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Scalp Health

Scalp Health

OK, so not the sexiest subject in the world. But it's important. Let's chat about scalp health. Study after study shows that keeping your scalp healthy promotes healthy hair growth; some even claim that it will help hair regrowth. 

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If your life is busy like ours, scalp health is the last thing on our mind. It often goes untended until you're having a heart-to-heart with a friend and you spot the telltale white bits in the hair. 

Often, you don't notice until someone notices for you. More than unsightly, scalp dryness probably also means that your hair is not healthy. It may be overwashed, under washed, washed with a drying shampoo, or symptomatic of a type of dermatitis (eczema or psoriasis are the common culprits).
Most babies have cradle cap. In the first few months of life, the scalp is inflamed. Though doctors aren't sure what causes it, most parents just want it gone. If you rub baby's scalp with a little muru muru smoothie, the old skin will make way for healthy new skin in no time. 
If it's not a medical problem (read on below to learn about those), then you need to treat your scalp with some love: a little rub, often, and with a moisturising oil. You can do this before a shampoo so that it's not very greasy afterwards. Or if you're up for the slicked-back look, massage and then leave it in for a few hours.
  • Once a week, everyone around here gets a pre-shampoo treatment with the Muru Muru Smoothie.
  • Some of us (the lucky ones with a lot of hair) need even more moisture, so a twice-weekly rub with the Hair + Scalp Oil does the trick. 
Both are available unscented or scented with our SeaFlower aromatherapy blend.
Read on if the "white fluff monster" is about in your home or if you suspect a medical scalp problem.

Dandruff—what is it?

Excerpt from our beloved NHS.co.uk. For full article, click here.

Your skin constantly produces new skin cells and sheds old cells to stay healthy. Dandruff can occur when this cycle of skin renewal speeds up.

This leads to patches of dead skin forming on the scalp that come away into the hair.

A flaky scalp can be the result of:

  • seborrhoeic dermatitis – a common skin condition associated with an overgrowth of yeast on the skin, which can cause the scalp, face and other areas of the body to become scaly, itchy and red; in babies it's called cradle cap
  • tinea capitis – a fungal infection of the scalp, also called scalp ringworm 
  • eczema – a common skin condition that causes the skin to become dry, red, flaky and very itchy 
  • allergic contact dermatitis – a reaction to products used on the scalp, such as hair dye, hairspray, hair gel or mousse 
  • psoriasis – a skin condition that causes red, flaky, crusty patches of skin covered with silvery scales 

Dandruff isn't caused by poor hygiene, although it may be more obvious if you don't wash your hair regularly. Stress and cold weather may also make it worse.

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