Dry scalp, sensitive to pretty much any oil

CURLifeCURLife Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Posts: 7 Curl Neophyte
edited April 2019 in Hair Type 3
So, I have a pretty dry scalp (I'm just dry all over hahah, dry sensitive skin everywhere, like my face, hands, etc.). 
Lots of curlies swear by oiling their scalp. The first oil I tried was Parnevu T-Tree scalp oil (containing among others: peanut oil, jbco, tea tree oil). My scalp flared up as soon as I applied it, especially at the edges around my temples and at the crown of my head. I've never used it again after that, and I had waited a couple of months before retrying another oil. I tried pure Tropic Isle Jamaican Black Castor Oil, and Tropic Isle Red Pimento Root Oil, and my scalp immediately started burning again. Then, another couple of weeks later I thought I would try oiling my scalp with pure argan oil, which I also use on my face without any problems. Still, my scalp started burning again. 
But, since I have such a dry scalp I feel that it could benefit from some oil. Anyone else have these issues with oils and sensitive scalp as well? Also, I feel as though 'cooling, soothing' products containing peppermint oil and tea tree actually irritate my scalp as well.
I want to take good care of my scalp though, any thoughts? Or just someone that has this as well?

"Measures" I've already taken to care for my scalp: I don't apply my (leave in) conditioners too close to my scalp. I do the occasional ACV rinse of rice water rinse, which seem to soothe my scalp. I scalp masage sometimes. I don't wear any tight buns or updos. I switch up my part from time to time. I alternate between cowashing and shampooing so I don't dry out my scalp&hair too much. I do not use any heat, except for my Jessicurl Thermal Heat Cap when deep conditioning (without it, deep conditioning just doesn't do anything for my low porosity hair; I use the heat cap for a maximum of 20 minutes once a week).
Type 3b, 3c | Low porosity | Thick hair | CGM

Current products
Shampoo: Giovanni 50:50 Balanced Hydrating Clarifying Shampoo
Cowash: As I Am Coconut Cowash
Conditioner when in need of moisture: Giovanni 50:50 Balanced Hydrating Calming Conditioner / KinkyCurly Knot Today 
Conditioner when in need of protein: Sukin Natural Balance Conditioner
Deep conditioner: Jessicurl Deep Conditioning Treatment (no fragrance) / SheaMoisture African Black Soap Purification Masque
Repairing treatment: Olaplex No 3 
Leave-in: Giovanni 50:50 Balanced Hydrating Calming Conditioner / As I Am Leave In Conditioner
Mousse: Giovanni Natural Mousse Hair Styling Foam
Curl cream: SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie
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  • BrittanyMBrittanyM Registered Users Posts: 1,218 Curl Virtuoso
    I'm not a doctor to be clear. But you might consider keeping your scalp super clean... maybe even an occasional sulfate wash if you haven't been doing that.
    Have you seen a doctor? This seems a bit more than a flaky dandruff scalp. It might be worth a medical opinion.
  • Guide 65Guide 65 Registered Users, Moderators Posts: 1,984 Curl Virtuoso
    I think this is definitely a "see your doctor" kind of thing.  And stay away from oils!  With that kind of reaction, it sounds like your scalp doesn't need or want any oil.  I wonder how it would act with something like a light leave in conditioner, only applying it to your scalp?  It might act like a lotion and soften the skin.  But don't apply it all over - try just a small spot and see how it reacts.
    Formerly known as Janiegirl
    2B/2C, fine hair, low density, mixed porosity, protein loving hair
    Current products:
    Changing up my shampoos because I can't find one I like
    Deva Curl One Condition (original formula)
    Innersense I Create Volume
    Deva Curl Ultra Defining Gel
  • CURLifeCURLife Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Posts: 7 Curl Neophyte
    I have seen a doctor about it, it's nothing serious thankfully, but yea just a really sensitive scalp. So, as long as I don't apply anything to it that makes my scalp burn, I'm good. Don't worry, I don't walk around with a super-dry, super-itchy, burning scalp or anything like that. It is just weird to me that an oil that I sometimes apply all over my face with no problems, still irritates my scalp. Oh well, maybe that skin is even more sensitive than the face...
    @BrittanyM I do actually do an occasional clarifying wash with a sulphate shampoo (which my low porosity hair actually loves as well), so you're right about that, that is a good idea! ;) 
     @Guide 65  I will see what happens when I apply my hair milk directly to my scalp, on just a small patch, although lately, keeping things away from my scalp has been working out pretty well :) 

    Thanks for the tips guys! :) 
    Type 3b, 3c | Low porosity | Thick hair | CGM

    Current products
    Shampoo: Giovanni 50:50 Balanced Hydrating Clarifying Shampoo
    Cowash: As I Am Coconut Cowash
    Conditioner when in need of moisture: Giovanni 50:50 Balanced Hydrating Calming Conditioner / KinkyCurly Knot Today 
    Conditioner when in need of protein: Sukin Natural Balance Conditioner
    Deep conditioner: Jessicurl Deep Conditioning Treatment (no fragrance) / SheaMoisture African Black Soap Purification Masque
    Repairing treatment: Olaplex No 3 
    Leave-in: Giovanni 50:50 Balanced Hydrating Calming Conditioner / As I Am Leave In Conditioner
    Mousse: Giovanni Natural Mousse Hair Styling Foam
    Curl cream: SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie

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