As someone who relies on heat styling to perfect my hair, it's no secret that my scalp goes through the wringer. For years, I would prioritize the ends of my hair to avoid split ends, often forgetting that the scalp also takes the brunt of the damage. I used to think my scalp was very oily, but it turns out that I have a dry scalp that's overcompensating for my hair-care habits. My scalp was dry and flaky yet oily at the same time, all while feeling irritatingly itchy. To treat my imbalanced scalp, I would use clarifying shampoos, and it would dry out my scalp even more. Clearly, I was stuck in an endless cycle.
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