I just love blog post ideas that are born of a genuine need and being able to find a great solution! That is definitely how today’s post came about. I’ll let Britta fill you in. :-)
A few weeks ago, my husband Neil was grumbling to me about his hair situation. He has always had a somewhat flaky scalp, but he felt that the dandruff shampoo he was using somehow made his scalp dryer, which made his hair “poofy”, and he hated that. He also felt that it wasn’t helping much with the flakiness issue either. From the little I know about hair, “poofy” hair usually equals dry hair. So I thought that if I could find a way to moisturize both his scalp and his hair, that we could take care of all of his hair woes at once. So after scouring the web for ideas, I came up with this formula:
DIY Dry Scalp Oil Treatment
Jojoba oil is a wonderful emollient, which means that it will soothe and soften and itchy and irritated scalp. It also helps dissolve clogged hair follicles and slough off any dead skin flakes still attached to the scalp. It is also an excellent moisturizer, and is considered by some to be the king of oils when it comes to hair.
Tea Tree essential oil is has antifungal properties, which makes it a great addition to any dandruff treatment since it could be a fungal issue.
Rosemary essential oil is very stimulating, which can increase blood flow to the scalp and encourage growth.
To apply the treatment, I mixed the oils up in a ramekin used a fan brush to apply it to his scalp. Where his hair is longer, I found it easiest to section off his hair a bit at a time, like how a cosmetologist applies hair dye. On the back and sides of his head where his hair is short, I simply painted the oil on with the brush.
Then I massaged the oil into his scalp for a few minutes, just to make sure it got everywhere. (I suspect this part of the process was his favorite!)
After letting the oil treatment do its thing for about 15 minutes, Neil got into the shower to rinse it out. He skipped the shampoo, but he did use a bit of conditioner to help coax the oil out.
And that’s all there is to it! We’ve done this treatment twice now and we’re definitely going to keep it up. He loves that it gets rid of the flakes without drying his hair out, and he definitely loves that he gets a free head massage, too. ;-)