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Taking care of your hair goes beyond just treating your hair follicles. There are a million and one sayings to reiterate the importance of building a good foundation and for your hair that foundation would be your scalp. Dry scalp and product build-up can be treacherous to your scalp and the health of your hair. Here’s a few quick tips on taking care of your scalp.
Real dandruff is fungal build-up.
First, a dry flaky scalp is not always dandruff. Dandruff is actually a common scalp disorder that is caused by excessive build up of dead skin cells and accompanied with an itchy scalp. According to WebMD, some believe that the fungus, malassezia is the cause of the fungus. Malassezia exists on all humans, however some immune systems overreact to the fungus, therefore causing dandruff. True dandruff can be treated with specialized shampoos.
The big myth is that as women of color, it’s okay for us to wash our hair infrequently, like once or twice a month. A clean scalp promotes hair growth. If you are focusing on growing your hair, it is helpful to wash or co-wash frequently. At the minimum, you should aim to wash your hair once a week. Use sulfate-free shampoos, regardless of your hair texture or process. You can find a bevy of sulfate-free shampoos at any major retailers, like Wal-Mart and Target, as most brands are branching out and producing this type of cleanser.
Co-washing is a great for highly texturized hair types. However you don’t want to over-condition your hair, which can result in product build-up and leave you with oily flakes in on your scalp. When you do condition, THOROUGHLY rinse out your hair. If a product’s instructions say to “rinse out” after a certain time period, then rinse it out. Don’t leave a product in your hair that is meant to be rinsed out in 30 minutes in your hour for over an hour. You will be left with a flaky residue that you might not notice immediately.
Product Junkie Anonymous
Don’t be that person that gunks every product under the sun into their hair. Just as conditioner will lead to product build-up, any product that you put on your hair can cause a residue that leads to white flakes as well. Always apply product in small amounts and add more as needed. Especially when using gels! You want to decrease the potential for flakes, but use as little as possible to get the desired affects. Start with a dime size of the product and work up from there.
Doctor Knows Best
If you have noticed an excessive amount of white flakes or possible dandruff build-up that you just can’t get rid of, visit your dermatologist to find out if the real root of your problem isn’t a medical condition. Psoriasis and Seborrheic Dermatitis are both skin diseases that include dandruff as a symptom. Per the National Library of Medicince, “most people with psoriasis have thick, red skin with flaky, silver-white patches.” Seborrheic Dermatitis features yellow/white flakes on the scalp. Definitely check with your doctor who can help with more severe cases of dandruff.
Wearing white in the fall and winter is the hottest fashion trend. Initiated by stars like LisaRaye, the simple, refreshing look of rocking pure white clothing is a style statement that can make any woman feel precious. But unlike big stars who have the money to replace a white garment when it starts to look a little dingy, we regular women need practical solutions that keep our whites super white while keeping money in our pockets. Here are some top tips for staying so fresh and so clean. Shine brightly in your whites with these easy steps.
Keep Your Washing Machine Clean
If your washer is not pristine, it will deposit grime onto your white clothing no matter how often you wash them. Tide has a great solution for this common problem: Tide Washing Machine Cleaner. This versatile product also removes odors and other deposits, ensuring that when you wash your whites nothing will stand in the way of their blinding brightness.
Always Wash Whites Separately
This might be a no-brainer, but we all have times when time constraints force us to throw all our laundry items together. Resist this temptation altogether. Even one mixed load can result in the unwanted tinting of your bright white clothes. You worked hard for the money to buy those whites! Do what it takes to keep them that way.
Treat Any Stains Immediately
Tide to Go is a great product to keep handy to treat a white garment as soon as possible, to prevent the stain from setting. This handy little pen stows easily into your purse or glove compartment. If you want to wear white this fall and winter, it might be wise to make Tide to Go a constant companion. You should also never dry a garment that is freshly stained, so get that item soaking as soon as it is treated.
Wash White Clothing After Each Wearing
You might think you made it through the day without a spec of dirt hitting you, but debris from the air and the natural oils of your body can still collect on your whites taking them down a shade. Ultra Tide with Bleach is perfect for every white wash you do, making sure you remove subtle stains that can build up over time before they settle into drabness.
Don’t Overload Your Washer
We usually want laundry day to be over as soon as possible — thus the temptation to stuff the machine and get the chore done. But you have to take special care with whites. Washing machines work with a friction action that requires room in the drum for clothes to agitate freely. This is extra true for white clothing, which will show the residue of water that does not have the room to fluidly move between garments. Keep your white loads a little smaller, and you will keep them brighter in a much bigger way.
Wearing white is a delightful way to express your femininity — that purity and lightness reflects your womanly beauty. Be sure that your white dresses, shirts and even sports clothes maintain that image of loveliness with these simple tips. If you have more in depth stain challenges with your whites, check out Tide’s stain assistance directory. With the right advice and the perfect products, you can sashay in the brightest whites all winter long — and knock ‘em dead! The ethereal elegance of super white garments is not just for celebrities any more. Will you keep your whites super white, and make it your own signature style?