Your Scalp and Cooler Weather

During this time of the year it seems that we can no longer hide from our skin and haircare routines and just blame everything on the humidity. For those of us that suffer from a dry scalp it can be an uncomfortable and itchy way to enter into winter. We are forever bathing our body's in heavy coconut creams and body butters and more often than not, we forget our scalp. BLKAVE is here to tell you, it may not be dandruff that you are experiencing, but rather a dehydrated scalp.


The key is to find out the difference between dandruff and a dry scalp. Dehydration of your scalp can feel tight and a little itchy and often results in small white flakes on your shoulders (fantastic when you are pairing it with a black outfit!). If these symptoms are not excessive, it is important to not self diagnose yourself as having dandruff or eczema, as the treatment is very different.


It feels as though we give our body's a little shock at this time of year. We go from humidity and cold showers to hot showers and frosty mornings, over night! We need to remember our skin is an organ too, so this shock is what causes it to "Freak out". It leaves us with the questions of "how often are you washing you hair?" and "what is your haircare routine at home?" Did you know that you don't have to shampoo your hair every time you wash it? Conditioner has a small amount of cleansing ability, so if you can't resist putting your head under the warm water to wake you up, just use a little conditioner. This will help your scalp to maintain its natural oils and moisture. At BLKAVE we recommend ELEVEN 'I want body VOLUME Conditioner', a light weight conditioner that will help close down your cuticle, without the weight.


You may be able to get away with a supermarket alliterative during summer, but unfortunately, winter is when you can really see the lack of 'shampoo' that is really in the bottle. High sulfate haircare products will not be your friend during winter (you should never had been friends anyway..). Quality home haircare is now affordable for everyone, you just need to talk to your hairdresser and never be afraid to tell them you are on a budget and don't feel like 2 minute noodles for dinner tonight. BLKAVE recommends ELEVEN ‘HYDRATE my hair Shampoo’ and for those with a severally dry scalp Sachajuan ‘Scalp Shampoo’, both of which are free of sulfates and parabens. Just remember when choosing home haircare, Shampoo is for your scalp and Conditioner is for your ends, so mix and match.


Tips and Tricks:

  • Before washing your hair, use a boar bristle brush to stimulate scalp before washing. This will help to distribute oils and help to release any build up of dry skin.
  • Have a colder shower. I understand its cold, but having a boiling hot shower does no good for your skin, hair or scalp.
  • Coconut oil - paired with a hydrating shampoo and conditioner, it is a really effective and natural way to moisturise your hair and scalp. Apply directly to scalp and ends, place over a shower cap and chill out for a minimum of 45mins. 
  • Sachjuan OVERNIGHT HAIR REPAIR - for those who are time poor, where your hair is not only dry, but damaged. Put in your hair and scalp before bed, sleep in it and then wash it out in the morning… as easy as that!
  • Sachajuan HAIR CLEANSING CREAM - Not only is this amazing for your scalp, it is just as equally amazing for your hair. Unlike other shampoos, the cleaning cream does not emulsify. Takes a little to get used too, but if you have hair that tends to go fluffy and feels dry all the time, it will be life changing.


We hope this has help you combat the changes with your hair and scalp this winter. Remember to keep hydrated and drink plenty of water. 


BA xx