This article was written by Tania Bhattacharya on behalf of Sherley Altidor.
I often get compliments on my very short hair. People often find it an extension of what they call my ‘natural, confident’ self. Secretly, I enjoy those compliments but what many don’t know is, my current hairstyle wasn’t my first choice and that I never planned it to become a reflection of my personality.
Six years back, in 2011, I permed my hair. Although I loved my look, my body rejected it. And why not? In 2009 I was diagnosed with a condition called seborrheic dermatitis. Although that name does sound scary, in reality, it isn’t that bad. It is a medical term for dry scalp. I have very sensitive skin from the top of my head to the bottom of my feet. So, as you can guess, perming my hair was not the best decision. As a result, I had to cut it in 2011 because both my scalp and hair were damaged.
Luckily, I had an excellent dermatologist whose treatment worked wonders. He prescribed me a medicated oil which I put on my hair 30 minutes to an hour before washing it. However, being the ‘natural’ lady that I am, I had to find an alternative solution. And I found it.
What: Baking Soda – 1 box.
Why: You can think of it as a very mild and harmless scalp cleanser. Many people who go shampoo-free opt for baking soda.
What: Apple Cider Vinegar – 32 oz.
Why: It comes with acetic acid, which offers a shiny look to the hair.
What: Aloe Vera – 1 leaf.
Why: When you are fighting dryness, you will obviously want to add something that offers immense moisturizing benefits. That one thing in this mix is aloe vera. It has proteolytic enzymes that are known to repair dead scalp cells. It also reduces dandruff and soothes itchiness.
What: Jojoba Oil – a 4oz bottle or more.
Why: It promotes hair growth and prevents hair from breaking.
What: Castor Oil – a 4oz bottle or more.
Why: It comes packed with two power ingredients— ricinoleic acid and omega-6 essential fatty acid. These improve blood circulation in the scalp, which in turn improves hair growth.
How to go about it:
Get an empty spray bottle. Mix the castor and jojoboa oil and pour it into the bottle.
Cut the aloe vera leaf to get its juice.
Next, get an empty spray bottle. Mix water and vinegar in 1:1 ratio and pour in it.
Add 1 tablespoon of baking soda to wet hair. Massage gently; do not scratch. Let it sit for 2 minutes and then rinse with warm water.
Spray the water-vinegar mixture all over your scalp. Do not rinse.
Allow the vinegar mixture to dry on your scalp. Take the aloe vera juice and apply a thin coat all over your scalp.
Once the aloe vera has dried, take your oil mixture and massage onto your scalp.
My two cents:
For best results, I would recommend you to use this at night. You can either do this weekly or every two weeks. Keep a soft scarf handy so that you can wrap your hair with it after every wash. Do not skip this step if you are washing your hair at night and plan to hit the bed right after. You don’t want your hair to rub against your pillow, no matter how soft the latter is. Also, do not go overboard with the oil. I prefer spraying the mixture on four spots and then massaging it gently all over the scalp.
I love my hair, especially when I know it is healthy. Do try this treatment and let me know how you feel.
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