If you're constantly scratching at your head, it's time to embark on a metaphysical journey to discover the root cause of this pesky issue. Let go of the myth that your scalp is destined to be dry just because you have ethnic hair. Embrace the wisdom of natural hair care, and let your scalp and hair flourish in harmony. Here are five reasons your scalp may be dry and itchy, along with the path to achieving scalp nirvana.
1. Not Shampooing Enough: Finding the Balance
The key to achieving scalp enlightenment lies in finding the delicate balance between over-shampooing and under-shampooing. Ethnic hair tends to be drier, making less frequent shampooing necessary. However, neglecting to cleanse your scalp regularly with a good, natural shampoo can lead to a buildup of dirt and natural hair oils, causing the relentless itchiness you seek to escape.
The Wisdom: Embrace a ritual of cleansing your scalp with a gentle, sulfate-free, natural shampoo. Aim for a harmonious schedule that respects your hair's natural moisture while washing away impurities, ensuring your scalp feels refreshed and rejuvenated.
2. Not Conditioning Properly: The Art of Nourishment
As you walk the path of natural hair care, you must remember to nourish not only your soul but also your strands. Insufficient conditioning can leave your hair feeling dry, brittle, and ultimately lead to a discontented scalp.
The Wisdom: Embrace the art of proper conditioning. Choose a nourishing, natural hair conditioner, free of alcohol and sulfates. Massage it into your hair, infusing each strand with the elixir of moisture. Allow it to sit for a few minutes, using this time for meditative reflection. Rinse thoroughly and feel the soothing embrace of well-nourished hair and a contented scalp.
3. Not Moisturizing Correctly or Enough: A Journey to Hydration
In your quest for scalp harmony, hydration is a fundamental pillar of wisdom. Ethnic hair tends to be more prone to dryness, and inadequate moisturization can lead to a parched and itchy scalp.
The Wisdom: Discover the art of moisturization by choosing natural hair care products enriched with hydrating botanicals. Regularly apply leave-in conditioners or hair oils, delicately massaging them into your scalp and tresses. Embrace the divine sensation of moisture seeping into your hair, quenching its thirst, and soothing your itchy woes.
4. Unknown Allergies: Unveiling Hidden Truths
Sometimes, the path to scalp enlightenment involves exploring the realm of unknown allergies. Sensitivities to certain ingredients in hair care products can disrupt your journey to harmony.
The Wisdom: Engage in self-discovery by examining the ingredients in your hair care arsenal. Seek products with clean, natural, and hypoallergenic formulations. Embrace a holistic approach, and keep a journal to document your findings. By unveiling hidden truths, you can eliminate potential allergens, allowing your scalp and hair to breathe freely.
5. Scalp Conditions: Confronting Inner Imbalances
In rare instances, persistent scalp itchiness may be attributed to specific scalp conditions. Seborrheic dermatitis, psoriasis, or eczema can disrupt your peace of mind.
The Wisdom: Seek professional guidance and support on your journey, if necessary. Consult a holistic dermatologist or trichologist to determine the root cause of your scalp issues. Embrace natural remedies and specialized treatments from an herbalist to restore balance and serenity to your scalp.
As you navigate the metaphysical realms of natural hair care, remember that harmony comes from within. Embrace the wisdom of proper cleansing, nourishment, hydration, and self-discovery. In this pursuit, let us be your guide—an oasis of natural hair care products and customized hair care that resonates with your journey. Together, we shall uncover the path to scalp nirvana, where your itchy woes shall fade away, leaving you with hair that flows in harmony with your soul.
Lightening your hair with some highlights or throughout is a fun way to get a new look. But bleaches and lighteners can sometimes be harsh on your hair, with lasting effects. What some people don’t know is that there are some effective natural lightening methods that work on all types of hair. Get the lighter look you want with these healthier ways to lighten ethnic hair.
Prepare Your Hair for Lightening
Before lightening your hair, some advanced preparation is necessary. Make sure your hair is clean, dry, and does not contain any product. This way, the lighteners will not react with any of the ingredients that your regular hair products contain. It is recommended to shampoo only with a good non-chemical shampoo to remove all oils and other residue. Leave conditioning for afterward, as the conditioner may also interfere with the process.
Be sure to wear clothing that you don’t mind being damaged, as some of these lighteners may have a bleaching effect on clothing as well.
Lemon Juice Hair Lightening Spray
This mixture can lighten your hair significantly. Therefore, it is recommended to only use this method if you are looking for a dramatic lightening effect. For naturally dark shades, expect this to create a light brown to brownish blonde highlighted look. The lighter your hair is when you start, the lighter it will be when you finish the process. If your hair is colored or lightened, measure the results by the tone of the current color.
To prepare this lightening spray, you will need one spray bottle, a bottle of distilled water, and a bottle of lemon juice from concentrate. Blend the water and lemon juice half and half in the spray bottle. Shake to mix it thoroughly. Once the mixture is made, spray it onto dry hair and brush through until the hair is saturated. Leave it on until the hair is lightened as desired. Going out in the sun will help speed the process. Leave the hair down so that it is exposed to the elements. Do not leave the mixture on for more than a couple hours, to avoid excessive dryness.
