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The Essential Oil You Should Already Have on Your Bedside Table

The Essential Oil You Should Already Have on Your Bedside Table 0

Lavender oil is very popular for its soothing and relaxing properties but it also has a quadruple of other uses and benefits, thanks to its antifungal, antibacterial, antioxidant and antiflammatory properties. Read on to find out why this essential oil should already be on your bedside table!
Why You Should Have Eucalyptus Oil in Your Bathroom Cabinet

Why You Should Have Eucalyptus Oil in Your Bathroom Cabinet 0

This may be the multi-purpose essential oil for you! Eucalyptus oil offers various benefits thanks to its antiseptic properties. 

Learn more about its benefits and uses in this article.

How to Regrow Your Edges Back Naturally - Tips for Repairing Your Thinning Hairline

How to Regrow Your Edges Back Naturally - Tips for Repairing Your Thinning Hairline 0

A lot of women will and have experienced thinning of the hair especially around the hairline. The edges of the hair are the most fragile and sensitive part of your head. They need the most attention and care as it is very easy for your edges to get damaged. 

You may be wondering why you have been losing hair around your hairline. This could be caused by a number of things such as; scalp dermatitis/eczema, cancer, thyroid disease, postpartum hair loss, stress, hereditary and so much more. Firstly, it’s important to figure out if the reason your edges are thinning are due to health related issues before you look at other causes. 

If you do not suffer from any health related issues and do not have any scalp condition then you should continue reading as some of the reasons may be the cause of your thinning edges:

1. Wigs
A lot of wig wearers will be shocked by this as this is how a lot of people are able to protect their natural hair under. However the way you wear your wigs can have a massive impact on your edges. If you are a wig wearer you should try and stay away from glue as much as possible as this will rip out your edges especially if you do not take it off properly. It may even cause an allergic reaction, which a lot of people have complained about. You can use alternatives like Wig Fix; which is a soft hypoallergenic silicone headband that offers safer security for your wigs. You should also take breaks from wearing wigs as the wig hairline/band and the weight/length will be causing distress and rubbing on your hairline. 

2. Gels
If you notice your hair thinning around your hairline, you should definitely take a break from gels too. Gels can clog up your scalp by not allowing it to breathe.

3. Tight Hairstyles
This is the most obvious reason for thinning hair. Tight hairstyles can cause a lot of tension on your scalp pulling out hair follicles. It can also lead to alopecia areata which can cause permanent hair loss. So take a break on the high ponytails and try not to consistently braid your hair. 

4. Heat
You should be very careful about the amount of heat you apply on your hair but most especially on your edges. The heat from straighteners and blow dryers can cause serious damage as it will dry out the hair causing it to break. It is okay if your edges do not blow dry straight. If you do not want to completely stop using heat on your hair you can at least reduce the temperature so as to not cause any lasting damage. You should also use the cooling feature on your blow dryer after applying heat. 

Now that you have read through and figured out what may be causing your hair loss, you are probably wondering what you need to do to prevent more hair loss/damage and restore your hair. Don’t worry we have curated some extra tips to aid in your journey to thicker, fuller edges and hair. We have even listed some of our products that will be very helpful for your hair below; 

Tips:

