if any of you suffer from itchy scalp like me, I may have to recommend Tea Tree Oil. seriously, I just tried the stuff tonight, and I haven’t scratched my head once in the past four hours. And my hands are usually in my head every ten minutes.
I’ll keep using this for a few more days and I’ll let ya’ll know how I feel.
Right on time before hitting the beach next week. Enjoy!!
1. Use tap water to wet your hair before going in. Since your hair is porous, it will soak up the Chlorine water as much as it can, so by wetting your hair with regular water beforehand, you’re already filling up much of the space the hair can absorb.
2. Use a leave-in conditioner. The leave in conditioner is going to help smooth down those scales that we talked about, which will help block those pesky Chlorine particles from the cuticle.
3. Apply a light coat of a natural oil (like Castor Oil) or African Shea Butter to the hair after using the leave-in conditioner. This will coat the hair, helping each strand become waterproof. The less penetration of the chlorine and salt water, the less prone to hair damage. Please note! Only follow this step if you’re swimming under the stars or indoors. Oils on the hair can protect, but it can also act as a lubricant to fry your hair under the sun. Be careful out there!
4. Rinse. Wash. Condition. After you get out of the water, that’s the order in which you want to take the final steps.
> Rinse your hair with regular tap water. You can even use club soda to rinse the hair, as the bubbles help wash away the chlorine and salt. > Wash your hair with a mild sulfate-free moisturizing shampoo > Deep Condition your hair > Apply your favorite moisturizing cream, then style as you normally would
Note: If it’s not the right time or place to shampoo and condition, simply apply the leave-in conditioner again until you’re able to shampoo and deep condition.
If you prep your hair before the swim and nurture it after the swim, you’ll be reducing the probability of hair damage.
Can You Recommend Me An Oil To Mix With Water To Moisturize/Seal My 3c/4a Hair With ?
I always recommend coconut oil when it comes to moisturizing your hair. I always mix it with a leave in conditioner and mist my hair with water when styling my hair at night. Hope this helps…Be Blessed.
This summer I decided to go all natural, and it was the best decision I ever made. I have a bunch of ways that I have decided to make my hair healthier... I even made my own conditioner. Your blog has inspired me to keep my hair natural and work hard to make it grow. Thank you!!
Wow! I’m so glad to have inspired you!! Thanks for the love and Be Blessed!!
Organic root stimulator just came out with a dry shampoo that you apply to the scalp or braids and then wipe off with a damp towel. That way you don’t have to worry about rinsing the braids and weighing them down with water which in turns loosen them up. -Equilla
Good tips on maintaining braids…I will be taking this advice myself.