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My Hair Care Routine - How I maintain healthy hair when prone to eczema and allergies

How I maintain healthy hair when prone to eczema and allergies
I always talk about skincare but rarely mention the products I use on my hair. If you are interested in looking back through the archives, I think the last hair care routine was written in 2017. I refrain from continually swapping out products because I spent years trying to manage a sensitive scalp and eczema covered my neck which I attribute to shampoo (and stress). I never want to return to those dark days however I'm now armed with a piece of information I was lacking back then and that's my sensitivity to linalool and MI, a diagnosis which I believe made a huge difference to my life.

One product I would never switch out is my Odylique Gentle Herb Shampoo and I've been banging on about it since 2013. It just works really well for me, it did take a bit of getting used to at first but once I figured things out I truly believe it contributed to balancing out my skin and maintaining a healthy scalp. The formula does not contain SLS but lathers up well and the trick to that is to have very wet hair and thoroughly massage. I have now managed to get my husband switched over to Odylique shampoo and have seen a reduction in his skin irritations (on back of his neck). A common question I've had over the years has been that Odylique doesn't sell a matching conditioner. They believe many people doesn't feel they need one with their shampoos however I have continued to use a conditioner. My hair is thick and can get super knotty so I need this type of treatment to help smooth my hair.

If you've been following my routines over the years then you will know I've used a variety of conditioners. I usually stick to one for several months or years until I hit a problem with it - discontinued, formulation changes, unavailable through stockists or budget constraints. Last year I experimented with three conditioners from Giovanni. I ended up settling on Giovanni 2Chic Ultra-Sleek Conditioner and have repurchased a couple of times. I believe it makes my hair softer, more manageable and doesn't weigh it down. I've always tried to incorporate a heat protection and leave in conditioner type product to combat dryness from styling tools and in recent months I added Giovanni 2chic Ultra-Moist Dual Action Protective Leave-In Spray to my routine. At the time of writing this I'm almost at the end of this bottle. I really notice a difference if I don't apply a styling spray and I'm hoping its working even though it might not always be visible to the eye. I am now contemplating purchasing another bottle but am also tempted to try something new (that's easily said than done with my allergies).

If you are interested in purchasing these products, they are widely available online either direct with the brand or through online retailers.

Sarah x