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How do I figure out what I'm allergic to???

rieb7rieb7 Posts: 2Registered Users
Hey everyone! New to this forum. Over the last few years I've developed a few new allergies (cats, tree pollen). I was on zyrtec for about a year straight because I was allergic to my cats (which live in the garage now lol) and spring time allergies. Over that year my scalp was a little flaky but not terrible. When I went to visit my family in FL I stopped taking the zyrtec and my scalp became red, inflamed, itchy, and flaky. I narrowed it down to my conditioner. I was using Jessicurl Aloeba Daily conditioner (which I LOVED. It was sooo good for my hair! :sad7:) Taking a zyrtec completely alleviated symptoms. So its definitely an allergy. Since I've been back home I switched to Devacurl One Condition, but its also giving me an itchy flaky scalp although to a slightly lesser extent. I know for a fact that I'm allergic to mold, and that I have a food sensitivity to egg. Could there be egg protein hidden in the conditioner that is called something weird I wouldn't recognize?

I want to narrow down what it is I'm allergic to and find a conditioner that will work. I so love being able to wear my hair natural/curly, but I don't want to have to buy and try a million different conditioners to figure out what the problem is. Any advice on the best way to figure out whats causing the irritation on a budget? Should I go to a dermatologist? An allergy specialist? Any products that work for many people with sensitivities that would be good to try first? (I'm type 3a) Thank you thank you thank you for any help or guidance!!!!

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  • Therese1Therese1 Posts: 1,719Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    I don't have much experience with true allergies but have a lot of sensitivities. I have heard of people having a problem with Behentrimonium Methosulfate, which is in the Jessicurl and also a LOT of other conditioners. It might be worth seeking out a conditioner without that ingredient to see if that works better. Sorry that I don't have any better advice!
    Low poo: Intelligent Nutrients (IN) Harmonic; Oribe Cleansing Creme
    RO: IN Harmonic
    LI: As I Am; CJ Beauticurls; Jessicurl (JC) Gelebration Spray
    Stylers: JC Confident Coils; IN Volumizing Spray; IN Perfect Hold Hairspray; John Masters Sea Mist; Bumble Bb. Gel
    Normal- to low-porosity 2a/b baby-fine hair
  • MorrisonFan91MorrisonFan91 Posts: 561Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    rieb7 wrote: »
    Hey everyone! New to this forum. Over the last few years I've developed a few new allergies (cats, tree pollen). I was on zyrtec for about a year straight because I was allergic to my cats (which live in the garage now lol) and spring time allergies. Over that year my scalp was a little flaky but not terrible. When I went to visit my family in FL I stopped taking the zyrtec and my scalp became red, inflamed, itchy, and flaky. I narrowed it down to my conditioner. I was using Jessicurl Aloeba Daily conditioner (which I LOVED. It was sooo good for my hair! :sad7:) Taking a zyrtec completely alleviated symptoms. So its definitely an allergy. Since I've been back home I switched to Devacurl One Condition, but its also giving me an itchy flaky scalp although to a slightly lesser extent. I know for a fact that I'm allergic to mold, and that I have a food sensitivity to egg. Could there be egg protein hidden in the conditioner that is called something weird I wouldn't recognize?

    I want to narrow down what it is I'm allergic to and find a conditioner that will work. I so love being able to wear my hair natural/curly, but I don't want to have to buy and try a million different conditioners to figure out what the problem is. Any advice on the best way to figure out whats causing the irritation on a budget? Should I go to a dermatologist? An allergy specialist? Any products that work for many people with sensitivities that would be good to try first? (I'm type 3a) Thank you thank you thank you for any help or guidance!!!!

    welcome!! i know some folks have an allergy to the preservative( methylizianone or similar. which is in Devacurl. also glycol

    i am trying to find new products too as have severe ingredient allergies. Will happily share if I find any that help me.
  • WavycatWavycat Posts: 281Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Check both labels for common ingredients and start a list and try to find things without any of the common ingredients. If something shows up on the common list that is in something else that you do use without any problems then you will know it's not that. I'm sorry this is happening. It is very frustrating and I hope you find out so you can avoid it.
    SE PA
    2C/3A med, med density,med elasticity, high porosity color-treated
    No Poo: various VO5s testing Gliss Volumizing (keratin) for summer
    Citric acid rinse or vinegar
    RO: SM Honey Mask with agave
    Conditioner only styling with water, water and more water, or jojoba + SM Superfruit
    Styler: KCCC or Ecostyler Olive Oil occasionally
    Love most oils but can't use CO in winter
  • Therese1Therese1 Posts: 1,719Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    It may also be possible that she is allergic to separate ingredients in each one (it might not be an ingredient common to both), which makes things a lot harder.
    Low poo: Intelligent Nutrients (IN) Harmonic; Oribe Cleansing Creme
    RO: IN Harmonic
    LI: As I Am; CJ Beauticurls; Jessicurl (JC) Gelebration Spray
    Stylers: JC Confident Coils; IN Volumizing Spray; IN Perfect Hold Hairspray; John Masters Sea Mist; Bumble Bb. Gel
    Normal- to low-porosity 2a/b baby-fine hair
  • WavycatWavycat Posts: 281Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Of course there course there could be more than one allergy involved.
    As one who has does have allergies I was just trying to give the OP some direction on isolating one or more possible triggers.
    If in the US I know that going to a dermatologist will involve scratch test and keeping a diary of everything to find common triggers. Alot of time it is a long process and sometimes you still don't get an answer. It's very frustrating.
    SE PA
    2C/3A med, med density,med elasticity, high porosity color-treated
    No Poo: various VO5s testing Gliss Volumizing (keratin) for summer
    Citric acid rinse or vinegar
    RO: SM Honey Mask with agave
    Conditioner only styling with water, water and more water, or jojoba + SM Superfruit
    Styler: KCCC or Ecostyler Olive Oil occasionally
    Love most oils but can't use CO in winter
  • rieb7rieb7 Posts: 2Registered Users
    Thanks for your thoughts everyone! I started making a list of ingredients and trying to cross check which products have which ingredients but found that method overwhelming. Especially not know if there is only one thing. I did a scratch test on myself today with 10 different products from 6 different brands and all but one products gave me a hive on the inside of my arm. Its crazy! I'm going to try the one that didn't give me a hive on my head, and probably go to an allergy specialist. In the meantime any recommendations about home recipes so I have something to use on my hair. Its getting icky without a good conditioner :(

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