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FEATURES May 21 2012 12:51AM
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Should I put hair grease on my scalp when it gets itchy or flaky?

ELLE SAYS: I personally do not like using “old school” grease on the scalp – when you think about it, these products are very thick and can clog pores, and our scalp is just like the skin on other parts of our bodies. Would you put grease (as in mineral oil or petroleum) on your face?  Didn’t think so. Now, these types of products are great for sealing and keeping moisture away from the hair, because they coat the strand well, but I would keep them away from the scalp. Also, please remember that our scalp produces sebum naturally more than other parts of our bodies due to having larger oil glands.

If your scalp is dry, flaky, and itchy, there can be several culprits – so the most important thing to do is figure out why your scalp is misbehaving. You could have a stripped and dry scalp, but it could also be product build up. One aspect of scalp care that is often over looked is drinking water – hydration comes from within, so if you are dehydrated, your skin is going to suffer. In the same sense, taking omega-3 fatty acid supplements may help if the issue is internal and connected to sebum production.

Now, if something like product build up is the culprit, you may need to cleanse your scalp (gently, not with harsh cleansers as they may strip your scalp) more often as opposed to greasing your scalp. Be sure to gently scrub your scalp when cleansing to loosen dirt and buildup. There are also oils like tea tree and peppermint that have antiseptic and antifungal properties that are great on the scalp used sparingly. To avoid using too much, add a few drops to your shampoo, or get a product that contains one of these oils, like Lisa’s Hair Elixir (It tingles!).
Remember, it’s VERY important to figure out the “why” and proceed accordingly. Good luck!

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