Hair and Scalp Treatments for Kinky-Curly Hair

Since cooler weather has finally arrived for a lot of us kinky-curly gals, additional help is needed to protect not only our fragile tresses, but our scalp as well.  Healthy, moisturized hair and scalp can be achieved with the right products.  It’s not necessary to spend a fortune (unless of course you got it like that), and it is possible to find reasonably priced products to fit anybody’s budget.  I love grapefruit, peppermint and lavender essential oils and they tend to be listed in the ingredients of a lot of products I buy specifically for hair and scalp treatments.  I also buy them as essential oils for at-home hair recipes.

Basic Lavender and Peppermint Scalp Massage – In a bowl, add 4 tablespoons of almond, olive, or grapeseed oil (or base oil of choice).  Add 3-4 drops each of lavender and peppermint essential oils.  Massage into scalp and wrap in a hot towel for 15 minutes.  For those with hair loss, lavender and rosemary essential oils can be substituted in the scalp massage recipe.  

**Please note some essential oils should be avoided in pregnancy and by epileptics, and used with caution for those with sensitive skin.

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Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Hair and Scalp Treatment, 6.8 oz., $14.00.  This treatment has a fresh, wake-me-up minty smell (tea tree, peppermint, lavender) which tingles the scalp.  Other ingredients include soy proteins, panthenol, vitamin E and shea butter.  Definitely a protectant against cold weather.  This product leaves your hair strong and soft, and your scalp clean and fresh.   Buy online at Drugstore.com, Trade Secret, CVS, etc.

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 Elasta QP Intensive Breakage Control Serum, 6 oz., $5.99.  This is a heat-activated treatment (dryer or hot towel) that is great for hair prone to ends that are dry or have split ends.  This product quickly cut down on the amount of shedding I had.  It also strengthened and revitalized my hair.  Curls were soft, defined, and felt stronger.  Elasta QP is easily found at any neighborhood beauty supply store.

 

 

 

 sebastian9.jpg  Sebastian Potion 9 Wearable Treatment, 5.1 oz., $14.99.  What does the “9” in Sebastian Potion 9 mean?  There are 9 essential extracts in this product that moistures, repairs, and revitalizes your tired, damaged, and dull hair.  The essential extracts are jojoba seed oil, safflower seed oil, sesame seed oil, babassu oil, olive oil, evening primrose oil, rice bran oil, willow bark and green tea extracts.  A little pricey, but you won’t be disappointed.  It’s definitely worth it.  Buy online at Drugstore.com or Trade Secret salons.

betterbotanoil.jpg  Better BotanicalsHerbal Hair Oil, 4 oz., $15.99.  This ayurvedic herbal oil improves the strength and condition of the hair, especially hair that is dry or damaged.  Ingredients are peanut, sesame and sunflower oils, extracts of bhringraj, brahmi, amla, harad, behra, nagarmotha, jataamansi (ayurvedic herbs), and tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E).  This herbal oil is also good for the scalp and can be used weekly as a hot oil treatment.  Results give you hair that is shinier, softer, and stronger.  Also found at Vitamin Shoppe and Ebay.

Let me know what other hair and scalp products work for you.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by CurlsBig on November 11, 2007 at 5:21 pm

    The best thing for me to do is to leave my scalp alone. Don’t put anything on it when it’s cold out except a scarf or a hat. The biggest issue I have with mine is greasiness (natural production) and then flakes. I use cortisone cream when it’s gets ridiculous. I am in cornrows now and my scalp has been good. I am actually surprised. The more and more I back away from using mulitple products, the better the head area acts.

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  2. Posted by maturenatural on November 11, 2007 at 9:25 pm

    ITA on backing away from multiple products. Less is definitely more. Seriously considering braids as a protective style this winter.

    Reply

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