For many of us, Winter is a time of all kinds of hair and scalp challenges, from hat hair to weird fungal issues that crop up on the scalp. The most common ailment, however, is plain ol’ dandruff. If you suffer from seasonal or year-round dandruff, you know that it often seems to improve after using medicated shampoos, only to resurface in a week or two.
What the big name companies don’t want you to know is that they’re so-called ‘treatments’ may actually be making your scalp condition worse! That is because most dandruff shampoos are chock full of sulfates and harsh chemicals which irritate the scalp. They also tend to address the symptoms and not the root cause (pardon the pun) of the problem. So, while they may get those flakes to disappear for a little while, they are not effectively correcting the imbalance that triggered the dandruff in the first place.
Dandruff is essentially an excess of skin cells on the scalp. This skin ailment is believed to be due to a pesky, but common, fungus called Malassezia. The fungus is typically present in the outer layer of healthy skin, but, in about half of the population, it penetrates the hair follicles and causes irritation. This irritation causes skin cells to shed more rapidly than normal, resulting in the white flakes known as dandruff.
To defeat the fungus, it is essential to maintain a healthy level of sebum (the skin’s natural oils) and a balanced pH on the scalp. A gentle shampoo that does not over-cleanse the scalp is the first step in breaking the cycle of scalp irritation. Our Get Clean! No-foam Shampoo is enriched with Neem and Karanja, two very powerful anti-fungal agents, and does not strip the hair’s natural oils.
Step two is a pH balanced conditioner, such as our Featherweight or Intense Quench. Both restore the scalp and hair to the optimal pH level between 4 and 5, thereby curbing the growth of harmful fungii.
Step three is regular scalp massage with a product such as our Scalp Therapy, which is enriched with a wide array of anti-inflammatory agents and moisturizers. Scalp massage not only loosens any existing flakes, it also stimulates blood flow, thereby aiding the overall resiliency of the follicles and skin.