OILY HAIR, SHAMPOO, and PH BALANCE

Posted by Nina Kairouz on

SO MUCH TO SAY. I'll start by saying: It's not your hair that is oily, it's your scalp!

There is so much on the market and every where you turn there's another brand another company and another ingredient we have all been missing. It is so much!

I have shampooed a lot of scalps and have seen a lot of scalps transition from healthy and balanced to oily and dry and vice versa. I have heard for so many years of my career-
Don't wash your hair too much, you will strip your natural oils and it's not good for you!

I'll start by saying that this is, wellllll, partially true. Let me explain and I only say that with utmost humility because I have certainly, at one point believed this, did this,  and I am sure even said this to clients at the beginning of my career.

Yes! Washing you HAIR too often is certainly drying and strips the hair of its moisture  (hygral fatigue)

BUT!!!!!!! Washing your SCALP often is absolutely the answer to a more fruitful and PH balanced environment so that your hair will continue to flourish. 

I have curly, frizzy and dry hair so I know how much this sounds daunting but Id ask you, again, would you only wash your face once a week? Would you only wash your body once a week and maybe not so well? 

I mean, who am to judge and I certainly am not because for certain, in my 20s, I am sure I was a culprit! I am just here to share with you the things I have learned in this quest to understand WHY and WHY have we not done a better job in my industry helping clients understand the difference between HAIR and SCALP. 

So what is it and what is the fix?

It's not your hair that is oily, it's your scalp!

How do you know if your ph is off: "Itchy, Irritated Scalp. Throwing off the pH balance can cause your scalp to become dry, oily, itchy, or irritated as it reacts and overworks itself trying to fight microbes and bring the skin to a better range. Dandruff is also a sign that your scalp's pH may be unbalanced"

If your scalp is oily it actually is probably really really dry and out of balance so the body, in an attempt to regulate, is overproducing oil. and thus begins the unforgiving cycle. 

Medicated shampoo. Helps a little, must continue to use, dry and flakey comes back, medicated shampoo, helps a little...... "well I just have oily hair. I just have a flakey scalp.'

No, you just have a SCALP that is out of balance. PH Unbalanced, and an irritated unhealthy Scalp will affect the hair follicles and lead to unhealthy hair.

 

SO FIRST QUESTION I ALWAYS ASK; 

What shampoo do you use? IT MATTERS. and guess what- simple is the best, you actually don't need half the stuff were being sold out there.And dont one afraid of a shampoo that lathers or all the excess verbiage, look for a shampoo that will remove oil and dirt while maintaining the PH of your scalp.

How can I make this really connect! I love analogies so here's the analogies that I tell all my clients 

1. Bad shampoo is like washing your face with detergent. Could you imagine! 

2. Women will understand this most- bad shampoo is like using a vaginal wash you buy at the market to wash your most precious self-cleaning body part, your vagina. Not only do douches and vaginal washes (all of which I'm sure you know the brands) dry out your sensitive skin it throws your PH way off so, like chapstick, its creating a worse problem and not actually helping heal.

The scalp ages fast, faster than our face, and our skin absorbs product within 20-30 minutes so what you use MATTERS.

 I only know what I know and what I have seen work through my 10 years of working on thousands of heads of hair and Scalps and Im going to tell you what works for me and what recently I have seen work on many clients.

My disclaimer- which I am too very proud of- I get paid by no-one, I am represented by no-one, and no line owns me. I think that also made my quest for truth that much more transparent. I get no kickbacks no recognition, I share simply because my clients deserve to know, and now you, my guests , deserve to know too. It feels good when you finally feel empowered in understanding how to achieve answers to these basic scalp problems.

So to recap: before you even begin on scalp oils, WHAT ARE THE PRODUCTS YOU USE IN YOUR SHOWER

1. Scalp oil cleansing is an integral and important part of this regimen and is necessary to maintain scalp health. Just like oil cleansing your face, it is detoxifying, nourishing, moisturizing, and important for cell-renewal. Najeau works best when you have an easy and ph blanaced line of products you use with it. If you use the Najeau oils and your shampoo is not that, your hair and scalp may remain oily.

2.MY FAVORITE SHAMPOO: Harklinniken FORTIFYING Shampoo.3 I did continue using the products and truly truly it is my favorite shampoo ii have ever used in all my career. My scalp is squeaky clean literally I can run my finger down a hair shaft and it squeaks and only until I feel that is when I know my scalp is clean of all the oils and treatments. 

I usually always shampoo my SCALP twice to 3 times. If my hair is clean I move my hair to the side  when I rinse the shampoo out. This helps NOT strip the HAIR of its natural oils.

3. Lots of great conditioners out there: so two of my favorites are Inphenom and She Umeura Urbanm Moisture.

Here's the kicker: apply OFF the scalp so conditioner is like ponytail down. the scalp needs to be squeaky clean and breathe it does not need the conditioner to moisturize it. THAT is what the oils and treatments do! conditioner on scalp just clogs up those follicles. They then become too oily and then the scalp tries to regulate by getting dry and stopping oil production and then we are back at flakey funky scalp! 

OOOOF you see the conundrum!

4. once out of the shower, use a MICROFIBER towel like AQIUS that soak up the moisture without ripping out hair and then use a leave in conditioner (again off SCALP and ponytail down) and proceed with your styling!

5. Oh a leave in I use: again I just love the Harklinniken leave in conditioner. it has just worked for me but I know there are others out there but also note: if your hair begins to feel like it has too much buildup stop using what your using, its basically then just coating your hair like wax and eventually your HAIR will get drier, more brittle  and suffer.

6. LASTLY, do noty overuse or overdo protein on your hair. This is why and this is my analogy. porous hair is like a boat with holes in it, its sinking, the protein filled products will plug those holes in the cuticle and at first we , as consumers, are like OH wow this product works so great! I need more, going too use all the time, and then eventually it stops working . WHY? because protein made in a lab in products is a hard element  so yes it plugs all the holes in the cuticle but eventually with excessive use the hair can't bend, so it begins to break.

7. I know this is a lot. so keep it simple:

-scalp treatment once a week once every other week its protein so dont overdue it and stick to the scalp) 

- follicle dropper before every shampoo or overnight 

-massage 

-shampoo your scalp 2-3 times minimum a week 

-condition you HAIR (stay off SCALP)

-use a leave-in conditioner, stay off SCALP

-when you sleep try a silk pillow case or a silk turban, Grace Eleyae has great ones I love!

 

And then do you!  That's it! I'm here to help your scalp! Healthy Scalp is Healthy Hair and its a whole body approach! This is The Najeau Promise 

 

 

Warmly,

Nina

 

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