Hello from Greenville, South Carolina! I wrote a long post about why I moved and what I'm doing (or think I'm doing) here, but I decided to not post it. Here's the long and the short of it: it was time for a change. Instead of that post, I wanted to write about what I've been doing for my hair health, and better yet my scalp health, lately.
I think I've always had an itchy, dry scalp. One of my New York co-workers and I have discussed our scalp history at length because we both have the same issue. If I put too much conditioner in or too much oil on, my fine hair becomes an oily mess. Strip too much and my hair is crunchy. The hydration issue is a balance that I don't always seem to get right.
I've been practicing/utilizing four things consistently for a few months now that I think are making all the difference. While my scalp is still a little dry, the itch has gone down significantly. I'm also not finding as many little white bits at the base of my hair as I used to, hallelujah!
While this is an on-going experiment, I can tell that this is what is working best now. My hypothyroidism and excessive stress had caused a lot of hair loss over the past 2 years. That on top of an itchy, dry scalp resulted in a self-confidence drop. My hair helps me feel beautiful. It's vain, I know. But there are things, you know, that just make you feel pretty, like a great dress or the perfect eyeliner. My hair felt like a safety net and when it was failing, I felt insecure. While that's probably (definitely) a deeper issue, it feels like my friend is back and healthy and things feel right again. So I'm taking this win, and hoping one, or all, of these steps help you too.
Step 1: MINERALIZE
Hair and scalp health is not just a topical issue. Your scalp is your skin. If there are things happening on the inside, they are coming out. To help get more vitamins and minerals, I've turned to a blend of herbs for an infusion that I try to drink at least once a day. Horsetail, nettle leaf, and oatstraw (with Gotu Kola thrown in occasionally) all provide nutrients key for building strong hair and nails, as well as providing a moistening component to aid in hydration. I use them in equal parts and steep in hot water for at least 10 minutes.
Step 2: PURE SHAMPOO
I have seriously tried so many shampoos and between me and my co-worker we probably tried almost everything on the (affordable) market. I started using Enfleurage's Rosemary & Atlas Cedar Shampoo a few months ago and I honestly couldn't be happier. It's a really clean, herbal-infused shampoo (with all the herbs I've been drinking amazingly). It has a great lather but doesn't seem to be as stripping as a lot of the ones out there. It's not the cheapest option, but it's also not the most expensive one I've tried. And a little can go a long way. It's apparently not available online so here's hoping I can call the store and have them ship it to me!
Step 3: OIL
Pre-shampoo: Sarada Ayurvedic Remedies' Hair Vitality Elixir. For 10 minutes before I shampoo or sometimes hours before I shampoo. I section my scalp into quarters and put about 10 drops in each quarter. Be sure to massage in, but more on that in the next step.
Post-shampoo: Cocokind Organic Chia Oil. Chamomile infused so it has calming and anti-inflammatory properties. But just a little. Like 3 drops on the tips of your fingers that you spread over your whole scalp. And then massage.
Step 4: STIMULATE
Perhaps the most important step. Once I get out of the shower and towel my hair off (with a proper hair towel, also important for hair health), I put the chia oil on the tips of my fingers and really massage my scalp. The point here is to stimulate blood flow to help in detoxification, so really get in there. It has also helped increase my hair's volume so added bonus. If you do nothing else, change nothing else in your routine, do this. And then get back to me and let me know how it goes.
What kind of confidence challenges are you experiencing? How are you beginning to overcome them? What are your healthy hair tips?