Too many shampoo-free days
Sure, this runs counter to the advice to not suds-up daily, but when hair is super fine or your scalp’s skin is overly-oily, shampooing every one to two days will help keep your sebum levels in check. And even with thick, coarse stands that can handle the hiatus, remember that greasy hair holds onto dirt, sweat and debris.
To further keep your scalp and sebum levels in check, incorporate a scalp mask into your hair care routine. Prose’s scalp mask is detoxifying and biome balancing thanks to bamboo charcoal powder, kombucha and prebiotics. Plus, the charcoal our scalp mask is also great at absorbing any unwanted odors.
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Just like not shampooing enough can be problematic, so can washing too much with the wrong products. Regular use of shampoos with heavy detergent loads will lead to over-stripping of strands. And while squeaky-clean hair may be the goal, ironically, the scalp compensates by amping up oil production.
Be sure to use a sulfate-free shampoo. All Prose formulas are sulfate-free which means they avoid harsh chemical cleansing agents called surfactants. Surfactants are listed on labels as sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate, and while they give cleansers their dense lather, they can be particularly sensitizing to scalps and drying to strands.
Hormonal imbalances and stress
Anxiety and stress both interfere with hormonal function and can result in additional oil production and irritation on the scalp.
Incorporate scalp-soothing ingredients into your hair care routine. Prose’s shampoo and scalp mask contains CBD (short for cannabidiol) to help combat redness and instantly calm angry skin. Another star ingredient featured in our scalp mask is bamboo charcoal, which will help to draw out any impurities and remove excess sebum.
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Wearing a hat
Consider this simple fact: hair keeps your scalp warm. Add a hat to the mix and the temperature climbs, allowing bacteria to benefit from the sweaty situation.
Be sure to wash your hats and scarves often in order to avoid any unwanted bacteria from making a home on your head.
It’s no surprise that particular foods don’t mix well with skin and their scent almost seems to seep out of pores. Foods with strong odors like onion, garlic, curry and cumin contain oils that can be excreted through skin, including the skin on your scalp.
Consider wearing your scalp mask while you cook! The light, natural scent that your mask gives off, either eucalyptus or grapefruit, may help block any cooking smells from penetrating your scalp.