Ouidad Q&A: Will a Sulfate Free Shampoo Get Rid of Scalp Itch?

2011-12-13 16:06:29

Ouidad Q&A: Will a Sulfate Free Shampoo Get Rid of Scalp Itch?

Hair care and product tips to help with a dry, itchy scalp.

Little girl

Dear Ouidad:

I have really thick, wavy 2C hair and my question is about my scalp, actually. I have a pretty dry scalp and my cosmetologist sister has told me it's because of all the parabens and sulfates in the products I use. Can you recommend something to help with the itch? I don't have flakes, though, just itch. I don't know if switching ALL of my products to P/S-Free is the answer or if just switching my actual styling product would suffice. Thanks for any help you can provide!


Dear Itchy:

The problem may be that you are washing your hair too often. I would consult a dermatologist for more assistance, but over washing strips natural oils. Curls should only be washed once every few days in order to prevent dryness of the scalp and hair. When this is done, sulfates should not be an issue. However, if you would still like to go sulfate free, you should probably switch to a sulfate free shampoo, since shampoo is where sulfates are most often found.


Mary, try making an exfoliating scalp treatment. This is from "Curly Girl" by Lorraine Massey. Combine 1 Tb brown sugar with 3 Tb conditioner. Wet your hair, and massage this into your scalp. Rinse thoroughly, then condition as usual. You can do this once a week. Hope this helps.
I have 4c hair type my scalp is dry and itchy, I wash my hair 1-2 a week, I use evoo to moisture my scalp and for my hair I use shea moisture curl milk but my scalp still itches, please help! Any advice is very much appreciated. Thxs Mary