  • Make sure your hair is always moisturised. You can do the LOC method (Liquid, Oil and Cream) and make sure you are not neglecting your hairline too, as your edges will really benefit from this. You can use water or any water based product like Riza Hydrating Mist, and any carrier oil of your choice (olive oil or coconut oil) and seal in the moisture with our Moisturizing Avocado and Coconut Hair Butter. You can twist or braid your hair after. This will ensure that the hair is protected.
  • In addition ensure you are doing a deep condition regularly. Try to go for deep conditioners that are free of parabens, parfum, silicone and alcohol.
  • Massage your hairline and the rest of your scalp regularly with some oils. This will help stimulate blood circulation which is essential for hair growth. You can use castor oil or any essential oils of your choice like; peppermint, lavender, rosemary and tea tree oil, which are very good for stimulating hair growth. Make sure to dilute these oils with any carrier oil. You can even mix it in with some castor oil.
  • Treat your hair once in a while as this can boost the strength of your hair and scalp. It can also help with keeping the hair moisturised. The hot oil treatment is very effective for this. It also increases blood flow to your scalp which will help with hair growth. You can contact Riza Beauty to get your hands on the bespoke hot oil treatment by sending us a mail or you can book a consultation on the website.
  • A healthy diet that contains proteins, minerals and vitamins will aid with strengthening and hair growth.
  • Sleep with a silk or satin scarf/bonnet or pillow case. This is very important as cotton can dry out the hair and the silk and satin will protect the hair and keep the moisture in.
  • Just leave your hair alone! Too much manipulation can cause a lot of pulling on the scalp and breakage of the hair. Try not to comb too harshly and be very careful of the type of brushes you use around the perimeter of your hair.
  • Lastly, you should formulate a hair care routine that works for you with the incorporation of the aforementioned tips. This will allow you to be consistent as nothing will work if you are not consistent. Hair growth is a working progress and takes time so remember to be patient and not to be too hard on yourself. You can document the process to keep track of how far you have come with your hair growth/restoration journey.

 

        Natural Remedies For Eczema and Dermatitis

        Natural Remedies For Eczema and Dermatitis 0

        I’ve noticed that a lot of people are not familiar with the condition that is eczema and some that are aware of this condition do not know it is something that can affect the scalp and the health of the hair. A good number of hair stylists and hairdressers would just assume your hair is dirty or not washed properly. 

         

        Eczema is an inflammatory skin disease that causes the skin (and scalp) to be dry, flaky, itchy and red. It is not contagious and can be as a result of allergies, autoimmune disorders and even asthma. It is a life long disease that has no cure. 

         

        I have been dealing with eczema from my childhood into my adulthood and recently started developing eczema patches on my scalp. Doctors would usually prescribe a steroid cream to treat  eczema but I was always wary about continuously applying it on my scalp and wondered if there are other milder ways to manage the patches on my scalp. So of course I did some research and found out there are indeed natural remedies to help with the irritation;

        Research has shown that essential oils can help reduce itching and flare ups.

         

        Tea tree oil:

        As tea tree oil has anti-fungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties, it is a very efficient way of managing eczema/dermatitis flare ups on your scalp. It works the best when diluted with water or used in conjunction with a carrier oil such as coconut oil or olive oil. You can put a few drops (about 8) in a spray bottle with water or olive oil and directly spray onto the flare ups on your scalp. It will help relieve the irritation and heal the patches. 

         

        Lavender oil:

        Lavender oil works both as an antiseptic and also has anti-fungal and anti-flammatory properties.  This makes it a very good natural remedy for eczema/dermatitis. It cleanses the skin and subsides irritation on the skin caused by eczema. You can add two drops into your carrier oil/water or even mix it with tea tree oil along with a carrier oil. 

         

        Patchouli oil:

        Studies have shown that patchouli oil has an anti-flammatory effect. This may help suppress the eczema/dermatitis flare up you have on your skin/scalp. 

        Some other essential oils that may help relieve eczema/dermatitis on the hair and skin are; primrose oil, peppermint oil, jojoba oil and borage oil

         

        Aloe Vera:

        Aloe Vera has been proven to be effective for eczema. It has anti-flammatory properties which will help soothe the scalp. 

         

        Apple cider vinegar:

        Beauty gurus swear by Apple cider vinegar rinse due to its antimicrobial properties that may help tame an irritation or flare up caused by eczema and dermatitis. Studies have shown that it is  effective in getting rid of build up and subside severe symptoms of eczema on the scalp. It will also restore the pH balance of your hair. You should always dilute apple cider vinegar when doing a hair rinse. 

         

        *Note: with the essential oils you should always dilute them with a carrier oil such as; olive oil or   with water. You should also do a patch test on the less sensitive part of your skin as they work differently for each individual.