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.
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).
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*