Hola! Spring has finally sprung however the temps in NYC feels like it is still winter! Everyone has heard of spring cleaning—your house, closet and more but what about your scalp/hair? It may sound weird but I learned the hard way that it is very necessary. Last week I had the worst dry itchy scalp of my life; I freaked out because I have never had scalp issues! I didn’t and still don’t know if the change of seasons, product build-up or an allergic reaction caused the flare up but I was on a mission to find a quick solution. I immediately went to google and settled on the following products to combat the problem (in no particular order):
**Tea tree oil—This clear essential oil is derived from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia plant which is native to Australia. It kills germs and is a natural healing agent for colds, wounds, rashes and more. I massaged my scalp with this to rid it of any fungi that would’ve possibly been present, the cool tingly feeling soothed the itch!
**Avocado oil—A carrier oil that comes from avocados (of course) is often used for cooking however in many cosmetics as well. This oil is high in monounsaturated fats and vitamin E which is a great moisturizer for a dry scalp. I mixed it with the tea tree oil and applied it to my scalp, as well as alone on my edges which can get really dry. Please note the consistency is a bit thick so a little goes a long way.
**Organix Hydrating Teatree Mint—This hydrating treatment moisturizes and balances damaged hair. I used this in place of my normal leave-in conditioner, it just melted into my tresses. The scent was great and my hair felt wonderful! If you aren’t familiar with this brand you must check out their wide variety of great hair and body products.
**Shea Moisture African Black Soap Deep Cleansing Shampoo—This shampoo is infused with willow bark extract, tea tree oil and plantain enzyme instantly calmed my itchy irritated scalp. It didn’t dry my hair out at all but made it feel extremely clean.
**Shea Moisture African Black Soap Balancing Conditioner—This product contains the same ingredients as above and it not only provides moisture but also makes detangling easy. My tresses felt soft and very hydrated.
**Shea Moisture African Black Soap Dandruff and Dry Scalp Elixir—An all natural treatment that reduces itching and flaking, as well as soothe and balance the scalp. I used this spray after I cleansed my hair and oiled my scalp. This will be in heavy rotation as I plan to use this as a quick temporary fix anytime my scalp feels dry or itchy.
Since this issue occurred these products has been apart of my Spring Scalp Cleaning routine which has been in rotation every 2-3 days. I know some may think that is too much washing for curly hair because it tends to dry out quickly but I don’t plan to neglect my scalp ever again! Chime in do you/have you had similar issues? What did you use? Better yet do you have a hair regime that you follow with the change of the seasons? Do tell.