After months of trial and error, I've finally settled on a hair care routine. As I've blogged about before, I have trichotillomania (which is a long silly word meaning I have trouble controlling the compulsion to pull out my hair). My scalp is often irritated, which makes me want to mess with it more and the cycle continues. Trich is a constant struggle for me and I may never get it fully under control, but having a routine that keeps my scalp healthy and balanced certainly helps.
Anyway, here's what I've found that works for me. My scalp + hair have never felt healthier.
ROOTS Hair Treatment by LUSH
At least once a week, I take a long hot bath and start with Lush's Roots hair treatment. It's minty and delicious. I massage it into my scalp, comb it through the rest of my hair, then put my hair up in a clip.
It's BATH BOMB Time!
Once my hair treatment is soaking in and working its magic, it's bath bomb time. My latest favorite is MmmMelting Marshmallow. It's technically a bath melt, not a bath bomb. Whatever.
Now is also a great time to put on a face mask. And some music or a podcast. Just saying.
SQUEAKY GREEN Shampoo Bar by LUSH
Once the Roots treatment has had a chance to do its thing (Lush recommends 5-10 minutes, I'll sometimes do longer if I'm too zenned out.) it's time to rinse and wash. Lately, I've been all about Lush's shampoo bars.
If you're unfamiliar with what a Shampoo bar is it's basically like a bar of soap that you lather up and use to wash your hair. Lush's shampoo bars don't have any of the sulfates and junk found in most shampoos that strips the natural oil from your hair. It might take a few days for your scalp to adjust but it's so worth it. I'm hooked for life.
I've been using Squeaky Green lately which is a blend of rosemary, peppermint, tea tree, vanilla and chamomile. All the good stuff! I'm also a fan of New! because it has cinnamon and cloves and supposedly helps with hair growth. Also, shampoo bars are a really good value. You get a bazillion washes per bar.
AMERICAN CREAM Conditioner by LUSH
This post is not sponsored by Lush, I swear. I'm just a loyal customer. American Cream is admittedly the only Lush conditioner I've ever tried, but I'm hooked and don't wanna mess with a good thing. It smells like a strawberry vanilla milkshake. The scent hangs around a while too! I can still smell the vanilla the next day.
Between washes I use dry shampoo to absorb any excess oil and give my hair more body and volume. I've tried quite a few and I think it's safe to say that Batiste is my favorite!
Between the amazing Lush products I've discovered and finally adjusting to washing my hair less often by using dry shampoo, I've managed to get my scalp to calm down a bit and I'm finally learning to love my hair again.
Do you have any hair care products you swear by?