Hello Beautiful People,
I’m going to jump right into my natural hair routine that I use due to my Eczema. I have had Eczema all my life but it didn’t become problematic until I was 10 years old. Below is the routine I use to prevent flare ups and when they occur. Depending on the situation the only thing that I change is the product I use. I am not a dermatologist; I’m simply sharing #MyFoolishAdvice.
Wash Day (every 3-5 days)
Divide hair into eight sections
Apply a dime size amount of shampoo to each section
* Depending on what I did for the week I may not need shampoo
Use the pads of my fingers to loosen dirt and flaked off scabs
Use a comb with rounded tips to gently scratch the surface of the scalp
Rinse with cool water (not warm or hot)
Apply a quarter size amount of conditioner to each section
Gently detangle each section, make sure you comb out the flaking scabs
Rinse thoroughly with cool water
Squeeze out excess water, leaving hair damp. Prolonged wetness can promote itching
Apply a dime sized amount of leave in conditioner to the shaft of the hair only (NOT THE SCALP)
Twist hair. I cannot leave braids in my hair for more than 2 days so I don’t braid my hair often.
Once complete, apply oils to your scalp
Allow hair to air dry before wrapping it or putting on a silk bonnet.
Apply oils to the scalp and shaft daily or as needed.
Sprits hair shafts only, not the scalp. If you apply water to the scalp allow your scalp and hair to air dry.
I do not go outside with wet or damp hair. The Florida sun will evaporate all the water and leave my scalp extra dry which would lead to cracking and itching.
Repeat this process in 3-5 days. This whole process usually takes me about 4-5 hours from start to finish.
The key to my process is: get it cleaned, moisturized, styled with less stress to the scalp as possible, and dried before bed or going outside. I also make sure the least amount of my scalp is exposed once it’s styled, this helps lock in moisture.
I really hope this helps. If you have Eczema or another type of skin disorder, share your routine below.