I took my flat twists down last night. Although I followed the exact same routine as always, my hair was not very cooperative this time. It didn't feel very clean despite thorough shampooing, and after it dried it had the texture of straw. Perplexed, I decided to rehydrate my hair before sectioning it in two-strand twists for the night... And that's when I saw the dandruff.
Flakes and fluffs stubbornly clumped amongst the roots of each strand, blanketing every square centimetre from my hairline to my crown! (I apologize for the graphic description, but trust me, it was worse in real life.) With the winter air growing drier and colder, it's no surprise that my scalp was less moisturized than usual, but what I witnessed last night was beyond reason. It'd only been a week since I co-washed and I was spritzing daily, so why the sudden explosion of dead skin cells?
As I thought more about it, a few things dawned on me. Lately I've been wearing lots of toques and beanies that sit halfway past my forehead - y'know, the way the cool kids do it. With that much of my scalp exposed to the wind, it's no wonder all the dandruff accumulated there. Another thing I realized was that my flat twists had been thickest in the bang area. Of course the water-aloe vera mix would've had great trouble reaching my scalp when I spritzed over the thicker twists!
Based on this intensive detective work, I've come up with a strategy to solve my problem. Next time I'll make smaller twists so that it's easier to spritz my scalp. I'm also going to start oiling my scalp in between each section of hair. My Mom used to do this for me all the time. It felt amazing, and now I realize it had practical benefit too. I'll try coconut oil to begin with and upgrade to castor oil if it doesn't last long enough. Lastly, I'm going to avoid exposing my bangs and go back to wrapping all my hair in a silk scarf underneath my toques until the weather warms up. Then I'll go back to being a cool kid.
Have you ever had trouble with dandruff? Tell me how you fixed it in a comment below!