Have you ever wondered why your scalp gets more dry, itchy or uncomfortable during winter?
As the cooler weather sets in here in Australia, it’s time to think about our scalp health and show your scalp some extra love and care to fuel healthy hair growth. In this blog, we’re going to explore five signs that your scalp is in need of a reset, and provide some holistic solutions to help you prepare for the cooler months ahead.
If you’re dealing with pesky white flakes on your shoulders and avoiding black tops at all costs, it’s time to give your scalp a little extra TLC. Dandruff is caused by a microbial imbalance on the scalp and can result in excess inflammation. Try incorporating more immune-modulating and anti-inflammatory foods into your diet, such as leafy greens, fatty fish, nuts and turmeric. Stress can also exacerbate dandruff, so finding ways to manage stress, like practicing yoga or meditation, or even giving yourself a lovely head massage with some diluted tea tree oil, can also be helpful.
Winter weather can be tough on our skin and scalp because of the natural lack of humidity in the air and use of heaters, often leading to dryness and itchiness. Make sure you drink plenty of water (or warming herbal teas or soups) to hydrate from the inside out. Incorporating healthy fats into your diet, such as avocado and nuts, can also help nourish the scalp and hair. Say goodbye to dryness and hello to silky, nourished strands!
On the flip side, some of us may experience an oily scalp during the winter months because the reduced humidity can encourage the overproduction of sebum. Also, if you find you’re rugging up a little too much, you may sweat more, so your hair may need to be washed sooner than usual. Minimising heavy styling products and balancing the frequency of hair washing to no more than 3 times a week and no less than once a week can help to realign oil production. Additionally, managing stress and getting regular exercise can help regulate hormones that can contribute to excess oil production.
Is your scalp feeling extra itchy and irritated lately? This could be a sign of inflammation, dehydration, or even an allergic reaction to certain hair products. Using hot tools like blow dryers and straighteners too frequently can also dry out and irritate the scalp. Instead, try air-drying your hair and using a wide-tooth comb to detangle. A word of warning when air drying; try to avoid going to bed with wet hair or tying your hair up too tightly- this can slow down the drying process and foster microbial imbalance, particularly if you are already prone. You can also try massaging the scalp with a few drops of essential oils, such as lavender or tea tree, mixed with a carrier oil like coconut or jojoba for extra nourishment.
5. Hair Loss
If you’re experiencing hair loss or thinning, take action ASAP. The aim is to strengthen the hair follicles and increase the circulation of the scalp. Incorporating more protein-rich foods into your diet, such as lean meats and legumes, can also help support healthy hair growth. Stress can also contribute to hair loss in an incredibly profound way; don’t let today’s stress damage tomorrow’s hair.
Our Scalp Reset Recommendations:
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The beauty of Crowning GloryⓇ, is that it’s designed to balance the oil production of the scalp, thanks to ingredients Activated Vitamin B2 and Selenium, along with omega fatty acids. With its therapeutic amounts of highly-efficacious ingredients, you can enjoy a healthy, balanced scalp without excess oil production, dryness, or itchiness.
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This 5-in-1 Scalp & Shampoo Brush exfoliates, massages, detoxes, detangles & stimulates growth. A must-have in every hair regimen.
It’s important to remember that the health of our scalp is the foundation for healthy, lustrous hair. While we may focus on using high-quality hair products and styling tools to achieve our desired look, it’s crucial that we also prioritise scalp health.
Our scalp is where our hair follicles reside and where the growth and health of our hair begins. Neglecting the scalp can lead to a variety of issues such as dandruff, dryness, oiliness, itchiness, and even hair loss. That’s why taking care of our scalp is so crucial for overall hair health.
By using potent, naturopath- and trichologist- formulated products like Crowning GloryⓇ, we can nourish and reset the scalp for optimal hair health. In addition to using these products, incorporating holistic solutions like healthy nutrition, stress management, and gentle hair care practices can also support scalp health and boost hair growth.
So, next time you’re thinking about your hair care routine, remember that scalp health is the root of hair health. By taking care of your scalp, you can enjoy healthy, lustrous hair that you can feel confident about.
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