Ever since I jumped on the natural haircare bandwagon I’ve been trying out a lot of things to replace “normal” (well yeah, define normal…) haircare products. Changed from normal shampoo to no shampoo to homemade black soap shampoo. Instead of using store bought hair mask, I now make my own. I also discovered a few new things and made those part of my haircare routine, like a herbal rinse after washing my hair. And a few days ago I ran in to another, for me, new thing; scalp treatments.
Ever since I’ve been hanging around on hair fora I learned a lot about hair and how to take care of it, so I knew that it’s important to take care of your scalp as well. I only didn’t really knew why and how. The only thing I could think of was to massage my scalp when applying my hair mask, shampoo of conditioner (the one thing I have not yet found an alternative for that I like. I tried ACV, but it doesn’t really work for me). But luckely, their is the almighty Google, which led me to a whole bunch of information
So, why should you do scalp treatments?
- The most important thing: It removes product build up. Build up not only comes from stuff like hairsprays, gels, mousses etcetera, but also from shampoos and conditioners. Build up can cause a lot of scalp related problems, because it clogs up the hair follicles and.
- It relieves dry, flaky, tight skin. Your scalp can get dry from using heat appliences such as blowdryers, washing your hair with water that’s too hot, but alsp from the cold during the winter.
- If you suffer from dandruff, scalp treatments might work wonders for you.
- By cleaning and massaging the scalp, you stimulate it to grow your hair a bit faster.
- It can help reduce the amount of hair loss you have.
Seems legit to me, so I gave one of the recipes I found online a try. I tweaked it a bit to my own liking:
Mix together the following:
- 4 Tablespoons of coconut oil
- Juice of half a lemon
- Juice of half a grapefruit
Put in the microwave for about 30 seconds, or until the coconut oil is melted. After the coconut oil was melted I added some more ingredients:
- A few drops of tea tree oil
- A few drops of keratin
Of course you can make the treatment to your own liking.
You just apply this mixture to dry hair. It doesn’t matter if it’s clean or not. I had a brush to apply dye with lying around and used that to put the mixture on to my entire scalp. What was left of the mixture I applied all over the rest of my hair. My scalp and hair were smelling like a tropical paradise, yummy! When I was done applying, I massaged my scalp for a few minutes, put my hair in a bun and covered it all with a shower cap. I just left it on while cooking and eating dinner (so for 1 hour I guess), but you can leave it on as long as you like, as long as it’s no less than 20 minutes. I went into the shower, rinsed my hair a bit with water, applied a lot of conditioner to make it easier to remove the oil and rinsed the whole thing out. Washed my hair, used conditioner again, finished with a herbal rinse. And much to my surprise, I actually saw some results! My scalp really looks cleaner, my hair feels softer at the roots and has less of those fine little baby hairs showing. Even the beloved boyfriend noticed the difference!
I think I’ll be using this treatment once a month, because I don’t want to strip my hair and scalp from its natural sebum and oils.
So, what do you all use for a scalp treatment? Or if you just discovered the concept, like me, will you be trying it out?