Keeping Hair Healthy, Not Greasy

Is it possible to go a few days without washing your hair and have it look healthy? Yes. Are there other ways than dry shampoo? Yes.

I don’t know about you, but it seems 95% of advice about oily hair or hair that gets greasy involves dry shampoo. Don’t get me wrong, it works, but it’s just putting a mask on what can be improved. In the end I found that I was just loading my hair up with dry shampoo which created a film by the end of the day and left my hair looking dull. I still like dry shampoo, I use it occasionally, but it’s not your only option. In fact, since integrating these few rituals I barely have to use it anymore.

Sometimes you don’t have time to wash your hair everyday, or others choose not to add to the health of their hair. An easy solution is to wash your hair everyday, but sometimes that’s not even enough, I’ve seen hair that greases up within 30 minutes of taking a shower. I generally wash my hair every other day or every 2 days. If it is better for your hair not to wash it everyday I don’t want to be left out, but most of the time it’s just for lack of time.

Wherever you fall in the debate, here’s what I’ve been doing:

Styling Hair ASAP-I’ve found that the sooner I curl or straighten my hair the more it will last through the next few days. I’m not saying fry your hair by curling it everyday, but even giving it a few heatless waves will lift your hair off the scalp, your neck and face. Let your hair have the least amount of time resting on skin or contact with skin.

Sleeping with Hair Up- It’s a long night, tossing turning, resting on pillows, your hair on your face- all this + heat= hair that sticks to you. As mentioned above keep your hair off your skin, plus sleeping in a loose bun will add volume for the next day.

Hands Off During the Day- This is the last I’ll mention about the skin and hair, but it is important to be mindful of running your fingers through your hair/scalp during the day. The more you touch, the more oil will find its way to your hair.

Using A Balancing Shampoo- Everyone can use a shampoo that balances whatever it is that is out of order causing the oiliness.

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3 days without washing

Distributing Oils- You may have heard that your hair actually needs a little greasiness to be healthy. “It’s your hair’s natural oils!” That’s true, however they aren’t just going to magically gravitate to drier parts of your hair (especially the ends.) Even if you go a decent amount of time without washing your hair the majority of it would accumulate at the scalp. Every night I’ve been brushing through my hair top to bottom, manually distributing the oils. I’ll add that my hair has gotten stronger, shinier and in better condition through this practice. I find it easiest to do at night, but you can do it whenever works best for you.

Conditioning Selectively- I believe this is common knowledge, but just in case you need a reminder: use conditioner as needed and never on the scalp.

Incorporating DIY Hair Masks- Most of the time these are one ingredient conditioning masks such as a few tablespoons of olive oil or coconut oil- and for this I do go up to the scalp. As saturated as it looks, it will come out with shampoo in the shower. It’s good every now and then to condition your hair and add back moisture and balance. It doesn’t get any easier than 20-30 minutes and an oil of your choice.

 

*Personal note* I apologize for not writing for a while. I will be returning to college in the fall and  I’m in the ever-daunting process of deciding what school to go to and what to major in. It’s been all consuming, but I appreciate your patience.

 

 

Review: Skyn Iceland Glacial Face Wash

You know that feeling when you washed your face with bar soap? (Hopefully you don’t) That tight, almost tacky feeling that leaves your skin not feeling like skin. That is what this product left my face feeling like.

It lathers well, it smells nice, but it really stripped my skin. After I wash my face with this it just has that feeling that there’s no oil or any sign of moisture. I’m reaching for the toner before I even finish washing. I do find that the stripping does cause breakouts for me because it just is too strong. Supposedly there is a cooling sensation this face wash is supposed to give off which I haven’t felt yet, but for me that’s not a huge drawback.

I found this kind of unusual considering the brand is for people that have really overtaxed skin that needs help. I also own the Pure Cloud Cream from Skyn which I can say is terrific.

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When you lather this face wash into the lovely lather I mentioned earlier it feels very smooth, a little thick, there’s a sheen to the product resembles a heavy duty hand soap.

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I’m already halfway through the tube so I’ll use the product up for the heck of it, but I don’t see my opinion of it changing.

 

 

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Flaky Skin Rescue

If you’re like me there’s a parts of your skin that get dull, dry and flaky. There has always been a dry patch covering almost my entire forehead. Unless I just had a facial or really intensely exfoliated my face, but even then it’s soon to return in a few days. 

To help flaky skin you have to exfoliate it in order to get to the skin underneath. So there I’d be, exfoliating away. Afterwards when all the dead skin is off the surface it’s time to moisturize and moisturize well. So at this point I’d go with a serum which, don’t get me wrong works better than not using one, but serums sometimes can give you that oily feeling and they never have the feeling of being sunken in all the way. From there I’d finish with a moisturizer and that would be that.

It was frustrating because my forehead was always dull, always had some sort of a buildup of dead skin from the dryness. I was doing the right steps and I had tried different products. Finally I came across a duo that works. Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture and Hydro-Dynamic Quenching Essence by Murad.

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image from http://www.murad.com/blog/introducing-hydro-dynamic-quenching-essence/

 

Both products go on so silky and they leave your skin feeling the same way. The Hydro-Dynamic Quenching Essence is the equivalent of your serum, only it’s a little heavier and sinks in quickly and easily without leaving your skin feeling greasy. It contains Glycolic acid which gives your skin a light, but essential exfoliation. Since it is light, I would not recommend using the Glycolic acid in this to replace other forms of exfoliation you are currently using, it’s sort of an added extra. It has a combination of lentil, watermelon and apple encourages skin to hold moisture in. The Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture has avocado and sunflower oil and makes for the perfect moisturizer. It’s hydrates without clogging your pores. Both products work great on their own, but I’ve seen the most results by using both together. Generally I only apply the Hydro-Dynamic Quenching Essence in at night and just where I need it.

Maybe the flakes and dehydration of your skin are just in the wintertime or maybe they are all year round, but if you are looking for something to give your skin some plumpness as well as giving back your glow of well hydrated skin, the combination of these two products definitely deliver.