For Day 26, I wanted to talk a little bit about haircare. For years, I washed my hair every day. I just assumed that I had a schizophrenic scalp and hair where it was dry and itchy yet got greasy very quickly. I tried expensive salon brands, drugstore brands and organic brands from the health food store, to no avail. I didn't realize that by washing it every day, I was stripping it of body oil which caused my scalp to react by producing more oil. As well, back then, hypoallergenic, perfume free body products were almost impossible to find. Now they are so much more readily available. The Live Clean Sensitive Hypoallergenic Shampoo and Conditioner featured in my September, 2016 Monthly Favourites but they deserve another mention as, months later, I am still using them. I love the fact that they are perfume free. Increasing numbers of people are being struck by severe environmental sensitivities such as reactions to perfume and more and more employers and public places such as hospitals are banning the use of fragrance. Personally, I don't want a lot of clashing, competing fragrances on me. Of course, I am just writing about what I use and what works for me. I am sure that there are a lot of lovely haircare products out there that smell delicious. Monsieur, for example, loves slathering himself with all sorts of smellies. The more, the better! I buy my Live Clean products at Shoppers. I have noticed that the Hypoallergenic ones are more likely to be carried in the larger Shoppers. It is really heartening to find quality hypoallergenic products at a reasonable price that are readily available in a national chain store.
For a deep conditioning mask, I have tried olive oil. It leaves caramel brown highlights in my hair. And for toning the scalp and treating dandruff, apple cider vinegar works a treat. These items are commonly found in your kitchen and are inexpensive solutions. Have you tried any natural remedies? I haven't been brave enough to try baking soda as I have seen one too many photographs of oily dandruffy Gorgon-like heads of hair to be tempted. Although if you have tried baking soda, please share your experience!
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