Today’s question is from S.K. from Kenya. She’s transitioning after a bad relaxer experience and also has acne issues.
I’m glad to have this opportunity to talk to you. I’m transitioning after a terrible relaxer application that left my hair weak, falling off and with a dull brown colour.
I also happen to be improving from my severe acne that I’ve had for about six years now. I would like to know which oils are the best in healing the scars and clearing the appearance of marks on my face? – S.K.
Thanks for reaching out. A terrible experience with a relaxer is the reason I finally went natural many moons ago so I understand what you’re going through with you hair right now. One of the main problems after you stop relaxing is weak and damaged hair because the relaxing has broken down the structure of the hair completely stripping it of its natural protective layers. The first thing you want to do is stop any other harmful hair care practices you might have such as wearing tight buns; using gel to slick back the hair or weaves, sulphate shampoos.
Next up is adding an intense moisturisation and protein treatment regimen into your routine for strength, elasticity and moisture but in a natural way. Read below articles for oils you can use to attain elasticity & moisutrisation:
- Grapeseed Oil
- Sea Buckthorn Oil
- Canola Oil
- Argan Oil
- Sunflower Oil
- Baobab Oil
- Wheatgerm Oil
- Babassu Oil
- Kukui Nut Oil
Do this at least twice and up tp thrice a week at the beginning of your rescue regimen. Once you’re hair is in recovery mode, you can drop to once per week.
For protein, I recommend initially, Aphogee Two Step Protein Treatment for Damaged Hair (read and follow the instructions very carefully so you don’t cause more damage) & Aphogee Intensive Two Minute Keratin Reconstructor for maintenance. Once your hair fall has reduced, look into the following helps to help with continued maintenance and restoration:
Do not overdo protein treatments as this will make the problems worse. Once a week is fine with these oils. With Aphogee, keep strictly to the instructions on the packaging.
Your severe acne might have been caused your lifestyle and medication you are on. The best oils to help with healing facial scars and reducing their appearance include: Tamanu Oil, Vitamin E Oil, Rosehip Seed Oil & Watermelon Oil.
There are other oils you could use for acne scars as well but I’m in the research stage for those and so won’t be recommending them here. You don’t have to try everything at once. Start with one or two oils and stay with them for up to 8 weeks before changing over. Please note that in all cases, in order for any remedies to work, you will need to eliminate the harmful practices that led to the damage in the first place. Good luck!