Starting at the Root: What Your Scalp Is Telling You


by Sharlyn Pierre
Frustration can run at an all time high when transitioning…heck, even after you’ve transitioned there are some days when you feel as if it’s you against your wig piece. If you’re puzzled as to why you can’t solve your hair woes, most of the answers can be found by starting at the root; specifically, your scalp.Because the scalp is the most absorbent part of our body, monitoring it can assist in eliminating common issues like dryness, or even the inverse – oily hair.The health of your hair also depends on the health of your hair follicles. Our hair consists of a protein called keratin that also forms our fingernails and skin. However, keratin is considered “dead tissue” and your hair’s living cells are found in your hair follicles. So treat those hair follicles right!

Is Your Hair Naturally Oily or Dry?

The best way to ensure luxurious locks is to first determine if your hair is naturally oily or if it’s on the drier side. If your hair feels and looks weighed-down, you have to rebalance the oil production in your scalp. One method is using organic baby shampoo. The key is to use products with natural astringents like lemon, tea tree, juniper and sage. Switching products as a part of your regimen sometimes works to heal an ailing scalp as some of your products may be the culprits if they are too harsh. For example, many shampoos are mostly made of water and detergent so they strip the hair and scalp of natural oils like sebum. Sebum is our hair and skin’s natural moisturizer. When we brush and comb our hair, we help to spread sebum along individual hair shafts and that is what keeps our hair shiny and smooth. Without it, hair becomes flat, dull, and lifeless.

Another approach to rebalancing oil scalp production is the use of honeydew melon. Mash or blend it, distribute it evenly on your scalp and strands, cover your hair with a cap for 10 minutes, and then rinse it out. Brown sugar can also be used as it works as a mild soothing agent. Apple cider vinegar is the traditional go-to treatment for oily hair. You can also use vinegar if you think your hair is dry or if you have dandruff. Just apply some and run it through your hair. If you’re concerned about the smell, it will be gone once you begin shampooing your hair. Pure plant oil can infuse hair and is the best conditioner for dry hair.  To boost shine, add a tablespoon of baking soda to your shampoo, which removes residue from your hair without stripping it of too much natural moisture.

Steamy summer days can also rob your hair of its natural moisture. You would think that remedies for beating the heat, like immersing yourself in water by taking a dip in a pool or a trip to the beach, would help but instead they leave your hair looking thirsty. Before you dive in, mix some water and jojoba oil in a spray bottle and apply a light mist to your hair so it won’t succumb to chlorine or salt.

Even something as simple as massaging your scalp for a few minutes can improve andstrengthen the roots of your hair and even the hair follicles where hair grows.All of these tactics can work wonders, but the number one recipe for dry hair (and dry scalp) is sleep! That’s right, catching the right amount of Z’s affects your hair, so start counting some sheep!

I have included shampoo and condition DIY recipes to get you started on your quest to a healthy scalp, and ultimately healthier hair. Do you have any tried-and-true scalp elixirs?

Hair karma is real, so please share!

Chamomile and Geranium Shampoo

6½ tablespoons (100 ml) shampoo base
10 drops of chamomile
10 drops of geranium
5 drops of sandalwood
2 drops of lime

Oat Milk Conditioner with Mimosa and Ylang Ylang 

5 tablespoons (75 ml) of conditioner base
2 tablespoons (25 ml) of plant milk
10 drops of ylang ylang
10 drops of lavender
5 drops of petitgrain
5 drops of mimosa

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