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Sensitive skin and fine hair are a bad mix in summer, where I’m equal parts sweaty and covered in product (sunscreen, shampoo and conditioner, hairspray, lotion, etc). My skin responds well to being clean and moisturized, so that’s a no-brainer. It’s harder to deal with my hair. When it’s humid, it curls and waves and never stays in place, so I use a bunch of hairspray. When it’s colder and dry due to AC in my office, my hair gets frizzy and brittle so I smother it in conditioner. I could never find a happy middle ground with conventional products so I went in search of some DIY tips for dry, fine hair and sensitive scalps. The miracle ingredient: olive oil.
Your hairstyle begins at the roots, so if your scalp isn’t happy, your hair won’t be either. I love this treatment because it’s cheap, easy, smells good, and works wonders. Hear ye, hear ye:
Gather your ingredients. I tried a few different concoctions but I found this one and liked it the best, because it smells good and seemed to be most invigorating.
A less involved variation works great for the length of your hair, which sometimes needs love too. I recently got the ombre thing done to mine and the bottom half of my strands are in constant need of attention. Olive oil, again, came to the rescue.
You’ll need 3 tbsp – ¼ cup of oil, depending on your hair length and thickness. I don’t need a lot, but the first time I tried I used too much and it took two shampooings to get it all out. Just use what you think will be enough and you can always add later. Anyway! You can start with room-temperature oil and dry, relatively clean locks. Take the bottom length of your hair (from about your chin down) and begin to massage the oil into it, adding as you go. Once the strands are damp (not dripping) with oil, take another warm, damp towel and wrap your hair in it. Leave it on there for about an hour (I had to re-warm my towel once) and then wash out with a gentle shampoo. You can add essential oils of your favorite scents to this, which makes for a lovely at-home aromatherapy session.
I don’t recommend doing these both at once, considering it will be a giant oily mess, but one-after-the-other works, or alternate the treatments per week so you’re getting each one twice a month. It works wonders.