Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV), Rinse Away The Dandruff & Itchy Scalp

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These must be the new friends Drake referred to when he said, “No new friends”. Go! Away.

Before this year, I can not recall ever having an issue with dandruff. A few years ago, when I regularly visited the salon, my stylist would tell me to drink more water to avoid a dry scalp. Even then, I did not have a dandruff issue, just a dry scalp sometimes. Now knowing water’s importance to my overall health, I drink about 60oz per day, so that is not the issue. Why do I have dandruff?

Inspector Gadget to the rescue! Upon investigation I pinpointed my recent coffee addiction as a possible suspect. While getting my ends trimmed earlier this year, I asked the stylist if dandruff could be related to my coffee intake. I should tell you that I dislike coffee, so my “cup of coffee” by far contained more creamer than coffee. She said coffee and sugar could both be contributing to the problem.

After hearing that, I stopped adding creamer to my coffee. I switched to half and half, then for many reasons quit coffee at the end of August. I stepped down to a lower level drug called green tea, but I gave that up in October, yet my scalp is misbehaving again.

Time for more research! On Sunday I searched the interwebs for an answer. Dandruff is caused by an overproduction of Malassezia, a normal fungus on our scalps. At the end of this post I included links to articles I read about dandruff, its causes and remedies.

After self diagnosing myself with dandruff (possibly Eczema), not dry scalp, I decided to prescribe myself the most natural remedy. For four weeks I will complete apple cider vinegar (ACV) rinses once a week after shampooing, then following up with a deep condition.

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On Sunday I did the following…

1. Shampooed in four sections

2. Mixed one part (3 ounces) ACV with one part (3 ounces) warm water into a spray bottle

3. In sections I sprayed my scalp with the mixture (See    LiveNaturallyLove‘s  “How to do a Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse” below for a visual)

4. Let it sit on scalp for ten minutes after massaging it in

5. Rinsed out the mixture

6. Deep conditioned hair for 3o minutes

Here’s how my scalp looked after.

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Links & Video

Black Girl Long Hair

Dandruff

Dr. Oz

Kitchen Cures Your Doctor Can’t Live Without

Curly Nikki

Dandruff or Dry Scalp? – Natural Hair Care Remedies

Apple Cider Vinegar as a Hair Cleanser

Reader’s Digest

How to Get Rid of Dandruff: 11 Natural Treatments

Mayo Clinic

Dandruff

 

Devachan Salon seemed great until my curls…

IMG_9259Sitting under the dryer

I paid Devachan Salon Culver City a visit to cash in on the Free Wash & Curl Set certificate (see below) I received months ago. Devachan washes, conditions, detangles and styles curls using its products.

Few people are allowed to touch my hair, but I decided to take one for the team and try Devachan. The possibility of hair damage seemed very slim considering the salon is all for finger detangling and anti-combs.

Upon entering, the front desk greeted me, offered a robe (in exchange for my jacket) and a glass of H2O. My stylists Stacia soon retrieved me from the waiting area. I relaxed at the wash bowl as she carefully (in tiny sections) finger detangled my hair while explaining the process and products she used in my hair.

After we finished at the princess-like canopy covered wash bowl, we went back to her chair. We previously decided to set my curls in a basic fro. I’m growing out a tapered cut from last year, so my hair is different lengths. The week before my Devachan visit ‘The Natural Hair Whisperer’ Felicia Leatherwood trimmed my ends and they were on point.

While Stacia checked on her other client who had been under the dryer, I snapped a few photos and posted one to Instagram with the caption “So far, so great”.

When Stacia returned, she placed a few metal clips in my hair to add volume while my hair dried. I appreciated that she asked which heat settings I preferred. We went with warm heat and high speed. Everything seemed great until my curls were stiff/crunchy (not fluffy) and my hair looked like blah!

I asked for more volume, so Stacia rubbed the pomade-like DevaCurl Set Up & Above near my roots. That method is not ideal for my curls. Upon further inspection there were dried white product clumps throughout my hair.

Where did we go wrong? I feel that the Devachan method did not prepare her for the variables of my kinky curls and cut combination.

Check out how I style my own curls on the kinkycurlsLA Facebook page or Youtube. I am not formally trained, but I may have been a hair stylist in my past life.

photoWash & Curl Set Certificate and Deva Curl Trial+Travel Kit Plus

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Avoid Frizz, Snags & Split Ends. Use a T-shirt.

Finger Detangling 101

finger detangling: the process of removing tangles and knots from hair using fingers in place of a comb and/or other tools.

I mentioned that I finger detangle in the post titled  My Hair Regimen. By finger detangling we tend to lose less hair than detangling with tools. Below HeyFranHey provides a step by step break down of how to do it.

Let me know if you try it.

My Hair Regimen

This is what works for my hair right now, it’s not guaranteed to work the same for you. Find out what works for your hair texture , lifestyle & climate through trial and error. As you  learn more about your hair you’ll figure out what works best.

Below is my alternating weekly regimen. It changes if I do a different hairstyle. You’ll catch me with a high puff about 90 percent of the time but I plan to do more protective styling this year.

Week 1

Day 1 (Wash Day, usually Sunday evening)

-Wash hair w/ Joico Reconstructer Shampoo (apply shampoo to scalp and move suds through to ends)

-Deep Condition w/ Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque (do not rinse out)

-Finger detangle by section

– As I detangle each section I spray a little water, apply a small amount of Tropic Isle Living’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil Hair Food to the hair and scalp making sure to get the ends.

-Then I allow it to air dry over night. When I’m ready for bed I cover it w/ a satin bonnet

Day 2

– Unravel the twists/braids

–  Style it in a high puff  and go

– At night tie it with a silk scarf

Day 3

– Remove scarf and re-shape hair by pulling it

– Spray w/ a little water to add moisture

– At night tie w/ a silk scarf

Day 4

Repeat Day 3

Day 5

I may need to spray sides w/ water, add a little gel and Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie if  hair is out of place hair. If not just Repeat Day 3

Day 6

Repeat Day 3

Day 7

Repeat Day 3

Week 2

Day 1

-Co-wash hair w/ Mane & Tail Conditioner & rinse out

-Apply generous amount of Mane ‘n Tail Conditioner

-Finger detangle by section w/ Mane & Tale Conditioner

– Rinse out Mane ‘n Tail w/ cold water

-Dry hair w/ cotton t-shirt (leave hair slightly damp)

-Apply a small amount of Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie in hands, rub together, then apply to hair

-By section do the following before braiding or twisting

-Apply a small amount of water and apply a small amount of Tropic Isle Living’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil Hair Food

-Allow braids or twists to dry over night. When I’m ready for bed I cover it w/ a satin bonnet

Day 2

– Unravel the twists/braids

–  Style it in a high puff  and go

– At night tie it with a silk scarf

Day 3

– Remove scarf and re-shape hair by pulling it

– Spray w/ a little water to add moisture

– At night tie w/ a silk scarf

Day 4

Repeat Day 3

Day 5

I may need to spray sides w/ water, add a little gel and Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie if  hair is out of place. If not just Repeat Day 3

Day 6

Repeat Day 3

Day 7

Repeat Day 3