dry scalp/oily hair

i know sounds strange, my scalp is really dry but my hair feels greasy. anyone else have this problem?

I'm getting flakes on my scalp and breaking out on my cheeks (i have long hair that i usually wear down)

so far any shampoo I've tried has dried out my hair and especially my scalp. i've tried Dr. bronners magic shikaki lavender (this one was waaaay to drying), TJ's tea tree tingle (used this yesterday and i feel like i sprinkled itching powder on my scalp), and tomarow i'm gonna try burts bees super shiny.

i plan on shampooing 2 times a week.

for stylers i use LOOB (if i remember) and flax seed gel mix (1 oz flax seed gel 1 oz FOTE, 2 drops of jojoba, 1 drop of honey)....thats it.
2 b/c miii mod CG since sept 08

wash / co-wash: california baby shampoo / suave naturals coconut

style: giovani DLI, flax seed gel mix

love: jojoba oil, honey, FOTE, ACV rinces
Since you're having trouble with shampoo all the time, have you thought about eliminating shampoo altogether? I just wash with V05's clarifying conditioner. It's extremely inexpensive (I think I paid 75 cents for my bottle...), very light, and it cleans very well.

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Olive oil DTs, honey rinses in the summer
i didn't use shampoo for a little over a month and it did help, along with sugar scrubs and jojoba oil. but my hair got really weighed down and i started to breakout kinda bad on my cheeks. while ACV rinses help with buildup and shine, it did nothing for my acne. i tied my hair back for a week and my skin calmed down a lot, thats why i'm blaming my hair.
so now i'm trying to shampoo once or twice a week to see if that will work, that is if i can ever find a good one. i've only been using shampoo for a couple weeks since i've decided to try the CG thing.
baseboard heat doesn't help either.
2 b/c miii mod CG since sept 08

wash / co-wash: california baby shampoo / suave naturals coconut

style: giovani DLI, flax seed gel mix

love: jojoba oil, honey, FOTE, ACV rinces

Last edited by itwasthebutterfly; 11-09-2008 at 06:16 PM. Reason: oops
Perhaps try soap bars? They're gentler than sulfate shampoos, but might also help with the build up and acne issues.



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thanks thats actually next on my list.
2 b/c miii mod CG since sept 08

wash / co-wash: california baby shampoo / suave naturals coconut

style: giovani DLI, flax seed gel mix

love: jojoba oil, honey, FOTE, ACV rinces
I am wondering if LOOB builds up? Like on my scalp...I use LOOB too (love it) and have found that after day 2 my scalp starts to get buildup. Wonder if it is that or just dead skin...hummm...
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my scalp is so much better, i got 3rd day....scalp anyway my hair looked... interesting. i could never even get 2nd day hair because of my flakes. by the 3rd day i did have a tiny bit but since the flakes are only near my hair line about an inch back, some jojoba oil and a q-tip took care of that. but then i ended up wetting it anyway in the shower because it resembled the homeless cat lady from the simpsons.

i've resisted the urge to use LOOB at least for now and tried my son's california baby shampoo that i've been using on him for months because of his dry scalp, and never even occurred to me to try it on my own dry scalp...*headsmack* i followed that with an ACV rinse because of the high pH (man i love the info on this web site) the shampoo is a tiny bit drying so next time i'll dilute it or maybe add a couple drops of jojoba oil. but it's by far the best i've tried so far. i never did try the burt's shampoo i've read some reviews and i'm just taking it back.

i also changed my facial cleanser because my old one had one of the sulfates and it wasn't doing anything spectacular for me anyway.

now i must find a repacement for LOOB. ______will the searching ever end?
2 b/c miii mod CG since sept 08

wash / co-wash: california baby shampoo / suave naturals coconut

style: giovani DLI, flax seed gel mix

love: jojoba oil, honey, FOTE, ACV rinces
I have this exact same problem. I told my doctor about it; he recommened scraping my scalp with a fine-tooth comb then putting baby oil on my head. This obviously doesn't help with the oily problem, but it's great for the scalp. Use a shampoo and/or conditioner for oily hair, but don't put any on your scalp.
From your reaction to the tea tree shampoo -AXE THE TEA TREE OIL! I tried washing my acne-prone face with a drop of that in liquid soap and my face began itching... then I broke out it the most unattractive way. It is possible to be allergic to tea tree oil, or at least sensitive so steer clear of it.

I have the California Baby shampoo. I concur that it is a little drying for the skin. You could dilute it (but it doesn't lather well already) or you could add glycerin if adding oil doesn't suit you.

Suave Coconut conditioner for me was itch city. And for my husband too. And probably caused some breakouts. Suave strawberry is a little better in that regard.

Hydrocortisone cream (over the counter) can be a big help with itch and flakes. If you're worried about it getting in your hair (never seems to be a problem for me) then do it about an hour before you wash. The cortisone itself will be absorbed pretty quickly into your skin.
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