Tried EVERYTHING and my scalp won't stop itching

lotoloto Registered Users Posts: 133
For a few weeks now my scalp has been itching SO much it's driving me crazy.

I tried doing a low poo in case it was build up.
I tried an ACV rinse.

It hasn't worked.

The only thing that I think could be causing it is the honey I use for honey rinses... it's been sitting in my shower for a while and it has become hard. It's grouped into chunks so that it looks and feels like brown sugar bits and it's difficult to dissolve. Could this be my problem?
I'm also trying a new conditioner but I only use it on my ends and have only used it twice- this problem goes far back.

Help me out please! The itching is driving me insane :(:(
3A: med/coarse texture; high porosity
<3 Honey rinses

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  • ajnaajna Registered Users Posts: 494
    I am assuming you do not shampoo so SLS is not the problem. Do you have a dry scalp? If so a rosemary chamomile tea rinse, tea tree oil or peppermint oil could help.

    HTH
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  • Heather0kayHeather0kay Registered Users Posts: 667 Curl Neophyte
    What products are you using? Propylene Glycol, plastics and other things even in CG products can cause scalp problems.
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  • lotoloto Registered Users Posts: 133
    ajna wrote: »
    I am assuming you do not shampoo so SLS is not the problem. Do you have a dry scalp? If so a rosemary chamomile tea rinse, tea tree oil or peppermint oil could help.

    HTH
    I put tea tree oil in my co-wash, so I'm constantly cleansening my scalp with it :)
    I'm going to try the rosemary, though, because I do think I have a dry-scalp problem... however, the other day my head was super itchy and oily a the same time. I was even flaking when I scratched (I don't scratch with my nails, more like rub my fingertips on the spot to ease the itch).

    Heather,
    I use Baby Johnson's conditioner as a co-wash and La Coupe Orgnx de-frizz conditioner as my rinse out. In general, the only products that come into direct contact with my scalp are my co-wash and the honey.
    3A: med/coarse texture; high porosity
    <3 Honey rinses
  • OnyxCabeloOnyxCabelo Registered Users Posts: 1,767
    I had a bad itchy scalp too and what I found was that there was something in my co-wash - still not 100% sure what it was- that I was apparently allergic too. I ended up having to use an SLS to clean my scalp off, then I stopped using the product directly on my scalp.

    I wrote about my experience in my blog if you're interested.

    Anyway, I'm no longer co-washing - I currently use alaffia shampoo which has no sls - it's made with african black soap. I've seen it used on all different textures of hair from fine to coarse, bone straight to uber curly/kinky - it's good stuff. I use it every other week, and on off weeks I just scalp wash with water. This is just the routine I like to do currently, but I have used the shampoo multiple times in a row and it works great, very non-stripping.

    To soothe your scalp while it's healing, you could try using some hemp seed oil and a few drops of peppermint eo. Don't overdo it though because your scalp will need to heal and rubbing will slow the healing process. What I had to do was "pat" the itchy spots until they disappeared - which didn't take too long once I kept the offending ingredient off my scalp.

    Good Luck:flower:.
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  • belasunabelasuna Registered Users Posts: 599
    loto wrote: »
    ajna wrote: »
    I am assuming you do not shampoo so SLS is not the problem. Do you have a dry scalp? If so a rosemary chamomile tea rinse, tea tree oil or peppermint oil could help.

    HTH
    I put tea tree oil in my co-wash, so I'm constantly cleansening my scalp with it :)
    I'm going to try the rosemary, though, because I do think I have a dry-scalp problem... however, the other day my head was super itchy and oily a the same time. I was even flaking when I scratched (I don't scratch with my nails, more like rub my fingertips on the spot to ease the itch).

    Heather,
    I use Baby Johnson's conditioner as a co-wash and La Coupe Orgnx de-frizz conditioner as my rinse out. In general, the only products that come into direct contact with my scalp are my co-wash and the honey.

    How much tea tree oil do you add to your co-wash. about 12 drops max for an 8 oz bottle is a good amount. Many people can get reactions if too much tea tree oil is used. It can aggravate your scalp instead of helping it which is what it's suposed to do. I tried to find the ingredients for the J&J condish but could not. Many people think J&J is too harsh. If you can post the ingredients that might help.

    Also, you may consider if you have a scalp condition like seborrheic dermatitis or psoriasis.
    ~belasuna :angel1:
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  • eweniqueewenique Registered Users Posts: 1,502 Curl Neophyte
    Simmer your honey container in a pot of water on the stove to remelt the honey crystals. Honey rarely goes bad, but it will crystalize as it ages.
    2C wavy with some spirals. CG since April 07. Medium texture and porosity.
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  • urbanmommyurbanmommy Registered Users Posts: 155
    Some conditioners make me itch. As much as I want to use Suave as a co-wash, the itch factor is way too high. The only conditioner I've ever been able to co-wash with is Nioxin and Trader Joe's Tea Tree.

    Another thing that causes itchiness for me is stress. That a cue for me to relax my shoulders and neck, and the itching usually stops once the blood flow returns to my scalp.

    HTH!
    My Hair Blog
    3b/c who grew out a chemical haircut
    Products: Shea Moisture Shampoo, Suave Moroccan Infusion Shampoo & Conditioner, Tigi Dumb Blonde Reconstructor, Suave Volumizing Mousse

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  • lotoloto Registered Users Posts: 133
    belasuna wrote: »
    loto wrote: »
    ajna wrote: »
    I am assuming you do not shampoo so SLS is not the problem. Do you have a dry scalp? If so a rosemary chamomile tea rinse, tea tree oil or peppermint oil could help.

    HTH
    I put tea tree oil in my co-wash, so I'm constantly cleansening my scalp with it :)
    I'm going to try the rosemary, though, because I do think I have a dry-scalp problem... however, the other day my head was super itchy and oily a the same time. I was even flaking when I scratched (I don't scratch with my nails, more like rub my fingertips on the spot to ease the itch).

    Heather,
    I use Baby Johnson's conditioner as a co-wash and La Coupe Orgnx de-frizz conditioner as my rinse out. In general, the only products that come into direct contact with my scalp are my co-wash and the honey.

    How much tea tree oil do you add to your co-wash. about 12 drops max for an 8 oz bottle is a good amount. Many people can get reactions if too much tea tree oil is used. It can aggravate your scalp instead of helping it which is what it's suposed to do. I tried to find the ingredients for the J&J condish but could not. Many people think J&J is too harsh. If you can post the ingredients that might help.

    Also, you may consider if you have a scalp condition like seborrheic dermatitis or psoriasis.
    Mmm... it COULD be the tea tree oil then. I'm not sure how may drops I put, but that is a significant change I didn't even think of!

    I actually posted the J&J ingredients some time ago, and the only one someone pointed out was an alcohol, which they thought was too drying. It's been working fine for almost a year for me, though.
    3A: med/coarse texture; high porosity
    <3 Honey rinses
  • urbanmommyurbanmommy Registered Users Posts: 155
    ps - I had a horrible allergic reaction to J&J lotion, so it could be an ingredient in that.
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    Products: Shea Moisture Shampoo, Suave Moroccan Infusion Shampoo & Conditioner, Tigi Dumb Blonde Reconstructor, Suave Volumizing Mousse

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