It’s usually quite easy to spot a successful woman. Her attire is perfectly pressed, nails masterfully manicured, and makeup expertly applied. She oozes self-confidence, walking with her head held high. And, upon that head, rests a mane of healthy, shiny hair. Yes, this is a woman who takes the time to care for herself from the tips of her Jimmy Choo shoes to the part in her glorious coif.
Is your coif not living up to your expectations? Is it failing to exhibit an air of success? It may need a health boost. Unfortunately, when it comes to a self-care regime, our parts are not treated equally. While we lovingly slather our bodies and faces with soothing creams and ointments, we are far less kind to our hair. Blasting it with heat, ripping apart tangles, and subjecting it to a huge array of impossible-to-pronounce chemicals is just a regular day’s work for your frazzled follicles. But, if we truly want to exemplify an image of success, we need to learn how to get healthy hair. And this means treating our tresses to a tad more tenderness.
Here are 10 habits for highly successful
1. Run to (but not with) scissors
While snipping your strands may not seem like an act of kindness, doing so will help conquer your follicles’ number one enemy: split ends. After all, split ends not only make your hair look brittle and uncared for, but they also lead to breakage. Regular trims will keep your ends healthy, while giving the illusion that it is growing faster. And let’s face it. We all want know how to get long healthy hair and now we know the answer is simple. Snip it.
2. Slumber on silk
Your current cotton pillowcase is not as innocent as it appears. In fact, it wreaks havoc on your tresses every single night. It’s time to relegate this follicle foe to the linen closet and adopt a slippery silk one, instead. New York physician, Jesleen Ahluwalia, explains that silk helps prevent tangles and breakage, enabling your hair to retain its healthy appearance and long length. Plus, nothing will make you feel more successful than a night ensconced in the luxuriousness of silk.
3. Befriend your bristles…but not the plastic ones
If you have ever wondered how to get thick healthy hair, you must look to the Disney princess for advice. How do they achieve their thick, lustrous locks? It’s all the brushing they do. Your 100 brushstrokes each night—with or without an ensemble of singing cartoon animals perched on your shoulder—will ensure that your hair’s natural oils will be more evenly distributed throughout your scalp, preventing possible damage. Lucy Flora, stylist at Frederic Fekkai in New York City, warns against using plastic brushes as they can break your hair strands. Plastic is also non-conductive, which means your hair will have much more static. A ceramic brush or boar-bristle option is preferred.
4. Show your scalp some love
It is impossible to achieve healthy hair without a healthy scalp, so it is important to use products that keep your scalp moisturized, especially if you are a fan of hats. Scalp massages are perfect for stimulating blood flow and boosting follicle health. If your significant other is an excellent provider of back rubs, you may want to ask them to move their hands north and give you a scalp massage, instead. Another option is investing in a scalp massager. They are, after all, always present and willing to perform.
5. Take a deep breath and de-stress
Stress takes a toll on your whole body, including your hair. In fact, too much stress over a long period of time can actually make your beloved follicles jump ship, leading to rapidly thinning hair. It is important to ensure that you learn stress management techniques such a meditation, yoga, taking a personal day, or spending time with loved ones. Your hair will thank you.
6. Loosen up those tresses
When it comes to wearing your hair up, never ever use a rubber band. They are for holding broccoli spears together — not delicate follicles. And clips with metal fasteners are a big no-no too. Instead, opt for a scrunchie or a material-covered band that won’t pull at your strands. Redken also recommends eschewing tight ponytails, braids, or buns as these can weaken hair. A looser updo is much more follicle-friendly.
7. Become acquainted with oil
Introducing your mane to a hair-healthy oil is great for both moisturizing your follicles and your scalp. Whether you opt for an oil of the olive, coconut, argon, or almond variety, your hair will absolutely thank you. Make sure you spread it evenly throughout your locks, ensuring that the tips get their fare share. Just remember — don’t use too much or you’ll end up using a gallon of shampoo to get it out, which defeats the whole purpose.
8. Go grocery shopping…for your hair
If you have ever wondered how to get hair healthy naturally without relying on drugstore brands and multisyllabic chemicals, you need only look to your pantry. Applying mashed bananas to your hair for about 15 minutes helps repair damaged follicles, mayonnaise can provide deep-conditioning within an hour, butter will add much needed moisture, mashed avocado can add shine, and washing your hair in beer will make locks more lustrous. Yes, there is no need for a factory-made hair treatment that costs a small fortune when you have the perfect hair solution collecting dust in your cupboard. Be warned: hungry people may be tempted to lick your head.
9. A healthy diet = healthy hair
If you want your hair to exude good health, you need to give it the right building blocks. Protein, omega-3, and biotin are all necessary to achieve long, thick, healthy hair. Consuming lots of fruits and vegetables, lean meats, whole grains, and drinking water are all important in promoting strong hair. It is also important to ensure that you are getting enough vitamins and minerals, paying special attention to vitamins B, C, and D, zinc, and iron. If your diet is lacking, you may want to turn to supplements from your local health food store.
