Scalp problems are the norm for most people. Dryness, itchiness, and flakiness are some of the most common problems. There are a ton of treatments on the market to help combat these issues, but some can be counter-productive.
Anti-dandruff shampoos usually contain very harsh sulfates that are not so beneficial to your hair and they can also make your dandruff worse by further drying your scalp in the long run.
Scalp oils can be a good thing, but if you already have a lot of build-up around your root follicles, the oils will only contribute to further build up and hinder the oils from penetrating.
Apple cider vinegar, tea tree and eucalyptus oils, and even beer are considered more natural treatments and they can work, but again, the problem will not resolve itself if your scalp has a lot of build-up.
The reason why I keep mentioning build-up is because that IS the biggest contributing factor to all of the aforementioned scalp issues. Build up is caused by hair products, dry skin, and excess oil production. By the way, excess oil production can be made worse by stripping all of the natural oils from your hair; namely harsh sulfate shampoos.
So what is the best way to treat your scalp then? Brushing it! Yes by regularly brushing your scalp, you can eliminate most of the problem. Just think of it as exfoliation for your head! We all know that exfoliating is one of the most beneficial things for our skin, so it would only make sense that it would be true for the skin on our head. If you read my post about dry brushing, then this is pretty much along those same lines. I brush my scalp every few days and a little more often in the Winter since that is when my skin tends to be the driest, like most people’s.
Benefits of scalp brushing:
1. It loosens all of the dry skin flakes, and product build-up that has accumulated around your roots, thus allowing your scalp to actually breathe!
2. It stimulates blood flow and hair follicles, which will attribute to hair growth. Yes did you know that an excess of build-up could actually be why your hair is not growing so fast?
3. It will release toxins from your scalp exactly the way dry brushing does for your skin. On a side note, getting premature grey hair can in most instances be hereditary, but there is actually a theory that a build up of skin toxins in the scalp can cause healthy hair cells not to flourish, thus causing premature grey hair.
4. It will help soothe itchiness.
5. It will lessen the need to use harsh clarifying shampoos and treatments.
6. It feels wonderful! Your scalp will have a soothing and tingly sensation afterwards. It really is very therapeutic!
So how do you do it. Seriously this is so easy I want to punch it in the face! You just get a natural boar bristle hairbrush and brush your scalp! There is no one best place to start, just make sure you use long gentle yet firm strokes and cover your whole head. Also, do it before you shower and wash your hair. Now, after the first few times you do it you might freak out because of all the flakes! This is normal, do not give up. You will notice the flakes lessen over time and normalize.
After you have done your scalp brushing you can use an additional scalp treatment if you like. I love Earth’s Nectar Mint Leaves scalp oil, and there are some other great formulas from that brand.