A healthy scalp is just as important as having healthy hair. But many people overlook the health of their scalp, if you have seborrheic dermatitis you probably suffer from white or yellow scales that are shedding from your scalp more commonly referred to as dandruff.
Your dandruff could be linked to a yeast overgrowth/infection or a form of Candida – if so here are some quick health tips: get plenty omega 3′s, take a daily probiotic in the morning on an empty stomach, limit sugar in-take (even natural ones – use stevia for a sweetner), take a fungal supplement if you like.
Many people who don’t suffer from dandruff also never think about how to improve the health of their scalp. If you have thinning hair or hair that seems to be sparse it could be poor diet or an unbalance scalp. So here are some tips plus a DIY scalp elixir to make that is super cheap, simple and effective.
For those with dandruff do the following:
- Wash your scalp 2- 3 times per week for oily hair to prevent buildup and 1-2 times per week for normal or dry – If your one of those people whose scalp is constantly oily/greasy I recommend you wash the scalp daily BUT do not wash the hair shaft just stick to the scalp and 2 inches or so down no further to prevent drying out of your hair
- Rinse your hair with a vinegar rinse after rinsing out your shampoo and conditioner
- Make sure your shampoo and conditioner are an all-natural brand and free from any harsh chemicals
- Make my scalp elixir recipe (see below)
- Brush your hair with a boar bristle brush – no plastic dots on the end of the bristles to create breakage/splitting and this will help to evenly distribute natural oils
- Use 2 Tablespoons to 1/2 cup of water of the scalp 1-2x per month to exfoliate, gently rub this mixture around the scalp (not the hair because it is drying) for 2 minutes. Then rinse with 1/4 cup of vinegar and 3/4 of water
- Apply oregano oil to the scalp I highly suggest Oreganol – oregano oil is: anti-septic, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic, and anti-microbial
DIY Scalp Elixir:
1 Tablespoon of Organic, Cold-Pressed Coconut Oil
5 drops of peppermint essential oil
5 drops of tea tree oil (optional)
Melt the coconut oil then add the essential oil and stir. Place this on your scalp and massage in, leave there for 15 minutes prior to showering. Then when showering add 5 more drops of peppermint oil to your shampoo (don’t get any oil in your eyes- so be careful) you can add the oil to the shampoo in your hand or just add 30 drops to a bottle of shampoo – the choice is yours. There maybe a slight tingling or cool sensation you feel when shampooing and this is normal as the peppermint has a cooling sensation on the scalp when diluted. Don’t apply any essential oils directly to your scalp without mixing in some oil or shampoo because some people experience burning from the potency. When coming out of the shower apply 1 quarter of organic argan oil to the last 4 inches of hair you have (the amount of oil you use is up to you but I have very long hair.)
For those looking for a treatment between showering to kill the itch associated with dandruff go ahead (this is only for non-sensitive people) and apply some tea tree oil to the scalp via a cotton swap.
Immediately upon exiting the shower apply a hydrating oil (I like argan) to the ends of the hair – remember the ends of your hair are usually more dry because the hair is oldest there
Apply organic castor oil (I recommend Home Health Brand which can be purchased on Amazon or at Whole Foods) dilute this oil with some other oil such as avocado, wheat germ, or sweet almond and apply to the scalp – castor oil has properties for restoring hair growth and has worked well on many eye lashes, eye brows and when properly diluted the scalp for restoring hair growth without needing multiple hair washings.