A few weeks back I ranted about the need to focus on scalp health now that winter is approaching. Promptly after writing that article, I picked up a bottle of Hawaiian Silky's Vinegar Scalp Rinse.  I love the stuff.  To make it even better, I add a little peppermint and tea tree oil for the cooling sensation and to stimulate hair growth.

I thought I had my scalp regimen down packed but, last night I stumbled on a product that I absolutely have to incorporate on wash day.
Our friends at dpHUE have come up with a scalp scrub that seems to embody all the ways of healthy hair.  First, they start off with a base of pink sea salt.  Most body scrubs are sugar based but Himalayan pink salt might be a better choice for several reasons.  Not only does this unprocessed salt contain a slew of trace minerals that are essential for the body, it might also be beneficial to the actual hair strands.

A while back I wrote about how adding a pinch of salt to my conditioner made my hair so soft, manageable and moisturized that I could hardly believe it.  This is a little-known secret that can be a life savior for dry hair.  If any salt remains on my hair following the scrub, I wouldn't be freaked out because it wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing.

Pink salt based scalp scrub sounds amazing enough but dpHUE took things to the next level by adding ACV and a slew of other hair loving ingredients like aloe vera, avocado oil, a coconut-derived cleansing agent, and more.  So this scrub exfoliates, nourishes and it's pH balanced.  What more do you want?

Of course, I want to get my hands on it as quickly as possible but I already have most of the main ingredients on deck.  Next on my agenda is to create a quick DIY version to try at home.  If I love the results, I may want to scoop up the "commercial version" to see if I notice any difference.  I'm sure many of you have similar ingredients at home as well so why not give this a try on wash day.



With fall so close on the horizon, I'm frantically thinking ahead of all the ways I can prepare for a successful fall/winter season.  The biggest woe I face every year is a dry, itchy scalp.  But it goes beyond that.  The flakier my scalp is, the more my hair sheds.  The more shedding, the more tangles.  Tangles rob us of length and I'm not trying to deal with that this year.

When I think back to all the remedies that worked in the past, on the top of the list were scalp rinses. Shame on me for not paying much attention to my scalp this past summer.  But it's time to get serious again and I know just where to start.
To keep the scalp happy, we start with trying to create the right pH balance.  If you're experiencing more shedding, flaking, and dryness than you're comfortable with, chances are your scalp is in need of some TLC.  When I first started caring for my scalp, I reached for the obvious choice, apple cider vinegar.  ACV is highly acidic which helps it to quickly balance our scalp.

I'm ready to jump on the ACV bandwagon again. But this time I plan on spicing it up a bit.  For instance, Hawaiin Silky created a rinse that consists of ACV, aloe vera juice, and various natural extracts.  They even took it a step further to incorporate castor oil which is known for its hair growth stimulating properties.  According to the product description, and one reviewer with 4C hair, this vinegar rinse does an awesome job at detangling.  I'm definitely picking this up.

I also want to play around with creating my own DIY version.  I think I'd incorporate a few essential oils like peppermint (which has been proven to stimulate hair growth) and perhaps a couple of drops tea tree. Maybe I'll throw in a pinch of activated charcoal for deep cleansing.  I like the idea of diluting the ACV with aloe vera juice instead of water because aloe vera is still acidic (vs H20 which is neutral).  This'll help your mixture maintain its low pH.  I may even experiment with adding some green or bamboo tea to boost nutrients & stimulate the hair follicle.  Since our hair growth rate will be taking a nose dive over the next several months, we might as well do something to help keep the scalp stimulated.

The strategy this year is not to wait until things get bad to start taking action. The scalp detoxing process starts now.

With fall so close on the horizon, I'm frantically thinking ahead of all the ways I can prepare for a successful fall/winter season.  The biggest woe I face every year is a dry, itchy scalp.  But it goes beyond that.  The flakier my scalp is, the more my hair sheds.  The more shedding, the more tangles.  Tangles rob us of length and I'm not trying to deal with that this year.

When I think back to all the remedies that worked in the past, on the top of the list were scalp rinses. Shame on me for not paying much attention to my scalp this past summer.  But it's time to get serious again and I know just where to start.
To keep the scalp happy, we start with trying to create the right pH balance.  If you're experiencing more shedding, flaking, and dryness than you're comfortable with, chances are your scalp is in need of some TLC.  When I first started caring for my scalp, I reached for the obvious choice, apple cider vinegar.  ACV is highly acidic which helps it to quickly balance our scalp.

I'm ready to jump on the ACV bandwagon again. But this time I plan on spicing it up a bit.  For instance, Hawaiin Silky created a rinse that consists of ACV, aloe vera juice, and various natural extracts.  They even took it a step further to incorporate castor oil which is known for its hair growth stimulating properties.  According to the product description, and one reviewer with 4C hair, this vinegar rinse does an awesome job at detangling.  I'm definitely picking this up.

