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Chemical Allergies

LKahmilLKahmil Posts: 239Registered Users
I recently found out that I'm allergic to Phenoxyethanol which is in a lot of various products. My scalp is a mess and my ears are swollen from the allergic reaction. Does anyone have any recommendations on products I could use moving forward and ways to heal my scalp?


  • WavyKfromNJWavyKfromNJ Posts: 192Registered Users Curl Novice
    2b, 2c,
    High Porosity - Very Fine Hair

    Low Poo: Living Proof Restore Shampoo
    Rinse Out: Living Proof Restore Conditioner
    Leave In: Living Proof Curl Leave-In
    Treatments: Restore Repair Leave-In, Colorful Neutral Protein Filler, Sunflower Oil Pre-poo
    Styling: Living Proof Curl Defining Styling Cream and/or Living Proof Curl Enhancing Styling Mousse
  • naturecatnaturecat Posts: 1,986Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Sweet Curls Elixirs will hand make products for you and use food grade preservatives if specified. Aubrey Organics (though it was recently bought out) I think is still phenoxyethanol free. Shea Moisture too I believe. Jessicurl had other preservatives which irritated me, but not phenoxy. Kinky Curly has it in some, but not all, if their products. I think their KCCC is free of it.

    Aloe vera can be great for the scalp/skin, very soothing. You can buy the plant and put the gel on your scalp, or in the blender to make a liquid. You can get it store bought, but then make sure it's food grade. Otherwise it'll have certainly have the preservative you're sensitive to. You can try some raw honey as well, though that would be messy, but maybe for isolated spots of irritation. Do a patch skin test with whatever you use first; when your skin is irritated it can be hypersensitive to everything.

    Super baby fine hair, low porosity
    Shampoos: SM Fruit Fusion (mostly), Avalon lemon (to clarify). Occasional aloe vera and glycerin to wash.
    Stylers: Intelligent Nutrients Perfect Hold Hairspray
    Treatments: Catnip tea, IA girl's PT, Fermented Rice Water, Catnip Tea, Amla tea, Irish Moss, SS PT
  • bomegabomega Posts: 285Registered Users Curl Novice
    Eco Sevi and Raw Curls are a couple of brands that don't use Phenoxyethanol. (But if you decide to try one of them, be sure to email them first to make sure.)
    Summer: Alaffia Coffee & Shea Revitalizing - Citrus Mint Shampoo and Conditioner
    Winter: Alaffia Coconut & Shea Daily Hydrating - Lavender Coconut Shampoo and Conditioner

    Fine, 2c, low porosity hair that I color using the 2-step henndigo with amla

    Looking for styling products and tools

    iHerb Code KQS149 for 5% off your order

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