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itchy scalp

lately my scalp has been really itchy. I haven't shampooed in about 2 monthes but I condition with suave everyday and massage it around my scalp and stuff. Is my scalp dirty? should i start shampooing again? :)
Thick 3a hair that I am still learning how to manage! :toothy7:

Routine:
normally I condition with suave naturals conditioner and then put in Knot Today Leave in conditioner and KKKC
plop for 15-20 min
air dry
put in LA Looks Gel or Biotera Gel during the day

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  • Riot CrrlRiot Crrl Posts: 3,135Registered Users
    I have something... but I don't want to jinx it like I always do before I have tried it a few weeks, so instead I will just ask questions :)

    What is your brushing/combing routine like? If you gave up brushing did you do it at the same time as shampoo? Different times? Which one was closer to the itchiness onset?

    Sorry for the grossness of this question, but if it itches and you scratched it, do your fingernails seem to have an unreasonable amount of stuff underneath compared to before?
  • sharonkaycurlsharonkaycurl Posts: 37Registered Users
    Hi. You may want to start shampooing again, but try a sulfate free shampoo. Organix makes a nice SLS-free shampoo. I have tried the Shea butter shampoo and it cleans very well and smells nice. Suave tropical coconut shampoo is also good, even though it has ammonium lauryl sulfate. It is more gentler than the SLS type shampoos. I use it and it works good on my hair. I also heard some good reviews about [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/Elucence-Moisture-Benefits-Shampoo-p-36.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=elucence-elucence-moisture-benefits-shampoo]Elucence moisturizing shampoo[/buylink]. It is sold here at NC.com and doesn't cost a lot. Maybe try shampooing once a week or every other week. Hope this helps.
  • SoaringSirenSoaringSiren Posts: 765Registered Users
    Maybe your scalp is irritated. I don't think you're supposed to massage your scalp everyday and that may be why your scalp is itchy. You can put conditioner in your hair everyday but you don't need to massage your scalp everyday.

    Or if you find that you do, you may want to start using a sulfate free shampoo if you feel like your scalp isn't staying clean.
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  • dezecurlzdezecurlz Posts: 43Registered Users
    Well, I don't know if my scalp problems are the same as yours, so for what it's worth, here is what has helped as I try to stick as close to the CG routine as possible:

    On shampoo days, I recently started using this from Aubrey Organics--it's Primrose and Lavender Scalp-soothing Shampoo. On CO days, I sometimes use it on the areas that are itchy. I LOVE it.

    At night, I use a few drops of jojoba oil on my scalp to relieve the itchiness.

    HTH
  • purpleplatypuspurpleplatypus Posts: 83Registered Users
    I haven't used a brush in ages, i only comb my hair every time it is wet. i stopped shampooing probably about a month or two ago. I was using the Nourish spa shampoo from trader joes, but when i tried using it after not shampooing for a month or so my hair felt really gross, so mabey I will give one of those other shampoos a try. :) And yes, even though it is gross, i get alot of stuff under my finger nails when i scratch my scalp, more in some areas then others :( gross, i no, haha
    Thick 3a hair that I am still learning how to manage! :toothy7:

    Routine:
    normally I condition with suave naturals conditioner and then put in Knot Today Leave in conditioner and KKKC
    plop for 15-20 min
    air dry
    put in LA Looks Gel or Biotera Gel during the day

    Pics of my hair...
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  • SoaringSirenSoaringSiren Posts: 765Registered Users
    I haven't used a brush in ages, i only comb my hair every time it is wet. i stopped shampooing probably about a month or two ago. I was using the Nourish spa shampoo from trader joes, but when i tried using it after not shampooing for a month or so my hair felt really gross, so mabey I will give one of those other shampoos a try. :) And yes, even though it is gross, i get alot of stuff under my finger nails when i scratch my scalp, more in some areas then others :( gross, i no, haha

    Hopefully you're rubbing your scalp with the pads of your fingers and not your fingernails. That would be really bad for the scalp, and would probably make it irritated.
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    jillipoo wrote: »
    Boy, it really depends on the gel (and the weather, and the position of the stars, and what kind of mischief Britney Spears has gotten into).
  • eweniqueewenique Posts: 1,502Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    If you aren't shampooing, the massaging IS very important to keep buildup off your scalp. If the conditioner is on your scalp everyday, that can cause irritation. Try a brown sugar scrub - mix 2 tablespoons of brown sugar with a glob of conditioner in your hand, massage your scalp with it, and rinse well. You could also try using a scalp brush. Usually you can get one at Walgreens for about a buck. So don't cowash/use the conditioner on your scalp everyday, just water wash and massage, then condition the length to moisturize and detangle. HTH.
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  • FrizzBgoneFrizzBgone Posts: 2,678Registered Users
    When my scalp or hair start to feel gross, I use Max Green Alchemy Scalp Rescue & Conditioner ... it works really well. I try this before clarifying now; I haven't had to clarify in ages.

