How do you manage the CG method if you have dandruff ?

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Hi Im new to the CG method..I have been doing it for about a month now. My biggest problem is that I have always had dandruff since maybe the 4th grade and Im in 11th now....my HG shampoo forever has been head and shoulders except it dried out my hair SO badly, but it had taken away the dandruff. Now that I have been CG and have been no pooing/low pooing my scalp has finally stopped itching and turning red the only problem is I still have dandruff..not as bad as it was before, but nonetheless its still there. It seems to be worse when I low poo does anyone know the reason for that? When I no poo it isnt as bad except my hair ends up falling flat and looking dirty. So any CG's that have had my dandruff problem that got rid of it without using sulfates/silicones? thanks!
This blog post might help.
science-y hair blog: Itchy Scalp - Some Easy Remedies
This thread has links to threads about itchy/scalp issues/etc.
http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlta...ients-etc.html
http://pedaheh.blogspot.com/ (a blog to help new wavies, go to the how do I get started page)
2a (nc.com) 2bFi (Fia), very fine, thin, low/normal elasticity, porous, CG, doesn't get weighed down
Cowash: Tresemme naturals
Rinse out/leave in: Renpure Organics (red)
Curl enhancer: FSG
Gel: BRHG, Salon care aloe, Ecostyler Krystal (normal dews)
PT: ION effective care, IAgirl's gelatin PT
Low Poo: renpure (red), Ion swimmers
Is it dandruff or just flakes from a dry scalp?

I (along with many others) suffer from a dry, itchy scalp. Scalpicin helps with the itch. You can buy it at most drugstores. I LOVE doing brown sugar scrubs. Mix about a tablespoon of brown sugar and tablespoon of olive oil together and a few drops of rosemary or tea tree oil (these are optional) and then massage the mixture into your scalp and low poo it out! Helps a lot with the itch as well as flakes.

It will also help if you can narrow down any potential products or ingredients that aggravate your scalp. There are at least three products I can think of off the top of my head that make me itch! Curl Keeper, Mop C hydrating shampoo and Curly Kinks leave-in.
Coarse texture, normal-high porosity, normal elasticity (Komaza Care), very weak waves
cleanser: Redken Fresh Curls Shampoo, CJ Daily Fix

rinse out: CJ Beauticurls, CJ A&OO, CJ Smoothing

jellies/creams: Mop C, KCCC, SCE FSG
gels: CJ CQ, BRHG

I've been finding that it's a difficult balance between getting my hair too clean- to the point where I have no natural oils left on my scalp- and not clean enough - so that I'm leaving too much build-up behind. Have you tried ACV (apple cider vinegar, or any vinegar) rinses? I can't make mine very strong, because it dries out my scalp & hair, but a simple 2T acv per 2C of water seems to do the trick. If I do an ACV rinse, I do not cowash or low-poo on the same day. I simply follow with my RO & the rest of the routine.

ETA: I'm not sure I recommend sealing with oils, either. Everybody is different, but I find that any oil on my hair ends up on my scalp and prevents my scalp from producing natural oils... which leads to dandruff.
2B/fine to med texture/med porosity

Started CG on 5/5/12!
Battling dry/itchy scalp since April 2010.... Starting to WIN!
Low Poo: Nature's Gate Tea Tree Shampoo
Cowash: GTTTT or GVPCB
RO : Ion Effective Care
LI : KCKT or GVPCB
Stylers : FSG
PT : IAgirl's PT w/ acv, coconut oil, GVPCB, herbs, green tea

Last edited by Curly_Lyn; 06-06-2012 at 02:01 AM.
Is it dandruff or just flakes from a dry scalp?

I (along with many others) suffer from a dry, itchy scalp. [...] There are at least three products I can think of off the top of my head that make me itch! Curl Keeper, Mop C hydrating shampoo and Curly Kinks leave-in.
Originally Posted by asianrunner
Hi asianrunner – Any idea if there are certain ingredients that cause the itching? I'm curious.

Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition made my scalp itch like crazy and I'm still trying to figure out what it could be... My guess is the citrus extracts?? With Suave Naturals condish (as well as a other products with this ingredient), propylene glycol makes my scalp crawl and makes my skin break out.
|| 3b; normal porosity; fine/normal texture || CG since Feb 2010 || SD prone & Propylene Glycol Sensitive

Current Routine BAQ henna 1/month Leave-in OH Hair Dew Cheapie Conditioner Tresemme Naturals Moisturizing
Old Stand-bys extra-virgin coconut oil Protein AO GPB; Moisture AO HR Style AOMMJ Kept for troubleshooting.
Waiting to try extra-wide curlformers SD treatment Neutrogena T-Sal; H&S Clinical Strength

Hmm..how do you tell if its just a dry scalp or dandruff? hahha. Olive oil seems to work wonders for my hair! I leave in it for awhile and message my scalp after that the dandruff atleast holds off for a day or two. Well before I went CG Catwalks girls rock was what I used, but it caused major itching to the point of bleeding Also Ouidad products made my scalp itch. Do you think I just have very sensitive skin? I have rosacea on my face as well as keratosis pilaris on my arms and legs..maybe its on my scalp? I might be very allergic to sulfates/silicones?
I've been finding that it's a difficult balance between getting my hair too clean- to the point where I have no natural oils left on my scalp- and not clean enough - so that I'm leaving too much build-up behind. Have you tried ACV (apple cider vinegar, or any vinegar) rinses? I can't make mine very strong, because it dries out my scalp & hair, but a simple 2T acv per 2C of water seems to do the trick. If I do an ACV rinse, I do not cowash or low-poo on the same day. I simply follow with my RO & the rest of the routine.

ETA: I'm not sure I recommend sealing with oils, either. Everybody is different, but I find that any oil on my hair ends up on my scalp and prevents my scalp from producing natural oils... which leads to dandruff.
Originally Posted by Curly_Lyn
When I used red vinegar and baking soda on my hair it seems to take the dandruff away! So after that I dont low poo or anything? because I think thats what I was going after I did that. Also after I went CG my hair NEVER gets oily? did anyone else have that happen? I can go up to 4 days without washing my hair and its still dry and clean. When I was using Head & Shoulders I could barely get past a day without washing my hair.
poema, I'm not an expert on itchy ingredients, you would probably want to PM IAgirl since she is our itchy expert! If I use a product that makes me itchy, I'll give it another try and if it's itchy, it's out.

Raekay this thread might help

Dandruff vs Dry Scalp
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Coarse texture, normal-high porosity, normal elasticity (Komaza Care), very weak waves
cleanser: Redken Fresh Curls Shampoo, CJ Daily Fix

rinse out: CJ Beauticurls, CJ A&OO, CJ Smoothing

jellies/creams: Mop C, KCCC, SCE FSG
gels: CJ CQ, BRHG

When I used red vinegar and baking soda on my hair it seems to take the dandruff away! So after that I dont low poo or anything? because I think thats what I was going after I did that. Also after I went CG my hair NEVER gets oily? did anyone else have that happen? I can go up to 4 days without washing my hair and its still dry and clean. When I was using Head & Shoulders I could barely get past a day without washing my hair.
Originally Posted by Raekay
Let your scalp kinda tell you- everyone is different. But that's correct, I do not low-poo or cowash if I'm using ACV.

I don't really know the answer to why we don't need to wash our hair as often. But I notice it too- as long as I don't put too much product in.
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2B/fine to med texture/med porosity

Started CG on 5/5/12!
Battling dry/itchy scalp since April 2010.... Starting to WIN!
Low Poo: Nature's Gate Tea Tree Shampoo
Cowash: GTTTT or GVPCB
RO : Ion Effective Care
LI : KCKT or GVPCB
Stylers : FSG
PT : IAgirl's PT w/ acv, coconut oil, GVPCB, herbs, green tea
Raekay - it is clear that you have very sensitive skin. The most common allergens and irritants in the products you mentioned are preservatives (Ouidad and many others like Suave Naturals use formaldehyde-releasing preservatives) and fragrances though any number of other things can cause problems. So here are two short bits about preservatives: science-y hair blog: Formaldehyde - Spotlight on Preservatives
http://scienceyhairblog.blogspot.com...-can-itch.html
Pedaheh linked you to my blog post about itchy scalp, so I won't re-type all that.
Some people do have an actual allergy to sulfate detergents, but if you're reacting to gels and conditioners it's probably something else.

