I told you about the first perfect St. Maarten snowflake that fell from my scalp during work in How to Get Dandruff That Will Embarrass You at Work pt.1 . Let's get to the source. Where did this dandruff come from?
The Saturday afternoon before school, I snuggled like a cat under my sister-in-law’s rapid and skilled fingers. Then, she had unraveled my freshly-washed two strand twists and head band. Come to think of it, at one point, she did the see-saw comb rub that is a traditional Caribbean technique for removing dandruff. But wasn’t dandruff. It was a thin residue from the Naturalicous Moroccan Rhassoul 5-in-1 Clay Treatment (For Tight Curls + Coils). That and my hair was greasing her hands like immersed plantains, but I had not used grease. I used Alikay Naturals Shea Yogurt Hair Moisturizer. No. This product never gives me dandruff. Let’s reverse more.
The Saturday morning before the snow fall, I was feeling a bit excited on wash day because I was going to use Naturalicous Moroccan Rhassoul 5-in-1 Clay Treatment (For Tight Curls + Coils). I needed something fast, like a one product fits all and that is exactly what this clay wash is:
- “A detoxifying cleanser
- A smoothing conditioner
- An effortless detangler
- A deep conditioner
- A leave-in conditioner”
I detangled my hair with it, did a quick baggie to let it soak in and then gallivant about the house doing other things while the clay dried. Exactly what I wanted. All I had left to do was to wash it out and seal. In the rinsing process, I did a little squeeze here and there, a gentle rub on my scalp and impatiently left the bathroom, irritated that I couldn’t get a ‘herbal essence’ moment with the shower. So with no water cascading down from above to trigger the urge for a good scalp scrub, I dipped water from a bucket to rinse. Not the least bit exciting, but I was in and out.
I was running low on Naturalicious Step Two: Moisture Infusion Styling Cream (For Tight Curls + Coils) and was cautious to select the Alikay Naturals Shea Yogurt Moisturizer as my sealant. As revolutionary Naturalicious is, it is truly cliquish about who joins the party on your head.
A client of mine once called me in a panic one day. There was a whole lot of whitey flakes in her hair. She had just finished washing her hair.
“What did you do?” I asked her, “What did you put in your hair?”
“The Rhassoul Clay. Well hear what happen. I was running low on the clay wash and decided to add some conditioner to it to get one more wash from it. And then next thing you know all this white pieces sticking on to my hair.”
I smiled at the memory. We both learned never to mix or clay wash. Ever. So, with my hair sopping wet, I reasoned that the Alikay Naturals Shea Yogurt Hair Moisturizer was technically a mixture of oils and wouldn’t show and get all white on my hair.
I unravel my twists and smooth a dollop of its creamy yellow butter through my strands. I ran the Felicia Leatherwood Detangler brush through it one more time and retwisted it. Right then and there I was not about to spend an hour and change cornrowing an artsy style into my hair. It was a different kind of Saturday. I had errands to run. Tucking each twist back and securing my edges with a head band my mother had sewed, I was practically out the door in now time.
The Alikay Naturals Shea Yogurt Hair Moisturizer gave no flasks. For that matter, I never touched my scalp. I realized my errors lay not in these top-notch products but in my technique. I was a bit sloppy washing the clay from my hair. I got carried away with the quantity of Shea Yogurt butter I was putting into my hair. One dallop was enough for my entire head and I do know better, but when your hair is wet and that butter melts and spread through your strands…you leave earth.
After the snow fall, I was in damage control mode when I left school. I was barely home and I had already “loose out” most of my cornrows. And believe me, this time I scrubbed my scalp using the Alikay Naturals Caribbean Coconut Milk Shampoo. When the shower is available for use I’ll return to theNaturalicous Moroccan Rhassoul 5-in-1 Clay Treatment (For Tight Curls + Coils).
The doctoring continues. That student still talks to me despite the snow fall. And all I can say is what a moment that was.
Until next time, ciao.
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