A Guide To Washing Your Hair Less

A Guide To Washing Your Hair Less

Does your hair look lacklustre and dry? Noticing dandruff and uncontrollable frizz? Do your roots get greasy at the end of the day? You may be shampooing your hair & scalp too often!

Over-washing your hair with shampoo can leave it weak and brittle because you are stripping your hair of its natural oils. This leads to your scalp going into oil production overload trying to replenish the oil that was stripped away thanks to sulfates in shampoo. The good news is you can actually train your hair to be less greasy, and I asked my stylist to share her top 4 tips that will help the transition:



If you wash your hair every day, try to make the switch and wash your hair every other day. As you extend the time between washes, your hair will gradually produce less and less oil as you are no longer stripping your strands of the natural and essential oils your scalp produces. If you continue to do this for the first few weeks, eventually you’ll notice that you will be able to last days until the next hair wash.



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Here are a few tried-and-true tips from the kaia naturals® HQ, that has helped them train their hair to be less greasy:



If you washed your hair this morning, spray your roots tonight with the overnight dry shampoo so you are able to skip tomorrow morning’s wash. This non-aerosol dry shampoo will help absorb oil sweat and odor while you’re sleeping as this is when your scalp produces the most oil. When you wake up on the second day, brush through your hair and your hair will feel fresh and clean as if it has just been washed.


Note: To avoid build-up and clogging your hair follicles, you will want to ensure that you are not packing on too much dry shampoo powder onto your scalp day after day. Always shampoo your hair the day after using dry shampoo. Avoid using dry shampoo more than once between shampoos.



If you want to rinse your hair and still get it wet, skip shampoo and instead, thoroughly rinse and massage your scalp and hair with warm (not hot) water. Apply conditioner to your ends and rinse. To read more on this method called co-washing, click here.



If you are brave enough to go an extra day without washing your hair (Yes! You can do it!), try an apple cider vinegar hair rinse. Mix ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar with 1 cup water. Work it through your scalp and roots. Rinse well with warm water. ACV helps to restore the scalp’s pH levels and removes buildup without stripping them from its natural oils.



If you want to skip your next shampoo in the shower, instead try gently exfoliating your scalp with a salt scrub. A salt scrub is best used to help remove product buildup from dry shampoo or any other hair products and to slough away dead skin cells. Doing this at least once a week is also ideal to unclog any hair follicles that may be causing scalp pimples.



¼ cup of ground Himalayan pink salt

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

1 tbsp coconut oil

5-10 drops of your favorite essential oil


Do you have any hair tips on not washing your hair daily? Please comment below!


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An Unsuspecting Reason Why Your Hair Is Thinning

An Unsuspecting Reason Why Your Hair Is Thinning

Eating less red meat is an undeniable trend of 2019. Reasons vary from cutting out inflammatory toxins in your diet, to wanting to lower your carbon dioxide footprint, to deciding against unethical farming practices.


However, cutting out red meat from your diet also means you are likely eliminating your main dietary source of iron. 


Having sufficient iron in your system is critical to hair, bone and nail health (to name a few things). When your body lacks iron, it cannot make hemoglobin (the protein in your red blood cells), and cannot transport oxygen around the body for growth and repair. 


So if you switch to a vegan or vegetarian diet, you may experience thinning hair as a result.


Luckily, there are many iron-rich plant-based solutions! Incorporate more beans (like lentils, soybeans, kidney beans) and leafy greens (such as spinach, swiss chard, kale) in your diet to increase your iron intake from non-meat and non-dairy sources.

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What Those Pimple-Like Bumps on Your Scalp Really Are

What Those Pimple-Like Bumps on Your Scalp Really Are

Zits are always unwelcome no matter where they pop up and are always annoying to deal with. We’re used to seeing them on our face and body but have you ever gotten them on your scalp? These types of zits are way more common than you think.

I asked the girls at kaia HQ if they had ever experienced scalp zits. Half of them admitted to getting them regularly but had never really looked into it. If there’s one good thing about scalp zits,  it’s that you don’t see them, which is probably why they don’t get talked about enough! But that doesn’t mean you should ignore them.


They’re More than Just Zits

Scalp zits are actually not zits, but an infection of the hair follicles called folliculitis.

Infection? Sounds really intense, but rest assured, dermatologists say they are very common and is something most of us may experience at some point in our lives.

Researchers from the National Center of Gerontology says it is very easy to misdiagnose folliculitis because it has very similar clinical symptoms to acne. In order to properly diagnose and treat, it’s important to know what they look like.


How Can You Tell If You Have Folliculitis?

These infections mimic acne but can become little pustules (small bumps that contain fluid or pus). If you feel a bump on your scalp, or have itchiness or soreness, part your hair away and try to get a good look at the area. If it’s on the back of your head, ask a loved one to help you take a look.  Look for small red acne-like bumps with a small ring of inflammation around the hair follicle. They can sometimes also look like a white-headed pimple around the hair follicle.


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The Causes

According to a study conducted by the National Center of Gerontology, the most common cause of folliculitis is by staphylococcus aureus (S.a), a type of bacteria found on the scalp. Not only has staphylococcus aureus been proven to cause dandruff but it can also lead to infections when combined with oil on the scalp. A buildup of dead skin cells and excess sebum on the scalp can end up clogging the hair follicle and Staphylococcus bacteria thrives on that. The oilier your scalp is, the more bacteria there will be. Other causes of folliculitis can include viral, fungal, or yeast infections.


Here’s How to Avoid It

According to a medical journal by the University of Lübeck, lessening the load of staphylococci bacteria on the scalp is key to avoiding and treating folliculitis.

Controlling oil production on your scalp is also important in order to prevent the Staphylococcus bacteria from growing and causing infections.

Using an all-natural and aerosol-free dry shampoo overnight will help soak up excess oil on your scalp. However, avoid product build-up and clogging hair follicles by only using dry shampoo 1 to 2 times in between washes.


how to treat scalp pimples

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Here’s How to Treat It


1. Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse

I know I say this often, but apple cider vinegar is a truly powerful natural ingredient that helps disinfect the scalp and restore healthy pH levels. Mix equal parts of water and ACV and massage through scalp then rinse.


2. Witch Hazel Toner

Spot treat using an astringent like witch hazel to help dry out the area using a cotton pad or cotton ball. Gently dab on the inflamed area and avoid rubbing the area.


3. Tea Tree Oil

has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties can help treat bacterial infections. Just add one drop of tea tree oil to your shampoo. Avoid using too much as it can cause further irritations.


4. Sea Salt Scrub

Gently exfoliating the scalp can reduce product buildup and dead skin cells. Try this easy DIY scalp scrub here.


5. Visit your doctor or dermatologist

If nothing seems to be working, you may need a prescription shampoo or a topical product.


Did you know about folliculitis? Have you experienced it before? Let us know your experience in the comments below.


Feature photo by Gabriela Pereira.

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