My relationship with my hair has changed immensely since I went natural in 2012. When I used to relax my hair, I had a notoriously dry flaky scalp that was dandruff prone and always itchy. Convinced that these issues were just a part of having afro hair, I dealt with scalp problems without really trying to solve it.
After I cut off all my relaxed hair, I was left with thick tightly coiled 4C hair that I had no idea how to maintain. The decision forced me to learn more about my hair texture and condition than ever before. I learned that for me less is more. My hair is happiest in its shrunken afro state – no tension, no pulling, no chemicals. Even most protective styles are too much. The hair just wanna be free!
I realised my scalp issues were due to having a super sensitive skin under my mane. It’s crazy now to think about all the things I put my scalp through knowing what I know now. But like most of us, I still yearn to experiment with different styles and latest trends. My husband (bless his heart) continually reminds me – “Honey, you know your hair does not like to be messed with.” He’s seen me try braids, weaves, straightening and cry about the damage done. Most recently though, in spite of better judgment, I decided I just had to try crochet braids. I blame Instagram!
Two days after it was installed, I knew something wasn’t quite right. My scalp was starting to react to the tension of the braids underneath. A day later though it was clear the irritation was more than tension. My skin was severely inflamed – literally on fire. I’m not clear what caused it, the synthetic hair or yarn – perhaps an allergic reaction. Or maybe my scalp just couldn’t take the new style after continually wearing an afro for over a year.
I had an event to attend the next day, so taking out the hair was not an option at that point. This is where PHB Ethical Beauty Skin Perfect Gel came to the rescue. The treatment gel is packed full of ingredients to soothe and calm irritated skin. Organic Aloe Vera provides nourishment, protection and healing, while Rose Oil calms inflammation.
I smoothed the cool gel on the parts in between my braids and felt an IMMEDIATE relief. So I applied it all over prior to bed and woke up with no pain. I couldn’t believe how well the gel worked, considering how horrible the pain was the day before. But gone it was. With continual application, I was able to wear the crochet braids for a few more weeks. Given how much I paid to have them installed, I was so thankful!
Needless to say, I will be sticking to my TWA going forward, but it’s great to know that the Skin Perfect Gel is there to put out the flames if needed.
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