A healthy scalp is perhaps the most important step in growing healthy locks. Healthy hair equates having a healthy scalp. I have always had issues with my scalp. When I was younger it was dandruff though thankfully that is over now. When I became natural, one issue that carried over was the sensitivity of my scalp. In particular in the middle of my head. The hair there was short and very dry to the touch. The skin itself was always itchy and copious amounts of oil did nothing to soothe the problem. I tried countless concoctions to make it better and after a few trials came with following three solutions. I must stress that these are applicable on natural, relaxed or coloured hair though the latter should be careful of the Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) which is at the centre of my treatments.
Over the coming weeks, I will give you the regime I undertook to challenge this problem. These are hair/scalp rinses, my own scalp moisturising oil and the Heutiful Hair steamer.
Dry itchy scalp
The acids and enzymes in ACV kill the bacteria Bottle Bacillus which is often one the causes for many scalp and hair conditions such as itchy scalp. It clogs hair follicles allowing dry crusts to form.
-ACV – On its own can be rubbed in the scalp for 20 minutes before washing the hair
Or add the following for extra strength
-Infuse the ACV with stinging nettle or tee-tree oil for an excellent natural anti-dandruff. Nettle is one of my favourite herbs.
-Nettles have been used for centuries for medicinal purposes. They are beneficial to the lungs, kidneys, skin, and blood. The herb relieves mucous congestion and improves skin irritation and is even considered an excellent blood purifier.
1- Using a plastic bottle (even an old shampoo bottle would do), I add an inch and a half of the ACV and fill the rest with filtered water.
2- I wash and condition my hair as usual and then use the ACV concoction for the final rinse.
3- Your hair will smell a bit when wet but as soon as it dries the smell completely disappears.
If making infusions is not your thing but you would like a final rinse that will leave your hair shiny and is faster to create, you could add essential oils.
Add 5 drops of the essential oil to 1 cup of ACV. When you are ready to rinse your hair, take 1 tablespoon of this mixture, pour it in your bottle and add a cup of water (I prefer using cold water for the final rinse).
The essential oils that compliment the ACV hair rinse include:
-Lavender: Cleansing and refreshing, soothing and anti-inflammatory effect on skin.
-Lemon: Uplifting and fruity, it is toning and clarifying for the skin. However you must use it in moderation on the skin as it can be an irritant.
-Rose: Extracted from the flower, it’s nurturing and floral.
If you do try this concoction, let me know how you get along. On a totally different subjects BH is a reference to my better half, my fiancé. I received a couple of puzzled emails and thought it est to clarify it now while the blog is still in its infancy.