When we think of trying a “natural hair product” we typically associate the results with having happy and healthy hair, but when those products lead to unwanted, and unfamiliar breakouts, it can make trying new products a real gamble. If you suspect that one of your natural hair favorites is the culprit of a recent rash, but you aren’t sure which product or ingredient to blame, use these six tips to help navigate your scalp’s condition and aid its recovery.
Remember less is more.
You’ll want to keep products to a minimum so that you’re able to better identify which product may be causing the problem. Adjust your regimen to reflect this by eliminating products one by one over the course of a couple months. Pay attention to your scalp and look for any noticeable changes or new forms of irritation.
Keep a hair care journal.
Writing down the products you’re currently using and how they affect your hair and scalp is a great way to keep track of symptoms and slight improvements. Journaling will also help you to categorize your products and their natural ingredients. As an added plus, these notes are great to have with you during any related doctor’s visits with a dermatologist or allergist. They will want to know your haircare history and any reactions you may have experienced.
Read your product labels.
It’s pretty common for us to pick up a natural hair product by a trusted brand and not read any further. But if you have a history of sensitive skin you may want to think twice about skimming the label. You also want to make sure you’re using your products correctly according to the directions on the packaging. Sometimes simply leaving a product in too long, or not washing it out properly can cause your scalp mild irritation.
Do your research.
Many natural ingredients such as coconut oil or nut butters are commonly known to cause skin irritation, depending on your personal sensitivity to specific contact allergens. You should also consider seeing an allergist to help uncover any allergies you may have developed. Look online for more information about contact allergies and where and how many natural ingredients are sourced.
Visit a holistic physician.
Traditional doctors are great and usually and may help to cure your condition however, holistic doctors are known for their familiarity with natural products such as essential oils, or other natural ingredients that may be found in your hair care products. Also, if you’re the type of person that prefers a more holistic medical approach overall, you may find comfort in this kind of physician.
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