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By Merary Soto
If your scalp is itchy and flaky all year round than perhaps you have dandruff or dry skin. If it’s a winter problem, consider yourself lucky. Either way… try this quick pre-wash trick every time you wash your hair and preferably leave-in over night.
Mix one table-spoon of coconut oil and 10 drops of tea tree oil in a small bowl. Only use edible extra virgin coconut oil. Mix it until it turns liquid which happens pretty fast as coconut oil melts quickly.
Dip the tips of your finger into this mixture and massage in the same way you would if you were washing your hair in the shower. Concentrate on dry patches and massage only enough to cover your entire scalp with one layer, meaning don’t saturate your head.
Tea Tree Oil If you have seen My Big Fat Greek Wedding, you may remember the dad in the movie and how he assumes you can spray Windex on anything and it heals all. Well that’s how I feel about Tea Tree Oil. When I have pimple, a mosquito bite, an ingrown hair, workout acne or razor bumps, I dab on tea tree oil. Since the smell can be overwhelming it’s best to drop a few drops into your current body wash.
As always I challenge you to pay attention to the integrity of the products that you use and make sure they are free of parabens and other synthetic ingredients. In most cases let’s be honest, it’s hard to track all the ingredients in lotions and products, especially as we become attached to certain scents, and grab good bargains. In the case of tea tree oil, however it is massively produced and fairly easy to find in its purest form: 100% tea tree oil.
Why use is for itchy scalp? Simple. Your scalp is likely to be itchy due to an allergic skin reaction, fungus or bacteria. Tea tree oil helps kill bacteria, and fungus.
I mix it with coconut oil for several reasons, the main reason is that coconut oil is also anti fungal. Lauric Acid in coconut oil is what makes it anti fungal and anti microbial. Ingestion of coconut oil has a host of benefits, external uses as well. I highly recommend a quick read of The Coconut Oil Miracle by Bruce Fife, with special attention to chapters 4 & 6 which help explain the benefits of how ingestion of coconut oil can help your skin, scalp and hair. Coconut oil is also very emollient and soothing, which helps alleviate flaking and dryness.
Beware that because tea tree oil isn’t emollient this combination is only good for your scalp.
Leave this mixture on for a minimum of 20 mins and maximum over night. Suitable for all hair texture, and if applied correctly (scalp only) it won’t weigh down thin hair. Use as frequently as possible, massage thoroughly.
Try it out, let me know how it works for you!
Merary Soto is the creator and writer of www.maneconcern.com a blog space dedicated to hair and and scalp nutrition for women of all hair textures. For more tips on hair care follow Mane Concern on Facebook