As a comb-maker, alternative practitioner and natural cosmetician, I regularly encounter the issue of oily hair and flaky scalp.
A look at the cause of greasy hair is essential:
As the saying goes, “When the sebaceous glands produce too much sebum, it spreads through the hair and the hair is greasy”.
When do the sebaceous glands produce more oil?
- In my experience, the most common cause is too much degreasing of the scalp, which is due to too much and too strong surfactants in shampoos and solid soaps.
- Other causes are often:
- Stress, as it alters the hormonal system, which in turn stimulates sebum production.
- Nutrition: Since our skin is an excretory organ, an unbalanced diet causes much of what the body does not need to be excreted through the skin and also through the scalp.
Tips to avoid oily hair:
- Choose a shampoo or solid soap that contains mild surfactants and is lipid-replenishing. Reduce the amount as much as possible.
- Let the intervals between hair washes increase bit by bit, because it is important that your sebaceous glands recover and regenerate.
Even if at first brushing with a boar bristle brush stimulates the sebaceous glands and the hair grease is distributed even more in your hair, regular brushing with a suitable boar bristle brush is an excellent way to rid yourself of greasy hair in the long term.
Where does dandruff in the hair come from?
As with oily hair, in my experience the most common cause of dandruff, if it is not disease-related, is the excessive degreasing of the scalp due to too much and too strong surfactants in shampoos and solid soaps.
In addition, the acid mantle of the skin is disturbed by the alkaline cleansers and the skin needs too long to regenerate. The result is dry, flaky scalp.
Stress and an unbalanced diet are also factors to consider.
The tips are the same as for problems with oily hair and yes, brushing with a boar bristle brush can also cause increased dandruff at first, as the loose dry skin is first gently removed.
Black cumin oil taken internally and massaged externally onto the scalp supports the regeneration of the skin. It does not grease your hair because – used sparingly – it is quickly absorbed into the scalp.
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