Since I maintain four heads of hair, protecting my hands has become a vital step in our hair care routine.
Why Do You Have To Protect Your Hands?
While I use a wide-tooth comb and a wet brush to gently detangle our hair.
My fingers are gentler and more effective than both of those tools, especially in a tenderheaded family. I can adjust the pressure and angle when loosening our curls.
Plus I’m obsessed with how our hair feels. What’s the point in doing hair, if you don’t get to enjoy its mesmerizing texture? It’s a form of tactile therapy for me.
But while our coils love it, my sensitive skin is not down for the exotic ingredients and high fragrances in our hair products.
So every time I do our hair I have to thoroughly wash my hands.
Yes, even though our products are natural, I still have to wash off any remaining residue. I can’t assume what’s healthy for our hair is healthy for our skin. Because in my experience — it’s not.
What Happens If You Don’t Wash Your Hands?
My skin gets irritated. It bubbles and scales triggering eczema dermatitis.
It’s a cracked, uncomfortable, sore, and sometimes itchy rash that makes my hands look pretty old and raw.
How Do You Treat Hand Eczema?
With a salty bath of course. I gather some warm water in a bowl with a pinch of sea salt and soak my hand for at least 5 minutes. Then I apply a salve to my moist skin.
How Do You Know It's Working?
Within a day it starts forming a scab and drying out very different from the glossy red and raised skin when it’s freshly irritated.
Why Don’t You Just Avoid The Irritants And Switch Products?
It’s not that easy, it literally took me months if not years to find a conditioner that worked for our family. And in that time, I experienced worse allergic reactions. One well-known brand raved about its new natural formula, but literally burned the skin off my hairline. Others formed ringworm looking spots on me and my daughter’s face. I wouldn't call it a super fun time.
This product is honestly the best when it comes to keeping my curls soft, so I use it daily. It also has great slip meaning our curls separate easily without knotting and matting.
And while I could take a break from doing my own hair, I have three girls.
So it’s a little difficult for me to avoid our hair products, but I am able to avoid other irritants. We use bar soap to wash our hands because it isn’t as drying or irritating as liquid soap. I also heavily rely on our dishwasher in order to limit contact with dish liquid.
It Sounds Like You Have Pretty Sensitive Skin.
I’m not sure if having children, using natural hair products, or age has reawakened my eczema symptoms. But it’s a skin issue I haven’t seen since my adolescent years.
When I was younger, my eczema was on my feet. Nowadays, it mainly shows up on my fingers. More specifically on and around the knuckle of my right middle finger.
I met a hairdresser who was allergic to hair dyes and experienced similar symptoms.
I’m constantly looking for herbs and foods to heal and strengthen my body from the inside out. As our body’s largest organ, I strive to keep my skin as healthy as possible.
How about you? Have you experienced allergic reactions on your hands? Have you identified the irritants? How do you protect your skin? Need to schedule a one-on-one session with me? Use code: HEART2HEART.
Until next time...