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Winter Hair Routine: Dandruff vs. Dry Scalp, Frizz Control
It’s been over a year since I’ve written a post on haircare routine so I thought I should do update you guys on what I’m currently using. I have thin, naturally wavy hair that gets oily quite easily. In the winter, I often experience itchy dry scalp. Dry scalp is often misunderstood as dandruff but there are several important differences.
- Due to excess oil on the scalp
- Can be caused by: improper nutrition, hormonal imbalance, poor health, genetic factors
- Is the metabolic by-products of skin micro-organisms (most specifically Malassezia yeasts)
- The yeast feeds on the excess oil and dead skin on the scalp, which causes skin cells to shed more frequently and clump into flakes
- Dandruff can’t be cured by it can be controlled using medicated dandruff shampoo
- Due to lack of moisture
- Can be caused by the soap, strong shampoo (which strips away natural oils), cold weather, product build up, hard water, and diet (ex: caffeine)
- Can be treated by using natural remedies such apple cider vinegar rinses to help restore the pH on the scalp and remove product build up
- Giving your scalp a massage using natural oils (extra virgin olive oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil, argan oil, etc.) can help with blood circulation and moisture distribution
Products that I’m Using (in the order that they are applied):
- Maple Holistics Hydrate Shampoo* [full review]: This is one of the most gentle shampoos I’ve ever used. It’s sulfate-free and it’s designed to hydrate your scalp. I’ve also tried the Head & Shoulder Dry Scalp Care with Almond Oil shampoo but I still find it quite drying.
- Organix Acai Berry Avocado Conditioner: Organix makes really awesome hair products but I especially love their conditioners. This conditioner makes my hair really soft and hydrated. I’d also recommend their Coconut Milk conditioner.
- Aussie 3-Minute Deep Conditioner [full review]: I use this deep conditioner once a week. It really does a good job of hydrating my hair after it’s been damaged by hot tools It also has a yummy pina colada scent! The only downside is that I don’t feel like this conditioner makes my hair as soft as the Organix conditioners.
- Biosilk Silk Therapy [full review]: After I wash my hair, I always apply a serum to the ends. I didn’t like Silk Therapy very much when I first got it because I find it a bit too light for my dry ends. But after I started using the Organix conditioner, I’ve been liking this serum a lot more. My favorite hair serum is the Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum.
- Argan Oil [full review]: After treating the ends, it’s time to treat the roots. I like to use 5 drops of argan oil to massage my scalp in circular motions. This is probably the most important step because it really helps with controlling dry scalp.
- Fekkai Glossing Cream: I generally wash my hair at night to let it air dry. The next morning, I like to apply a pea size of this glossing cream to control frizz and flyaway hair. This a light-weight leave-in conditioner that doesn’t make my hair feel like it’s coated in products. It contains olive oil, which is one of the best nourishing oils for the hair.
- Batiste Dry Shampoo (Dark & Deep Brown): I used to wash my hair every night before I realized I have a dry scalp problem. After all, if your scalp feels itchy and gross, you’d want to wash it. But washing your hair daily would easily strip the natural oils from your scalp. I’ve been trying to wash my every other night. On the second morning, I like to apply dry shampoo to the roots to freshen up my hair. I’ve been really liking the Batiste Dry Shampoo in Dark & Deep Brown. I have black hair so this product doesn’t leave any white residues.
I hope my tips and product recommendations have been helpful!
*This product was given as a PR sample for review purposes.
Remington Pearl Ceramic Ultimate Flat Iron (2 inches)
I first encountered this flat iron when I saw my college junior year roommate using it nearly every morning. I borrowed it a few times and really liked the results so I requested the pearl ceramic version for a Christmas gift. First of all, I have naturally wavy and frizzy hair that’s fairly hard to straighten. That’s why I chose a 2-inch flat iron instead of an 1-inch one that most people have. Secondly, I like the pearl infused ceramic plates on this flat iron because ceramic improves heat distribution and allows hair to glide through with almost no snagging. One problem I’ve encountered with previous straighteners is frizz. With this straightener, as long as the weather isn’t super humid, the frizz is under control for most of the day. Additionally, I really like how you can control the temperature on this straightener (I use the lowest one, 300 degrees F). This flat iron also heats up really fast. I usually turn it on, set the temperature, and by the time I finish applying heat protectant, it’s already heated up (indicated by the beep sound). For maneuverability, this straightener contains a long swivel cord. Lastly, there’s a lock switch that allows you to press the plates against each other and roll up the cords when you are traveling or not using the flat iron. Overall, I’m very happy with this product and I strongly recommend it to those of you looking for a new flat iron.
You can purchase this flat iron on Amazon.
Q: does washing your hair with shower gel make it dry? iv been washing it with shower gel for about 4 years now, i live with only guys and so i cant really buy shampoo or hair products. what could i do?