair lengths. Apply orange or lime juice to scalp. Wash off without shampoo after 15 minutes. The scalp will be clean and fresh and the hair will be moisturized.
4. Another way is to apply conditioner to dry hair ends...like a hair mask…Then apply lime juice to the scalp and wash after 15 minutes. The hair ends will be moisturized and scalp will be clean.
5. Wash with imaginary shampoo or herbs. You need not wash with shampoo every time we take head-bath. Wash with ‘imaginary shampoo’ :). ie. put lukewarm water on scalp and wash as though you are washing with shampoo. Rinse with cold water. Also incorporate shikakai, reetha etc into hair-wash routine at least once a week as they do not strip sebum excessively.
6. Don’t apply mask to your scalp. When doing DIY deep conditioning at home, do not apply the masks (store bought or natural) to your scalp. Apply only to hair and rinse. If the cream says specifically for scalp use, then you may. Believe me, your scalp does not want that banana mask or Loreal Hairspa for growing hair 🙂 ! It knows how to do its job. Chemical creams clog your follicles and cause scalp acne and hair-fall. . However, you can apply non-oily, herbal masks to your scalp.
7. Brush or comb and spread oils. When brushing or combing, do it gently from the scalp to the ends so that the healthy sebum has a chance to spread through whole hair.
8. Keep your scalp clean. This is the most important thing of all. Sebum is healthy but greasy dirty, scalp is not. So keep your scalp clean, otherwise follicles may get blocked and result in hair fall.
If you are already shampooing every day it will difficult for some time to adjust to less shampooing because your scalp is used to producing buckets of oils to compensate for the loss! Give some time and keep your scalp clean with a mild shampoo…
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Take care you all ! Have a good hair day everyday 🙂
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