    The shampoos and conditioners are also CG.
    Type: 3a fine & dense,with normal porosity, terrible product junkie
    ROUTINE: LI, enhancer, gel, plop with Curlease towel, serum product (either CIAB or Gel-les'c), clip & diffuse.
    Too many favourite products to list ... I finally have my routine that works and alot of products to choose from. My product stash is huge, but well loved !!!
  • Riot CrrlRiot Crrl Posts: 3,135Registered Users
    The reason I asked about the brushing was that after I stopped shampoo, I was still brushing for about a month. My scalp felt fine. Then I stopped brushing and it all went to heck. I have added back brushing in a very limited context with good results, but it's only been a week...

    Stuff I tried before that, that seemed to work for a while but eventually stopped were:
    Vinegar rinse (I still use but for different reasons now)
    Sugar scrub
    Eventually worked up to Kosher salt scrub (I'm not sure this is really that good for hair/scalp, but I was going so nuts I did it anyway)
    Scalp brush (worked really good for a few weeks)

    I eventually tried shampooing once, and it didn't do anything! So now I went back to brushing once in a while, and only wet with conditioner, and only after fully detangling with my wide tooth comb, and only with a brush that is much nicer than the ones I used to use.
  • purpleplatypuspurpleplatypus Posts: 83Registered Users
    Do you have to order Max Green Alchemy Scalp Rescue & Conditioner online or can it be bought in a local drug store? It would be easier if I could use something that I just went out and bought... and thanks for all the tips! will definitly be try them this week!!! :)
    Thick 3a hair that I am still learning how to manage! :toothy7:

    Routine:
    normally I condition with suave naturals conditioner and then put in Knot Today Leave in conditioner and KKKC
    plop for 15-20 min
    air dry
    put in LA Looks Gel or Biotera Gel during the day

    Pics of my hair...
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  • curly mocurly mo Posts: 269Registered Users
    I will tell you from experience not to use pure tea tree oil, or J/A/S/O/N tea tree poo(both store bought) they fade hair color! I bought the Max Green and I really like it!

    HTH
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  • FrizzBgoneFrizzBgone Posts: 2,678Registered Users
    Do you have to order Max Green Alchemy Scalp Rescue & Conditioner online or can it be bought in a local drug store? It would be easier if I could use something that I just went out and bought... and thanks for all the tips! will definitly be try them this week!!! :)

    I had to buy mine on line, but I live in Canada .. so that is pretty much standard for most of the products popular on this board ... :sad8:

    If I remember correctly, Mysteryflavored found them locally somewhere. It might be worth sending her a pm. I also think you can find stores on their website.

    I hope you like them ... the smell is quite strong, but didn't last when I rinsed. If you're sensitive to smells, thought I should warn you. It is lemony ... strong the way most products that contain essential oils is strong ... not a synthetic fragrance. I am sensitive to fragrances, but didn't have any problem with this.
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    ROUTINE: LI, enhancer, gel, plop with Curlease towel, serum product (either CIAB or Gel-les'c), clip & diffuse.
    Too many favourite products to list ... I finally have my routine that works and alot of products to choose from. My product stash is huge, but well loved !!!
  • notegalnotegal Posts: 560Registered Users
    curly mo wrote: »
    I will tell you from experience not to use pure tea tree oil, or J/A/S/O/N tea tree poo(both store bought) they fade hair color! I bought the Max Green and I really like it!

    HTH


    What about the Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Shampoo? Will this help care for itcy scalp? I have just started a new routine and find that mine is itcy. I'm not sure on ingredients yet that may be affecting my scalp. Maybe it's the sulfate or the fact that I'm trying a different product from Back to Basics and it's not right for me. What are decent shampoos to use? I'm trying to shampoo less and just condition more since I'm a 3b type, but my scalp is driving me batty.
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  • kat180kat180 Posts: 6,280Registered Users
    I've heard a baking soda rinse can help with getting rid of buildup and an itchy scalp, but havent used one yet myself.
  • pelicanopelicano Posts: 580Registered Users
    I have a real problem with my scalp. I find I can't leave any of the conditioner on my hair (even if it wasn't touching my scalp!), as it really irritates it. That's a real pain, as it helps my hair to leave some on. I therefore think it's the conditioner on your scalp causing the problem, even if it's well rinsed.

    I've tried shampooing and not shampooing, and the lack of shampoo definitely doesn't make any difference with me. I have to wash my hair daily though, and massage my scalp with my fingers as if I was shampooing.
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  • GeoCurlGeoCurl Posts: 84Registered Users
    A friend swears by the brown sugar scrub (2 tbsp in a palmful of conditioner massaged into your scalp). I've also found that an ACV rinsing can be soothing.

