Last week we discussed ingredients in hair care products that can cause issues with your hair and scalp.
This week I promised that I would get into natural ingredients and why I love them so much. But I can't give you an entire picture without starting from where it began.
So let's go way back to beauty school circa 1986. I was so excited about starting a new life and adventure. I was like a sponge and wanted to learn everything there was to know about hair.
This began the experimenting years. And when I say I have experimented and tried it all…believe me, I have tried it all.
I've worn braids, weaves, a Jheri curl, relaxer, French rolls, fingerwaves, and pinned ponytails. Oh…and the color…blonde, red, brown, blue, highlights, I even once tried to do a two-toned faddish look and burned out the front of my hairline with bleach.
Needles to say, by the time I was 24 (I started beauty school at 18), the torture and punishment I had subjected my scalp to had taken it's toll on me.
My hair hadn't really seen any effects of the brutalization, but my scalp was a totally different story. It was in bad shape.
The many years of sitting with relaxer on while it was burning, but not wanting to rinse it out because I didn't think it was straight enough yet, beat my sebaceous (oil) glands all the way down.
And I'm not talking your standard relaxer burning, but straight up five alarm fire with sirens blaring kinda burning…step outside in the cold rain kinda burning…Malcolm X stick your head in the toilet kinda burning. (You get the idea.)
I'll get into relaxers at a later date, just know, they're not the devil, you just have to learn to use them properly.
Anyhoo, my scalp was so flaky and dry, it was embarrassing. Here I am a professional avoiding wearing dark colors so no one could see the snowfall coming from my head.
This is when my quest years began. I was on a quest for anything to relieve me of this horrible scalp dryness.
I tired many different hair greases…from Blue Magic to Sulfur 8, I even reached way back in the time machine and tired that terrible smelling Glover's Mange.
Then there were the shampoos…Head & Shoulders, Selsun Blue, T-Gel, Nizoral…you name it, I've tried it! Nothing worked.
The reason none of these remedies worked is because they were not designed to take care of the problem, only mask the symptom.
My problem was that my sebaceous glands in my scalp weren't working properly causing my scalp to be excessively dry. Dandruff is a condition of overactive sebaceous glands and most products for dandruff contain a high concentration of some type of astringent or antiseptic ingredient.
Astringent and antiseptics draw up oil, and they were causing my condition to keep the status quo. I suffered like this for many years, a hamster on a wheel going round and round with no destination in sight.
A Whole New World
Then one day when I was living in New York, a woman called to make an appointment to get her hair done and was referred to me by a friend.
She came in, I straightened, cut, and styled her hair and she was very pleased. A few days later she called me with an opportunity.
Apparently she worked for a very prominent dermatologist in the New York area and he was very impressed with her new hairstyle. He had been doing hair transplants for white clients for years, and wanted to get into servicing clients of African descent.
She told me that when a dermatologists performs a hair transplant, many prefer for a trichologist to be present to help them strategically place the hair strands.
Then she asked me the question that catapulted me into my next chapter in life…"Are you a trichologist also?"
I had heard of a trichologist and I knew that was the next level in cosmetology, but that was about all. When I told her that I was not, she said "maybe you should think about becoming one."
I started to do some research and found out that trichologists can not only work hand in hand with dermatologists, but they use natural ingredients and essential oils to help their clients with hair growth and scalp issues.
That caught my attention, and right then and there I decided that I was going to become a trichologist. It took me a few more years of personal scalp trouble and not being able to solve some of the problems my clients were having, but I finally enrolled.
Tricology school is where I learned about the power of natural ingredients and how to formulate for specific issues. Things like, how rosemary oil stimulates the scalp and can promote hair growth, Ylang Ylang oil can help the sebaceous glands in the scalp to begin producing again, and Dead Sea Mud…well that's a totally different level of healing when it comes to the human body.
I was so excited about my new journey that I sought out a holistic formulator to mentor me and craft better products. The things that I learned amazed me.
The Solution Was Always With Me
I had spent many years searching for products that could solve the problem when the solution was residing inside my body. All I needed to do was to find out how to turn on the healing switch.
Now don't get me wrong, care from a medical doctor is necessary and I am blessed and grateful to have many in my life who are dedicated to their patients and profession.
But when your body does the repairing, that's a level of healing that pharmaceuticals cannot match. So as you can see, my passion for natural ingredients is off the charts.
I love using natural ingredients for hair care so much, that I want everyone to know about these ancient jewels. It has changed my life and I know it can change yours as well.
This week coming, I am going to go a little more in depth about essential oil, their potency, and cautions.
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