Rinse the hair thoroughly. Do not shampoo. Apply a good conditioner to the hair and scalp and use only oils to soften and style for the first 24 hours. After this, you can style as usual. This is to help seal in moisture and avoid dryness and irritation. Do not use this method on hair that has been chemically treated recently, as it may cause dryness and breakage.
Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Lightening Rinse
The effects of this lightening rinse can vary from person to person. On darker hair, it may simply result in bringing out natural highlights. For the best results, the recommended distilled water is a must. Vinegar is good for deep cleansing and softening your hair. Therefore, this method has added bonuses.
To create this hair lightening rinse, combine half apple cider vinegar and half distilled water in a large bowl. After your hair has been shampooed and conditioned, rinse it with this mixture, rubbing and making sure that it gets into all of the hair. Leave the rinse on the hair, as it is a rinse and not a solution. Do this frequently to slowly lighten your hair or bring out natural highlights. Style as usual, paying extra attention to your usual moisturizing process.
Chamomile Tea Hair Lightening Rinse
When lightening your hair with chamomile tea, expect to bring out natural highlights. The effects will occur most obviously in areas that are naturally lighter. This is simply a way to further highlight what you already have naturally. On some people, other areas may lighten slightly as well.
To create this lightening rinse, make a pitcher of chamomile tea (any brand will do, as long as it is 100% chamomile tea). Once the tea is brewed well, chill it until it’s cold. After shampooing and conditioning the hair, rinse thoroughly with the tea. Do not rinse the tea off. Repeat regularly for the best results over time. Style as usual, making sure to moisturize well.
Hair Lightening After-Care
Remember that lightening your hair is an extra process your hair is being put through, even when the process is natural or healthier than other options. Even though alternative methods may be safer, you should still give extra care to your hair to help avoid dryness and breakage. Follow the after-care styling and conditioning instructions included with each method for the best results. Be sure to also condition the ends and provide extra hair oil on them to help prevent breakage.
Article last updated 7/28/2023
Proper hair care starts when kids are babies. But tweens will usually start showing interest in caring for their hair themselves. This is a necessary skill. It especially comes in handy for when the kids are not with you, such as at school or at a friend's house. Whether their hair needs some extra maintenance or a full-on routine, tweens need to know how to properly care for their own hair.
Show them by example. The first step in teaching tweens to properly care for their hair is as simple as caring for your own. When they have a good example to follow, it's much easier to get the point across. On the other hand, if your hair is mess, why would they trust that what you have to say about hair care is correct?
Anything you are telling them to do is something you should also be doing yourself. My kids already know that if I am telling them something about hair care, I have either been doing that myself with my own hair or theirs. If your family has various hair types, like in ours, make sure they understand which things you cannot do with your own hair, but that are great for theirs.
Always have the proper supplies within reach. It's much easier to keep up a hair care routine if your tween has easy access to the supplies. Don't make her search for the basic supplies needed, like a brush, comb, shampoo, conditioner, or hair accessories. Everything your tween needs to style his hair should be in a convenient location for him. This will avoid frustration for everyone.
You may be thinking about hair products that could be toxic. We have a general rule about toxicity in our house. If something's toxic enough that you'd worry about the kids using it without you, it doesn't belong in the house anyway. We generally purchase or make our own hair care products that use only natural and safe ingredients.
Make it a part of the daily routine. There should be a set time for your tween to maintain her hair each morning. She should also know that even if she brushes and styles her hair at that time, there may be extra maintenance throughout the day. Most hairstyles will have to be adjusted at some point during the day. Knowing to do this will also help your tween feel more confident at school and in other public places.
Explain the purposes of each item. While you may think it is obvious, there are some things your tween needs an explanation for. He may know what the item is, but does he know the purpose of it as well as why it needs to be done?
For instance, myself and two of the kids use Intent.sive Etheric Custom Hair Growth & Restoration Oil in our hair care routine. For us, it helps keep frizz under control, reduces breakage, prevents dandruff and dry scalp, and more. They may know the routine and that a particular item is part of it, but let them know the reason that routine is in place.
Teach them easy hairstyles. If you expect your tween to maintain proper hair care, simple styles must be taught. Of course you can also teach them elaborate hair styling techniques. But start with the basics and make sure they have plenty to choose from. This makes it easy for them to get ready in the morning. It also will help if their style comes loose at school and they need to improvise.
Girls lose their ponytail fasteners often. Make sure they know how to style their hair both with and without accessories. My tweens know how to style their hair so well that they prefer to always do it themselves.
Explain what happens to hair not properly cared for. Not only do tweens need to understand what happens when they style their hair, but they also need to understand what happens when they do it incorrectly. Show them what non-managed hair looks like, if possible. Talk about how people can go bald, get knotted up hair, split ends, and more when the wrong products are used or when nothing is done at all.
Have them look in the mirror when they first wake up and ask them if they would go to school that way. If they are homeschooled, like mine, instead ask them if they would go meet their friends that way or go to a sports practice or library like that. When they can visibly compare well kept hair to that which isn't, they may better comprehend why proper hair care is so important.