    Mine has been itchy has well, but it's only been 2-3 weeks since I last used a sulfate shampoo; I think I'm just transitioning (and thinking about it too much, which obviously makes it worse! :tongue5:).
  • notegalnotegal Posts: 560Registered Users
    Isn't it sticky? I don't know about sugar and conditioner. That seems strange...I guess I could try it. I might just be adjusting to not shampooing everyday. What are good shampoos w/out sulfates? Maybe that's what's making me itch. I noticed I have a lot of products with sulfates in them and have tried to not use them to see if it's the cause for the itchiness or not.
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    CG since June 15th, 2008:dog::love5::elephant:
    3b very thick hair with very kinky (possibly 3c) curls underneath
    Went Deva Care line beginning
    September 23, 2009
    Update: 10/12/2009 I can't stop playing with my curls!! So soft, shiny and manageable!!!! IN LOVE WITH DEVA Products!!!!!! YIPPPIE!!!!:wav:




  • xcptnlxcptnl Posts: 15,678Registered Users
    FrizzBgone wrote: »
    Do you have to order Max Green Alchemy Scalp Rescue & Conditioner online or can it be bought in a local drug store? It would be easier if I could use something that I just went out and bought... and thanks for all the tips! will definitly be try them this week!!! :)

    I had to buy mine on line, but I live in Canada .. so that is pretty much standard for most of the products popular on this board ... :sad8:

    If I remember correctly, Mysteryflavored found them locally somewhere. It might be worth sending her a pm. I also think you can find stores on their website.

    I hope you like them ... the smell is quite strong, but didn't last when I rinsed. If you're sensitive to smells, thought I should warn you. It is lemony ... strong the way most products that contain essential oils is strong ... not a synthetic fragrance. I am sensitive to fragrances, but didn't have any problem with this.

    I know some Whole Foods store carry the MGA line - if you have access to Whole Foods. You can use their store locater on their website too as Frizzbgone noted.
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  • BoomygrrlBoomygrrl Posts: 4,940Registered Users
    I honestly think you need to clarify with a clarifying shampoo, since you're talking about being able to scrape stuff off your scalp. It's a buid up of dead skin cells and whatever products you put in your hair. Shampooing once every week or once every two weeks even isn't a bad thing. Just like our other skin, our scalp needs to be cleaned every so often.
    I'm not anti-shampoo. I do think people should regulate how much sulfates they put into their hair, as too much can be drying to the hair and can irritate the scalp. But sulfate shampooing once every week or two is needed, in my opinion, to really get scalp clean. Then rest of the time you can CO wash or use a sulfate-free shampoo.
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  • BoomygrrlBoomygrrl Posts: 4,940Registered Users
    oh, yeah, I wanted to add that when I go a long time shampooing, I also get an itchy scalp. I feel so much better after I shampoo. In fact, I clarify once every three weeks, but will use a milder sulfate shampoo (with SLES, not SLS) once a week (sometimes twice when I use cones...which is lately).
    That's right, I said it! I wear scrunchies!!

    I am a sulfate washing, cone slabbing, curly lovin' s.o.b. The CG police haven't caught me yet.
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  • notegalnotegal Posts: 560Registered Users
    Boomygrrl wrote: »
    I honestly think you need to clarify with a clarifying shampoo, since you're talking about being able to scrape stuff off your scalp. It's a buid up of dead skin cells and whatever products you put in your hair. Shampooing once every week or once every two weeks even isn't a bad thing. Just like our other skin, our scalp needs to be cleaned every so often.
    I'm not anti-shampoo. I do think people should regulate how much sulfates they put into their hair, as too much can be drying to the hair and can irritate the scalp. But sulfate shampooing once every week or two is needed, in my opinion, to really get scalp clean. Then rest of the time you can CO wash or use a sulfate-free shampoo.
    That's my two cents.


    Those are helpful pointers. I don't think I can go without shampooing. I'm just wondering if my shampoo is the right kind for me, or if I should try something else? Currently I'm using Back to Basics Coconut Mango moisturizing shampoo which I have no complains about except the itchy scalp.
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    3b very thick hair with very kinky (possibly 3c) curls underneath
    Went Deva Care line beginning
    September 23, 2009
    Update: 10/12/2009 I can't stop playing with my curls!! So soft, shiny and manageable!!!! IN LOVE WITH DEVA Products!!!!!! YIPPPIE!!!!:wav:




  • GeoCurlGeoCurl Posts: 84Registered Users
    notegal wrote: »
    Isn't it sticky? I don't know about sugar and conditioner. That seems strange...I guess I could try it. I might just be adjusting to not shampooing everyday. What are good shampoos w/out sulfates? Maybe that's what's making me itch. I noticed I have a lot of products with sulfates in them and have tried to not use them to see if it's the cause for the itchiness or not.

    You think it would be, but not at all. It's nice for exfoliating your scalp.

    As for non-sulfate shampoos, more and more are coming out. Jason Cosmetics has a good article on trying to get rid of sulfates in their shampoos; they're generally carried in health food stores. And keep in mind that if you've been using shampoos with sulfates for basically your entire life, it makes sense there might be a transition period once you decide to stop.

    Good luck!