5 Natural Ways to Care for Your Hair & Scalp between Hair Extension Installs

Caring for your hair and scalp in between installs doesn’t have to be bothersome and expensive. Here are 5 inexpensive BUT effective ways to maintain healthy scalp and hair.

1. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil, with its powerful natural antifungal, anti-inflammation and antibacterial properties, can be used to treat itchy scalp. You can use tea tree oil in various ways, for instance:
You can add 10 to 20 drops of tea tree oil to one-half cup of baby shampoo and use it daily until the condition of your scalp improves.
Another option is to dilute two or three drops of tea tree oil in one tablespoon of vegetable oil and massage the mixture onto your scalp. With regular use, this remedy will heal a dry, itchy scalp within a week or two.
You can swing by Whole Foods Market to get tea tree oil. 

2. Baking Soda

Another readily available ingredient that can relieve an itchy scalp is baking soda. It helps relieve itching by exfoliating the scalp and controlling dandruff caused by overactive fungi.
Make a paste with baking soda and water and apply it directly onto your scalp. For best results, rub some olive oil on your scalp before applying the baking soda paste to help with absorption. 
Allow it to soak into your scalp for 10 to 15 minutes and then rinse well with water.

3. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has powerful anti-inflammation properties that help kill the yeast and virus that can cause itchy scalp. Also, apple cider vinegar balances the pH levels of the scalp, which may help relieve itching and dryness.
Rinse your hair and scalp with water and allow it to dry.
Mix equal amounts of apple cider vinegar and water and pour the mixture into a spray bottle. Apply this mixture directly onto your scalp with the help of cotton balls. Spray it on your scalp.
After few minutes, shampoo with normal water.
Follow this remedy once or twice a week.

4. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil creates a barrier that helps keep skin moisturized and hence it is an effective way to treat an itchy scalp.
Rub a little coconut oil onto the scalp after washing your hair your scalp when it is clean. Leave it on for at least half an hour and then wash it out with a perfume-free shampoo. Follow this simple remedy three times a week.
Another option is to gently heat coconut oil so that it melts, add it to your shampoo before washing your hair.

5. Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil is a great natural moisturizing treatment to relieve a dry and itchy scalp. The molecular structure of jojoba oil is closest to that of our own natural oil or sebum, which makes it a very effective rejuvenating and hydrating treatment.
Massage a small amount of jojoba oil onto your scalp for a few minutes before going to bed. Leave it on overnight.
In the morning, wash your hair with a mild shampoo.
Repeat this remedy once a week.
You can swing by Whole Foods Market to get Jojoba oil. 

For the best results with any of these remedies, being consistent is the key to seeing results and to completely treat issues with your scalp. While you are in the process of treating your itchy scalp, remember to use your eZ SCRATCH versus digging in to scratch with other objects. This will avoid loosening your threads and braids and damaging your scalp. This will also preserve your extensions and hairstyle.