Buy The Best Beauty Products For A Dry Scalp

A dry scalp can be due to a number of reasons and changing hair products can really help to alleviate this. A dry scalp may even be caused by using the wrong products in the first place, or by using them in a particular way.

Swap Shampoo for one With a High Quality Soap Base

When looking for a truly gentle shampoo, disregard standard marketing terms on the bottle such as ‘soothing’ or ‘moisturizing’. Rather go straight to the ingredients list and get used to interpreting this. Try to avoid the soap base Sodium Lauryl Sulphate. It is a usually inexpensive ingredient for manufacturers, is an efficient cleanser and can also make a product foam up nicely. However it can over-cleanse the scalp, being unpleasant for those who are already dry.

Shampoos that contain other soaps instead tend to be a little pricier but anyone who has never tried a Sodium Lauryl Sulphate free shampoo will notice a difference in the feel of the product from the first wash. Despite various claims and counter claims about the safety of Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, the best advertisement for using a shampoo free from this is just to try the way the products make hair and scalp fee. Try Ren’s Oat and Bay Conditioning Shampoo, Trilogy or Aveda.

  • Avoid large quantities of clarifying essential oils such as tea tree or peppermint and lemon.
  • Particularly soothing and hydrating natural ingredients to look out for include aloe, chamomile, lavender, avocado oil, jojoba and coconut oil.
  • The largest ingredients are usually first. So, for example, if a product claims to contain soothing herbs, check the other larger ingredients first to make sure that they are also soothing or high quality.

Remove Build-up From Hair Styling Products

Styling products can stay on the hair and scalp both irritating and dehydrating it. Some products are hard to remove with regular shampoo and contain silicones which build up in a layer on the hair shaft. A detox shampoo, especially designed to remove product build up, can clean hair of styling product residue. Those using styling products regularly should use this once a week.

  • Anyone hooked on products may try styling products from Aveda. Being a professional range, the products are also highly functional.

Home Scalp Treatments With Plant Oils

Those who suffer from generally dry skin on the body, and therefore a dry scalp, might benefit by using a traditional oil treatment to sooth and moisturize skin. Plant oils are fine enough to genuinely moisturize but also slip underneath dry skin to lift off dead skin cells. Using a weekly or fortnightly treatment like this can really help to stop dry, flaky skin from falling. Never use oil treatments such of these if suffering from greasy dandruff or acne on the scalp.

  1. Massage a small amount of the chosen oil into the scalp and leave it to sink in for at least 20 minutes.
  2. Shampoo out using a detox shampoo to remove all the oily residue from hair and scalp. The idea is that much needed moisture should sink in to the skin where needed, not that the hair is left greasy.
  • Coconut or Almond oil are easy and cheap to buy from pharmacies and they have strong moisturizing properties as well as containing many nutrients.
  • Jojoba oil is usually a little finer and sinks in to skin more readily, so might be good for anyone not liking the fatty texture of the other oils.
  • Mustard oil is an exceptionally warming oil and traditionally popular in countries such as India.
  • For a home-spa version of the above, try Espa Pink Hair and Scalp Mud.

General Tips for a Dry Scalp

  • Wear a swimming cap if going in a chlorinated pool and always rinse hair well afterwards.
  • When blow drying hair, blasting the scalp with extremely hot air really dries it out. It may take a few minutes longer but styling hair with a moderate heat will be better for dry scalps.
  • After shampooing and conditioning, two to three minutes of rinsing actually feels longer than we may realise. Making yourself stay under the shower for longer will prevent shampoo from sticking to the roots, drying on the scalp and thereby dehydrating the skin.
  • Similarly, don’t rinse out hair in bathwater as it will not get really clean from product.
  • Use a good quality brush such as the Aveda Paddle Brush to massage and stimulate the scalp, keeping it healthy.

A healthy scalp encourages healthy hair growth and feels comfortable the whole time. An itchy or flaky scalp is not to be confused with a generally dry scalp although symptoms could be similar. An itchy, flaky scalp could indicate a number of conditions from greasy dandruff to psoriasis. If persistent, conditions such as these should be diagnosed by a Trichologist.

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Harmful Beauty

Modern beauty products present all sorts of dilemmas. We may question their effectiveness and wonder if they truly achieve all that they claim. Are the promises of perfect skin, luxuriant hair, anti-aging and an overall improved appearance really true? Or are the ingredients in our beauty products actually harmful?

The quest for a better appearance is an age-old concern. While we remain unsure of our current products, here are several cosmetic practises from past centuries that were not only harmful but in some cases even resulted in death.

Chemical Beauty Ingredients

The debate rages over the contents of our beauty products. Do they contain carcinogens, toxins and other dangerous chemicals that may lead to cancer? The Internet provides many persuasive arguments both for and against our modern beauty treatments and it is something that the consumer ultimately has to make up their own mind about.

White lead powder isn’t something we would apply to our skins, as time has shown that it is lethally dangerous. Since the time of the ancient Romans, the use of lead powder had a minor role. Until the late seventeenth century when it made a prominent comeback as the preferred means of achieving a pale complexion for the rich and glamorous.

The powder was imported from Venice, which was then, the capital of all things fashionable. Lead carbonate or lead oxide, sometimes used with added lemon juice or vinegar was applied as a thin mask to the face, neck and bust. Despite documentation of the harmful effects such as withered and wrinkled skin, women persisted in using lead powder in the pursuit of beauty. Ultimately lead affected the body causing anemia, damage to the organs, tissues, intestines, kidneys and nervous system and eventual death.

Harmful Hair Extensions

Hair extensions give the illusion of longer, thicker hair. The downside to extensions include allergies and a burning sensation, from the glue used to secure the extensions to the scalp. In extreme cases hair extensions can result in bald patches and Alopecia. The added weight of the extensions can also pull at the scalp preventing hair growth and inducing headaches.

But the dangers and discomfort of hair extensions seems mild in comparison to the towering wigs worn by the woman of the eighteenth.century. In an age where the division between the rich and poor was everything, the vertically high wigs were seen as the ultimate status symbol of wealth.

The hair was pulled over a “cushion” (a pad stuffed with wool and horse’s hair). However the weight of the cushions created headaches and was later replaced with a wire frame. Over which natural and false hair (sheep’s wool still in it’s greasy state and horse hair) was then draped and covered with white powder created from flour and pomade.

Due to poor hygiene and the elaborate nature of these hair styles, they remained untouched for months, becoming a breeding ground for nits and mites. However, the real danger of these hair pieces was their close proximity to chandeliers. In the 1770s there was a series of deaths, the results of the wigs catching fire.

Dangerous Dentistry

The silver fillings used by dentist contains mercury, a highly toxic substance, which slowly leaches into the system and is believed to result in illnesses, including chronic fatigue, asthma like symptoms and possibly rheumatoid arthritis and Alzheimer’s.

But before modern dentistry, tooth loss was inevitable due to neglect and lack of hygiene. During the eighteenth century, false teeth were made from bone or ivory but unlike human teeth they lacked enamel coating and became prone to decay and the resulting bad breath. Human teeth provided a much better answer. Occasionally newspaper advertisements offered large sums of money in payment for people parting with their own teeth.

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But many of the human teeth were sourced, gruesomely from the dead. The eighteenth century was a time of unrest and wars, and the teeth from dead soldiers, were the most sought after, due to the donors apparent youth. But the recipients of the new teeth, along with a better smile were also inheriting decay and disease from the previous owners.

With the hindsight of time it is easy to look back and clearly see the harm of our past cosmetic practises. Perhaps it is only time that will conclude if we are currently destroying our health, while improving our appearances.