Do you have an itchy scalp? Perhaps you have always struggled with a dry scalp, as I have. However when I decided to Loc my hair, there was a phase that went from mild itchiness to almost unbeatable. Especially in between washes. Similar to switching from commercial deodorant to all natural, when I became natural, I noticed I needed to take care of my hair differently. This mix is a spray that I use on my scalp and hair to soothe the dryness and itchiness.
First lets go over the ingredients and why I use them. That way if you want to ubstitue an item for another you can do so.
Distilled Water- I use Distilled Water in the spray because Hard Water (Tap Water) can cause scales on your hair follicle as well as build up on your scalp. I usually already have some on hand and I just use a small amount to limit the impurities added to my scalp
Witch Hazel – I found that adding the Witch Hazel was key in reducing the itching and reducing dry patches. It is known to relieve inflammation, reduce skin irritation. ward off infection and alleviate scalp sensitivity. It also leaves a feeling of a mini-wash freshener. Especially if you have starter locs or it has been recommended that you reduce the time in between shampoos.
Peppermint Essential Oil = Oh so soothing peppermint oil. It is a scalps friend. Peppermint oil helps to absorb excess oils on your scalp, moisturizes a dry scalp and promotes hair growth it has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, and it soothes an itchy scalp while keeping dandruff at bay. I just love this stuff!
Jojoba Oil – Jojoba Oil mimics your skins natural oils. It is a great benefit to most skin care products and can be used alone. It also makes a great carrier oil for essential oils. It is light, skin loving and a perfect companion oil to help calm your scalp.
Vegetable Glycerin or Honey- This is up to you. Some do not like the idea of using honey in their hair. Although it has wonderful healing properties and like the vegetable glycerin is a natural humectant.
1 oz Distilled Water
1 oz Witch Hazel
5 drops Peppermint Oil
2 tablespoons Jojoba
1/2 teaspoon Honey or Glycerin.
Add ingredients to spray bottle and shake..
Shake well before each use. Can be used on wet or dry hair. Applying directly after a shower is optimal as your pores are open.
Hope this helps someone find as much relief as it has for me. This receive should work for all hair types. Try a test patch prior to first full use.