Is it Scalp Eczema? 🤔

Ladies, do you struggle with dandruff or dry scalp? Are you sure it isn’t Scalp eczema? Most people, even doctors confuse the two, sometimes it could even be psoriasis but I’m gonna leave the latter for another blog. 

So what is Scalp Eczema & how do you identify it.

Scalp eczema is a type of eczema that causes inflamed, itchy, dry skin to form on your scalp. The most common type of scalp eczema is known as seborrheic dermatitis, and its most unwelcome symptom is dandruff. 

The big difference is that scalp eczema often results in greasy, yellowish flakes and the itching can be quite severe and accompanied with inflammation. Additionally if you have eczema elsewhere (under the nose, on the hands/legs etc) the likelihood is that what you may perceive as dandruff on your head may actually be eczema.   The fact is you may have dandruff without eczema but if eczema goes untreated you will suffer from both . 


How do you treat your Scalp Eczema…

The 1st step is to know the causes & the triggers 

 1. Decreased oils and moisture in your skin 

2. Doctors believe that a certain kind of yeast, Malassezia furfur, has a role in causing seborrheic eczema. Malassezia yeast is usually present on the outer surface of the skin. In those with scalp eczema, this yeast invades the superficial layers of skin and secretes substances that increase fatty acid production. This leads to inflammation and enhances production and dryness of skin, which causes the skin to flake.

3. Eczema may be atopic , meaning that your family has a tendency to develop eczema, yeast may not be the culprit. 

Some risk factors and triggers involve:

  • Being overweight 
  • Hormones 
  • Fatigue
  • Environmental factors (such as dry weather or warm)
  • Stress
  • Other skin issues (such as acne)
  • Certain medical conditions, including stroke, HIV, Parkinson’s disease, or head injury

So what can you do:

First it’s best to visit a dermatologist &/or a trichologist 
Avoid all hair & skin products with alcohol & do not itch & pick at your scalp

Pack up on moisture

Shampoo often & practice healthy hygiene

If you use OTC shampoos ingredients to look for are:

  • Selenium sulfide 
  • Ketaconazole 
  • Pyridine Zinc
  • Salycic Acid

Try Natural Remedies

  • Coal tar
  • Honey
  • Tea tree oil

And most importantly have a licensed stylist treat your hair & Scalp accordingly. 

Great hair starts with a healthy Scalp so be sure to examine & treat your Scalp well

Malibu 😉

Protective Hairstyles

  

 
 What’s the new wave ‘protective styles’ ?! Many women with relaxed hair swear by them. They say it helps their hair grow. So is it true? 

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Protective styles don’t necessarily make your hair grow, but they do make it possible to prevent excess breakage since your hair may be breaking off faster than it grows. What protective styles do, is keep your hair shaft / ends protected. It’s a good way to stretch the time between relaxers which will prevent thinning due to relaxer overlapping.   

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Try  of these protective styles and see if you experience more hair retention. Just make sure, no matter which way you wear your hair, that your edges are not too tight, & your hair is adequately moisturized. Do not keep these styles longer than your stylist stipulates.  

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 Let me know your results!

Malibu 😉

Why is your hair thinning?

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Lately, I’ve been having a few clients battling with this unfortunate hair situation.  So I figure that now would be as good time to address thinning hair. Some lovely ladies don’t feel confident about wearing their hair down without feeling self conscious about the way their hair looks. 😦

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The thing about thinning hair is that there can be so many causes of it. Thin hair is 90% a result of something.  My job as a stylist is to seek out and identify what’s causing it, your job is too. If the cause isn’t clear, trying to solve the problem may be pointless. Finding out the true cause may take some work on your end, but if you are serious about making a change, it will be well worth it.

So the facts are…..

Your hair has been shedding like crazy

Every time you comb or detangle,  you lose a lot of hairs

Your hair isn’t growing

Why??

Because your hair follicle isn’t strong

Probably because your scalp is unhealthy

Your scalp is the “soil” from where your hair grows, make sure it’s as healthy as possible The opening on the scalp where the hair grows can actually be blocked off. Once blocked, the hair suffocates and slows growth. Blood flow to the scalp is also important so make sure your body is healthy.

Lets address the reasons & see what you can do….

Stress

The impact of stress on our hair is big. Most obviously we see it in the grays that seem to take over in just a few short years.  Hair loss is another result of stress. When we’re stressed, our body depletes, we usually don’t eat healthy so our blood flow contains fewer nutrients. We also tend to worry which further minimizes circulation. Add this all together and you have the recipe for thinning hair.  If you think you are the sufferer of stress related hair loss, you have to take action to shift your state to one where you experiencing joy. This creates a level of openness all over. When you are in an open, relaxed state, things start to flow again. Not just inside but in your external world as well. If you don’t know where to start, begin by positive daily affirmations., Its worth a try

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Over Processing

I think the biggest factor in thinning hair is over processing when you incorrectly relax the hair. Over processing could mean using a relaxer strength that is too much or relaxing the hair too often. Try stretching your relaxer to 8 – 19 weeks sometimes. Also have your hair done by a professional, burns leave your scalp unhealthy over time.

