The Bless Guide To Beating Scalp Build-Up (& Getting Gorgeous Hair)

Dryness, itchiness, redness, irritation, and the dreaded flakes – we might not talk about scalp issues too often, but that doesn’t make them any less annoying. Read on for the Bless Box guide to the must-have hair products to help you beat scalp build-up and restore balance for truly gorgeous, healthy hair!

The ACV Treatment

Apple cider vinegar is a vinegar made from fermented apple juice. ACV has been prized for years as a folk remedy for everything from a clear complexion to a healthy digestion. Turns out it’s great for your scalp and hair, too! The dpHUE Apple Cider Hair Rinse (featured in our the January 2017 Bless Box) combines ACV with argan oil, aloe vera, and macadamia oil. It instantly restores your hair’s pH balance and helps to retain moisture. Oh, and it even helps protect your hair color from UV rays and heat damage! Follow it up with the dpHUE Apple Cider Vinegar Leave-In Hair Therapy (also featured in the January 2017 Bless Box). Formulated without harsh sulfates and detergents, this leave-in treatment gently removes product build-up and impurities without stripping your hair and scalp of natural oils.

The Re-Balancing Oil

When you have greasy hair, the last time you want to do is add on more oil. Believe it or not, your scalp over-produces oil when its too dry. It seems counterintuitive, but adding more moisture can actually help balance out your oily scalp. I don’t know about you babes, but my hair gets super frizzy and unmanageable in the wintertime. That’s why I love (LOVE) the Chaz Dean Winter Cranberry Mint Treatment Oil (featured in the January 2018 Bless Box). A unique blend of oils and botanical extracts, this restorative treatment hydrates and repairs both your hair and skin. Best of all, it is a non-greasy formula that can be used on daily basis to soothe and replenish your scalp and hair.

Another fab pick? The lightweight 100% Pure Argan Oil from Aynara (featured in the 2018 Holiday Bless Box). Rich in essential fatty acids (3, 6, and 9), vitamin E, and proteins, argan oil can be used on your face, hair, and body. Use this oil on your hair to promote scalp health, restore balance, and condition split ends! Aynara 100% Pure Argan oil is grown organically in Morocco. With every purchase, Aynara donates a portion of their profits to the only co-ed primary school in Imintlit and their local children’s shelter.

The Exfoliating Scrub

Dry, itchy scalp? Excess product build-up from too much dry shampoo? You need an exfoliating scalp scrub! Kiehl’s Deep Micro-Exfoliating Treatment is formulated with micronized apricot seeds and argan shells to deeply exfoliate and loosen the buildup on the scalp’s surface. Infused with vitamin-rich Vitroescilla Ferment, this scrub also helps restore a healthy, nourished scalp. Use this scrub once or twice per week as needed.

The Salt Scrub

Christophe Robin’s iconic Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt is a cult favorite for a reason. Formulated with sea salt, this detoxifying shampoo and scalp exfoliator deeply cleanses, removes buildup and soothes sensitive, flaky or oily scalps. This salt scrub has been a holy grail product for me. It rebalances your scalp, allowing for greater intervals between shampoos and removes even the most stubborn product buildup. Even better? It’s safe for color treated hair, and suitable for all hair types! 

The Clarifying Treatment

Sometimes nothing but a heavy-hitter will do. And in my book you can’t go wrong with Aveda products. Aveda Pramāsana™ Purifying Scalp Cleanser gently cleanses and purifies the scalp to help balance the sebum levels. The end result is soft, gorgeous, manageable hair. The formula uses Salicylic acid (yes, the same acid you use on your face to clear breakouts) derived from wintergreen. Another star ingredient is lactobacillus, a ferment that helps protect the scalp’s natural protective barrier. Your scalp is left feeling refreshed and reinvigorated.

The Scalp Toner

Philip Kingsley Flaky Scalp Toner

If you ever suffered from a flaky scalp (and let’s face it, who of us hasn’t) you know just how annoying it can be. For immediate relief, try Philip Kingsley Flaky Scalp Toner. With its anti-microbial and anti-flaking properties, this leave-in formula will soothe your scalp in an instant. After you have washed your hair, apply directly to your scalp and distribute with your fingertips. It can be applied to both wet and dry hair. Since the formula is water-based, it won’t weight down your hair.

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