It's very possible that your itch and dandruff are related to sensitive skin. Especially if you have allergies or eczema or asthma. The other complicating factor is that on an irritated scalp, bacteria and fungi grow more readily and their metabolic by-products are irritating - plus, your immune system can react to those little buggers and cause inflammation.

Oh my word, I see you have rosacea and keratitis pilosis. Are we related? Those are both inflammatory skin disorders. STEP AWAY FROM THE SCENTED, COLORFUL PRODUCTS. You're going to need to look for formaldehyde-free, fragrance-free products. Free&Clear shampoo and conditioner are usually available at drugstores (you'd want to dilute that shampoo a lot). Johnsons and Johnson's makes a natural baby shampoo which might be okay for you. Keep the conditioner off of your scalp. No matter what sort of conditioner it is - your scalp probably will not like having it there. I put a list of fragrance free products on my itchy scalp blog post (but some will have formaldehydes).

Start looking at the ingredients in your products and make lists of what the itch-provoking ones have in common. Those will start your list of things to avoid. Once you learn what you need to avoid, you can start trying new things again. I have a lot of recipes on my blog for homemade products, how to dilute shampoos and what not.

By all means feel free to PM me.
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Hi girls. I always had dandruff and used a regular sulfate anti-dandruff shampoo. When I started CG, this harsh shampoo was prohibited and I started to co-wash. That's when my nightmares started! I tried many things : non-sulfate shampoo (which dried out my hair and didn't work), 5, 10, 20 drops of tea tree oil in the shampoo and nothing, pure apple cider vinegar (it really burned my skin and didn't word), anti-dandruff-non-sulfate shampoo (helped a little at the begging but didn't work for long time) and finally concentrated tea tree oil with olive oil (didn't work neither).
I was really thinking about quit CG, when I read in internet that people use to confound seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff (if you have it at your eyebrows, for example, its seborrheic dermatitis). And searching a cure for my real problem, I finally found that RAW HONEY could eliminate the problem. There is a serious article about that, you can read it :

Therapeutic and prophylactic effects of crude ... [Eur J Med Res. 2001] - PubMed - NCBI

I started with processed honey but it was less efficient. Basically you put it with 10% warm water in your scalp for 3 hours every 2 days during 4 weeks. And then once a week in order to never have the problem again. I only used 1 hour but I think it is enough for me. If you have already tried everything, give a try, it's worth.

Kisses
I've been using 2 products that have REALLY helped with my flaky, itchy scalp. One is Neutrogena T/Sal shampoo. I put some on my fingertipss and massage it into my scalp only, not my hair. That way it doesn't dry out the length of my hair. And I only use it every couple of weeks. the other product was the Walgreen's version of Scalpicin, called Maximum Strength Scalp Relief. Before bed, I will squirt a bit of that on the itchy areas and rub it in. That way it can really sink into my scalp before I do my hair the next day. When I first started using it, I was applying it twice a day for about 3 or 4 days. Then I tapered off to once a day. Now I use it maybe once or twice a week. Using these 2 products has been keeping me pretty much flake free and itch free.
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Low Poo: DevaCare, Yes to Cuc's
Rinse Out: DevaCare One Condition, Yes to Cuc's
Cowash: Suave Naturals Lavender, Yes to Carrots Scalp Conditioner
Curl Cream: AG ReCoil, Organix Moroccan Oil Curl Cream
Gel/Mousse: Sweet Curls Elixirs FSG w/ Mag Sulfate added, Sweet Curls Elixirs hard hold gel, DevaCurl Frizz Free Foam, Aquage Uplifting Foam
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