Saturday, 24 August 2013

It's time to wash your Natural hair, weave, braids, cornrows when...

How would you know when  it's time to wash your hair? Below, I have listed 5 symptoms to watch out for when it's time for our hair to be washed.
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1. Your scalp starts to feel itchy: By itchy, I mean uncontrollable itchiness which doesn't seem to stop. When the scalp is clogged up with grease, oils and other products we layer on it, it can start to feel uncomfortable overtime. Clogged follicles may impede hair growth because each individual baby hair strands have to fight through layers of gunk to grow out of the scalp.

2. You see white particles on your roots: These "white stuff" could either be dandruff, product build up from the multiple products that we layer on our scalp, fungus or what I like to call "product conflict" (when two different products don't mix well together).

3. Your scalp is excessively greasy: When we apply grease, petroleum jelly, and/or mineral oil based products on our hair and scalp, our scalp and hair will forever remain greasy due to the fact that these product only coat the surface of the hair. Eventually, gravity would allow these oils to melt and make their way to the scalp where they will form a bed of oil. This makes the scalp excessively greasy, clog and even irritated.
4. Your hair starts to smell: the end result of the first three points would be a stinky head of hair. Now, you may not be able to smell your hair because you've been desensitized to it, so you might think this point does not apply to you. But if you have a sensitive nasal system like I do, you will be able to tell. Just in case you're not sure, you could ask a close friend or family to let you know. You can also smell your head gear and pillow for any strong odour. If you workout or sweat a lot and/or wear weaves, your hair will smell if it's not washed often.

5. Its been a while since your last wash: While it's possible to not experience any of the points listed above, your hair will still need regular cleansing regardless of the fact that it "looks" clean.
What to do to rid your hair and scalp of these symptoms

1. To rid the hair and scalp of itchiness, grease, residue and strong odour, you will need to cleanse your scalp with a good shampoo or other form of hair cleansers, followed with a deep conditioning treatment to restore moisture back to your hair. If you happen to have braided extensions, you can go read this post on how to wash your hair in braids.
For added benefits, I recommend doing an Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) rinse to balance the pH level of your scalp and to kill any fungus which couldn't be washed off with a shampoo. You will need to mix one part ACV with one part water and pour it on freshly washed and conditioned hair while massaging your scalp. Let the ACV sit in your hair for a while before rinsing it off with water.

 2. To help with symptom #1,2,&4, I recommend adding few drops (5 drops each) of tea tree oil and peppermint oil to your hair cleanser to help kill any mould in your hair. You can also add these essential oils to your scalp oil for the added anti-itch, anti-dandruff and anti-fungi benefits.

3. For a sweet smelling hair, you can also add few drops of scented essentials oils such as Lemongrass oil, Lavender oil and any other scented oil of your choice to your leave-in conditioner and hair oil. Please note that these oils will only "do their job" when the hair is clean.

The Mane Captain

1 comment :

  1. washing your hair at the regular time is a very healthy habit to give your hair a healthy look and shine.

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