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Natural dandruff relief

Natural dandruff reliefHi Nature Queens,

As the fall is approaching, we get a lot of questions regarding dandruff. We call this season dandruff season. Do you know that dandruff are tiny flake of dead skin cell? There are many reason for dandruff, ie fungal infection, dry scalp, or just seasonal effect on our scalp. Today we want to bring you a natural dandruff relief remedy that will help you cope with this season change.

Why this mask?

Oatmeal has been used for centuries as a dandruff relief. It exfoliates dead skin cell before they become dandruff. Its moisturizing and soothing properties reduce itchiness and provide balance to dry scalp. Oatmeal contains Polysaccharides which makes the hair soft. It contains vitamin B and penetrates the hair to retain moisture. This recipe combine oatmeal with milk, a natural humectant and olive oil to seal in moisture.

The recipe

Here is what you need:
• 1 tbsp oatmeal: moisturize and sooth scalp
• 1 tbsp almond oil: seal in moisture
• 3 tbsp full fat milk: act as a humectant 
Nature Queen herbal shampoo and conditioner

Combine oatmeal, almond oil and full fat milk together into a paste and spread it on your hair, focusing on the scalp. Leave for 30 minutes then wash your hair. Washing your hair post hair mask is the most important part of this process because we do not want to leave any residual of the mask (greasy hair!), or wash too much and rinse off all our hard work!

To wash your hair post hair mask, first rinse your hair with cool or warm water. We don't want to use hot water because the egg in the mask might turn into scramble egg, which make it impossible to wash off. Once your hair is completely saturated with water, use a generous amount of Nature Queen shampoo to wash your hair. Using a gentle cleansing shampoo like Nature Queen is so important because harsh shampoo will wash off all your hard work away.

After the first shampoo, if your hair still feel greasy, you can shampoo again. Nature Queen shampoo allow you to wash your hair several times after hair mask (until your hair feel clean) because it is so gentle, only cleanse the part of the mask that are on the surface of your hair, not the part that already penetrated into your hair cuticles. Nature Queen shampoo also contains lemongrass essential oil, patchouli essential oil, and shyonak extract. Lemongrass essential oil is both antibacterial and antimicrobial, which help in minimizing pesky dandruff, fungal infection, and other skin conditions that can potentially plague the scalp. Patchouli essential oil soothes and treats eczema, acne, chapped skin, oily skin, dermatitis, and dandruff. Shyonak extract is antiseptic and astringent, it soothes disorders commonly associated with dry scalps. These herbal essential oils and extracts are great when use in combination the oatmeal mask.

Common mistakes

Some people told me hair masks do nothing for their hair, so I want to list here some common mistakes people might make while doing hair mask:

1. Not leaving the mask long enough: the hair mask needs time to penetrate inside your hair shafts. If you don't leave it on long enough, the mask only sits on top on your hair, and will be wash away when you wash your hair.

2. Use the wrong shampoo: similarly, when you use a harsh shampoo (or worse - baking soda) instead of Nature Queen, the shampoo opens the cuticles and wash not only the mask residual, but also all your hard work away.

3. Use hair mask too often: we recommend using this hair mask once a week or every other week. There is only so much our hair can absorb, so if you use this mask too often, you will end up with build ups rather than silky smooth hair.

That's all I have for today! #IAmANatureQueen