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.
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?