Another Sunday – wash day – and I just thought I’d update you on my hair regimen. I’m deep into the Back 2 Health Challenge…well, I call it my regimen now, cause it’s something that I’ve now adopted as my personal hair care regimen.
I’m looking into other natural oils to get the best out of this intense pre conditioning to prepare my hair for the shampooing stage. I’ve started to look into adding essential oils in my pre-poo(these are concentrated oils, and shouldn’t be used on their own).
Today I used a cap full of amla oil, 10 drops of peppermint oil, and a cap full of castor oil. I concentrated the mix to my scalp using a spray bottle, then massaged it for a few minutes. I then capped it for an hour.
Why did I pre-poo this way?
I’ve been conditioning my hair incorrectly. things they don’t tell you – You shouldn’t place conditioner on your scalp at all. Conditioners don’t wash off when you rinse, they are created to go in the depths of your hair and bond with it. So when the conditioner goes on your scalp, it remains there. In time it builds up and starts to flake off which appears like dandruff. THAT’S what happened to me today. I had a cute hair style on, with nice bouncy curls and realised while I was driving to church that my parting had …. dandruff … ! I was not happy. So before I got to where I was going, I went into the bathroom and created another parting, and realised my whole front had this flaky surface dandruff. I was freaking out..!
When I got home, I realised that I had product build up and it was time to change up my conditioning process. I started with the pre-poo that conditioned my scalp, now for the shampoo and conditioning stage….
I’m loving my natural products so much that I experimented with a shampoo that I bought from the Indian store. It’s by Ayur and it’s Amla and Shakakati infused in it. As it’s made in India, it didn’t list the ingredients it had, but I thought I’d use it anyway. As I was shampooing it, the lather wasn’t as foamy as other shampoos, but as I rinsed my hair out, I could feel that it was clean, yet it wasn’t dry. It felt really nourished, yet squeaky clean. WOW!
I then used my Mayonnaise ORS conditioner for my edges and mid-length part of my hair, and instead of putting that conditioner near my scalp, I subsituted that with a cap full of amla oil. Amla oil is a great conditioner for the scalp and strengthens the root of the hair. So now I don’t let conditioner touch my scalp, I just use it to take care of my mid and ends.
I will be using natural shea butter to moisturise my hair this weekend. Really lightly. I will seal with coconut oil.
This is me before moisturizing my hair. I’m too lazy to get my camera, so this laptop pic will have to do.