Help Me Choose A Natural Shampoo
For Dandruff or Inflamed Scalp
Dandruff remains a mysterious problem. There is no commonly agreed upon theory about what actually causes dandruff. It is estimated that as much as 97% of the population of the United States will at some point in their lives have some form of dandruff. Dry scalp can cause flakes, but dry scalp and dandruff are not the same thing.
Dry scalp can be caused by . . .
- a lack of moisture or natural oils on the scalp, which results in small, dry flakes, and itchiness
- synthetic chemicals, like sodium laurel sulfate, which inflame the cells of the scalp causing them to flake
Commercial shampoo companies help foster the idea that dry scalp is the same as dandruff. They encourage you to purchase their anti-dandruff and anti-flaking shampoos that contain the same synthetic ingredients that caused the problem. Often, switching to a natural shampoo without drying synthetic additives may help this type of "dandruff."
In a normal scalp, the process of sloughing off old skin cells and making new cells is a very orderly process. In the dandruff scalp, dead skin cells shred at an excessive rate. These cells are shed in clumps, which are big enough to be seen with the naked eye and cause the embarrassing flakes.
The true dandruff, that is not simply dry scalp, is a mild form of seborrheic dermatitis. The scalp may be red and feel irritated and itchy. We know that true dandruff is not the result of a "dry scalp", because people with oily scalps tend to suffer the most. Dandruff is often seasonal—it is most severe during the winter and mildest during the summer. Hormones may play a roll in dandruff and since it runs in families—genetics may also be a factor.
No matter which type of "dandruff or flakes" you have, it is important to use a mild natural shampoo. Although detergent based shampoos will clean the hair and scalp well, they often cause over-drying which will make the condition worse.
Our natural shampoo bars are formulated to promote healthy hair and scalp by cleaning without stripping natural oils!
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