ATTENTION: I have some important, seasonal knowledge to drop!
So many people deal with itchy scalp issues around this time of year and because of the flakes, they assume that it's dandruff and reach for the Head and Shoulders or other such products. However, dandruff and dry scalp are two totally different things, and treating one when you actually have the other can exacerbate the problem.
In my experience, few people actually have dandruff. The majority actually just have a dry scalp, which is exactly what it sounds like. It's totally understandable because the most recognizable symptoms are so similar -- itchiness and flaking.
Dandruff is actually a fungal condition and rather than small, white flakes, yellowish clumps of tissue form on the scalp. If you're not sure which you're experiencing, don't hesitate to ask me.
Everybody's got their stuff; bodies are weird. If you've actually got dandruff, then by all means use something to treat it.
I recommend Davines Nourishing shampoo and nourishing vegetarian miracle conditioner, moisturizing and restructuring products for dehydrated scalp and dry and brittle hair.
And Davines Rebalancing for normalizing and rebalancing shampoo for scalp with sebum hyper-production.
Sometimes we gotta pick our priorities, and I'd personally pick not waking up in the middle of the night scratching my scalp.
If you've just got dry scalp, using something meant for dandruff can really work against you -- it will clear away flakes but also dry your skin further, only making things worse. Most people don't realize this and create a cycle where they have a dry scalp, they try to help it but dry it out further, and on and on.
Now that you are taking care of the health of your scalp and hair with the proper home care let me share some more of my own tricks and tips.
To help with dryness caused by the constant heaters and fireplace I use an humidifier which greatly helps to maintain some moisture in my bedroom.
If your hair or clothes get very staticky you can simply use a Bounce sheet for the dryer and gently rub it on your hair and on your clothes.
Spray some hairspray directly onto your flat brush and brush your hair, it will also help with static electricity.
Avoid wearing wool hat it really suck the moisture out of your hair and make it worth.
There my dear friends that should take care of you in the next coming weeks. Looking forward to see you all soon. You know where to find me smile emoticon@ Acacia Hair Boutique.
Everyone wants to know what the difference is between a professional product and a drugstore one. Perhaps you cannot see the difference from the bottle and the fancy labels, but the difference is there!
I cringe when my clients come in for their Colour Services or Keratin Smoothing service, spend a lot of time in my chair and a fair amount of money to go home to a drugstore quality product!!!
It is like investing in a beautiful soft and luxurious Angora sweater and throwing it in warm water cycle of your washing machine. Ouch!
The difference in price of a Salon Professional Product and a drugstore one is not only the higher quality and higher concentration of those ingredients, it is also that the salon product will last you much longer.
Unless you suffer from allergies. you probably never look at the ingredients. You most likely base your decision on the price, the packaging and of course the smell.
Next time, do read your label and remember that the 1st ingredient is the strongest and the last is the weakest.
WATER: Is H20 the 1st ingredient listed on your shampoo bottle? If so it means that your shampoo is diluted with water more than others. Which means a cheaper price but it also means you will use more and run out of it faster.
ALCOHOL: Talk about drying your hair. Again a lot of drugstore product will have a high content of alcohol. The product may still make your hair feel smooth… However, it is not getting the moisture and protein it needs to stay strong and heathy.
SULFATES: Every body talks about sulfates but I am sure very few really understands why you want to avoid it in your products.
Sulfates are a salt of sulphuric acid. In a product, sulfate get sudsy and later well. But they do tend to dry out the hair and strip out your color.
A few things to remember if you color your hair like I do:
Color treated hair is more sensitive to heat from tools.
Your color will last longer if you are using color protecting products for exemple a heat protector or/and using a shampoo that is too strong.
if you shampoos less frequently and instead use your conditioner to freshen up and nourish.
Voila, I hope this will help you shop smart. Thank you.
Hair by Veronique.