Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)… The Solution to Itchy and Flaky Hair?

 For some time my scalp went crazy. Since I started my hair journey, my scalp had never been itchy or flaky until recently. I did some research and I found the solution: APPLE CIDER VINEGAR!. I got mine from Spar, Lekki but it can be found at the food section of most stores.

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Magic Time Apple Cider Vinegar

First, the cause of itchy and flaky scalp is the lack of sebum. This condition is worsened by the addition of products onto the scalp. The scalp will then produce less sebum to makeup for the products that are being added to it.  Without the even production of sebum, the scalp will be unstable and this causes dandruff and dryness. The mistake a lot of people (I made this mistake also) make is adding more oils thinking it will help but it only worsens it. The scalp needs to be able to respire and with the addition of heavy products, the pores will get clogged thus providing an unhealthy environment for growth. Therefore, the scalp is prevented from operating at its best.

Secondly, the function of an apple cider vinegar is to remove any product build up which can hinder the production of sebum.

How to  incorporate ACV to your wash or co-wash day. Personally, I cannot stand the smell of ACV so I dilute it and  ordinarily you need to dilute it because of its acidity but I make a weaker solution because I simply can’t stand the smell.  I use my comb applicator bottle  (3.5oz.)  to measure it. I put a cap full of the ACV then fill the bottle with water. So, its about 0.2oz. vinegar and 3.3 oz. water (well, approximately).

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L. (ACV) R. (ACV + WATER)

After shampooing, I apply the ACV + water mix and leave it for sometime before I rinse out (because I don’t like the smell). I don’t finish the mix at this point. Then after deep conditioning the left over ACV + water rinse is sprayed on my hair.

Also, I stopped adding oils to my scalp, I only apply the oils from my new growth through the length of my hair and for the last week my hair has been flake and itch free. *throws confetti*

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Maeyo.

Wash Day

I haven’t washed my hair or done anything to it for about 3 weeks because of my MOCK finals and hair was itching like crazy (After this,  I will do a post on combating itchy and flaky scalp/hair).  My hair was in 14 cornrows and after I loosened the cornrows and detangled in order to reduce tangling during my wash, there was quite a lot of shedding. I consoled myself saying it’s not too bad because the cornrows stored the shedding for 3 weeks but there was another side to it because I kind of panicked at first.

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Shed after loosening cornrows (A LOT!)

On to  the hair wash:

1. I started up by pre-pooing  overnight with Tresemme Moisturizing Conditioner. I sectioned my hair into four and did my wash this way till the end.  This is my favorite conditioner and it is almost finished and I want to cry because I don’t know where I can get it but I have to say, it is actually very long  lasting because 2 girls have been using this conditioner for about 5 months now.

2. After rinsing out the conditioner, my hair was  so soft (I will miss this conditioner when it finishes). I shampooed with ORS Uplifting Shampoo which is specially designed for flaky hair.

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ORS Uplifting Shampoo

3. Next I rinsed out the shampoo and did a green (Moringa) tea rinse. I rinsed the tea out with lukewarm water.

4. Then I used my comb bottle applicator to apply my Apple Cider Vinegar solution to my scalp and roots. I put my hair in a plastic cap for 15 minutes. Then, I rinsed it out.

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ORS Hair Mayonnaise

5. After, I  protein conditioned with ORS Hair Mayonnaise and this is my first time using this for a protein treatment and my hair was soft I ended up not doing a  moisturizing deep conditioning.

6. I rinsed it out after 25 minutes and I t-shirt dried it for 30 minutes.

7. I put in my Motions Leave -in Conditioner, detangled then put  my mixture of castor oil, coconut oil and olive oil at the ratio 2:4:6. After, I put a mixture of shea butter and coconut oil on my hair.

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Shedding during detangling

8. A first for me was stretching my hair with bendy rollers. I put four bendy rollers into the four sectioned parts of my hair and about 5 hours later, I removed the bendy rollers and it revealed soft, stretched, smooth, healthy hair which I put in a low bun. Also, the shedding during detangling was little. 

I have to say I enjoyed this wash and I have an itch and flaky free hair/scalp.

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Maeyo

Sizzelle Store

I got a few things from the Sizzelle store in Lekki this week. You can also get them on their website here.

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Roots Only Comb Applicator Bottle- N1700

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Applicator Bottle  4 oz. – N400

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Calypso Satin Lined Shower Cap -N750.

The customer service at the store is wonderful and they have a variety of hair products at a very good price.

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Maeyo.

Product Review: Eco Styler Moroccan Argan Oil Styling Gel

DSC01934Price: N1250

Purchased At: http://www.olori.com.ng

Promises/Product Info: For all hair types. Alcohol Free. made with 100% Pure Argan Oil. Maximum Hold. Shines, smooths and conditions the hair. No Flakes. No Tack. Anti-itch. Contains UV Protection.

Directions: Apply to dry or wet hair. Work desired amount through hair and style.

Ingredients: Water, Carbomer, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, PVP, Glycerin, Triethanolamine, Sodium Hydrxymethlglycinate, Polysorbate 20, Tetrasodium EDTA, Argan Oil, Fragrance, Yellow #11, LOVE AND PRIDE

My Assessment: After nearly 6 months of use, I have to say that this styling gel lives up to its promise. I use this to tame my edges. It is very lightweight but it does the job. It is water-based and easy to take off. It also tames my edges and nourishes them at the same time. It also has argan oil which is very good for the hair. I also like the fact that there is LOVE AND PRIDE in the ingredients. I did not notice until I decided to review this product.

Rating: 5 stars

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Maeyo

Disclosure of Material Connection: Items in this post were purchased with my own funds. I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. 

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