Scalp Ick (natural buildup removal)
We try to keep the kids clean, really we do. But the other day I noticed that my daughter’s scalp was covered with this kind of icky yellowish cruddy stuff. And her hair was sort of straw-like and dried out from 3 weeks of day camp and twice-daily swimming pool time.
Obviously we could have gotten some expensive clarifying shampoo or something, but I tried an assortment of home remedy things and it worked absolutely great. It was a lengthy process, but she loves sitting in the bathtub, so it was not a big deal.
Step 1: mix 1/4 cup baking soda and just enough water to make it a barely pourable paste. Scrub into scalp, rubbing all over. Some sources say to let it sit for half an hour, but I didn’t want to dry her out any more than necessary, so I rinsed it out after about 5 minutes or so.
Step 2: mix about 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar in 3-4 cups warm water. Pour over hair, again rubbing into scalp and through length of hair
Step 3: hot oil treatment: heat up about 1/4 cup olive oil, jojoba oil, or a mixture in microwave until hot but not too hot to touch comfortably. Pour over scalp and hair, let sit for 15 minutes or so.
Step 4: shampoo hair very very well, to get all the oil out of it.
As of this morning, her hair is lovely and soft, 80% of the buildup is gone, and there were no tears from icky stuff dripping into her eyes. We’ll try it again in a few days to see if we can get the rest out.
Seriously–when I think of how much I used to spend on spa-type products for hair and body, and how I’m now getting not just as good but better results using stuff from my kitchen…
Food for hair. Food for thought.