Ladies it’s time to discuss a topic that often goes ignored: the scalp. To tell you the truth, I have been natural for almost 15 years, but this will be my first year paying attention to my scalp. It all started when I saw more breakage than normal despite having just trimmed my ends. Then my scalp became itchier than normal and my hair was drier and frizzier though I had not changed any of my go to remedies. So I did some research; I Googled, watched YouTube videos and even read actual medical research articles, (yes, I am a nerd when it comes to hair) and found out your scalp is everything. And ladies I mean everything!
The scalp hosts the hair follicles and acts as the topsoil to nourish hair. The scalp gets its support to best take care of our hair from the necessary nutrients received from your diet (Protein, Omega 3 from fish oils, carrots, avocado etc.) and great hair products (no harsh chemicals and parabens etc). Eventually the hair shaft will sprout of your scalp after 2 weeks of the hair follicle maturing in the scalp. So if your scalp is lacking in nutrition or acidity has been altered by using the wrong products, your hair will lack moisture and strength. So basically, dry scalp = dry hair.
Now if you have noticed dry scalp and hair, please see the steps below to restore hair and scalp balance.
- CLEANSE HAIR AND EXFOLIATE SCALP – Using a clarifying shampoo, wash your hair thoroughly. Using brown sugar on your fingertips focus on using circular motions to wash and exfoliate the scalp concentrating on those areas where you do see buildup.
- RESTORE pH BALANCE WITH ACV RINSE – This one is a new discovery for me ladies. I always used ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) Rinse for my coarse hair clients to restore shine and reduce friz,z but it also restores pH balance (the acidity level which is normally 4.5 – 5.5) to your scalp. If the pH balance is off then your hair will be dry. Learn how to do an ACV Rinse here.
- DEEP CONDITION – Now that you have a clean and clear scalp, it is time to use a moisturizing deep conditioner to restore moisture to your hair shaft and scalp. Just follow the product directions and use heat if you have low porosity hair for maximum moisture penetration.
- LEAVE IN CONDITIONER – Go back to the basics by working in a leave in conditioner. Make sure to use a richer leave-in during the winter than the summer since cold weather is notorious for drying out hair.
- OIL HAIR AND SCALP – In a previous post, I discussed using Shea butter in the winter just to protect my ends. Well now, I use Shea butter on my entire hair shaft because my usual lighter oils were drying out within hours. I do advise you test it on your hair using the praying hands method and see if your hair absorbs it before adding to your regimen. For the scalp, use 2 tbs of jojoba oil and add in 2 to 3 drops of essential oils such as rosemary, cedarwood, peppermint, lavender and tea tree oils. Massage it into your scalp to stimulate growth. Do not use Shea butter on your scalp as it is way too heavy and will clog your pores. I have been massaging my scalp with this oil mixture daily for 2 weeks and my thinning edges already have new baby hair fuzz growing in!
Please let me know how these steps work for you this week.
See you soon,