Written on: Sep 21, 2017 By: Shari Hicks-Graham
It's no secret that I am inspired by patients who I see in my practice every day. One observation that I have made over the years is that hair disorders often relate to scalp disease. By creating a product that makes it easier to take care of the scalp, I can help people achieve healthier more beautiful hair.
Think about it, if we neglected our face the way that we often neglect our scalp, do you think that our skin would look radiant? If we piled on makeup, eye products and lipstick the way that we often do hair products without cleansing our skin, do you think that our complexion would be clear? You get the idea: Our scalp deserves as much care as any other skin surface, even if it's tougher to see.
For those of us with dry, itchy scalp, this fact is particularly true. It is critical to choose products and hairstyles that allow us to care for the scalp in a gentle way. If we have dandruff, but still wear our hair in protective hairstyles (weaves/braids/extensions) or in natural twisted styles or locs, we may feel that we are doing the right thing by "resting" the hair in a safe manner. With protective styles, the hair does not go through the day-to-day manipulation as it might normally, and therefore should become more healthy, right? Well, this may be true if we take meticulous care of our scalp and hair & take breaks to shampoo our hair and deep condition every strand as much as possible when we "re-do" the style. The truth, however, is that if we don't have the resources of a superstar, we may keep that expensive hair in place for 4-12 weeks, without taking it out to shampoo or condition our scalp. During that time, we are living and being active - going out into the environment, perspiring at the gym, etc. Sadly, I have seen the scalp damage that may be caused by this practice. Don't get me wrong, I am not asking people to abandon their protective styles, I am just asking people to commit to scalp care in the same way that they consider facial care. Do it regularly, intentionally and with the proper products.
LivSo is a great option for scalp care whether you wear your hair relaxed or curly, braided, twisted, weaved or wavy. The sulfate-free shampoo is gentle enough for routine use, lathers richly with a small amount of product, and rinses very well out of weaves and locs. The same is true for the conditioner. The LivSo Moisturing Lotion is a true winner for the case of the protective style dilemma. With the lotion, you can apply moisture to the scalp without making the scalp oily or laden with product that builds up.
Please let me know your secrets for a healthy scalp! Has LivSo helped you? Please share your thoughts on Instagram or Facebook.
Live Free and Clear,
Shari Hicks-Graham, MD
Of course, all of our products are carried here at livso.com. Alternatively, you can also purchase our products at the following retailers, salons, and barbershops. Check back frequently as our stocklist continues to grow.
Ambushed Salon - Gahanna, Ohio
Adrian Fanus Grooming - Brooklyn, New York
DTLA Cuts - Los Angeles, California
Downtown Dermatology - Columbus, Ohio
Ms. Melanin Beauty Supply & Salon - Canal Winchester, Ohio
Panache Hair Designs - Oak Park, Illinois
Skin Specialty Dermatology - New York, New York
Willis Beauty Supply Co - Columbus, Ohio
W Style Lounge - Columbus, Ohio
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Yes! We offer samples for $1 each on our website. Each sample includes a 0.33 oz package of each of our three products. There is no limit to the number of samples you can purchase. You may require more than one sample depending on the length and thickness of your hair and how many times you would like to use each product. Samples are a great way to introduce friends and family to the product line as well!
Shipping time is typically 3-7 business days. Please note that your order may arrive in multiple shipments and sometimes parts of your order may arrive on different days depending on the delivery location and product availability.
Moisturizing Shampoo - Apply to wet scalp and hair, lather and rinse. Repeat once or twice as needed. Our gentle, sulfate-free formula is intended to effectively cleanse without overdrying your hair and skin. Massaging the scalp while applying is also recommended to improve circulation throughout the scalp. Use at least weekly for best results. Be careful to avoid direct contact with eyes. View a quick tutorial video here.
Moisturizing Conditioner - Apply to scalp and hair for at least three minutes, detangle or comb gently using a wide-toothed comb, then rinse out completely. Be careful to avoid direct contact with eyes. View quick tutorial video here.
Moisturizing Lotion - Apply to scalp after washing and conditioning, before drying & styling hair. May also apply to scalp daily as a moisturizer. This product also works well on the hair itself for extra moisturization to improve manageability. View a quick tutorial video here.
The products are designed to be used at least once per week but may be used as often as three times per week depending on your hair and scalp condition and moisturizing needs.
Yes! The Moisturizing Lotion is a versatile product. Although it is formulated to be a light moisturizer applied directly to the scalp to alleviate dryness and itchiness, many use it directly on the hair for additional hydration from the roots to the tips. Men also find it useful to moisturize their beards without leaving their hair with an oily finish or strong fragrance.
Yes. Although we did not do a unique test for color safety, we are familiar with all of our ingredients and have yet to receive feedback relating to issues with use on color treated hair.
Our independent clinical trial consisted of only adult participants. Please be advised that our products do not have a tear-free formula and they were not studied for use on children. Be careful to avoid direct contact with the eyes.
LivSo was designed for people with dry itchy scalp and curly or textured hair, regardless of ethnicity or gender. If you have a textured hair type that dries out easily with typical dandruff shampoos or sulfate products, this product is for you. Curly or textured hair, by nature, requires more moisture to prevent breakage, splitting and ensure its luster. The cuticle of curly and textured hair tends to be more ruffled as opposed to flat, which prevents oil from the scalp from wicking from the root to the tip of the hair causing it to look and feel drier.
Beyond those who have dry, itchy scalp, if you have dry curly hair, our products were expertly crafted to promote scalp health and meet your hair cleansing and moisturizing needs.
To our friends with straight hair and dry, itchy scalp, LivSo products are formulated to meet your needs as well. Our line of products may feel more moisturizing than alternative products without a focus on hydration, but they will still work to alleviate dry itchy scalp.
Creating products that are safe and gentle for your skin and hair without compromising efficacy is our highest priority. We include numerous natural ingredients in all of our products but we do not focus on being all-natural because natural elements and therefore natural products may not necessarily be safe and gentle. Our products are gluten-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, and are not derived from animals in any way.
Acetyl alcohol will not dry out your hair, in fact, it does just the opposite. Acetyl alcohol is a conditioning agent and a fatty alcohol, which actually has a moisturizing effect on the hair and skin as opposed to isopropyl alcohol, which is your common rubbing alcohol.
Glycolic acid is a valuable and effective ingredient included in our Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner and can increase photosensitivity on the skin. As such, we want to ensure that those with sun sensitivity are aware of its presence. We believe sunburn risk from using these products is still fairly low because the hair on the scalp protects the scalp from being exposed to direct sunlight. If you are wearing a protective style where parts of your scalp is exposed or if have a very short haircut, we advise that you apply sunscreen on any exposed areas.
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