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HG Co-Wash for Dandruff

Hi everyone! This is my first post in a very long time, but contrary to what my profile says, I am NOT a new member. I was kind of active on these boards almost ten years ago, and lurked on and off ever since. I tried to log on today to post, and my username seems to have been deleted! Well, my old username was available, so I here I am again! Has this ever happened to anyone else?

Anyway, I was inspired to come back and post because I finally found an HG co-washing conditioner that works for my seborrheic dermatitis, so I had to share: YTC Scalp Relief Conditioner. Even the harshest dandruff shampoos (Nizoral, Head and Shoulders, T/Sal) wouldn't remove the stubborn waxy, flaky buildup on my scalp. The unique thing about this conditioner is that is has some of the most effective ingredients usually found in dandruff shampoos (salicylic acid, which exfoliates, and tea tree), but in this gentle conditioner. I co-wash with it, massaging it into my scalp and leaving it to soak while I take the rest of my shower (about 10 minutes). It is one of the slippiest co-washes I've ever used.

I think the fact that it has dandruff-fighting ingredients in a conditioner, rather than a shampoo base, is the key. I could never leave dandruff shampoos on my scalp long enough for the medicine to soak in and work because it would dry out my hair and scalp so much. Then, my scalp would get irritated and over-produce oil in response.

Usually, what I do now is massage this into my scalp and apply a different conditioner to my length, and let it all soak for about 10 minutes while I shower. (Usually a cheaper conditioner, like VO5 Extra Body to save money. But that’s just my preference.) This conditioner would probably work well on most hair types that just need light to moderate conditioning. Just a tip if it’s not moisturizing enough for you, you could do what I do and add a more moisturizing conditioner or DT on the length if needed.

Also, it has a light tea tree medicinal smell, but once your hair dries, the smell goes away. I haven’t tried the shampoo that goes with this yet, because I don’t need to shampoo that often now that I have this conditioner!

Has anyone else tried this? Or do you have other recommendations for SD co-washing solutions?
Fine 2A, medium to low density, dandruff-prone, currently CBL, aiming for BSL

Co-wash: YTC Scalp Relief, VO5 Extra Body
Leave-in: GVP The Cream, VO5 Extra Body
Pre poo: TJ's coconut oil
Poo (once per week): L'Oreal Kids Strawberry, Nizoral, T/Sal
DT/PT (once per week): GVP K-Pac mixed with GVP CB.
Color: henna demigloss (40 grams henna, dye released, mixed with 1/4 cup GVP CB)

Modified CG since July 2013

Comments

  • SueeuSSueeuS Posts: 5Registered Users
    I've never heard of this stuff, but my skin hates tea tree products.
  • dontbrushmicurldontbrushmicurl Posts: 6Registered Users
    Tea tree products don't usually do much for my hair on their own. I tried TJ's TTT, and it didn't help my scalp at all. It is a nice basic detangling conditioner, so I still use it on my length sometimes. It doesn't really smell like tea tree, so I wonder if there is enough in there to do anything. The salicylic acid in YTC Scalp Relief is probably the real workhorse behind the benefits.

    Has anyone heard anything about the long-term effects of using salicylic acid on hair and scalp? It exfoliates by loosening dead skin cells--would that mean it could weaken hair as well? I haven't noticed any detrimental effects on my hair, but I'm just wondering about the science behind it. One could also speculate that the acid closes the hair cuticle, making hair shinier. Any ideas? I know that when I use T/Sal, a salicylic acid-based shampoo, it leaves my hair extremely smooth and easy to detangle.
    Fine 2A, medium to low density, dandruff-prone, currently CBL, aiming for BSL

    Co-wash: YTC Scalp Relief, VO5 Extra Body
    Leave-in: GVP The Cream, VO5 Extra Body
    Pre poo: TJ's coconut oil
    Poo (once per week): L'Oreal Kids Strawberry, Nizoral, T/Sal
    DT/PT (once per week): GVP K-Pac mixed with GVP CB.
    Color: henna demigloss (40 grams henna, dye released, mixed with 1/4 cup GVP CB)

    Modified CG since July 2013
  • curry curlscurry curls Posts: 1,026Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    I'm tempted to try it, but the sal. acid does make me a bit nervous. Both the Trader Joe's conditioners help my scalp. I'm also using neem powder before I co wash. That has been amazing. I just make a paste out of the powder and put it on my scalp for half an hour. Then I co wash. I only use it once a week, but I'm thinking about trying it twice a week. I think that would really be good. I use the Hesh brand from my local Indian grocery. It's cheap.
    Started CG July 8, 2008


    3B

    Co-wash: Deva Decadence No Poo
    Rinse out: Deva Decadence One Condition
    Leave-in/Styling: Deva Decadence One Condition, Deva Supercream, and Deva B'leave-in
    Others: ACV rinses and protein treatments


  • dontbrushmicurldontbrushmicurl Posts: 6Registered Users
    I don't know much about neem, but I from the five minutes of internet research I just did, it sounds interesting! It seems like it is usually applied as an oil, so what you are doing forming a paste out of the powder is a little unusual. Where did you learn about it? Do you have any sites you can point me to? Is the smell unpleasant to you? TIA!
    Fine 2A, medium to low density, dandruff-prone, currently CBL, aiming for BSL

    Co-wash: YTC Scalp Relief, VO5 Extra Body
    Leave-in: GVP The Cream, VO5 Extra Body
    Pre poo: TJ's coconut oil
    Poo (once per week): L'Oreal Kids Strawberry, Nizoral, T/Sal
    DT/PT (once per week): GVP K-Pac mixed with GVP CB.
    Color: henna demigloss (40 grams henna, dye released, mixed with 1/4 cup GVP CB)

    Modified CG since July 2013
  • RazynneRazynne Posts: 5Registered Users
    Thanks for posting this! I'll have to try it. T-gel always worked for me but I didn't like the way it made my hair feel. Have you tried the shampoo as well? I'm concerned about the salicylic acid as well. Maybe if you just use it occasionally when the dandruff is really bad and then go back to your normal routine once the problem resolves it's okay.
  • curlicious13curlicious13 Posts: 1,632Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I use sea breeze my scalp & hair with I get dandruff or itchy scalp. Works great getting rid of flakes, soothing my scalp & liquefying product so it can be cowashed away.
  • curry curlscurry curls Posts: 1,026Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    I don't know much about neem, but I from the five minutes of internet research I just did, it sounds interesting! It seems like it is usually applied as an oil, so what you are doing forming a paste out of the powder is a little unusual. Where did you learn about it? Do you have any sites you can point me to? Is the smell unpleasant to you? TIA!


    I think I must have learned about neem from my husband somehow. He's Indian, so I've been exposed to different sorts of things through him or his family. :)

    Here is one site that I've looked at. I don't use the peppermint tea though.
    » Ayurvedic Treatment…..Neem!! . : La Coco Bella : .

    The smell is ok. It smells like hay to me. It doesn't bother me. The powder is green and is a dark green when I mix it with water. I haven't found that it stains my skin or grays.
    Started CG July 8, 2008


    3B

    Co-wash: Deva Decadence No Poo
    Rinse out: Deva Decadence One Condition
    Leave-in/Styling: Deva Decadence One Condition, Deva Supercream, and Deva B'leave-in
    Others: ACV rinses and protein treatments


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