I am a nineties girl, Bell Biv Devoe, Brandy, black lipstick and a ton of eyeliner. Call it my version of a Goth phase but I really experimented with makeup back then and even though I had not a clue about what I was doing 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.
The thing is, even though we have come a long way sometimes we have to look to some of our old faithful staples for some routine ‘back in the day’ kind of results.
Now that we are in the middle of a protective styling challenge it makes sense to highlight this one unique way to clean your scalp without actually washing your hair.
Cleaning your scalp with witch hazel can be used if you are wearing twists, braids, synthetic hair or if you are relaxed or natural. Use this method to avoid flakes, an itchy scalp and build up.
Now hurry up, crawl back there and fish out your bottle of witch hazel, make sure you check for an expiration date because your are about to get a whole lotta use out of this bottle of clear liquid.
First Things First, What’s In It?
Since we are in the habit of reading labels around here and we don’t just put anything on our scalp 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 leaf, bark and twigs of the plant are generally used to make medicine and its properties makes for one of the best natural astringents around.
When taken by mouth the distilled version of the plant or the Hazel water can be used to treat diarrhea, tuberculosis and fever just to name a few. It can also be applied directly to the skin to prevent inflammation or if you have any sort of skin injury or insect bite.
Obviously there are some manufacturing differences between brands. Some companies might choose to add preservatives or other things to enhance the product but for the most part witch hazel is an all natural extract great for cleansing, skin repair and fighting bacteria.
We cannot go any further without saying, please consult a physician before you decide to use witch hazel as medicine, it would be highly inappropriate for you to take a shot of Hazel if you have a tummy ache. All jokes aside, always see the doctor first!.