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Pregnancy is full of fun physical symptoms like back pain, unquenchable thirst, fatigue, nausea and mood swings. The latest I can add to this List of Fun is dry scalp AKA dandruff. (In fairness I don't fully know if my pregnancy is the culprit for this, but I entered my third trimester and my head started to snow, so there seemed to be a correlation.) If you've been following my blog for awhile, you know that I've made a concerted effort throughout pregnancy to avoid products with ingredients that I'm not sure are 100% safe for my baby if absorbed through me. Since there are some highly questionable ingredients in store-bought dandruff shampoos, I decided to make my own dry scalp treatment.
Due to the aforementioned pregnancy and the Super Brain that goes with it, I can't remember exactly where I found this recipe. I know I read it online, but I can't figure out where and therefore can't credit the source. As a writer this makes me feel kind of terrible but as an exhausted pregnant lady I think there are worse things in life. Anyway, here's what goes into the recipe:
2 T lemon juice
2 T olive oil
2 T water
Mix the three together and that's it. I massaged the mixture into my scalp (bonus scalp massage!), waited 20 minutes, and rinsed it off with water before doing my regular shampoo and conditioner routine. My hair felt oily because of the olive oil and my scalp felt tingly because of the lemon juice, so I was a little worried about what I got myself into. It rinsed off just fine though (I shampooed twice) and left no oily residue. The tingling also went away after I rinsed. (In case it doesn't go without saying: Do NOT use this if you have broken skin. Lemon juice in broken skin would feel terrible.)
Once out of the shower and all cleaned up, I felt like a new person — a person who no longer had white flakes falling from her head! This was a quick and simple way to take care of the dryness and the bonus scalp massage felt wonderful, too. I don't think I would want to put lemon juice on my head every day, but I bet once a week or so this could feel like a real treat.