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5 Tips For Scalp Care

Let's Talk About What Causes Scalp Buildup:

The first step to preventing and managing buildup on the scalp is understanding why it occurs in the first place. Some of the most common causes of scalp buildup include the following.

📌 Certain ingredients in hair products

Some hair products, such as shampoos, conditioners, styling gels, and hairsprays, contain numerous ingredients that can build up on the scalp over time. These products are designed to coat and hold onto the hair shaft, but sometimes they can also accumulate on the scalp. Several hair product ingredients are more likely to cause scalp buildup than others. Here are some of the most common culprits:

  • Silicones – These ingredients are used to add shine and make hair feel soft, but — as viral videos shared by the Today Show illustrate — they can build up on the scalp and lead to a greasy, heavy feeling.

  • Petroleum and mineral oil – Often found in hair gels and pomades, these ingredients create a thick, waxy buildup on the scalp and hair. They’re particularly difficult to remove, as they are not water-soluble.

  • Waxes and heavy oils – Frequently used in styling products to provide hold and texture, these ingredients can also create a heavy buildup on the scalp and hair, leading to clogged hair follicles and hair breakage.

  • Sulfates – While sulfates are commonly found in shampoos and are used to create a lather, they can be harsh on the scalp and hair, stripping away vital natural oils and leading to dryness and irritation. This, in turn, can cause the scalp to produce more oil, resulting in a buildup of oil AND product residue.

All Living Proof products are free of silicones, sulfates, and parabens.

📌 Environmental pollutants

Environmental pollutants and air pollution can deposit minerals and chemicals — such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and particulate matter — onto the scalp. Over time, this buildup can irritate the scalp, clog hair follicles, and impede hair growth, potentially leading to a range of hair and scalp challenges.

📌 Hard water

Water that contains high levels of minerals can leave behind deposits on the scalp, resulting in a buildup of minerals over time. To test if your water is one of the reasons you’re experiencing buildup, use the hard water indicator by Varify Water on Amazon.

How To Treat & Prevent Scalp Buildup:

1. Say Goodbye to Product Buildup

Product buildup on your scalp can lead to itching, flaking, and dull hair. To avoid this, use a clarifying shampoo once a month to remove residue. Monique can recommend the right products for your specific needs.

2. Hydration is Key

Invest in a quality deep conditioner and make hydrating your hair a weekly ritual. A stylist with expertise in natural hair can recommend the best products for your specific texture, ensuring your locks stay luscious and healthy. Investing, in a hydrating conditioner or mask and focus on massaging it into your scalp. Hydrated roots lead to healthier hair.

Moisturing Techniques:

🌺 Dry hair is prone to breakage. Enter the LOC or LCO method:

  • Liquid (L): Start by applying water or a water-based leave-in conditioner to hydrate your hair.

  • Oil (O): Follow up with a natural oil like coconut or argan oil to seal in that moisture.

  • Cream (C): Finish with a creamy, moisture-rich product to lock in all the goodness.

3. Clarify Gently

While clarifying shampoos are great for removing buildup, use them sparingly to avoid over-stripping your hair of its natural oils.

  • Exfoliating your scalp can also help remove buildup and promote healthier hair.

  • Scalp massage is a simple and effective way to encourage circulation and loosen buildup.

  • Rinsing your hair with apple cider vinegar can also help remove buildup and restore your scalp's pH balance

4. Protect from Heat

High heat from styling tools can damage your hair and scalp. Keep the heat away from your roots and use a heat protectant before styling. A natural hair stylist can recommend heat-safe styling techniques.

5. You Are What You Eat

Your diet plays a significant role in scalp health. Nutrient-rich foods like leafy greens, nuts, and fish can promote a healthy scalp. A stylist can suggest scalp-friendly foods to incorporate into your diet.

Top 8 Foods for Healthy Hair

  • Salmon for Shine.

  • Grow With Greek Yogurt.

  • Spinach to Battle Brittle Hair.

  • Guava to Prevent Breakage.

  • Iron-Fortified Cereal to Prevent Loss.

  • Lean Poultry for Thickness.

  • Sweet Potatoes to Fight Dull Locks.

  • Cinnamon for Circulation.

So, don't hesitate to embrace your natural self and make that appointment with a specialist. Together, you'll unlock the full potential of your gorgeous, natural hair! Follow us on social media: Facebook, Threads, YouTube, and Instagram, to see our upcoming classes, seminars, and videos.

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