Healthy hair thanks to Ecohair! ♥
Now I'm going through everything about my hair, from what I've done with it and what I do and don't do. Let's begin with some facts:
1) I have a mother who is a hairdresser
2) I hate everything that has to do with hair
Well, then one can wonder why I even want to write a whole post about hair. Let's take the background first, I have tried all sorts of colors and hairstyles; chopped, dark hair a la Robert Wells, red long bob, 50 shades of blond, bangs ... Well, you get. I have in recent years impetus bought one color and mixed in at home, to then realize that it was crazy and then panic took me to the nearest hairdresser to dye it. Usually hairdressers just sighs when I come in with dappled, blond hair (or orange outgrowth which I tried to dye myself once) and they have done their best to make my hair okay.
The last time I made a spontaneous dyeing at home 2,5 years ago (and got speckled hair) I visited in panic and common (un) order a hairdresser who bleached and dyed my hair three times. At three times the hairdresser burned my scalp totally and since then I have had eczema and sensitive scalp which has meant that I have been forced to become interested in hair and test through lots of shampoos and methods to find something that works. The doctor has prescribed cortisone solution but to use it several times a week for life does not feel like a good solution to the problem.
My hair is thick with a scalp that is incredibly sensitive and hair that become oily pretty quickly. I'm naturally dark blonde but with very warm pigments. Anyway, shall we look at what conclusions I have come to through all testing?
Brush my hair often. I've written a whole post about why hair brushing is good!
Use mild shampoo. I've tested anti-dandruff shampoos from the pharmacy, Vichy's dandruff shampoo, rhassoul clay, aleppo soap, indian powder shampoo, the method with Dr. Bronner's soap and apple cider vinegar rinse, tried to only washed with water, no poo-method and innumerable shampoos, both synthetic and natural ingredients. Most often they work well the first wash but then I get an irritated scalp again. Some I have reacted to the first wash. Sometimes I have found a shampoo that does not irritate my scalp but don't make my hair clean. The struggle is real, but mild shampoo generally has worked better!
Conditioner only at the tips. To minimize scalp irritation, I use only conditioner on the lengths and spray conditioner throughout my hair, but avoiding the scalp. Sometimes I washed my hair with just conditioner á la no poo-method and it works as long as I don't do it too often. Using a rinse of water and apple cider vinegar helps my scalp now and then.
Avoiding synthetic ingredients. Synthetic ingredients seems to irritate and dry out my scalp more than usual, especially sulfates. Synthetic perfumes my scalp dislikes.
Deep conditioning in moderation. Deep conditioning with oil I do max once a month, and then half an hour before I go into the shower. Other deep conditioners I can use once a week. Earlier, I used a lot of coconut oil on the scalp for several hours at a time, but in the long run it has dried out my scalp even more.
Never sleeping with wet hair. Perhaps goes without saying, but this is therefore a big no-no for me, partly because of increased risk of fungus on the scalp but also my scalp obviously get irritated to a thousand. I always use a hairturban after the shower, it dries my hair much faster!
Avoiding heat. Generally avoiding blow-drying/flat ironing/curling my hair since heat tends to dry out the scalp. Sometimes it happens anyway that I style my hair with heat, but I make sure it's not often.
I think this problem is quite common - do you have any tricks up your sleeve to help a dry and irritated scalp? ♥