Is Oil The Solution or The Problem? It depends.
Often times, when we notice our scalp becoming dry, we make the mistake of applying oils to compensate for the dryness, flakes, and itchiness. This is especially true in the African American community.
Unfortunately, what many people don’t realize, is that this tactic could be making the condition worse. Our bodies naturally produce oil, so when our scalp’s natural oil is combined with excessive hair products, it can become problematic for our hair. When there is an excessive amount of oil on the scalp, your scalp will naturally begin to produce sebum in attempt to calm things down.
This in return creates an excessive build-up on the scalp and in our follicles, which can lead to worse conditions such as inflammation.
So when you are experiencing a dry and itchy scalp, the best thing to do is to shampoo your hair. After you shampoo your hair, you should add a light amount of oil to your scalp, but not too much.
If you notice a bit of dryness and itchiness a few days after you apply the oil, you should wash your hair again rather than adding more oil. This way, you are training your scalp to be more accustomed to routine washes.
Treatments At Nina Ross Hair And Skin Therapy
At Nina Ross, we prioritize the holistic health of your hair and scalp. When treating clients with scalp issues, we remove the top layer of the scalp with topical treatments.
If you’re experiencing scalp issues, our Itchy, Dry, Flaky, Inflamed Scalp Treatment may be the best option for you. This will include an intense shampoo, hair mask, a warm steaming treatment and sometimes the use of infrared lamps.
Such treatments can give considerable relief, but repeat treatments are almost always necessary for the best recovery.
With a few lifestyle adjustments, proper nutrition intake, and patience, you can make a difference in the health of your hair and scalp.