10. Keep a cool head
Have you ever felt the top of your head after a long blow dry session? It’s almost as hot as pavement on a July day. Your poor hair has, basically, been sizzled up and left to simmer. Cosmetic Chemist, Ni’Kita Wilson, recommends hitting the cold-shot button on your hair dryer to cool your hair down instantly. This will not only make your head feel better, but it will prevent ongoing follicle damage.
Now that you know how to get healthy hair, it’s time to spring into action. Whether you opt to slather your head in mashed bananas, beg your spouse for a scalp massage, or simply opt for a set of hair extensions, your hair needs to be treated with love. Say goodbye to a mane that’s merely “meh” and give a big hello to glorious locks that let everyone know who you really are: a highly successful woman who is poised to conquer the world and make her dreams come true.
Our hair has seen us through our best days, and our worst. From when we first learned how to straighten it, curl it (and then curl it with a straightener), crimp it, braid it…this list goes go on and on. Through the years, the heat-damage has almost always outweighed the TLC we attempted to give our hair, but with all the extra time at home, there’s never been a better opportunity to show your hair some love. If you’re wondering where to start, try out one of the following ten ways to nourish your hair back to its healthiest best.
1. Try DIY
This is one of the easiest, most pocket-friendly ways to nourish your hair. These DIY hair masks use ingredients that you can purchase at your local grocery store and are all-natural. Take some time out of your day and give your hair the much needed care that it needs with these DIY hair masks.
2. Focus on your scalp
Do you feel like your scalp is drying out too much? Before you do anything else, make sure to check on how much water you’re drinking. Staying hydrated is an extremely important way to keep your scalp and skin nourished.
When it comes to taking care of your itchy or dry scalp, you have to understand the causes and symptoms before you begin treating it. Read the article below for a deep-dive into how you can properly take care of your scalp.
3. Tame the frizz
“I love frizzy hair!” said no one ever. Whether we’re stepping out to get groceries, or prepping for a Zoom meeting, the frizz wants in no matter what. So how do you take care of frizz when it just won’t go away? Lucky for you, we explored the causes and remedies for various kinds of frizz and how to deal with it. Check it out below:
4. Undo the damage
Heat, pollution, toxic products—there are so many factors that damage our hair on a day-to-day basis. Now that we’re staying indoors, this gives us a great chance to undo all that damage. Whether your hair is dry, oily—or you’re just looking for some extra nourishment, we got you, boo!
5. Oil it up
Oils are all the hype right now for skin and hair care, and if you haven’t jumped on to that bandwagon yet, now is the time to! They’re nourishing, great for a self-care sesh and will leave you feeling amazing. Find five of the best types of oils for your hair below.
6. Space out the wash days
Did you know over-washing your hair can cause damage to your scalp and hair follicles? Read on to find out how often you should wash your hair based on your hair colour, and hair type.
7. Develop a night time hair care routine
We all focus on our night time skin care routine but what about our hair? Your hair and scalp deserves just as much love and attention, so make sure you brush your hair, apply a mask and use a silk pillowcase for the best results. Read more about how to create a hair care routine for yourself.
8. Focus on the growth
Having long, shiny hair is never a bad idea—getting there is the struggle. We’ll guide you through nine simple steps in which you can achieve the hair of your dreams! These simple steps are easy to do and will give you the results you’re looking for.
9. How to keep it long
We’ve all felt the struggle of growing your hair beyond a certain length. While some blame it on genetics, or external factors like the weather, why not explore other reasons why this might happen to you. We’ve got you the lowdown on why your hair might not be growing and how to switch that up.
10. Untangle it
If you struggle with unmanageable tangles in your hair, we are here for you, girl! You are not alone in this struggle. We understand how annoying tangled hair can be, but don’t worry! With these easy steps you too can prevent your hair from tangling.
It’s when you can’t go out to get your haircut that you really begin to appreciate your hairstylist. Let’s be honest—even once we are able to leave our homes after quarantine is over, chances are that it will be pretty difficult to get a coveted appointment at hair or nail salons.
The good news is that, just like you can bring the nail salon home with you, you can bring your hair salon home too. If you think your hair is getting a little rough around the edges, consider trying your hand at a home haircut.
We’ve consulted with our resident hair stylist specialist Dee Lewis to figure out the best way to cut different styles of hair in the comfort of our own homes. And guess what? If you mess up, there’s hair extensions for that.
Before cutting your own hair, ask yourself the following:
Is it time to cut your hair, or can you wait?
If you can wait to cut your hair, you may be better off waiting for a salon to open— but how do you know if you can wait or not? Here are some tell tale signs that you may be overdue for a haircut.
