Happy scalp, happy life?

Last week, as I told you, my scalp was blistered by Softee Rejuvenating Growth Oil. Here’s the post if you haven’t read it, but here’s the quick version: I went with my fastness and bought a new hair oil. I didn’t recognize all of the ingredients, but I decided to go ahead and use it. Well, seems like yarrow extract and my scalp are sworn enemies. My scalp began to burn, itch, flake, ooze and bleed.

Lovely, huh?

Anyhow, I’m now trying to get my scalp into decent condition again. So, this week I washed it with, olive oil soap – Val’s Veggie Bar Pure Olive Oil soap. It’s the same soap I use on my body. Here are the ingredients:

Saponified olive oil, water, sodium chloride (sea salt).

See! I know what each ingredient is and I know I’m not allergic to any of ’em! I’ve read that sodium chloride isn’t great for your hair, but I need to concentrate on my scalp, not my hair. I assumed that the soap would be more gentle that my liquid shampoo and a little less gentle than my shampoo bar. I needed something that would cleanse my scalp, but not cause it anymore damage.

Had I thought about it — or researched it at that point — I may have used an apple cider vinegar (ACV) rinse to cleanse my scalp. Anyhow, I washed my scalp, co-washed my hair (I’m trying to do a combination of shampooing my scalp and co-washing my hair) with Suave Fresh Mountain Strawberry conditioner, then conditioned with my super moisturizer (which is a combination of shea butter, olive oil, jojoba oil and more) using heat. After rinsing that out, I oiled my scalp with a combination of aloe vera gel, olive oil and castor oil. Finally, I styled with Blended Beauty Curly Frizz Pudding.  My hair was soft, but a bit greasy with all the butters and oils up in there.

Most importantly, my scalp is feeling somewhat better. I washed my hair on Sunday and now it’s Wednesday – four days and things are looking pretty good in there. It’s healing – it’s not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s so much better than it was.

This weekend when I saw my hair again, I’m going to use a ACV rinse first on my scalp and leave that for about 20 minutes, then pull out my olive oil soap to scrub my scalp. Hopefully, it’ll continue to heal up. Folks, any ideas of what I can do to keep my scalp happy?

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. Nikkele says:

    I hope your scalp heals well. I heard baking soda was a good clarifier. However, mstanish1 on YouTube said her hair fell out from using too much ACV, so be careful with it. I used a sulfate shampoo over the weekend to cleanse my hair because I had too much reside from the pomade I used for my mini twists. However, I made sure to deep condition my hair to counter any dryness the sulfates may have caused.

    Well, if you could do an update after you try the ACV, hook it up!

    1. urbansista says:

      Now, you’ve got me hooked on mstanish1. I have to check out the rest of her videos. I will use the ACV sparingly — I try to only wash once a week. And if I can stretch it to two, I will. I’ll let you know how it goes 😉

  2. dalia says:

    i order a wonderful soap off eBay that’s just olive oil, lye and bay leaf extract. i usually wash my hair every seven days, but with this i find it’s gentler on my scalp and i can go longer in between washings. let me know and i’ll send you the link.

    also, i have an ACV rinse recipe that’s the bomb. BOMB, i tell you.

    1. urbansista says:

      Send me the link. Right now, I’m on a spending fast — summer’s dang expensive — so I’m not buying any products until October. Lemme know what the ACV rinse recipe is — I was just going to use one part ACV with three parts water. What else do you use?

  3. r*dean [myaliasfotography] says:

    i’m lucky that i don’t have a sensitive scalp, as I’m pretty lazy with upkeep!

    I love olive oil as a deep conditioner and this hair cream containing it for how soft it makes my hair – but olive and my hair don’t agree in that the smell of the olive oil, after it’s reacted in my hair, is unbearable to me. I’ve tried, but i always have to wash it out the next day.

    I’ll have to find something that is as nice and doesn’t leave my hair greasy.

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