Not my favorite word and I bet it’s not yours is either, but after reading this information on sebum you will understand why it’s essential for a proper hair care routine. After doing some research, I myself can’t wait to use this natural oil to my advantage and incorporate it into my Hair Routine. Sebum is an oil produced inside the skin alongside the hair follicles. Overall, it serves a very important role in the appearance and health of our hair and skin; it is produced to keep them moisturized.
For the hair, sebum is a 100% natural miracle wax, produced by your body in the necessary quantities to keep it healthy. Its pH level flattens the cuticles - which is what we want - to have those silky locks.
One of its most important properties is to stabilize the amount of moisture the strands can take in and hold. “...this oil is a complex mixture of fatty acids, sugars, waxes, and other natural chemicals that form a protective barrier against water evaporation.” -Harvard Medical School. It prevents the loss of water every day after you cleanse and treat your hair, which is why the more you wash your hair, the more your scalp produces it to keep that natural oil that moisturizes the strands.
It has a waxy-like consistency that is heavy and moves slowly between the strands. If you don’t take advantage of it, it builds up in your scalp and becomes more of a problem than a solution.
How to use this natural oil to your advantage?
- Refrain from washing your hair daily, get those oils popping! A balanced cycle of oil production will do wonders for your hair. Trust the natural processes of your body.
- Do not waste one drop of that luscious wax, spread it all over your strands. Use a natural boar bristle brush to distribute it from the scalp to the ends, which desperately need it.
- Before washing your hair, massage your scalp with your fingertips - careful with your nails - and use it as a pre-poo oil. Doing so will stimulate blood circulation and, thanks to the natural properties of the sebum, encourage hair growth.
Sebum is a necessary component of healthy skin and hair. Excess production might be a pain but it could be worse to completely strip the scalp from it. Balance is the key. Find the right products and follow a Hair Routine that balances the production of sebum in your scalp. The most important tip is to take the time to understand how your body works, and then use it to your advantage.
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