I don’t know what’s going on but my braids have been acting super funky this time around. My hair has been growing out so much that after two weeks my braids looked like they had been in for two months already and stray hairs keep finding their way out making them look even more messy. On top of that my scalp has been extra dry and itchy and I find that I have to moisturize at least twice a day or my scalp feels like the desert. As bad as I wanted to put them in I’m already over the braids and want to take them out although it’s only been a month. I’m trying to hold out for at least 3 more weeks but it’s not looking promising. On a brighter note, I’ve found some goodies from SheaMoisture that’s been helping big time with keeping my scalp in order. I loved the African Black Soap Purification Mask so much that I decided to try some more hair products from the line, the Deep Cleansing Shampoo and Dry Scalp Elixir.
The African Black Soap Deep Cleansing Shampoo clarifies the scalp and hair removing all product build up while soothing the scalp. The plantain enzyme helps to calm the itchies and irritation while tea tree oil removes build up and willow bark extract detoxifies and exfoliates scalp and hair. I cut the shampoo in half with water and wash my hair in the shower, concentrating on the scalp and letting the shampoo suds up good and then letting the water run the shampoo through the length of my braids while rinsing. My scalp and hair are left squeaky clean but not too dry. You must follow up with a good moisturizer though as with all clarifying shampoos. The shampoo has a light banana scent which smells really good and is made with all natural ingredients.
The African Black Soap Dry Scalp Elixir is also made with plantain enzyme to help alleviate itchiness and irritation, tea tree oil to remove build up enhancing volume and shine and willow bark extract to detoxify and exfoliate. It also contains aloe vera leaf juice and an essential oil blend to moisturize. After I wash and towel dry my braids I generously spray the Dry Scalp Elixir directly on my scalp concentrating on the most irritated area which is my crown. I then massage it through to my new growth and tie down my hair… allowing the elixir to penetrate, my frizzies to lay down and my hair to air dry. The next day I’ll thoroughly moisturize my scalp and hair with my African Royale BRX braid spray and do so day and night daily until it’s time to wash again. Doing this process every few days has helped me to keep my sanity and not snatch these braids out of my hair.
African Black Soap Deep Cleansing Shampoo $10.49 Walgreens
African Black Soap Dry Scalp Elixer $9.99 Walgreens