Heya cats and kittens!
Now that we’re FINALLY seeing the starts of Spring, it’s time to do a little Spring Cleaning- of our scalps!
Winter can be really rough on our old noggins. All that hot air inside, cold air outside, dryness everywhere, toasty fires, blowdryers, and not enough moisture to go round- this can make anyone’s scalp freak out a little, and be itchy and tight, and sometimes flaky and dry as well. The flip side of all this pasty flakiness is extra greasy hair. So unfair!
Often, when your scalp gets dried out, your body tries to solve the problem by creating extra oil for itself- but this has the negative effect of creating super greasy locks- which then prompt you to wash your hair more than usual, causing an even dryer scalp.. and on it goes! How do we stop the madness?
Come to the rescue, the two hardest working ingredients in your kitchen:
Good old Apple Cider Vinegar, and Baking Soda!
Yep. Now might be where you think I’m just another granola-crazy, modern hipster hippy, using ACV and happy thoughts to solve all your problems. And, well, maybe you’re 80% right there (haha! I can’t eat granola! So there!), but it’s cheap, easy, and really does the trick.
- In a dish, mix 2 tablespoons of your favourite conditioner, with 1 heaping tablespoon of baking soda. I like to use conditioner for this step, because you’re going to be washing your hair with shampoo after, and I’d rather you not over strip your hair AGAIN right after I told you to quit doing that so much! haha! Also, it gives the baking soda paste a nice glide around the scalp. Now, hop in the shower, wet down your lovely locks, take a big scoop of the paste you’ve made, and massage it vigorously around your scalp. Give it a good scrub, you know where your itchiest and driest parts are. When you’re done, rinse it out, and give yourself a gentle shampooing (with a good quality, sulphate-free, NO SILICONE ADDED shampoo, please!) to get out any residue and leftover baking soda. This step removes all the dry skin, and takes a lot of buildup off your hair at the same time. Fresh start!
- Now, mix 1 cup of apple cider vinegar (and, yes, you can use white vinegar in a pinch, or if you really really hate the smell of ACV) and 1/2 cup of cool water. Get yer yoga on as you pour this over your freshly washed hair and scalp AND NOT INTO YOUR EYES. See what I said there? NOT IN YOUR EYES! You’ll only make that mistake once, my friends. OUCH! You may want to lay backwards over the edge of a sink or tub and pour it on from a measuring cup with a spout, to avoid face splashing- or have a friend, or helpful hairdresser help you out here. hee hee! Once on, it’s going to feel COLD! Part of that is the cool water, but part is the actual oxygen being fizzily released by the ACV itself. Now massage this cool liquid through your locks and all over your scalp. *IF you have abrasions, psoriasis or eczema that is open, this might really sting. I apologize- but it can also REALLY help with psoriasis and eczema, so keep an open mind. Let it sit on there for a few minutes, and then rinse again with JUST cool water. DON’T SHAMPOO THIS OUT!
- Enjoy! You will now have VERY clean, very shiny, very fresh feeling hair. The ACV helps emulsify any overload of oils on your scalp, and also helps reset the pH of your scalp to more healthy, normal levels. You should be feeling fresh and clean- and I personally ENJOY the slight apple scent left behind.. but it’s hardly noticeable, and you won’t smell like french fries all day.