If there’s one thing most of us have in common or have experienced at least once during our hair journeys, it would have to be that ‘grose‘ moment when you have had to sit in front of your mirror and engage in a scalp busting session, i.e using a comb, your nails, or some sort of tool to scratch away at your flakes.
A few months ago I wrote a post titled ‘Oil Is Not A Dry Scalp Solution‘, here I discussed the benefits of washing our hair more frequently, as a solution for getting rid of dry scalp issues. Now I still stand by this 120%, but following a conversation with a few friends it has become apparent that weekly wash days are not as favourable as I thought! In hopes of being able to help my two friends with their scalp issues, I pondered on the question of how to combat a dry scalp if you are a bi-weekly or monthly hair washer.
My Answer? Putting your scalp oils on the bench. Bear with me it will all start to make sense…
- Moisturiser: cream or lotion for the skin used to restore or retain moisture.
- Hydrator: compound containing water molecules.
So my first thought was where do oils fit in? They are neither creams, or lotions, nor do they contain water. That is when I came across the 2 main methods used to moisturise the skin:
Occlusives: These work by forming a thin film on the surface of the skin to prevent loss of moisture.
Humectants: These attract water vapour from the air to moisturise the skin.
Now here is where things get interesting. Oils must be occlusives because they help to prevent loss of moisture, but if this is the case we have to ask ourselves what is providing the moisture in the first place?
I came to conclude that those suffering from a dry/flaky scalp should view oils as sealants as opposed to moisturisers. The daily application of oils to an already dry and parched scalp only results in product build up and clogged pores, which in turn causes us to itch and results in flakes. In order to combat this, dry scalp sufferers need to use a hydrating scalp solution instead of oils, this is where Aloe Vera Gel comes in.
I stumbled upon Aloe Vera Gel after a friend raided my hair product shelf before leaving for a year to Nigeria. I had completely forgotten that she had taken my last bottle of Jamaican Black Castor Oil, until wash day came around and I desperately searched for something to feed my scalp with. Fast forward almost 6 months and my Aloe Vera Scalp Lotion has become one of my holy grail products. It’s full of nutrients and vitamins and of course most importantly, it leaves me with a healthy, hydrated and flake free scalp even if I delay wash day for more than a week. So just a few reasons as to why I’m hooked on the gel:
ALOE VERA GEL
– approximately 99% water*
– soothes dry cracked skin
– can easily penetrate the scalp
- will not cause build up like oils
– you can add stimulating essential oils and ingredients such as MSM and Horsetail Powder to your aloe vera gel to help encourage growth
– is cool upon application and extremely refreshing
Now the one question that may remain is does this mean you have to get rid of your beloved JBCO or oil mix? No way! I still use my Super Scalp Tonic alongside my Aloe Scalp Lotion. The trick here is to apply your scalp lotion daily and only use your scalp oil two to three days before wash day. This way you get the best of both worlds and can avoid the negative effects of product build up. I’ll have the recipe up this weekend!
Any other tips for getting rid of a dry scalp? Let us know!