Why the Health of Your Scalp Matters and its role in Natural Hair Growth

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by Rochelle Farquharson via blacknaps.org

The state of your scalp dictates whether or not your hair grows! Say Whaaaaaaaat? But my hair is always growing! Yes it grows, but only if you maintain a healthy scalp.

I want you to think about your scalp and hair, and compare it to growing and maintaining a plant. If the soil is watered and is weed free then that plant is destined to thrive. The scalp is the foundation of healthy hair, and to achieve length you must maintain a regimen that caters to keeping the hair and scalp clean and healthy. Scalp health is not just about maintaining the skin that is visible through your strands, but it’s also about preserving what’s underneath. I’m referring to the hair follicle.

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Top Ingredients to Fight an Itchy Scalp

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If you suffer from an itchy scalp, you’re not alone. Our delicate scalps become itchy and irritated for a huge variety of reasons, making this issue extremely common. But that doesn’t make it any easier to deal with.

Scalp Treatments

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by Mary Wolff

When it comes to keeping your curls, kinks, and coils looking their best, don’t forget what’s underneath. We all pay attention to our strands, but the scalp is sometimes forgotten. The scalp is the foundation for great hair! If the scalp is unhealthy, the hair is unhealthy. Whether dealing with dryness, a lack of hair growth, or an overall oiliness, your scalp is just as important as your strands.
There are many different scalp treatments out there. No matter what scalp issue you are dealing with, there’s one that can help heal your foundation and keep those curls gorgeous.

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Does "the tingle mean it's working", or nah? #PeppermintOil



"The tingle means it’s working.” Have you ever heard that before? Two tingling oils that are popular with curly girls are peppermint oil and tea tree oil, and while they both sound like great natural oils to use for hair and scalp what do we actually know about their tingling effects? Let’s first find out what they are and can do.

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Is Dandruff Causing Your Dry, Flaky Scalp? #OrNah



by Audrey Sivasothy of The Science of Black Hair

Think it’s Dandruff? Think Again!

Everyone has had to deal with dandruff at one point or another. And let’s face it, those flakes are just never welcome! For most of us, a quick washing with Head and Shoulders, Nizoral, Selsun Blue, or some tea-tree inspired something is enough to clear up most flake flare ups— but sometimes dandruff can be, well . . . not really dandruff. If you’ve used every dandruff treatment in the book and still can’t seem to beat the flakes, it might be that you are really fighting something other than dandruff.

How do you know if your dandruff is just dandruff, a false alarm, or a real symptom of something else entirely?

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Is It Really Bad to Grease Your Scalp?



by Nicole Hollis of Hair Liberty

If you grew up in a traditional African American household, a jar of hair grease was never too far away. Oiling the scalp with thick grease was thought to be a staple of any good hair care regimen. Today, experts advise against oiling the scalp, but many African American women still believe that hair grease is a part of obtaining healthy hair. But is it really helpful? Or can it cause more damage than good?

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