As people of color, we can suffer from dry, itchy and brittle hair at some point in our lives. There are no instant solutions, but I say “Beautiful Hair is Your Crown of Glory” and it is a long-term commitment to attain healthy, lustrous and fine-looking locks.
In this series we will define some scalp conditions and propose possible solutions to combat a potentially flaky and irritating season. Should you experience severe symptoms of the following, please see a physician.
- Dry Scalp: results from a loss of moisture. The characteristics are small dry flakes. This is combined with a feeling of tightness and itchiness of the scalp.
- Dandruff: a common condition that affects the scalp causing flaking. A person with dandruff has faster cell renewal, meaning more dead skin is shed; making the dandruff more visible. This occurs most frequently within the stages of puberty.
- Seborrheic Dermatitis: A severe form of dandruff, which causes larger and greasier flakes than most other types of dandruff. The skin will also appear greasy and inflamed. When found on babies, it’s referred to as cradle cap. The areas that can also be affected are: the backs of the ears, the breastbone, eyebrows, and the sides of the nose.
Season changes such as winter, infrequent washing, products that include alcohol, soaps, hormones (puberty), poor diet, excessive sweating and you guessed it stress are possible causes of skin irritation.
Potential remedies to rid you from these pesky white invaders are:
- Increase your shampooing routine.
- On scale free surface; moisturize with Shea butter or other oils, which absorb into the skin
- Over the counter anti-dandruff or anti-fungal shampoos are available and must be used as directed by the manufacturer. Tea-tree oil is well known for its effective anti-fungal and antiseptic properties. Some dandruff shampoos now include tea-tree oil as one of their ingredients. However, some people are prone to allergic reactions.
- Green Tea: contains anti-oxidants that won’t introduce harsh chemicals into your skin. Not only does it strengthen your hair, but it will naturally exfoliate dry flakes, which are the source of dandruff without dehydration.
- Avocado: extends a rich supply of vitamins and nutrients and encourages hair growth and maintain overall hair health. Avocados provide essential fats like oleic acid (omega-9) and linolenic acid (omega-3), which are critical for cell growth.
My personal favorite method when using green tea and avocado is:
Step #1 Steep, then cool green tea.
Step #2 Work green tea water into the scalp prior to washing.
Step #3 Once washed massage and comb Daily Hair Moisturizer & Nourishment with Avocado into the scalp and hair for strong and radiant tresses.