There are some battles that I just don’t have the strength to fight. Like the full out run-at-the-walls-with-siege-engines-and-swords battle I had with my five year old diva on Friday night. I was tired, stressed about the next day’s speech recording for school (which was a story for another post) so when Pea put up a fight about braiding her hair before bed, I let her sleep with it in a pony tail instead. The next day, the tangles were monstrous.
I put her in the bath that night and emptied a bottle of conditioner into her hair and went to work with my favorite hairbrush EVER. (No, that is a link to my unsponsored product review not to an affiliate.) It didn’t work.
I poured a bottle of olive oil in her hair.
It didn’t work.
I gave up for the evening since we were out of hot water, brushed it as well as I could, and opted to try again on Sunday.
That made it worse.
Sunday I tackled the job with detangler and a wide toothed comb. I got desperate and rubbed a jar of olive oil miracle whip into her hair. True Story. She will never forgive me for that smell.
I called in reinforcements (Thank you, SoSo!) and she tried for an hour and then told me that it was time to go to the hair salon.
You see, I don’t mind trimming her hair–but my husband, myself, and Pea LOVE her long wavy hair. Maybe it is a symbol of vanity and perpetuates her attitudes on physical beauty, but she’s five and most five year old girls have a princess fascination. But the largest tangle was situated right above her right temple–and it was hard as a rock.
Thank God for Janice at our local Great Clips! She was able to cut out the tangles without having to completely cut off her hair. Images of Pea in a pixie cut were making me hyper ventilate. As a matter of face, the cut hides the short pieces and since we were there, Pea agreed to a nice little trim.
The offending knot! (I kept it)
Late last night, I was able to figure out what happened to cause those monstrosities. As I was kissing her good-night, I noticed her scratching her head like crazy. She was scratching the base of her neck too. Upon closer inspection of her bird’s nest hair clipping, I saw a few strands of silver hair. Pea has always had strands of pure silver hair on one side of her head. They are not many and not easy to see. Her pediatrician told me years ago that those strands were from the eczsema spot on her scalp. When I lifted her braid (because after this ordeal, she has declared a truce on the hair braid battle), I noticed a rash on the back of her neck too.
I gave her some itch medicine and put her eczsema cream on her neck.
I am relieved to say that the Wet Brush has been exonerated! I have used it every day for a year and it’s only failed me this one time…which was a pretty extreme circumstance.
Do you have an remedies for relieving itchy scalps? I would love to see them in the comments.