Organic September #2: Care for Your Sensitive Scalp
We’re always pretty loud and proud about all things organic, but during Organic September you’re going to be hearing even more about it than usual from us! Switching to organic in all areas of your life offers no end of positive health, beauty and wellbeing benefits, but one thing that changing up synthetic hair products to their organic counterparts can do, is help tremendously if you suffer from a sensitive scalp.
There are many things that can contribute to scalp irritation: dietary intolerances, chlorine exposure, aggravating ingredients in hair products and a natural sebum imbalance to name but a few. In today’s blog, we take a look at five ways you can care for, and maybe even cure, your sensitive scalp.
Always Focus on Balance
A scalp imbalance is a very common problem and one which often leads to not only a sensitive scalp, but a scalp with uncomfortable problems such as dandruff or psoriasis. Most of the time, this imbalance is down to the scalp being constantly stripped of its natural oils, through over-washing with harsh, foaming detergents found in synthetic hair products.
Many people find themselves in a vicious cycle, washing more and more to combat the issues their sensitive scalp presents. This only makes matters worse. The best thing you can do for your scalp is the address the situation by rebalancing with organic, gentle haircare and a routine that encourages less frequent hair washes and your own natural sebum to work its magic.
All of the Tabitha James Kraan products are designed to do just this. We believe great hair (that grows from a soothed scalp) stems from three principles and by adhering to these steps, you’ll find yourself with a happy, healthy and balanced scalp in no time.
Eat Well & Drink Plenty
True beauty comes from within. This isn’t just a quote from a meme, it really is true. Aside from your own values and goodness shining out like sunbeams, what you put into your body in terms of food and drink plays a huge role in what happens on the outside. In fact, what’s going on internally is far more crucial than external ablutions.
The first thing you need to include in your day-to-day to soothe your sensitive scalp is plenty of water. 2 litres a day, ideally. Get yourself a lovely glass or stainless steel flask to cut down on single use plastics and take it everywhere with you. Sip away and keep yourself hydrated at all times.
Food-wise, a sensitive scalp needs lots of lovely, organic healthy fats. Avocados, oily fish, nuts, olives and coconut are wonderful sources of this. It’s also worth considering if you might be experiencing the effects of food intolerances, as this will cause inflammation within the body and often lead to external symptoms such as a sensitive scalp. A dairy intolerance is a common one (you need to cut this out for a couple of weeks to remove the proteins from your system to see if this is causing a problem), wheat and too much sugar.
Choose Natural. Choose Organic.
Synthetic hair products really do wreak havoc on the scalp. Loaded with SLS, perfume, silicones, detergents and many other unpleasant ingredients, using these on your sensitive scalp is a huge no-no.
Instead, always choose natural, organic haircare that is full of nourishing, balancing ingredients. Take a look at the Tabitha James Kraan ingredients list to see why we include all the goodies we do.
Chlorine is incredibly drying and irritating and exposure to this can be the root cause of a sensitive scalp. You might think you’re in the clear if you’re not a regular at your local pool, but the sad fact is that tap water – the water most of us wash our hair with – has a very high chlorine content.
Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to combat this. Take a look at our blog ‘Is Chlorine Killing Your Hair? Everyday Damage & What to do About it’ for our advice.
Massage Your Scalp
A scalp massage is such a wonderful treat for the mind body and soul and it is also an essential part of good scalp care. Boost circulation and help your sensitive scalp to repair itself with our step-by-step crown chakra massage guide.