Tea Tree Oil the Itchy Away

Seasonal changes make me itch. Especially the change from Autumn to winter. As the crisp air chills outside, and the heated air dries out inside, my skin dries, too. I get itchy eczema patches on my arms and legs. My scalp tightens and begins to itch. My hair gets extra dry. I used to run for the dandruff shampoo. But those shampoos only solved my problem in the short term. They stripped essential oils from my scalp, and created a cycle of flaking and itching that was uncomfortable and sometimes embarrassing. Plus, because I have sensitive skin, the dandruff shampoo that would get on my skin when I’d wash and rinse my hair in the shower made my skin raw, bumpy, and irritable.

Three years ago, I learned about the antibacterial, antifungal cleansing power of tea tree oil. Tea tree oil is an essential oil that comes from the Melaleuca altemfolia, a plant native to Australia. Australian aboriginals used the oil to heal cuts and burns, much like we use aloe vera. You can find tea tree oil in Paul Mitchell’s Tea Tree Special Shampoo. I love this product! This shampoo does what it promises: it cleanses my scalp, leaves it feeling refreshed, and makes my hair feel soft as well. When I shampoo, I let the lather sit on my hair for a few minutes to give the suds extra time to cleanse my scalp and dissolve flakes. Not only does Paul Mitchell’s Tea Tree Special Shampoo contain tea tree oil, but it also has wonderfully moisturizing oils and soothing botanicals like henna, aloe vera, and awapuhi. And, unlike most products I’ve used, it doesn’t irritate my skin.

Looking for tea tree without the parabens? Then check out Jason’s Tea Tree Scalp Normalizing Shampoo and Conditioner. In my trials, I found that, like Paul Mitchell’s Tea Tree Special Shampoo, Jason’s Scalp Normalizing Shampoo also cleans my scalp well and softens my hair. Plus it contains no lauryl or laureth sulfates that can irritate your skin. Both product lines are safe for relaxed, color treated, and otherwise processed hair.

By Nicole Furlonge

Kerastase Launches SPECIFIQUE

kerastase-specifique

Hey all Kerastase lovers out there, and I know there are tons, we have some very exciting news!

Kerastase has just launched SPECIFIQUE – specialist treatments that deliver in-depth solutions for a number of scalp concerns. SPECIFIQUE is the first range from Kérastase that provides solutions for those with dandruff, oily scalp or thinning hair.  In addition to addressing scalp concerns and acting as a treatment line while symptoms persist, this advanced collection allows SPECIFIQUE to address the problem without compromising the overall healthy look of hair.  We all need that!
 
SPECIFIQUE has three separate lines that solve the following hair problems: 
 
DANDRUFF – An overabundance of micro-organisms on the scalp, specifically yeast, lead to an excess build-up of cell clusters, which eventually break apart, forming dandruff. 

OILY SCALP – This condition is the result of an over-stimulated sebaceous gland, which produces excess sebum, forcing it to eventually travel the hair fiber and weigh the hair down.

THINNING HAIR – Internal factors cause many hair types to grow differently, sometimes resulting in hair that eventually becomes finer and suffers from loss of density.

Kerastase always creates stellar products for all to use.  Bravo for creating products that really touch on issues that are faced by women, like thinning hair!  There are so few products dedicated to the health of our hair.

Product review to come very soon.  For more information please visit Kerastase today.

PureOlogy the Answer to Dandruff!

Pureology DandruffDo you have tell tale signs of dry scalp and the dreaded dandruff?  It definitely happens to the best of us so don’t fret.  We have the answer.  You will never guess but PureOlogy has launched a fab new dandruff treatment to help relieve us of those pesky white flakes, ZeroSulfate DandruffScalpCure Shampoo and DandruffScalpCure HairCondition.  Not only is DandruffScalpCure fantastic on color treated hair it also contains a certified organic botanical blend of mushrooms, green tea and burdock root to calm and soothe the scalp while protecting, strengthening and hydrating hair!  That is one powerful treatment that will not further harm our scalp.  Bonus like all PureOlogy products, DandruffScalpCure is 100% Vegan and is never tested on animals.

“Women no longer have to compromise great hair color in order to address the problems associated with dandruff,” notes Dalia Levi, Director, Global Marketing for PureOlogy. 
 
What is the secret to the miracle cure?  The treatment is comprised of 2% Pyrithione Zinc which helps to fight the scalp scaling, itching and flaking associated with dandruff as well as prevent the recurrence of dandruff-related symptoms with regular use.  

“Using an intense 2% dose of Pyrithione Zinc is something that sets these products apart from others in the industry,” adds Levi.

I know sometimes we all need a litte help and PureOlogy is our answer!  Product review to come soon.

Three Healthy Dandruff Recipes

Got dandruff? Don’t let those flakes get you down, wipe ’em out with these tried and true all natural dandruff destroying recipes:

1- Green Tea

  • Add two green tea teabags to one cup of boiling water and steep for 20 minutes.
  • Remove the teabags and place the cup in the fridge overnight.
  • The following day, take the cooled tea with you into the shower
  • Wet your hair thoroughly first, then pour the cold tea over your scalp
  • Massage into scalp for one minute
  • Shampoo and condition as usual
  • Use 2-3 times a week until dandruff subsides

2- White Vinegar

  • 1/2 cup of white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup of warm water
  • Combine the water and vinegar together in a small cup.
  • Wet your hair thoroughly first, then pour the cold tea over your scalp
  • Massage into scalp for one minute
  • Shampoo and condition as usual
  • Use 1-2 times a week until dandruff subsides

3- Rosemary and Oil

  • Add 4-5 drops of rosemary essential oil to 1/2 tablespoon of olive (or sunflower) oil
  • Mix in hands and massage thoroughly into scalp before bed
  • For extra conditioning, comb the mixture through hair strands
  • Cover hair with plastic cap or towel to keep hair away from pillowcases
  • Shampoo and condition as usual
  • Can be used up to 4X a month

If you have dandruff, your scalp is already in an unhealthy, sensitive state, these natural remedies have been known to fight dandruff and other dry scalp issues gently and effectively.

-CurlyBelle