I also want to play around with creating my own DIY version.  I think I'd incorporate a few essential oils like peppermint (which has been proven to stimulate hair growth) and perhaps a couple of drops tea tree. Maybe I'll throw in a pinch of activated charcoal for deep cleansing.  I like the idea of diluting the ACV with aloe vera juice instead of water because aloe vera is still acidic (vs H20 which is neutral).  This'll help your mixture maintain its low pH.  I may even experiment with adding some green or bamboo tea to boost nutrients & stimulate the hair follicle.  Since our hair growth rate will be taking a nose dive over the next several months, we might as well do something to help keep the scalp stimulated.

The strategy this year is not to wait until things get bad to start taking action. The scalp detoxing process starts now.

I've been hooked on micellar water ever since my first bottle.  This powerful cleansing water truly a beautiful thing.  What makes micellar water so amazing is the microscopic oil molecules ("micelles") that have the ability to attract and lift all the dirt, makeup and grime off your skin without  any tightness or over drying.

It dissolves all the bad stuff leaving your skin perfectly hydrated.  The origin of this wonderful creation stems from French women who sought out an alternate approach to cleansing their faces.  Their water is harsh so they needed a suitable workaround to maintain beautiful skin.  To me, micellar water is a must have beauty item if you want to cleanse often but don't want to overdry with harsh ingredients.
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Basically, micellar water is perfect.  So it only makes sense to incorporate it into a hair product.
DevaCurl is the first to bring micellar water into the hair care game.  On Valentine's Day, they're launching a micellar water cleansing serum called "Buildup Buster."  This cleansing serum will take the place of your shampoo on wash day.  It'll cleanse without over stripping using micellar technology.   From there, you condition and style as usual.

Because micellar water is so powerful, the Buildup Buster may actually qualify as a clarifying treatment.  That's really exciting news because I've been avoiding clarifying for a while for fear of drying out my hair.  Dry winter air has been a struggle and I don't want my shampoo to add to the misery.  Thanks to DevaCurl, I'm going to experiment with clarifying with a micellar cleanser.

Since we have to wait a little while longer for Buildup Buster to launch.  I'm going to play around with a DIY version.  Perhaps, I'll water down a little shampoo with micellar water.  Or maybe I use micellar water in a spray bottle to help detangle my hair prior to a co-wash.

I'm also brainstorming the possibility of misting my scalp with a little micellar water after a workout. Which reminds me, I need to grab a few travel size bottles.  I'll toss one in my everyday bag and keep a couple on hand for when I travel. I can always refill the bottles when I run out.

This could be a game changer.


Every year, I go on a semi-annual rant on scalp health.  Feel free to check out an archive of my scalp related posts here. As someone with chronic scalp issues, I long for the day when I can truly enjoy a healthy scalp once and for all.  Let me tell you, the struggle is real.  During the summer months, I'm constantly looking for ways to remove the excess buildup from sweating.  In the winters, my dermatitis flares up which means lots of flakiness and extreme shedding.

I've tried various DIY scalp concoctions like whipping up my own sugar scalp scrub.  That was a complete fail for me as I battled endlessly to get those tiny sugar grains out of my hair.  There was that one time that I did a bentonite clay mask but something went horribly wrong.  It over stripped my hair and set off a chain of events that lead to a heart-wrenching setback.  From that day forward, I swore off at home scalp detox and set search for a professional product that would create real results once and for all!

That day has finally arrived.
Just recently, I shared with you the 2 step exfoliation technique that worked beautifully to lift away dead skin. Today I bring you with a similar method that's proven to completely clear the scalp of waxy buildup with just one treatment.

It almost sounds too good to be true. And if I hadn't seen the results with my own two eyes, I wouldn't have believed it.  I landed on two separate videos which featured before and after close up pics of the scalp following an enzyme based exfoliating mask treatment.  An enzyme scalp mask is ideal because only the dead skin is targeted. When you treat the scalp with enzymes prior to shampooing, you create the perfect opportunity for the dead cells to be easily whisked away.

The same scalp cleansing product was used in both videos. This miracle product I speak of is Philip Kingsley's Scalp Exfoliating Scalp Mask.  Its active ingredients are enzyme derived exfoliators with the ability to gently lift dead skin cells with just one use.  And these aren't just some over exaggerated product claims.  In the videos, we hear from real life trichologist(s) who share clear video evidence of what this product can actually do.

In step 1 of the process, you use a targeted exfoliating product with the ability to lift dead skin. Then you move to step 2 where you remove the build up with your shampoo.  Without the pre-treatment step, your shampoo is rendered useless.

I've always wanted to have my scalp scoped (viewed under a microscope). I'm pretty certain that there's quite a bit of build up. I almost paid for the service once, but now I feel confident in just purchasing the scalp exfoliator outright because I'm pretty certain of the outcome.  Shampooing is not enough, people!  We need to make a deliberate effort to keep our scalp in a healthy state.

I did some additional digging and found this product from Alterna Caviar.  I see that they offer a set of 12 individually packaged enzyme scalp treatments in one order.  I may give this one a shot.

But enough of my rambling, check out the videos below and see the before & after results for yourself.