Colloidal Oatmeal or Avena sativa L is oats that have been ground down into a fine powder. Oatmeal has been used for ages in health and beauty care. You all know that oatmeal can help soothe dry itchy skin as many use it as a treatment for bug bites/stings, eczema, chicken pox (does anyone even get this anymore?) or sunburns. Oatmeal with its great healing and moisturizing effects is also beneficial for the hair and scalp as Aveeno has an entire product line based on this principle.
Colloidal Oatmeal can be found at any market, pharmacy, or health food store look either in the pharmacy or the bath aisle. Make sure you pick up 100% colloidal oatmeal with no additional additives. You can buy the popular Aveeno brand or grab another one. This hair rinse is ideal for those with dry itchy scalp, oily hair, or dry hair looking for additional moisture or softness.
Colloidal Oatmeal Rinse
1-large 2 quart pitcher
1/4 c. or 1 packet of colloidal oatmeal
Mix the oatmeal in the pitcher filled about 1/2 full of warm water. Stir to make sure the oatmeal completely dissolves without clumps. You may opt to use a wire whisk to break up and dissolve the oatmeal or use your fingers to break up the clumps. Add water stirring continually until the pitcher is full. Allow the mixture to sit a few minutes, if you see oatmeal settled on the bottom you need to keep mixing.
Wash/co-wash and condition your hair as normal. Then slowly pour the oatmeal rinse over your hair saturating it completely and gently scrunching and massaging the rinse into your hair and scalp. You can allow the rinse to sit for a few minutes (about 5) then rinse your hair thoroughly with warm water making sure all the oatmeal is rinsed clean from the hair. Then finish with a final rinse of cold water to close the cuticle. Continue with your reglar styling regimen.
**Note: If you experience white flakes this means you did not rinse the mixture thoroughly from your hair. Take the time to make sure this is done by simply re-wetting your hair and allowing water to run through it.
I tried it on my own hair and it did fill a bit softer. I had my mom try this out on her itchy scalp and it did provide her temporary relief but she had to repeat it daily.
A special thank you to Brokey McPoverty for sharing her mixology with us! You can read her original post on her blog.