That title MAY be a tad dramatic. However, I AM impressed with the results of my most recent hair care experiment. First, lemme whine for a second. My hair is at an all time low. Right now I have a perfect storm of hair issues. First of all, it’s winter and my already dry hair is even dryer. My scalp itches and is flaky because of the dryness. It’s the worst. On top of that, postpartum hair loss has rudely introduced itself. None of these things are helped by the fact that I live in a topknot for days at a time which is undoubtedly breaking my hair and helping to thin it. BLERG.
Today I tried all the natural hair treatment trends at once. After scouring Pinterest and reading a dozen articles on all of them, I did my thing. Here’s how it went.
1 | Coconut Hair Mask
This is exactly what it sounds like. I literally rubbed organic unrefined coconut oil all over my scalp, hairline and massaged it down to the tips while my husband watched me with an expression on his face that could only be described as a combination fascinated and disgusted. I asked said husband to microwave a small towel for me for 1 minute and then wrapped my head in a turban. I left this on for about 45 minutes.
2 | Baking Soda Cleansing
I made a paste out of baking soda and water. I didn’t really measure, I just mixed it together until it was, well, a paste. When I got in the shower, I wet my hair just a little and then began working the paste all through my hair. I’m going to level with you. It felt weird and not luxurious. It kind of feels like you are rubbing dirt into your hair. I let it sit for a couple of minutes, and then washed it out.
3 | Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse
Up until this point I just smelled like a nice suntan lotion or a tropical drink. This step would change that. I used one part ACV and three parts water to make this rinse. After the baking soda was rinsed out, I slowly poured this into my hair. I let it sit for maybe five minutes while I washed my face etc. ACV is supposed to neutralize your scalp’s PH balance and help condition. It is not a lovely shower scent. I WILL say that once it is rinsed out you can’t really smell it anymore.
I still have the dryness around my hairline but it took the scalp itch away. My hair feels a lot cleaner than usual and my ends are a lot softer. I don’t think I washed all the coconut oil out or either I used too much because I can still feel some oils when I rub my hair in my fingers. I am not worried about this, though, since I do need the extra moisture. Overall, I say its a success! Maybe with continued use I will be able to see even more changes. We shall see. Have you tried any of these things? What did you think? Got any more ideas for me?