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You know that bleaching your hair is absolutely terrible for the health of your hair and your scalp -- but you just love that sun-kissed look! However, you probably do not love the burning and flaking on your scalp that often come with a bleach treatment at home or at the salon. If you are willing to suffer for the sake of beauty, that's fine, but minimize that suffering as much as possible with these natural remedies for bleach-related scalp irritation and flaking.
The Vinegar Solution
One of the biggest problems that people with bleached hair encounter is that many of the treatments that would alleviate their scalp irritation will actually interfere with their hair color. As a result, you need natural options to soothe that flaky scalp. One of the best treatments is apple cider vinegar. Massage half a cup of apple cider vinegar into your hair, working it down to the roots and gently massaging it into your scalp. The vinegar will help get rid of the chemical buildup that is causing the flakes without messing up your new 'do. Rinse your hair with cool water after 20 or 30 minutes.
Lemon Scalp Treatment
If vinegar alone does not do the trick, then add a splash of citrus. Mix a 2:1 vinegar-and-lemon juice solution and work the solution into your scalp. Massage your head gently, but do not give in to the temptation to scratch your head during the application or you will just irritate your scalp more. After 30 minutes, rinse your hair thoroughly with lukewarm water.
Soothing Aloe Treatment
Just as it soothes a sunburn, aloe gel will also soothe a bleach burn that is causing your scalp to flake and itch. Before shampooing, slice open a fresh aloe leaf and scrape out the gel inside. Work it into your hair and scalp using the tips of your fingers. Leave the aloe in for 15 minutes before you continue with your shampooing and conditioning routine.
Given that your scalp is already sensitive, the last thing you want to do is make it worse with an allergic reaction! Test any remedy before you use it on your head by smearing a small amount on the inside of your wrist or elbow. If after 20 minutes the remedy does not cause redness or itching, then you can safely use it on your scalp.