I’ve experienced a hair miracle!

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I have a (less than serious) confession: I have horrible allergies. They’re so bad they extend to my hair and my scalp. Luckily I have a fantastic stylist who pointed out that my severe gluten & oat allergy means I need to use gluten free hair products too. That advice made a huge difference in my (formerly) itchy, dry, and yes, embarrassingly flaky scalp. But I recently learned that I need a special weapon to battle my seriously itchy scalp when my seasonal allergies flare up: a Tea Tree + Coconut Oil scalp treatment.

{my stylist is Nina at Urban Betty in Austin}

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I used to dread washing my hair because it would literally hurt me for a day or two after, but now that I use the proper products, that’s not the case… until recently. Pollen counts have been off the charts (up to an 11.6 out of 12!?!) lately here in Austin, and, alongside my gluten allergy, I’m allergic to about every natural substance from dust mites to trees, grasses, weeds, and mold. So when the count gets that high and it is dry out (we are in a drought), my old nemesis, the dry, itchy, painful scalp, comes a-callin’. 

None of the usual tricks were working – I confirmed my products were gluten free (check out the EWG website to learn all about what goes into your goods here), scrubbed my scalp diligently each time I washed it, massaging vigorously, and still I was suffering. Until I had a thought… Coconut oil does wonders for my dry skin, and the Strawberry-Tea Tree-Coconut Oil Sugar scrub I made keeps my skin (& the hubs’) smooth & hydrated… Would it do the same for my problem scalp?

  

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So, I whipped up a Tea Tree + Coconut Oil scalp treatment and… It worked! My scalp feels amazing, looks healthy and shiny, and didn’t itch for almost 24 hours (a huge record for me) and my hair is looking pretty fab. Want to try it? Here’s how you can make it at home, too!

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  1. Put 4-5 tablespoons of coconut oil into a heatsafe container 
  2. Gently melt the oil (either in a hot water bath or 10 seconds in the microwave) and stir
  3. Add 5-8 drops of Tea Tree Oil (otherwise known as Melaleuca)
  4. Stir well
  5. Apply to scalp (I used the measuring spoon) and massage 
  6. Put shower cap on & let sit for about 2 hours (longer if you want, I watched a movie)
  7. Shampoo oil out in the shower
  8. Relish your itch free & dandruff free scalp!

Bonus tip: wetting hair with warm water helps you access your scalp, but isn’t a requirement.

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Why it works:

  • Coconut oil is highly moisturizing, anti-inflammatory, & antibacterial
  • Tea tree oil is antifungal, antibacterial, & antimicrobial 
  • It also boosts blood flow to the scalp, reducing dandruff and stimulating hair growth (learn more here!)

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The only “after” pictures of my hair are these 😂:

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(B & I were Mr. & Mrs. Beaver from The Chronicles of Narnia for the Faith Explorers group of 5th & 6th graders at church this weekend!)

Leave a comment & let me know your thoughts!