- First things first, what is it?
- What you will need for scalp cleaning
- How to use witch hazel to clean your scalp
- A few other uses for witch hazel
I am a nineties girl, Bell Biv Devoe, Brandy, black lip liner, and a ton of eyeliner. Call it my version of a goth phase but I experimented with makeup a lot back then. Even though I didn’t have a clue what I was doing with makeup I knew to have a bottle of witch hazel and some cotton balls on deck as my toner, pimple corrector, and cleaning agent.
Since that time technology and new discoveries have brought about much sophistication when it comes to beauty products. So much so that sometimes the good old stuff gets shoved to the back of the cabinet.
Cleaning your scalp without actually washing your hair is one of those hacks that we need for those times we are pressed for time but still want a fresh scalp.
This hack is especially convenient when you are wearing twists, individual braids, crochet braids or cornrows, or even loose natural or relaxed hair. Use this method to avoid flakes, an itchy scalp, and build-up until your next full wash.
First things first, what is it?
It would be beneficial to know just what witch hazel is and what makes it ideal for scalp cleaning.
Witch hazel is a plant. The leaves, bark, and twigs of the plant are generally used to make medicine and its properties make for one of the best natural astringents around.
When you take it by mouth the distilled version of the plant known as witch hazel water can be used to treat diarrhea, colds, and fever just to name a few. You can also apply it directly to the skin for its cooling and detoxifying properties or to soothe any sort of skin injury or insect bite.
As with most other things, you must expect that there are some manufacturing differences between brands. Some companies might choose to add preservatives, alcohol, or other ingredients to enhance the product but for the most part witch hazel is an all-natural extract great for cleansing, skin repair, and fighting bacteria.
I can’t go any further without saying, please consult a physician before you decide to use witch hazel by mouth, I am not a doctor, and even if I were, I’m not YOUR doctor so take everything that I say with a pinch of salt mkay? Moving swiftly on…
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CHARMAINE M HENDRICKS says
So happy to be using witch hazel for my itchy scalp, and possible eczema showing up in my natural hair. I have battled eczema for sometime now, and not until this week, realized that my itchy scalp could possibly be a result of it, and so, I remembered the old remedy of witch hazel. I began using it, with cotton balls,and clean my scalp, and instant itch relief. Your article gave me further confidence, and I will continue to use it as my remedy, witch hazel.