Tuesday, 25 February 2014

[Haircare] Calling All Scalp Oil Users: Oil Is Not A Dry Scalp Solution!

On my last two trips to the hair salon and after a recent encounter with a Philip Kingsley spokesperson, it's become apparent that oiling the scalp seems to be more popular in the hairsphere than professional hair stylists think it should be.

Besides the childhood Blue Magic & Dax days #IKnowYouHadThemToo, I have never used anything but oils on my scalp. It's just standard practice... dry scalp, freshly washed scalp, want hair growth - throw on some scalp oil et voila! But the face analogy to follow had me question the scalp oiling phenomenon...

Most people use oil on their scalp for two reasons, to combat dryness and also for growth. On the dryness front, whilst oils can help soothe itching and flaking they most certainly should not be used solely as a dry scalp solution.

F A C E   A N A L O G Y
Let's imagine you smother your freshly washed face with oil and re-apply the oil to your face every other day for a week without washing it. Yes the dryness may have disappeared and you have that #NiaLongGlow, but essentially all you've done is mask the dryness, clog your pores, encourage spots and the root cause of dryness remains unknown! #NoMoreNia

There are many pros of using scalp oils in your regimen no doubt about it! However using oils on your scalp when experiencing dryness can also have its downsides:

 It can worsen scalp conditions such as dandruff -
- It may mask more serious scalp conditions -
- Can increase itching due to build up & thus cause hair loss -

D R Y   S C A L P   S O L U T I O N
- Increasing your H2O intake - 
- Check your diet, are you missing any vital nutrients/vitamins -
- Consider visiting your GP/ A Trichologist -
- Avoid Dandruff Shampoos - 
- Consider more frequent hair washing - 

So in closing, I'm still a super frequent scalp oil user, however oiling the scalp should work hand in hand with washing the scalp/hair. If you are a frequent oiler then you should also be a more frequent washer! My biggest find after many years of suffering from a dry and flaky scalp, was that my hair craved to be washed more frequently and couldn't hack my days or even weeks of daily oil on scalp slobbering without a touch of water to quench its thirst!

Some over the counter Scalp Care treatments

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