Just like your hair, your scalp can feel clogged too. Come monsoon and all this extra moisture and sweat can lead to an irritated scalp. Here are a few things you can do to keep your scalp healthy and irritation free!
- Use an anti-fungal shampoo to keep it itch-free. I don’t know about you but sometimes staying out in the sun or just sweating constantly while working out (or doing nothing!), can lead to itchiness. A lot of people seem to think it’s due to dryness but it’s usually because of yeast which can lead to a fungal infection. If it’s mild, use an antifungal shampoo with ingredients like tea tree oil, aloe vera or ketoconazole.
- Avoid sulfates and silicones in hair products. Keeping your hair clean is paramount, especially in the monsoon. But a lot of haircare products have silicone, sulfates in their formulations, and that in turn, can clog the scalp and weigh your hair down. I’d suggest investing in a clarifying shampoo this season. Apply an ounce of it on your scalp and let it run through the ends of clean, healthy hair.
- Add a pinch of baking soda to your shampoo. A clogged scalp is as bad as clogged pores on your face. Add a teaspoon of baking soda to your shampoo (do this in a bowl please!). You’ll see the texture of the shampoo change as you do so. Massage it thoroughly through your hair and upon drying your hair you’ll see an instant lift in your roots!
- Avoid using blow dryers to avoid breakage and irritating the scalp. Constant exposure to hot air can lead to dry hair and scalp. Ditch the dryer and try to air dry your hair when half-dry.
- Use coconut oil and honey on colored hair. I use L’Oreal Majirel on my hair and sometimes my scalp does feel sensitive or itchy during application at the salon. I recently came across a tip on Cosmopolitan about using coconut oil and honey as a mask on your hair.
- Book an appointment for a nourishing hair spa. Since Monsoon sees a lot of hair fall, frizziness, treating yourself to a hair spa maybe a good idea. You can try Kerastase Fusio Dose Hair Spa which is usually done after a scalp diagnosis and is customized on the basis of your needs.
- Give yourself a scalp massage using olive oil. A lot of times, a sensitive skin can be prone to psoriasis (itchy, scaly scalp) from time to time. Using organic olive oil for a head massage has proven to provide relief from itchiness and inflammation.
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