Age / Hormonal Changes

With aging comes change. Our skin changes, our bodies change, our hair changes. Thinning hair is one of the signs of aging. This means that we have to fight against the normal effects of getting older. Try to mimic youth through lifestyle changes. Excercise, eat right and take dietary supplements as necessary. Biotin, silica, omega-3s…just to name a few

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Stimulation / Products

Massage your scalp and eliminate too much product. Too much grease clogs pores. Try natural oils instead. Peppermint, tea tree oil, castor oil, coconut oil to name a few.

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If you choose to incorporate any of the tips I shared here, they aren’t going to happen over night. Instead, its a long-term shift in your lifestyle. Set a personal goal, affirm it and your actions will adjust accordingly. Show gratitude for your hair and be grateful to the new hairs that will come into your life.  Remember nothing is permanent and recognize the power you have to create the head of hair that you desire.

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One Love,

Malibu 😉

Pixie Cuts – for the bold on the go!

Getting a pixie cut seems to be the latest celebrity fashion. Just check out Brandy’s new do on Instagram ❤

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Are you itching for this fierce, bold look? Well once you realize it’s not just about a cut, but maintaining that haircut, you’re ready to give it a go.

A pixie cut looks good only when you learn to maintain it properly. Yes, short hair is equal to low maintenance but, then if you wish that your hair to look chic, remain healthy and grow properly, then care for your hair. Its low maintenance but not no- maintenance!!!

Here are some simple tips to keep be a pixie pro…

1. Short hair can become sticky when its dirty. So, you need to shampoo your hair regularly (4 -7 days) and, keep it clean and bouncy. So if you find yourself unable to get to the salon often, try washing your hair in the night, apply a leave-in conditioner and, mold to dry until the morning.

2. Heat should only be used on SPECIAL occasions and NOT everyday or 3-4 times a week. Before using the heat protect your hair with a heat protective serum or cream and not an oil. Keep in mind to use as little heat as possible because it can only do more damage to relaxed hair if frequently used. Tiny rollers are a must-have

3. Use a rectangle shaped silk head tie. For additional support, use a bonnet over the head tie.

4. Opt out of saturating hair with too much product. This leaves your hair looking cake-y. Light natural oils are enough to keep your hair looking shiny.

A hair style is only part of the package. Make sure your life style and personality match up. Pixie cuts are fashion forward, fresh, beautiful with lots of styling options… don’t be afraid to give it a try

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Low maintenance hair-dos will save you lots of time and stress. So go ahead and book an appointment to request a fresh, easy to style cut with a dash of color so you can continue on being the bold woman you are. Work hard, stay humble, and keep it moving!

Malibu

One Love 😉

Marula Oil – Africa’s secret

Africa Has Many Secrets,
Its black history month so its only right I review its liquid gold to haircare.
In Africa, there is an oil so precious, that the fruit it is squeezed from is wild-harvested by hand and cold-pressed to retain its nutrients. This oil, which comes from the fruit of  the Marula tree, has 50% more protective antioxidants than argan oil and has a time release technology which nourishes and hydrates hair throughout the day.

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It restores, replenish and revitalize weak, distressed hair. It is the Marula Oil. This indulgent, fast absorbing oil is so hydrating, replenishing and sustainable, it’s been a been an African secret for thousands of years.
It makes an excellent hot oil treatment or daily moisturiser.

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It is so good that popular product lines have an entire collection, namely Motions & Paul Mitchell…. so be sure to check it out & include it in your regimen

One love
Malibu 🙂

 

Natural vs. Relaxed >>The Great Debate

        
This is one of the hottest  hair debates trending right now.  As a stylist I only inform you and let you make the best decision for yourself.  There are pros and cons to each. It’s a highly personal decision.  Don’t go natural to please those who think all women who wear Relaxers are selling out to look like white women and have low self esteem.  Don’t wear a Relaxer because you feel that going natural is a racial statement that you don’t want to make.  Having said that, the reality is that if you go natural, some people will assume certain things about your political and social points of view.  If you wear a Relaxer, some people will think you have low self esteem

But let’s get back to the hair …..

The truth is that going natural is by no means better or healthier than having a relaxer or a texturizer. Natural hair is hair that is devoid of any chemicals that can potentially alter your curl pattern.

The point is that no matter what you choose , you can still accomplish the same goal of nice, long, strong luxurious hair as long as you give your head of hair the attention and care it deserves and needs. Having natural hair can be fun and rewarding but be prepared for what comes with dealing with your particular hair type and don’t beat yourself up if you decide that its not for you. Hair is an accessory so you have permission to change it up and settle on a style that works for you. Either way looking FAB is the objective! Be it ‘fro or sleek.

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Texture is the key word. We all have variations of  it, so depending on what you are working with, you could find yourself working harder than ever to make the good hair days outnumber the bad ones.

Even your natural hair can absolutely rebel against you if its not well conditioned and moisturized. Afterall, thats the descriptive of what healthy hair is. So get to know your hair, choose how you want to wear it and take care of it 🙂

One Love,
Malibu
😉