Did You Know That You Can Get Mildew In Your Hair?
A problem some curly, coily, locked, and wavy girls may face is mildew or fungus. Mildew is a surface fungus often gray or white in color and often found in damp or moist areas. It gives off a musty smell and it can be found in your house, on fabrics, and yes, even your hair and scalp. This often occurs in hair and scalp when wet hair is left unable to dry for extended periods of time. The moisture that gets trapped in the hair can breed mildew and hairstyles more prone to this would be buns, ponytails, updos, or even locs although people who sweat heavily in their hair may also suffer from this.
Not only can your hair attract mildew but it can also attract mold. Mold spores are invisible to the naked eye but are found naturally in the air. These spores love damp dark places.
The key to preventing your hair from getting mold and mildew is to keep it dry. make sure that after shampooing, swimming or even sweating profusely that you completely dry your hair afterwards. You should never put on a wig or any type of head wrap while your hair is still wet. Also, Studies have shown that essential oils have antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. Prepare an anti-fungal scalp treatment spray by mixing tea tree/ peppermint oil and witch hazel. You should spray this mixture on your hair and scalp prior to drying to assist with the prevention of mold spores hibernating in your tresses. After spraying scalp and hair with this blend, blow dry hair until it is completely dry.
Removing Mold and Mildew From Your Hair
Watch the video below to learn how to remove mold and mildew from your hair once it sets in. The video is in reference to dreadlocks but the same removal methods are applicable to non-dreaded hair as well.