Amazing hair begins with our scalps, treat them well!
For years and long before detailed tutorials on YouTube, posts on Pinterest and the natural hair care movement swayed many of us, I never spent time mulling over my hair care routine, certainly not one for my scalp.
I’d worn my hair in the same style for many years now – long, straight and thick – being ever so careful to wrap it each night. My hair appeared healthy and was shiny. I constantly received compliments and remarks on how much hair I had and how lucky I was to have such thick hair. My routine was a weekly wash and condition and I figured wrapping it every night with my trusted purple scarf would keep it like this forever .
About a year ago I started noticing a build up on my scalp.. along with thinning around my left temple. I began using Neutrogena T-Gel shampoo and rinsing with apple cider vinegar and it seemed to do the trick. But then I noticed that my hair was thinning out even more, length was there still but I was horrified that I could see my actual scalp.
I was entirely at a loss with what to do, I was going through an extremely stressful time in my life, between a divorce , demanding career and the recent loss of my father, these stressors played a significant role with my recent hair loss.
I ended up leaving my life in New York behind to relocate to the opposite side of the country, Arizona. Stress free maybe, but now was faced with a new challenge, HARD WATER.
By now I was losing more volume and knew I had to take some drastic measures because aside from my two daughters that moved with me, my only other constant companions were these disgusting flakes that continuously plagued my scalp and I was losing confidence quick.
Fast forward two months and yes it has taken a couple months and many hair treatments to find out what works for me. I went back to using the Neutrogena T-Gel shampoo and rinsing with apple cider vinegar.
The new thing is that last rinse is with cold water to open the pores on my scalp and a weekly mask of a combination of coconut oil and a few drops of tea tree oil, first warmed, massaged into my scalp and left on for a couple hours, it has done wonders. Also, I add a few drops of tea tree oil into my shampoo and that has kept the build up of sebum under control.
Slowly but surely, my scalp is starting to fill back in but going forward, I want to point out that that beautiful thick head of hair that no one initially believes is real won’t last forever under the wrong conditions.
We have been schooled for years on how to achieve that final look but few know the importance or even how to truly care for our hair and it all begins with treating our scalp just as well, if not better.
Alyson Morales was born and raised in Upstate New York. She’s spent the last ten years in finance while writing and editing part-time. She recently decided to leave corporate America with her daughters and pursue her love of writing full time. She now lives in Tucson, Arizona where her creative juices are flowing better than ever and she’s found peace, her priorities and an endless supply of pen and paper.
She can be reached by;Amoralessxo@gmail.com
I hope you’ve learnt something from Alyson’s story. How will you be taking steps to ensure your scalp stays healthy?
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–Drop of black