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I’ve struggled with flaky, itchy scalp for about six years. At first, as anyone else would assume, I thought I was experiencing dandruff and I remember being embarrassed and trying as many home remedies and anti-dandruff shampoos as possible with only minor or temporary relief. Fed up, I finally asked my mother to take me to a dermatologist, who prescribed a medicated shampoo and diagnosed it as psoriasis. I should probably start of by explaining that I have very sensitive skin and have experienced and lived with discomfort at the hands of eczema and acne before, and therefore when the medicated shampoo failed to do anything I settled for using Head & Shoulders Classic Clean Shampoo (which always provided minimal comfort). Eventually, after the condition became worse (spreading to the edges of my hairline, my forehead, behind my ears and around my nose), I visited another dermatological specialist who finally diagnosed it as seborrheic dermatitis.

According to WebMD, seborrheic dermatitis is not caused by an allergy or uncleanliness but rather by a combination of factors such as genes, sensitive skin, poor health and eating habits, increased stress or depression, and cold weather. It’s considered a chronic form of eczema and appears where there are a lot of oil-producing glands (such as the scalp and face).
Unfortunately for me, “chronic” meant that I had to find a way to live with the constantly recurring scalp condition through a combination of oils, medicated shampoos and ointments. The irritation flares up periodically and then will clear up for a while before it comes back, which would explain why I’ve had the issue for so long. During one of my recent flares, seen in the photo, I found SheaMoisture’s African Black Soap Deep Cleansing Shampoo and Balancing Conditioner for Dry, Itchy Scalp at Cost-U-Less Barbados and bought them both without a second thought.

SheaMoisture’s African Black Soap for Dry, Itchy Scalp Review
I was excited so I rushed home, hopped in the shower and saturated my hair with water and began apply the deep cleansing shampoo to my scalp. I worked it in gently, concentrating on irritated areas and the front of my hair where product would have built up. To my surprise, it only took one wash to completely clear my scalp of flakes and all left over product. Almost instantly, my aggravated scalp was rinsed with comfort. I’ve always been a fan of SheaMoisture’s products, simply for their amazing scents and how moisturizing the products are in my hair. While reading other reviews, I found that people mostly discredited the Deep Cleansing Shampoo because it is too drying, this was something I personally did not experience but to be safe I decided to use the Balancing Conditioner as a leave-in, which the label recommends! This left my hair smooth, at average moisture and flake-free! The only disappointment is the small size of the bottles (384 ml).  I would definitely recommend regular (once a week) use of the Deep Cleansing Shampoo to anyone with a serious scalp condition or if you use a lot of product that builds up, however if your scalp is healthy then I would suggest using something that will concentrate more on your hair, or using the Deep Cleansing Shampoo once a month.

Thank you so much for reading, and being patient! I had a lot of requests for this review so hopefully it helps some of you struggling with scalp conditions like myself. Please note, I am not a doctor. Everything I know about Seborrheic Dermatitis is my own personal experience and I highly suggest seeing a professional if you have a reoccurring issue.  Happy New Year!

 

Hello lovelies! I introduce to you the inaugural hair post of Island Myst! I’ve had so many requests for posts on hair and I (finally) had some free time and decided to do a small one. This is a really easy hair mask that you can use before washing your hair or just to add some extra shine.

What You’ll Need (and no, we’re not making a salad dressing):

  • 2 tablespoons of honey (I used raw, unprocessed honey)
  • 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil

    The recipe is easy enough, just combine the ingredients in a bowl or cup. (You might want to double the recipe if you have longer or more difficult hair).

Apply the mixture to dry, unwashed hair. Start at the roots and finger comb it to the ends of your hair. You can also use a wide-tooth comb if your hair isn’t as tightly coiled as mine.

If you have any of the mixture left over, you could soak your ends so they get a double whammy of the pre-poo goodness. You might get a bit sticky during this process so I suggest you do it over a sink, in the bathtub or outside so you don’t get it all over the floor as well.

Throw your hair into a messy bun and find something to do for 30 to 60 minutes (at this point I’d watch a good Netflix show) . I left it in for roughly 45 minutes. Finally, rinse out the mixture with warm water, wash with your favourite moisturizing shampoo and condition. If you use conditioner to wash your hair, that’s fine, just follow your regular wash routine.

This pre-poo protects you strands from harsh shampoos and leaves hair soft and silky.
TA-DA! Here are the after photos (hair dried and oiled):

Please note that I am not a hair specialist and these are just personal hair care tips that I follow. How was that for my first hair post? If you have any recommendations/concerns please leave a comment and I’ll respond as soon as possible. Also, let me know if you’ve tried this or if you plan to!