Problems/Solutions: Locs and Eczema (ACV rinse & EVO)
I got this tip from Ms. Kat (sorry, she moved the article). I, too, have Eczema (click for explanation) and it can be a pain when you have locs. Seriously, you do not want to be scratching out your locs because of this condition. According to Ms. Kat’s blog, she used EVO (extra virgin olive oil). First, she washed her hair and then used the EVO. Each washing she used an apple-cider rinse, shampoo, then the EVO weekly for a month. Although my Eczema is contained, I just might start doing this so I can have a healthy scalp! Way to go, Ms. Kat!
Here are a few different recipes for the ACV (apple-cider vinegar) rinse:
- Recipe #1 (least potent): 1/2 tablespoon to each cup of water.
- Recipe #2 (moderate): 1 cup apple-cider vinegar and 1 cup of water.
- Recipe #3 (potent): Use the apple-cider vinegar as is (simple, right?)
- Recipe #4 (variant): Apple-cider rinse mixed with oil.
Don’t worry about the smell. After a rinse or two, the smell will go away. I’ve done this once before and I did not smell like potato salad for long (just kidding!). I rinsed my hair and it went away. Plus, shampooing afterwards will kill the smell. You can pour it over your locs while hovering over the sink or do it in the shower. I’m lazy, I wash my locs and do these things in the shower. I would probably use the oil while in the sink, though. Don’t want to slip and bust my head open in the tub! Some claim that after using the rinse their locs are softer, shiner, no dandruff, et cetera. So give it a try! (Mine felt about the same, but I didn’t have any dandruff) On top of using EVO, also try other oils such as peppermint or almond. I’ll be trying these soon!
Recipe #5 (9.10.09)
SUGAR SWEET SHINE ON (from http://sadiemagazine.com/)
Tangle Free Shine Booster
Fine or oily hair needs conditioning too, just of a lighter weight and involving few oils and creamy mixtures. If your hair is fine or oily and damaged, using the recipes for damaged hair before a gentle shampoo should help, but to boost shine and prevent tangles, try these:
What You Will Need:
• 1 bag peppermint tea
• 1 cup boiling water
• 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
Another “hair tea.” Steep the tea for ten minutes in boiling water, add the apple cider vinegar, and allow to cool. A plastic spray bottle will make even distribution easy. Spray onto the hair, comb through, and rinse with cool water.