“If the ends of your hairs are splitting in a million directions ( or even just 2) or you see little white bits at the ends, it needs a clean up,” Dee says. “When the hair starts to break or split it will keep travelling further and further up the hair shaft creating breakage higher up in the hair, or causing you to get a bigger “trim” than you expected!”
Dee also suggests avoiding any major hairstyle changes because “you will most likely end up worse than you started.”
If you are going to give yourself a home hair cut, stick to simple trims of anything 1 inch or less of the length of your hair. This kind of subtle cut won’t make a drastic difference, so if you mess up, you won’t notice it as much. It’ll also be easier to salvage down the road.
Maybe try a hair mask instead
If your hair is pretty healthy, or just slightly dry on the ends, try a hair mask at home first before committing to a home haircut.
Use salon quality hair masks, or masks with keratin, fatty acids, or vinegar. Because vinegar is acidic, it can be used to help lower the pH of the hair. This will tighten the cuticle, which “makes hair look shiny, and seals split ends,” says Dee.
How to cut your own hair
Tools you will need
Here’s what you will need:
- Sharp scissors – be sure to use the sharpest scissors you can find. Better yet, hair dressing scissors. Your kitchen shears will not be acceptable for this!
- A long comb that is not too fine
- Broom/ dust pan
- A blowdryer
- 2 hair clips
Step 1: find an open space
Clear a space to cut your hair where it’s not falling onto a counter or into the sink or shower drain. It’s much easier to just sweep up off the floor than trying to get it out of the sink and off the counter.
Step 2: dry your hair completely
Before you cut your hair, it’s important to dry your hair completely.
“When the hair is dry, it has slightly more volume,” Dee explains. This way, when you cut, you will see exactly where the hair will sit. If you cut your hair wet, however, once it dries and bounces up, you may find that you ended up cutting off more than expected. This especially rings true for bangs!
Dee explains that the best way to dry your hair if you have straight or wavy hair is to blow dry your locks smooth. For curly hair, however, she suggests to let your hair air dry naturally, or however you usually style it. She advises that once it is totally dry and you determine how much hair you are going to cut, to cut half of that.
“It will spring up more than you want, and you will end up with a 2 inch haircut when you were only trying to cut 1 inch,” she explains.
Step 3: the basics of hair cutting
When deciding on how much to cut, always cut less than what you think you need to cut off. Dee suggests trying to cut a small piece first to see if the length is as you like. Then, use that as a guide when cutting the rest of your hair. Go slowly, adding small sections to the guide until all your hair is cut.
How to cut your own hair in layers
If you are going to layer your hair, proceed with caution. Dee suggests not trying to cut your layers yourself, and only making subtle tweaks.
At most, if you notice splits in your layers, part your hair normally, then split the hair in half down the back bringing it forward over your shoulders. This is called over directing.
“When your hair is brought forward and you cut the ends, you will naturally create that slight U shape when it falls back,” Dee explains. “The hair is wrapping forward leaving length when put back into place. That should help create a softer feel through the perimeter.”
2. The horseshoe part
If you do decide to cut your layers though, a general rule of thumb is the higher the lift, the softer the feel. To do this, start by creating a horseshoe section from temple to temple and around the back of your crown, at the widest part of your head.
The area closest to the back of the head/horseshoe should be where the longest length stays and nearer to your face is where it can be slightly shorter.
Brush all the hair straight up (if some falls away leave it) and angle the hair up so it creates a straight line from your face to the tips of your hair. Slide your fingers to the very tips where you see the breakage bits and or where you can see right through the hair.
“If this is a lot of hair, don’t cut it—it should only be about 1 inch or less,” advises Dee.
3. Point cutting
Once it’s safe to cut, point your scissors at your hair to create a point cutting effect.
When point cutting, open your scissors as you place them in your hair ends, and only close them as you are sliding away. “This is the best way to avoid cutting your fingers or creating a hole in the hair,” says Dee. Point cutting is also an easy way to hide any mistakes and soften the finish.
You can apply the point cutting technique to the lengths/perimeter of your hair and to soften a blunt cut.
Getting rid of split ends
You may find that your length is just fine, and that you just want to get rid of split ends. Fortunately, this is pretty easy! Before you even cut your ends however, try a vinegar treatment to help seal them first.
When cutting, bring your hair forward, and part where you usually do. Then, bring your hair forward over your shoulders, and cut slightly less than you think you need to. Make sure to check that the length is the same on both sides. This is also a good strategy to use to make sure you cut your locks all one length when you are giving yourself a trim.
When you are cutting your split ends, Dee says to make sure you keep your chin up. “Look in the mirror and do not look down. You will angle your hair down and end up taking off too much length by accident!”
How to cut face framing layers
To cut trendy face framing layers, first start with your regular part, then a vertical section down to the front of your ears.
Dee suggests to comb this section inch by inch over directing forward at about 40 degrees. “The bottom of your first inch section shouldn’t lift higher than the corner of your eye or cheekbone.
