So sebum... Lovely heavenly sebum. If you're patient enough to brush the sebum through the length if your hair, it fills in those holes and leaves your hair stronger, shiny, and naturally hydrated.
Update: headband curls give awesome volume!!
Ya. It thought maybe I could create an acronym -WOW - but no. It wasn't so wow.
We started here about 2 weeks after my last soap on the scalp wash. My hair felt fabulous, my scalp too, but I wanted to experiment a little since I haven't seen my curls for quite some time!
I did a WO wash, used my ACV rinse and added nothing. Then plopped to dry. Voila!
Fabulous voluminous curls, not crunchy or dry, just great hair, curled onto itself ends which always signify healthy ends to me. Happy, right?
No! It was a windy day and with no commercial product to keep the curls and ringlets together I ended up looking like quite a pouff ball!
So.. I do need aloe vera gel not only for moisture but to help the curls keep definition.
I'll keep you updated, but for now, this pouff ball is going up into a bushy ponytail!
I've been using my BBB (brush) twice a day. I brush in small sections (like 14) upside down, to the left and to the right. I add jojoba oil to my ends with EOs for a scent to keep my ends hydrated and here's what happens....
The oil, the naturally produced sebum moves down the length of my hair, slowly but surely, like an inch every two weeks, maybe more. As it glides down the length of my naturally dry hair, it fills in the pores and makes it soft and shiny - slightly heavier overall too.
I can see the transitioned hair with sebum and the old hair because the transitioned hair is soft and silky and the bottom part is slightly lighter in colour and weight and is more frizzy looking overall.
When I WO, I scritch my scalp all over, like a gentle nail scratch massage, then I brush as above to get any skin cells or stuff out of my hair. Then I use warrrrrrrmmmm water and since oil liquifies when warm, I think it helps move the sebum. I do use a wide comb in the shower. And I always do an ACV (Apple cider vinegar) rinse all over with EOs (essential oils) when I WO (wash with water only). I may be imagining it but I feel like it hydrates and cleanses my scalp just a little, enough to refresh me to go on.
I remember earlier I'd get pimples or something on my scalp, they came and went pretty quickly but what was worse was when I kept my hair in a ponytail or bun, when is take it out, my scalp would huuurrttt from keeping my hai in one position. I think when I pulled my hair into a ponytail it was leaving a bit of the follicle open to debris. Because my scalp skin wasn't used to being hydrated, and certainly not with sebum, I think the follicles were getting filled in and when the hair was moved ins different direction it got confused, and it hurt. That's when I started brushing in every direction. Most importantly, I stopped brushing from the forehead back since the top of my scalp started getting sensitive since that's the thinnest part of my hair. I only brush forehead back when styling now.
Now - happy scalp. Happy hair. Happy me. No smell after I brush. 21 days between cleanses and rare WOs.
Hope that helps.
And now.... Re growth! My hairline is filling in - yay!!!