I think I was going a bit crazy with shampoo.
OK, so I have a rebellious scalp. When my hair was in the kinky twists, I shampooed every two weeks and my scalp was great. It was flake-free and happy. My twists have been out since mid-December and I’ve been playing around with some other protectiven styles and moisturizing and sealing my hair every day and washing my scalp with shampoo each week.
My hair was fine thanks to good conditioners, but my scalp was suffering: dry, tight, flaky and miserable — I wanted to cry. My scalp had returned to the days of coconut-laden shampoo misery. I had been doing so well!
So I decided to co-wash a couple of nights ago to add some more moisture to my scalp. I used Tresemmé Healthy Volume conditioner (I used a dang lot) and conditioned with Organix Soft & Silky Vanilla Silk conditioner (this stuff smells so yummy!). I used my Giovanni Direct leave-in and then moisturized with my super moisturizer.
(On a sidenote: when something works, stick with it. This moisturizing mix of butters including shea, mango and cocoa and oils is REALLY good for my hair — and it’s a lot cheaper to make the mix for my super dry hair than fiddle around with every product under the sun.)
I twisted up my hair and went to sleep hoping that I wouldn’t spend the night digging at my dry, brittle scalp. When I got up in the morning, the scalp was clean and flake-free! Whoo hoo! I didn’t want to get too excited because when the dry Canadian winter air hit my scalp, God only knew what I would be dealing with.
Eight hours later? Moist scalp! Yay!
What that means is: I was going crazy with the shampoo. While shampoo isn’t my enemy, I do have to use it sparingly — once a month or so. Any more often than that? Flaky city… which isn’t cute.
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Try a bentonite clay mask! I mix mine with acv and plain yogurt, then apply to my scalp and hair, leave on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse, massaging my scalp both when I apply it and when I rinse. It leaves my hair and scalp clean without overdrying and my curls are defined. I haven’t used any other cleanser in about 2 months. I don’t use products with mineral oil or silicones, so you might have to use shampoo every so often if you do. Either way, I highly recommend it.
Thanks for the tip! I think I will try it.
Your hair rocks all day everyday girl!
Thanks girl! But you would have been scared of my scalp. It was HORRIBLE.
what TYPE of shampoo are you using tho? maybe try a cleansing cream or an organic shampoo without the sulfates and stuff
I’m using an organic shampoo — it’s a castile-based shampoo with no coconut ingredients. The big problem for me is that I’m allergic to coconut, so a lot of the shampoos still have coconut products in them… which makes me sad 😦 Alas, I had to find something else. I’ve heard that castile soap can be drying if you overuse and I think that’s what I did.