Next, slide your fingers down keeping your fingers straight, not angled, as the hair sticking out should now be at a slight angle. Point cut a little at a time. For guidance, follow the shape originally created by your hairstylist.
How to cut the back of your hair
Cutting the back of your hair may seem like a struggle, but it doesn’t have to be. Dee suggests that to cut the back of your hair, always angle the hair forward. “It is a more natural look to have the hair slightly shorter in the front than the back and the over direction will create this. This will also help you to see the front and what you are cutting so that you can ensure that you have an even and balanced cut.
How to cut curly & wavy hair
The reality is that everyone has a different hair type, so take this into consideration before you start cutting.
Curly hair is a unique (and fabulous) texture that cuts slightly differently. Fortunately, our specialist Dee has taught us how to cut our curly locks without having to leave the house (at least for the time being.)
For curly hair, first air dry your hair. Then, style to your desired shape and cut only what seems to be out of place. According to Dee, if you have curly hair, always cut half of what you planned to cut.
“1 inch will look like 2 inches, because with curls and waves, the shorter that hair the stronger the curl.”
How to cut your own bangs
Now, this may not be the best time to start experimenting if you don’t already have bangs. That said, if you are just going to do it anyways, or have bangs to maintain, Dee does have some helpful tips.
If you do not have bangs, this may not be the best time to try to give yourself some. Instead, experiment with with clip in bangs and decide if you want to make the style permanent once you can see a professional hair stylist.
If you already have bangs and want to maintain them during this time—or are feeling daring and want to cut your own bangs—here’s how to cut your own bangs at home.
Disclaimer: proceed with caution!
Step 1: Blow dry your bangs
Blow dry your bangs and style them as you usually would. Part your hair down the centre, and then create a triangle that is 1 ½ inches back from the hairline with the sides angled to meet at your pupils/centre of your eye.
“This may seem like a small section, but it will fan out fuller once cut and styled and you can always add more later,” Dee explains.
Step 2: Clip your hair back
Clip all the rest of your hair away so you can focus on your bangs.
Step 3: Start in the centre of your triangle
Start with a 1/4 inch section in the centre of your triangle. Comb this down using a wide tooth comb with very little tension and find where you want the length to hit. This is going to be your guide.
“Cut less than you think, because you can always cut more,” Dee warns.
Step 4: Keep your chin up
If you’re looking down, you are more likely to cut too much length. If you cut too much, add a tiny bit of hair from each side off the centre and cut slightly longer where you want it. You can “curtain” your bangs to hide the mistake in the middle.
Step 5: Split hair in the centre
Split your hair in the centre once you have found the desired length and have moved to the next side. Add another 1/4 inch section to the “guide” from either side.
“Keeping the hair you have already cut straight down in the centre and over direct the new section to meet the guide,” Dee says. Then, cut the new section to the length of your guide.
Step 6: Cut straight down in the centre
“If you are trying to create a more curtain or angled fringe,” Dee says, “work side to side, over directing from your centre part. Have your guide pointing at the opposite pupil or centre of eye and bringing each added section over to meet your guide. Then, cut the added sections to the length of your guide.
Step 7: Adjust
Once all hair is cut, you should have your desired fringe. “If it feels too narrow,” Dee suggests, “make your triangle slightly bigger and add more hair 1/4 inch at a time!”
Dos and don’ts of cutting your own hair at home
Use the sharpest scissors you own.
Use a comb that is not a super fine tooth. A slightly wider helps to give less tension so you don’t end up with an uneven cut.
Do not try to use clippers like the pros do to cut your length, it cuts fast and a lot of hair at once.
Don’t cut over a carpet, or in an area you do not want little bits of hair flying around, hair tends to get everywhere!
Always cut half of what you plan to cut, and go shorter in increments if need be.
- Although we have provided instructions, it is best to leave layers and bangs cutting to the pros.
Have any more questions on how to cut your own hair? Drop them in the comments below, and we’ll be happy to help.
Written by: Brittany Rodriguez
Have you ever googled ‘how to get rid of dandruff’ while simultaneously panic-dialing your mom for dandruff-banishing home remedies? Yup, same. Trust us, we’re all in the same boat; one that is on the lookout for a solution that clears out every possibility of an irritable scalp with dandruff and replaces it with a healthy, nourished one. Dandruff can be an extremely embarrassing condition to deal with. Salon visits get awkward, you skip out on wearing darker colours, continuously feel self conscious…it can be quite uncomfortable, both physically and emotionally.
Getting rid of dandruff might be a longstanding problem for some, and a fleeting one for others, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that this condition can get difficult to deal with. Especially when advertisements on television are selling you anti-dandruff shampoos left, right and center, your Aunties are showing you several different DIY fixes to dandruff and your friends are recommending Reiki (yes, you can try Reiki to get rid of dandruff).
