Normally, I get someone else to do it, particularly if it involves getting the most painful chemical treatment of all – relaxer. For those unfamiliar with it, relaxer is a smelly, icky, typically lye-based cream. And yes, I said “lye”, AKA sodium hydroxide, the “corrosive alkaline substance” that always gives me painful scalp burns I must treat with Neosporin. It is used on my hair to straighten new growth, which is about the first one to two inches of my hair at the roots. That hair grows out naturally kinky and because of the length and thickness of my hair, straightening is an unfortunate necessity.
- Paul Mitchell tea tree oil shampoo (generic): Used to treat my flaky scalp condition. It smells minty and makes me feel all tingly.
- Infusion 23 Shampoo: Good all over hair cleansing and conditioning
- Infusium 23 Leave-in Treatment: Good alternative to normal conditioner
- Aveda Brilliant Emollient Finishing Gloss: My family and I refer to this as the “Johnny smell” because my old stylist uses it as a finishing product and it smells amazing. Adds shine
- Blow-dryer with detangling comb attachment: A must for thick hair
- Flat iron: It curls the ends much like a regular curling iron, but smooths out the hair at the same time.
Since no straightening was involved, I decided to do it myself. Here’s the play-by-play:
6:30 a.m.: Since I have a scalp condition (my doctor boss referred to the “cradle cap” that children get), I decided to spend a few minutes in the mirror combing and brushing my scalp. It loosens up the flakiness and prepares my scalp for the shampoo. My arms are already sore and I have barely begun! Then the shampooing process begins. I wet my hair in the shower and apply the tea tree shampoo into individual sections in my hair.
It doesn’t lather very well so I had to use a brush to make sure it got deep into my roots. Otherwise, you run the risk of just cleaning the hair and not the scalp. This is the most common problem I have with most professional beauticians, even ones who know my hair. The only person who can really ever get my scalp clean is dear old Mom, and that’s because she takes time to shampoo and rinse my hair multiple times in small sections.
6:45 a.m.: After rinsing, the next phase of shampooing begins. I used the Infusium shampoo all over my hair and scalp. It lathers up really nicely and feels great!