We use Curel Ultra Healing Lotion as our lotion (under cream in the morning and under Aquaphor at night). I don't use cream or Aquaphor on her scalp...just the lotion. I usually start at one side of her head, part the hair, put a ton of lotion on, rub it in a bit, move over a few inches and do the same until most of her head is covered pretty well. I used to be able to just put it on and rub it in but now that her hair is so long, it works out better to part it in places. Once her entire head is covered I massage it in with my fingers really good and then use a towel to dry off some of the excess. I don't dry it much...just so that there isn't a ton of lotion laying on the hair. In the morning I wash her hair with one of five shampoos (I alternate)...Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Shampoo, Neutrogena T-Sal Shampoo, Regular kid shampoo (Suave or Loreal Kids), Burt's Bees Very Volumizing Pomegranate & Soy Shampoo, or Nexxus Therappe Shampoo. I try to make sure that I use Tea Tree once or twice a week and T-Sal once or twice a week. Those two shampoos seem to be the ones that keep her scalp scale free along with a nightly lotion. The other days I let her pick which shampoo she wants as we like them all equally. After I wash her hair I spray it with Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Moisture Mist and rub it into the scalp. I let it air dry and she's good to go. Her hair isn't greasy and her scalp is scale free so we're both happy. Every once in a while I give her a skip day if we're not going anywhere. I either put her hair in a pony tail or put a head band on her and let her go.
For the most part I do the same exact thing with my son. At times I will lotion his scalp right after I wash his hair to keep him moisturized. It seems that her hair actually protects her scalp a bit where as his is short and it seems to dry out quickly (although his is SO much easier to take care of lol). My guess is that the lotion never really dries at night with it being so long and the water lays in her hair longer when it's wet and air drying in the morning which also helps.
If you're having a difficult scalp day and you want to keep lotion on it, a nice trick for less lotion in the hair is to lotion the scalp while the hair is wet. If the hair is saturated with water it can't suck up as much lotion. It still won't look the same as it does without but it is a lot less greasy than if you lotion when the hair is dry.
If you have any more questions you're more than welcome to email me. I can also share a few photos with you.
Edited by Angel24755 (11/11/08 09:33 PM)