Hair masks, leave in conditioners, detangler and medicated salves are all of the items I’ve been told to buy to maintain my long locks. My hair is past my shoulders for the first time in my life and it took a while for me to find a routine that was affordable and worked for me.
The most difficult thing I struggle with is eczema on my scalp. It flares up often and getting it under control has been such a problem. It was embarrassing to have flakes in my hair! Sometimes I’d scratch my scalp and it would bleed. Eczema is so uncomfortable but I’ve figured out some home remedies that work for me.
First, I wash my hair 2-3 times a week. It’s so time consuming to do that I can only muster it a few times a week. Also, my lovely hairstylist Adan at Swank Salon says washing my hair too often will strip the hair of its natural oils.
Before I wash my hair, I lather coconut oil and tea tree oil on my scalp. Coconut oil is great for moisturizing and tea tree oil relives inflammation. This has been a great help in dealing with scalp eczema. I only recently developed this condition. I used Lush products. medicated salves and some other home remedies. This remedy provides the most amount of relief the quickest. I let the oil sit on my scalp for at least 20 minutes, sometimes I’ll put it in the night before, or put it on then do my morning workout. It’s important you let it sit and do its magic for as long as possible. I don’t use more than ½ a teaspoon. I’ll also lather the coconut oil all through my hair to give all of my hair some hydration. Coconut oil is known for making hair stronger, thicker and more hydrated.
For washing, I’ve been using Herbal Essence Argon Oil Shampoo and Conditioner. Once I’m done with these I want to find a cruelty-free option for hair washing but right now this is what I have. So when I use the shampoo and really lather to get all the oil out. Then I pour a mixture of 1/3 apple cider vinegar and water on my hair and scalp. I’ve also used a little spray bottle to spray it directly to my scalp. Apple cider vinegar balances pH and sebum production to help my eczema. It also helps detangle and give hair shine. After that I rinse that then lather my conditioner. I try to let it sit for 5 minutes or so. I’ll do the rest of my soaping up and shaving. After I always air dry my hair. If you must use a hairdryer put it on low. What’s the point of hydrating your hair if you are just going to dehydrate it again?
Now for when I’m not washing my hair, sometimes my hair gets tangled or the ends are really dry. At night I’ll comb in argon oil on the ends. I always apply some oil with my hands then use a comb distribute it evenly. Argon oil is amazing for hydrating hair and it’s a dry oil so it isn’t too greasy. Some people have told me to use coconut oil as a leave in conditioner but it’s too greasy and heavy for day use. Use argon oil sparingly because too much will make your hair greasy but also you don’t need much to rehydrate your hair.
Most of the items I use I get from health food stores, they last a long time and I use them for my skin too. My tub of coconut oil was $18 but I’ve had it since February 2016 and I’m only half way through. My argon oil I got in March 2016 for $16, I’m ¼ of the way through it. All of this stuff lasts longer and works just as well as expensive detangled, leave in conditioners, and hair masks.
So save money, buy less corporate crap and be beautiful! Let me know what are your hair secrets.