To relieve the pain and also heal the sore faster i also reccomend the tea tree EO mixed with oil and massage. Also If you do ACV rinses you can add the Tea Tree Oil just a few drops to your ACV rinse for maintanence.

Best thing I have found for it, hope you try it and I hope it works.
Very Thick dry 3b BSL.
Fine, medium porosity
Right now I am using GVP conditioning balm for cowash and RO,
my hair loves protein.
for styling my base is BRHG I can use it alone but prefer with Curl Keeper. I sulphate poo once a month or so as needed.
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