I have Psoriasis and always have a rough time with it during the winter months. It causes dry patches on my skin and flaky, dry scalp. It can be really embarassing because my kinky, curly hair clings to everything which makes the flakes harder to get rid of. I was in a minor car accident recently and since I’m having trouble with my back, I thought it would be easier to wear my hair straight. I figured, I can oil my scalp and keep those flakes under control.
I tried this theory out and boy was I wrong! Not only did I see more flaking, but the itching was out of control! I flat ironed my hair twice this month so that means five days of no washing each time I wore it straight. I have come to the conclusion that until my scalp issue is under control, I have to wash my hair and scalp more frequently.
|Sulfate free Shampoo to remove buildup
and Castor Oil to treat my dry scalp
For the first wash after wearing it straight, I knew I would have to oil my scalp one last time so that I could soften those flakes a bit (gross…I know). Then I applied coconut oil to my hair to prep it for the shampoo I was about to use. I washed with Everyday Shea’s Moisturizing Shampoo in Lavender which is sulfate free. Afterwards, I deep conditioned using my new favorite, Tresemme Naturals Conditioner with Aloe and Avocado. I put on a plastic cap and sat under the dryer for about 30 minutes. Already I noticed a big difference in how my scalp felt. After detangling, I dried my hair with a t-shirt, oiled my scalp with Castor oil and applied my leave-ins. Then, I just wore it pulled back in a simple braided bun.
Today, I co-washed and applied leave-in conditioner. I used Coconut Oil to seal and then Palmer’s Coconut Oil Replenishing Hair Milk to define my curls. I then did a simple puff and let it air dry.
I’m going to continue with this process of co-washing each day through the rest of the week and see how it goes. It’s possible that my usual washing twice per week routine is what my hair and scalp likes best. I can’t seem to go more than 3 days without wetting my hair or else major itchies. Hopefully this works and will get me back on track.