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Unwashed smell and itchiness

Iari78Iari78 Posts: 57Registered Users
I have been CG for 3 months (using a low-poo for 2 and co-washing for 1) and I am running into some issues.

I have a "unwashed hair smell" even when I co-wash. My conditioner and leave-in are nearly scent-less.

I have also been having scalp problems. After day two or three of not co-washing, my scalp freaks out. I get really bad flaking, and I have one spot on the back of my head that always has a scab and bleeds if I scratch it. I had the exact same problem before I went cg. I have to keep my nails short so I can't scratch my scalp.

One thing I can think of that might give us a clue, I straightened my hair a week ago. I used a heat protectant that is all silicone and when I washed afterwards, I only used a low-poo.


  • Rayne17Rayne17 Posts: 20Registered Users
    Maybe a dermatologist can help better for the scalp issues? But when you go cg and then use a silicone you have to go cg all over again. My best bet is that the silicone is still on top of your hair. I would clarify with a vo5 shampoo then continue practicing cg methods.

    About the unwashed smell I experienced that too. I don't think conditioner was strong enough to clean my hair. But when I started using sulfate free shampoo that odd smell vanished. Now that I use one line (Shea Moisture) my hair smells great for days.
  • curlyevcurlyev Posts: 246Registered Users
    Have you tried Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat Shampoo? It's a low-poo, and it really helps with itchy scalp and smells wonderful! This time of year my scalp can get really itchy!

    Also, are you massaging your scalp enough when you co-wash? In the beginning, I wasn't doing it enough. Now I do, and I rarely have flakes, which amazes me!

    Every once in awhile (usually every few months), I have to use a sulfate shampoo on my scalp. If it feels gunky and itchy, then that's what I do. Sometimes we just need that total clarifying that a sulfate shampoo gives. I go as long as I can without using it.

    Good luck!
    -3A, fine, very thick, normal por., normal elast., long, dye- free (CG since Nov. '11)
    -Low poo (As needed): CVS Argan Oil Renewing Shampoo
    -RO: GVP The Detangler
    -Styling: LALSG
    -PT: ION Effective Care (seldom)
    *I have learned that sometimes less is more when it comes to my hair*

  • Iari78Iari78 Posts: 57Registered Users
    Thank you for your advice. I have been using Giovanni's TTTT weekly for a while, and a sulfate shampoo every two weeks. I don't know if I was massaging my scalp enough or not. My problem isn't as bad now. I am so happy that I can ask questions on here and get answers!
  • christina.grchristina.gr Posts: 30Registered Users
    Every so often a sulfate shampoo is a necessary evil to get rid of excessive buildup-I love Tressemme for curly hair.
    I had the same problem w/co-washing, turns out low porosity was the culprit. Condish just sits on hair w/out absorbing.
    The best solution is to dilute condish in a spray bottle to the consistancy of milk. Use just enough to detangle, plus it can double as a L.In also.
    Honestly conditioning every single day is not necessary, a good saturating rinse w/water followed by a bit of L.I. on the ends only is plenty, followed by a styler. Hope this helps!
    Back on the CG wagon!:toothy2:
    Hair Type: 2c/3a winter, low porosity, protein sensitive
    (Cleanse w/Distilled water only)
    Shampoo: Baking soda & brown sugar
    Condish: Sauve Naturals green apple or aloe waterlily
    Rinse: ACV
    LI: Kinky Curly Knot Today
    Styler: homemade flaxseed gel, topped w/KC Spiral Spritz
    DT: veg. glycerin mixed w/conditioner
    "Life's a garden. Dig it." :toothy4:

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