There are way too many cures offered to you faster than you can say, “dandruff sucks!” Which, IMHO, is where all the confusion begins. In order to deal with this immensely prevalent scalp condition (over 50 million people in America are affected by it, yikes!), it is absolutely essential that we start from the ground up.
So, what is dandruff?
Most adults have a yeast called malassezia present on their scalp. Along with this, your hair follicles and oil glands naturally produce an oil called sebum. You might recognize this oil as the third-day grease that many of us dry shampoo away on days we don’t want to wash our hair. Dandruff occurs when excess production of this oil (sebum) reacts with the malassezia (yeast) present on your scalp, causing it to multiply rapidly, resulting in an itchy, inflamed, irritable scalp. If not taken care of properly, this can lead to more serious skin conditions like psoriasis, which is a whole different ball game.
An important thing to note here, is that while dandruff is a condition that predominantly affects the scalp, it also has a tendency to spread to other parts of your body. For example, places like your eyebrows, behind your ears, on the sides of your nose, and even on the chest (for men) are common areas where this condition could also occur.
Simply put, dandruff is a reaction caused because of the increased production of oils and yeast that are already present on your scalp. This could happen due to a number of reasons ranging from hormones to stress, your environment, the weather and more. But before we jump into what causes dandruff, it is important that we clarify a common misconception we all have had surrounding dandruff. We often mistake dandruff for a dry scalp (or vice-versa) and begin to treat it without understanding what the problem even is.
Dry Scalp vs. Dandruff: What is the difference?
Finding dry flakes on your pillow when you wake up or feeling a constant itch on your scalp are a few commonalities these two conditions share. And because of this largely evident symptom, a lot of us easily assume that it is dandruff—but that isn’t always the case.
A dry scalp is caused due to the lack of moisture and oil. Because there is a lack of naturally nourishing components, the scalp does not have enough oil for the skin to feel lubricated, which causes an inflamed scalp that is itchy and irritated. It can also make your hair look dull and dry.
Now you may ask, “But what about the flakes? Isn’t that a sign of dandruff?” Well, because of lack of naturally nourishing components, the scalp tends to become dry and creates flakes of dead skin on your scalp. So the flakes you see falling on your favorite black sweater is nothing but dead skin.
Dandruff flakes look different from dry skin flakes, so, one of the ways you can identify what scalp condition you might be suffering from is to see what the fallen flakes look like. To put it simply, you can look at it like this:
Dry white flakes
Excessive production of oils
Oily yellow-tinted flakes
While a dry scalp can happen due to a number of reasons, the weather being a considerable one, it rarely ever leads to a more serious condition. Whereas if you have dandruff, and it is not taken care of in the proper way, it could lead to more serious skin conditions.
Who is prone to dandruff?
There is no age factor to consider when we talk about the possibility of dealing with the monstrous condition that dandruff is. Whether we’re talking about a baby who is just a few months old or someone in their 80’s, dandruff can happen to anyone, and we mean anyone.
When we take into account gender, however, things look a little different. According to a research conducted by Unilever on Hair, Scalp and Gender, studies found that men are more likely than women to have dandruff. The study stated that the levels of sebum production were 1.5 times higher in men than in women making them more susceptible to having dandruff.
What causes dandruff?
Dandruff can happen to anyone, but there are certain habits, environments and situations that can trigger this condition further. If you’re suffering from those dreaded flakes, your next step would be to identify what is causing dandruff and/or what factors in your life are triggering it further. Once you successfully identify the cause, you can treat it in the most suitable way.
When you don’t wash your hair on a regular basis, the sebum (the oil your scalp naturally produces) can rapidly increase on the scalp causing dandruff. That is why it is essential to schedule your hair wash days on a regular basis. It is important to note the word ‘regular’ here, because if you overwash your hair, it could dry out your scalp further, and that’s not a good thing either. It’s all about finding that sweet spot just enough to keep your scalp nourished.
We’re not saying that your diet is causing dandruff, but rather that the foods you are consuming may not be helping your body fight or heal it to a certain degree. For example, dandruff is often connected to the Candida yeast. Foods high in sugar encourage the overgrowth of this yeast while also depleting the body of vitamin B, a vitamin which helps fight dandruff. Full-fat dairy products like cheese can also increase the growth of this yeast on your scalp resulting in dandruff. Because there is an indirect correlation between your diet and dandruff, switching up your diet to foods high in zinc and iron will help your body fight off and neutralize the growth of the white stuff.
Constant stress can not only have adverse effects on your mental and emotional health, but physical as well. We’re all aware of some of the common effects that stress can have on your body like poor sleep patterns, headaches, and chest pain—dandruff, believe it or not,is one of them. When your body is under stress your immune system is impaired, which leads to the development of dandruff. When your mind is in overdrive, it weakens the body’s natural defenses, making it difficult for your body to naturally fight back any effect dandruff has on you. You may even find yourself feeling continuously irritated because of the inflammation on your scalp, sometimes triggering an itch-cycle that leaves your scalp sore. While using the right shampoos and conditioners will help solve this problem, de-stressing is just as important. Put your phone on DND, run a bath, light a few lavender-scented candles, indulge in a good book or simply sleep in a little extra. A little de-stressing goes a long way for the health of your body and mind.
