Lately my Seborrheic Dermatitis has flared up in really big way and for various reasons the Shea Goodness Growth Support Serum is not up to the task of dealing with it. I’ve been experiencing some seriously dry, flaky and itchy scalp. I mean the kind that turns white even after a good wash. This means that by wash day there is a fairly thick build-up of dead skin and flakes which can be difficult to remove. Just as I was coming to the end of my tether I found a solution. Whilst hunting through the recesses of my product drawers, I bumped into my Denman Be-Bop Shampoo Massage Brush and had a total eureka moment. This bad boy has made all the difference during my wash days and is just about the only thing that can get my scalp clean. Here’s how I use it.
I secure my hair into 4-8 sections depending on how tangled it is or how lazy I’m feeling. I then start by rinsing through each section thoroughly whilst massaging my scalp with the flat of my fingers. I do this to help soften the dead skin and start the process of lifting away debris from the scalp.
Next I take a section and apply a small amount of shampoo to the SCALP only and once again massage gently with the flat of my fingers (no nails, I know it’s tempting).
Once I have a good lather going, I bring the scalp massager into play. Using small circular motions, I gently run the massager through the scalp in each section making sure to go over the area at least twice. I then rinse thoroughly.
Finally I apply shampoo again, this time concentrating on the mid length and ends of my hair to remove debris that might be trapped. I do a final rinse through to make sure there’s no residue or shampoo left in my hair or on my scalp.
This has been working wonders for me, but as you can imagine, its pretty time consuming so I can only really do it every 7-10 days. To be honest doing it any more frequently could actually irritate my scalp so this works quite well. If you suffer from dandruff or other dry scalp conditions, you might want to give it a try, you can pick one up as cheap as £2.75 from HQHair.
I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve used heat on my hair since my big chop in Sept 2012. The most memorable being when I had the Design Essentials Strengthening Therapy System applied to my hair in April 2012. Since then though, I have not straightened or even blow dried my hair. I was a prolific heat user when I was relaxed and through my one year transition but since going natural I’ve turned into a veritable heat nun. I’ve had to take a closer look at the reasons why my heat habits have changed so drastically especially as I don’t have an ideological problem with using heat. I’ve managed to narrow it down to four main reasons.
I’d love to say the main reason for my heat reticence is due to health concerns but I’d be lying. It’s pure laziness on my part. I find straightening my hair to be a very LONG and arduous process. In addition, I’m a head sweater, and nothing drives me crazier than watching my hair pouff back up right after I’ve straightened it.
I’m not a stylistically adventurous person so I’m very happy to live in wash n gos and at a push twist/braid outs. Thus, stretching my hair is rarely necessary in order for me to style it. Although, saying that, it would be nice to have the length to be able to ponytail and go occasionally.
I think my transition traumatised me a little bit. I used so much heat and suffered so much heat damage that when I eventually big chopped I only retained about 50% of the hair I’d grown in the transition period. Since then, I’ve been VERY shy around my straighteners. In addition, the few times I have used heat, the curls at the back of my head have never quite fully recovered.
I admit it, I LOVE my curls! I spent so many years battling to eradicate them only to realise how awesome they are. It is a rare moment that I look at my kinks and curls and think “ooh I need to straighten you.”