Thursday, July 26, 2012

3 Remedies for an Itchy Scalp

Having an Itchy scalp can be very annoying. Some people may know why they suffer from an itchy scalp, for example they may have dandruff, psoriasis or eczema, and others have no clue!  Whether you know what causes your discomfort or not there are remedies that can help sooth your itchy scalp. First, if you don’t know you have to find out what is causing your scalp to itch.  If you know that you don’t typically have dandruff, and that you have not been diagnosed with a more serious scalp condition, you will have to pay attention to your product’s ingredients and keep a clean scalp.  Some chemicals and ingredients in certain products can cause a reaction called Contact Dermatitis. This means that something you used caused a serious allergic reaction and your scalp responded by flaking up really bad, itching like crazy or both!   There are many reasons why you could be experiencing an itchy scalp but the above mentions are a great place to start.  Below I have listed some simple remedies for soothing an itchy scalp.  


Remedy 1 Clean your scalp:  Products can build up on the scalp causing it to become itchy. You don’t have to wash your hair every day, but you can cleanse your scalp with a mild Apple Cider Vinegar and water mixture; just use a cloth to scrub your scalp.  Apple Cider Vinegar detoxifies the scalp and helps to remove dirt and build up from your scalp. When your scalp can’t breathe, it will become itchy.  (For those of you who wear wigs or weaves, you know exactly what I’m talking about!)  So keep your scalp clean.     

Remedy 2 Use Lemon oil:   Lemon is an antiseptic for your scalp, and when mixed with a carrier oil, it can significantly reduce an itchy scalp. I typically use Vatika Oil to massage my scalp because it contains enough lemon for me.  But you can make your own concoction for example Olive oil and Lemon. Olive oil is actually an antifungal treatment when used on the scalp and can be used to fight bacteria, mixing the two together may prove to be a powerful home remedy! 

Contains Lemon Oil

Remedy 3 Ayurvedic Clay Treatments:   Powerful Indian Herbs like Amla, Brandi, Neem Powder, Henna, and Cassia Obovata, all of these treatments are widely used in Ayurvedic medicine to alleviate scalp issues like Dandruff, Dermatitis, and Psoriasis.   

Don’t let your scalp cramp your style! Identify the problem, treat it, and stay consistent. (Of course if you have tried these home remedies consistently and none of them seem to work you should definitely see a Dermatologist or Trichologist for medical advice.)

 Until Next time!!! 

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Retain Length with "Natural" Mini-Braids!

Mini Braids removal; a 1/2 inch of length gained! 

Style to hide remaining mini braids

I finally removed all of my mini braid it took 8 days. Yep 8 days! (I was really busy that week)  As I unraveled a few of the braids I would twist them with conditioner and oil.. and hide the remaining braids amongst my twists... (in the pic above there are about 30 braids in my pompadour..wore a twist out for an outing, and put back in twists until I finished) The take down was tedious and very time consuming, and although I was not fond of the take down I really did enjoy wearing my  braids. I was able to wash, condition, and deep condition without being too concerned with shrinkage.  

                                                                                     Wet Mini Braids

These braids were very easy to wash, I simply mixed Apple Cider Vinegar and Water, and then followed with a Cowash.  I added my leave in, and oil, and then  I stretched them slightly in ponytail holders 

Dry Mini Braids days later

Twist out after removing braids

While in my braids I consistently moisturized,oiled my scalp, and sealed my hair strands.  I had minor frizzing but not noticeable.   I was able to retain at least a 1/2 inch of new growth(and I measured to be sure!) So I really enjoyed this protective style,and will revisit it in the very FAR (only because that take down was too time consuming).   My hair has been out for almost a week,  and it's time to put it back into another protective style.. I think I will be doing Medium size twists. : )     

What are you doing to keep your hair protected this Summer? Are you planning on switching it up?

Well! Until Next time!