Hormones are a key part of producing the natural oils you need to keep your scalp nourished. They keep your hair and scalp moisturized which helps keep dandruff at bay. We understand that hormones are something that one cannot control, but it is good to understand how changes in hormone levels during puberty, pregnancy, or menstruation can sometimes aggravate your dandruff. A hormone imbalance can cause your body to produce excess oil that can accelerate the production of dandruff on your scalp. While we cannot control our hormones, but you can control the excess production of the oil by controlling your diet. (See: Change Your Diet)
Dandruff does tend to run in families—what this essentially means is that dandruff isn’t hereditary but rather makes one more susceptible to dandruff than others. When you are genetically susceptible to dandruff you may not be able to prevent it from happening but if you practice good skin and hair hygiene, you could successfully prevent it from rearing its ugly head too often.
Reaction to products
It is important to be aware of the kind of products and ingredients that we use on our bodies. Dandruff can get triggered due to the presence of some sulfates in shampoos and even due to the product build up from leave-in conditioners, hairspray, or hair serums, causing irritation to the scalp. So, while shampooing all the products away is important, it is equally important to use products that don’t cause harm in the first place.
If none of the causes that we mentioned above fit the ‘why’ you are suffering from dandruff, you might want to consider the environment that you live in as another factor. The appearance of dandruff is known to be more prevalent in the winter months when the air is dry and the humidity is low. Over and above that, if you are wearing hats (that are essential when it’s -21 degrees outside) it does block out air from reaching the roots of our hair which leads to the accumulation of natural oils leading to dandruff.
What are the remedies for dandruff?
Getting rid of dandruff isn’t as easy as growing out a broken nail or dealing with a pimple (PSA: stop picking!). This kind of condition is one that needs continuous, persistent care. So let’s begin by first realigning our minds to the fact that one can never really get rid of dandruff but rather just control it. There is no known “cure” for dandruff and the quicker we realise that, the quicker we’ll be on our way to a healthier scalp.
Many of us don’t realise this but our scalp is an extension of the skin on our face. Yes, the skin cells and components that it is made of are different, but we often fail to take care of our scalp the way we’d take care of our facial skin. We go all out with extravagant 63-step skincare routines while keeping your hair care on the back burner with the bare minimum of shampooing and conditioning.
Here are a few ways you can subside your dandruff and improve the health of your scalp:
Change your hair care routine
Find a shampooing schedule that doesn’t dry out your scalp and also doesn’t leave it looking oily and dirty. While we can recommend washing your hair three times a week, it all depends on you, your hair type and your environment. Through the process of trial and error, you will be able to find that shampooing sweet spot we were talking about earlier. We’d recommend looking for ingredients like zinc pyrithione, selenium sulfide, and zinc carbonate in your shampoo that will help subside the dandruff.
Use products with the right pH level
pH from 0 to 7 is acidic and from 7 to 14 is alkaline. When the pH is acidic it has the ability to kill unwanted yeast and stunt the growth of it, as bacteria cannot breed in an acidic environment. Most shampoos and hair care products sold over the counter are alkaline which could possibly aggravate your skin and hair further. While it might not have an immediate effect, continued use of alkaline products can result in the damage of your scalp, hair follicles and hair as well.
Unfortunately, not all shampoos come with their respective pH levels written on the bottle, so our best advice would be to do a thorough research before you buy the most popular anti-dandruff shampoo in the market. Moreover, you can also purchase pH strips on Amazon to check the pH level of your shampoo before using it.
Change Your Diet
Yeast-heavy and sugar-heavy foods can cause dandruff to flare up. We’re not asking you to cut these elements out of your diet completely but rather control your intake of them. Instead you can opt for food items high in omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, zinc and protein, as these will help strengthen your immune system and help fight off the growth of unwanted bacteria. Some foods that you can incorporate into your diet are, avocado, walnuts, salmon, flaxseeds, peanut butter. Doesn’t sound too difficult to do, right? Along with this, consciously adding fresh fruits and vegetables to your meals daily will also help booth the nourishment of your scalp.
Exfoliate your scalp
Contrary to popular belief, a hot oil massage is not the most ideal way to control the rapidly growing dandruff on your scalp. Especially because the very reason we suffer from dandruff is due to the excess production of oil. Exfoliation helps in removing any product or natural oil build up one might have. Swap your regular pre-shower hair brush out for an exfoliating brush or scalp massager that will not only help get rid of build up but also increase the blood circulation on your scalp. When buying a scrub, you’ll want to look out for ingredients like apple cider vinegar, seasalt, aloe vera and avocado out as they help clarify and deep-clean build up and keep the pH levels on your scalp balanced.
