Thursday, September 11, 2008

Royal Mess

Tonight I attempted to fix a problem that Cora had been having with her hair/scalp.  She has had cradle cap lately.  I read on line that it could be treated by rubbing Vaseline or baby oil on the scalp an hour before shampooing to loosen the scales.  Mind you, this was recommended for babies and Cora isn’t a baby anymore AND Cora has a LOT of hair.  So, tonight, I, not thinking about the consequences, tried the Vaseline treatment. 


I used a LOT of Vaseline.  It worked.  The scales came right up.  I shampooed her hair several times with baby shampoo.  Then, I shampooed it with Palmolive.  The Vaseline would NOT come out.  She had the yuckiest mess of hair.  She looked like she should be singing “Go, Grease Lightening!”  Geron and I had a little fun with her oily hair before sending her to bed.  I’ll post pics when we download them. 


While the Vaseline was a successful treatment for removing the scaly patches on her head and it made for some fun and games with Mommy, Daddy and daughter, I now have a royal mess on my hands.  Does anyone know how to get Vaseline out of hair and does anyone know a better remedy for cradle cap should it develop in the future?  Please help! 


NCThorps said...

Too Funny!! I really don't know, but I am wondering if you could make a baking soda and water paste and wash her hair with that to get all the oil out? Just make sure you check this idea with someone smarter than me first! ;)

Becca said...

I'm not going to mention how I know this, but here's something that will work:

--blot out as much vaseline as you can.
--blot her hair with cornstarch or cornmeal (NOT baby powder)

You don't want to rub because you don't want to get all this stuff massaged into to her scalp, just on the hair.

Wash her hair again, rinsing with warm water. If you can take her into the shower with you, that's even better since you'll get continuous rinsing, not just a cup at a time. Alternately, use the kitchen sink if you have a sprayer.

Lather, rinse, repeat.

Since Cora has such long, beautiful hair, you might have to do a couple time. Do this only one attempt per day.

OK, I will tell how I know this. I got Crisco in my hair once at my Granny's house. She used to slick her hair back, and I tried to imitate. Mom washed my hair at the kitchen sink with the sprayer nozzle.

Jenn-Jenn, the Mother Hen said...

The best thing for cradle cap is Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Oil shampoo and conditioner. Jamethan is 10 and still has cradle cap! I asked his stylist one time and she told me about the Tea Tree Oil shampoo. However, some warnings: Only use it once a week, and make sure you use the conditioner after you use the shampoo. If you use it more often, it can be hard on her hair. Also, do NOT get it in Cora's eyes. It burns! Jamie uses it faithfully once a week (sometimes 2x depending on how sweaty and nasty he gets during soccer) and it has cleared his cradle cap right up. However, if he goes too long without using the Tea Tree stuff, the cradle cap comes back.

Lots of love and hope this helps!

Tooz said...

I'm wondering if one of the reasons Crisco was recommended as a treatment was that it would wash out easier--I don't know that, for sure, but I just wonder...Good luck! Love you.