Only you can judge the state of your scalp’s health, if you are a faithful co-washer, then make sure that your scalp is washed properly and free of conditioner residue. When you condition your hair after shampoo you should also make sure that everything is rinsed out completely, especially from your scalp.
When in doubt, rinse again and make sure to massage your scalp while rinsing. We would also suggest to clean your hair in sections so that you can easily pay attention to your roots.
Need a quick tip? If you have dry scalp, dandruff scalp or eczema scalp, adding a few drops of Tea Tree oil* to your shampoo or conditioner in a container before washing is very helpful.
Tea tree* oil is great for treating any scalp condition that you might have and is also a great all round treat for your scalp. The antiseptic and anti-fungal properties of tea tree oil* will leave your scalp healthier with regular use. A few drops is all that you need.
Understand what’s going on in your scalp
It is important to get educated on what your scalp does and how it behaves, this requires your own research. For example, many of us mistake dandruff for dry scalp and other scalp conditions.
When our scalp itches and has small white flakes we instantly research on how to get rid of dandruff and apply oils* to our hair to relieve the problem. But is it really dandruff? Will oiling the scalp really solve the problem?
A scalp full of dandruff exists because of too much oil (sebum) production and not the lack of oil or moisture as we are made to believe. Jessica Wu, M.D. a Los Angeles dermatologist and assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the University of Southern California Medical School explains dandruff, she says:
“It is usually due to an over growth of harmless yeast. In some people, the yeast starts to feed on the excess oil and dead skin cells on the scalp, causing the skin cells to shed more frequently and clump into flakes.” -Dailyglow.com.
So, if dandruff is a result of excess oil, then adding oil is simply going to make it worse. It might seem as if you are treating the condition but adding oils* to a dandruff scalp only covers the problem. Before treating your scalp for dandruff, it is wise to first speak with your dermatologist.
Originally posted 2014-05-01 15:00:31.