DIY Home remedies
When products and popular shampoos just don’t seem to work going au naturel could be your only hope. A few natural do-it-yourself home remedies have proven to decrease scalp inflammation and help control dandruff, but that being said, each one of our bodies are different and can react to natural products differently. We recommend doing a patch test before fully applying these home remedies to make sure your body doesn’t have any adverse reactions.
Aloe vera gel + Tea Tree oil
- Take a fresh leaf of aloe vera and scoop out the gel.
- Run it in a blender until the consistency is even
- Add a few drops of Tea Tree oil
- Apply to your scalp and leave it on for 20-30 minutes.
- Wash off with warm water
Egg White + Olive Oil
- Separate the egg yolks and add 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- Apply to your scalp and let it air dry for 30 minutes
- Wash off with warm water
Lemon + Yogurt
- Mix 2 tablespoons of unflavoured yogurt with a tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice.
- Apply gently onto your scalp.
- Wash off with a mild shampoo.
Along with these home remedies for dandruff, apple cider vinegar, garlic, and baking soda are largely popular ingredients to get rid of dandruff, however, can be harsh on your scalp. If you do choose to take the DIY route, be sure to check for allergies, reactions or sensitivities to any natural ingredients as well.
Another way to build scalp strength and nourishment is by using hair masks that help lock in the moisture in your hair and scalp. Like we talked about earlier, keeping your hair fully healthy and nourished needs more than your run-of-the-mill drugstore shampoo and conditioner. Throw in an all-natural DIY hair mask once every week, and reduce the frequency when you see a visible improvement.
If all else fails, visit a doctor
If after many attempts at anti-dandruff shampoos, do-it-yourself methods and scalp and hair care products your dandruff doesn’t subside, visit your doctor immediately. Dandruff isn’t a life-threatening condition but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t seek immediate help. A specialist would be able to correctly diagnose your skin condition and recommend a remedy better than any of your google searches. Like we said before, trust us, we’ve been there.
Listen to your body…
We can’t stress enough on how important it is to listen to your body!
- If a product doesn’t feel right, stop using it.
- If a particular food is causing you discomfort, stop eating it.
- If your body is reacting to the environment that you’re in, see what you can do to change your environment.
If you are blindly following age-old methods of dandruff prevention and removal without understanding how they affect your body, or using products only because they are popular in the market, stop! It might take some trial and error to figure out what works for you personally, but don’t give up. Controlling your dandruff is never a one-wash solution but one that takes time and needs persistent care. Pay attention and listen to how your body reacts to any product or DIY method you use. This is a small but effective way in which you can lead yourself to a healthier, nourished scalp, with the added benefit of emotional and mental peace of mind.
We hope we helped you understand the A-Z of dandruff, its causes and remedies. What has your experience with dandruff been? We’d love to hear about your journey—the products you used, remedies that worked for you and even the ones that didn’t. We’d love to hear about them all. Tell us right here in the comments below!
Spring is coming, even if it may not feel like it in your current climate. Before we know it temperatures and the humidity will rise, and our hair and skin will probably get pissed off and act out. And to think, we just overcame all of our winter hair problems.
To protect your hair and skin from these environmental factors, it’s important to clean up your beauty routine and ensure that you are only using products and engaging in habits that are good for you. Take this time to do some spring cleaning and create a clean beauty routine.
Clean beauty routines can maintain your skin and hair’s health by protecting it from nasty environmental factors and harsh chemicals often found in mainstream products. To establish a clean beauty routine, you’ll need to do some spring cleaning and get rid of the products and habits that may very well be wreaking havoc on your hair and skin.
At Luxy Hair, we believe in treating your hair and hair extensions with clean products that will maintain their natural shine. We’ve put together a clean beauty guide to help you spring clean your routine and make better product choices.
What You Need to Know About Clean Beauty
What is clean beauty?
Clean beauty refers to the beauty practices of utilizing clean beauty products that are free of dangerous ingredients (natural or synthetic) that can be damaging to the hair or skin. Clean beauty is often associated with natural, organic, and sustainable products.
The question, however, is if organic hair products are really worth it and if they make a difference. Clean beauty is essential to maintaining a sustainable and healthy beauty and hair routine.
According to a Harper’s Bazaar poll of 1,000 women, more than 60 percent of women would be willing to pay a higher price tag for clean beauty products, and almost 50 percent are currently splurging on clean beauty products.
Why is it beneficial?
Clean beauty is beneficial because it makes consumers more conscious of what they are putting in their hair and on their bodies. This awareness makes consumers a lot more educated on what they are buying, and also encourages them to read labels and pay attention to what is put in the products that they buy and how they are made.
Why should you make the switch?
Consider making the switch to clean beauty products — your skin will thank you. There are many benefits to making this change:
- Clean beauty products are easier on your skin
- Clean, natural ingredients boast nourishing and restorative properties
- The ingredients & production practices are more environmentally friendly
- They are non-toxic and free of harmful ingredients
- They are made sustainably and with sustainable ingredients
- Because the ingredients are so high quality, they go a long way and help you save money in the long run as you use less of the product
- They are good for your health
- Some products are even good for hair extensions
How to identify what products are not “clean”
Check the Ingredients
Clean beauty products contain mostly natural ingredients that are nourishing and all-around good for your hair and skin. To identify what products are not clean, consult the ingredients list. Avoid any items with these harmful ingredients that are commonly found in mainstream beauty and hair products:
- Propylene Glycol
- BHA & BHT
Check the Packaging
Excessively packaged products aren’t considered clean beauty products as they utilize a lot of material that doesn’t break down effectively. The packaging of these products is wasteful and sits on landfills for a long time, sometimes even releasing harmful compounds.
The reality is that products that are not clean are often made with harmful chemicals that can release harmful compounds into the soil and air at landfills.
Understand the labels
Products are often labeled with buzz terms like “natural” and “organic” that actually don’t have any meaning (or truth) behind them. Do your research and consult a clean beauty glossary to understand the definition of these different buzz terms and what to look for to ensure that there is some truth behind these words.
10 Ways to Spring Clean Your Hair & Beauty Routine
1. Get to Know Your Skin
It is important to get to know your skin and hair type to understand the clean beauty products that will have the best results for you. If you have sensitive skin or damaged frizzy hair, it is important to buy clean products that are specially formulated to suit your specific needs. For example, it’s important to use the right shampoo for your hair type to prevent dry or, conversely, greasy hair.
2. Read the Labels
Read the labels of all of your products, or, at least the products you use every day (your shampoo, conditioner, hair spray, foundation, concealer, etc.). If you spot any of the harmful ingredients we’ve mentioned, consider tossing the product and replacing it with a clean beauty product.
Reading the labels of your products will definitely help you to declutter your collection as you will be able to identify the products that you should be tossing out. While your at it, get rid of any empties and consolidate similar products that are both half full (we’ve all been there.)
After you’ve gotten rid of the products with harmful ingredients or excess packaging (double-check if you can return them back as part of a recycling program), it will be a lot easier to declutter and organize your products. This will help you to see what you have and what you’re lacking.
4. Experiment with New Products
Now that you are getting rid of products with harmful ingredients, take the time to find good replacement products! Start experimenting with new clean products to see which work best for you and are most worth your money.
A good way to experiment with products before you even use them is to do a spot check; apply a hair product to the bottom of your locks to see how your hair responds before you apply it to your whole head of hair. The same goes for skin care products as you need to test it on a spot of your hand to see if your skin will react to it.
This experimenting is a fun process and an easy way to get to know different products, including product types you’ve never tried before. Most of us shampoo and condition our hair, but this is a good chance to also experiment with hair sprays, gels, creams, mousses, natural hair oils, and other products.
5. Buy Less Packaging
Make a conscious effort to buy products with less packaging. Elaborate packaging is beautiful and intricate, but can also be extremely wasteful. Packaging materials rarely break down well in landfills and don’t contribute to the product itself. Put money towards products themselves, not their packaging
6. Do Your Research
Research for clean beauty products isn’t only about reading the labels for buzz words and ingredients, it’s also about reading reviews. By reading reviews online you can identify the products that are really clean, and will actually make a difference for your hair and skin.
Doing research will also help you to better identify brands’ production processes. The reality is that with so many social media brands online, it is easy to see their processes from their stories and other information they release on the feed.
7. Trial & Error
Experimenting is about trial and error; see what products work for you, and which don’t. This doesn’t only go for finding new products, as it is important to also try out all the products you’ve already purchased (even the ones you’ve been loyal too) to see if they still do the trick they way they used to. The reality is that your skin and hair go through a lot of changes over time, so what may have worked before may not work quite the same anymore.
8. Give Your Hair & Skin a Break
By spring cleaning your hair and beauty products, you can give your hair and skin a much-deserved break. Start removing harmful products from your routine, and incorporate cleaner products and practices while you are at it.
The spring cleaning process may even include using no products at all for a day or two a week to give yourself a break. Let your hair get rid of the built-up products like styling gel and spray to help it regain its natural glow. Give yourself a blank slate of sorts.
9. DIY Products
Spring clean your hair products and protect your wallet by trying out some DIY at-home hair products like DIY Dry Shampoo. By making these products yourself you can see exactly what goes into them, and feel at peace using household items that you already know are natural and ethically sourced.
10. Revive Your Hair
Take the right steps to restore your hair of any existing damage. Invest in clean beauty products, toss harmful products, and incorporate some good hair health habits into your day-to-day. Use less heat, eat the right foods, avoid overwashing, and start treating your hair and skin better.
Written by: Brittany Rodriguez
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