Loving the CG method but...

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Lately I have a little bit of an itchy scalp and dandruff! I co wash about once a week with tresseme naturals, deep condition sometimes, and use apple cider vinegar to remove buildup. Is there a way I can stay CG but stop or at least reduce the dandruff? Thank you so much in advance for your answers! I love my curls and the curly girl method!

ImageUploadedByCurlTalk1379486683.189233.jpg I have 3b curls just in case you need to know 😊
3A Curl Pattern, Low Porosity, High Density, Medium Width, Long Length

Loving my curls/waves!


Product loves: Chagrin Valley Shampoo Bars, ACV rinses, Suave Naturals Conditioner wash on in between days, silk scrunchies, Ouidad Curl refreshing spray, Avocado/olive oil/honey deep treatment, Coconut oil on ends/length

Currently waist length while wet and going for waist length while dry!
Or a mix of 3a and 3b
3A Curl Pattern, Low Porosity, High Density, Medium Width, Long Length

Loving my curls/waves!


Product loves: Chagrin Valley Shampoo Bars, ACV rinses, Suave Naturals Conditioner wash on in between days, silk scrunchies, Ouidad Curl refreshing spray, Avocado/olive oil/honey deep treatment, Coconut oil on ends/length

Currently waist length while wet and going for waist length while dry!
you should probably cowash at least twice a week, hair needs the moisture. also, the important thing about cowashing, any pooing, is massaging the scalp. that is a crucial part.
if that doesn't help, maybe you need to switch products.
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3a, some 2c & 3b, medium texture, porosity normal, low elasticity
washing/cowashing, conditioning, protein tx: curl junkie products
leave in:cj conditioners and treatments as leave in
styling: cj pattern pusha, cj honey butta leave in, cj cccc, cj ciab, lalsg. cj aloe fix gel is my high dews/summer HG!!
sealants - spiral solutions emollience butter, jane carter nourish & shine
Tea tree oil helps so, so much. Mix it into your shampoo and make sure to massage your scalp.
It smells pretty bad, but if you can find some Neem oil, you can mix a little bit into your conditioner and it should help with it. It is great for many types of skin conditions and is also anti-bacterial. If you can get passed the smell, you'll be fine.
Dandruff doesn't care about curl pattern!

Try Giovanni Don't Be Flaky. It's a sulfate/sulfonate-free low-poo and CG-friendly. I use it and it works.
fine - low/normal porosity - medium density - normal elasticity.

Currently using:
Cowash: Cure Care diluted with water 1:1
RO: Cure Care, V05 Kiwi Lime
Styler: UFD CM (old formula), FSG + CNPF
PT: IAgirl's gelatine

Experimenting with: no guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, gelatin gel

Recent findings: my hair likes Cure Care diluted with water as a cowash; does NOT like guar h.c.!

iherb discount code: CFN646
yep I love cg too but Im having huge scalp problems. I just make sure I wash with a low poo every other day
Hmm ok thank you everyone acv rinses seem to help it temporarily...I think I will try the neem and/or tea tree oil. Acv stinks lol and my husband hates it but it really removes buildup and enhances shine! Oh and I posted a pic of my curls just in case you recommend products lol. Shampoo is a no no for me but so will try the oils 😊 thank you everyone! Oh and I do massage my scalp really well 😊 I will also try co washing twice a week to see if it helps. No sulfates for this girl 💕
3A Curl Pattern, Low Porosity, High Density, Medium Width, Long Length

Loving my curls/waves!


Product loves: Chagrin Valley Shampoo Bars, ACV rinses, Suave Naturals Conditioner wash on in between days, silk scrunchies, Ouidad Curl refreshing spray, Avocado/olive oil/honey deep treatment, Coconut oil on ends/length

Currently waist length while wet and going for waist length while dry!
What has your family doctor diagnosed? Please don't self treat a self diagnosis, you can easily worsen dermatological disorders. Once you have a diagnosis we can help you with a CG friendly solution.
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect
You might find it helpful to try a brown sugar scrub. Just mix a tablespoon of brown sugar with your co-wash conditioner, and give yourself an extra good scalp massage. If the dandruff is flaking buildup from your scalp, that will break it up, and help you get rid of it.

For itchiness, I find that just moistening a fingertip with water and rubbing the area that itches usually helps. Dryness can cause itchiness, so moisture (water) can calm that type of pruritus. In healthcare, it's usually the first thing we try. (For skin, we'd usually apply lotion after that, to help keep the moisture in.) BTW, product buildup on your scalp could cause dryness.
Peace,
Morgan

Baby Fine 3B, low porosity, normal density and elasticity
CGing since July 2008
Shampoo is a no no for me but so will try the oils
Originally Posted by Puertoricangirl
No no in terms of your hair?

It doesn't make sense to ignore your scalp health for your hair "health." You need a healthy scalp in order to have hair that is "healthy." I put healthy in quotations because hair is dead, so "health" isn't really relevant, unlike your scalp. Be careful with your scalp, untreated SD can actually cause hair loss, for instance.

I agree with Firefox, it's always a good idea to visit your derm if you have flakiness or itchiness, which could have variable underlying causes.

If it's SD or dandruff there are shampoos that are both CG-friendly and have ingredients recommended by derms to combat SD/dandruff. The two that I know of are Jason dandruff and Giovanni. I've tried and like the latter; haven't tried the former. Depending on the severity of your case, you may not need to use these shampoos regularly. I have recurring but not constant SD and dandruff. Regularly I use low-poos, and then use the dandruff shampoo when I need to. If your problem is episodic then you can cowash in between episodes... or mix it up, cowash one day, then cleanse w/ a dandruff poo the next. Remember you can always coat your lengths in conditioner, then add the medicated poo only to your scalp. The conditioner on your lengths will protect your length from the poo.

Honey treatments have also been proven to treat and prevent SD, but before you go crazy with home-treatments it's always good to get a professional diagnosis. Good luck!
fine - low/normal porosity - medium density - normal elasticity.

Currently using:
Cowash: Cure Care diluted with water 1:1
RO: Cure Care, V05 Kiwi Lime
Styler: UFD CM (old formula), FSG + CNPF
PT: IAgirl's gelatine

Experimenting with: no guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, gelatin gel

Recent findings: my hair likes Cure Care diluted with water as a cowash; does NOT like guar h.c.!

iherb discount code: CFN646
For me a pre-poo with coconut oil does wonders for dandruff. Since I've started doing that I have no flakes at all!
Allie

3A with some 3B thrown in. Medium porosity. High density. Low-medium thickness.


Pre-poo: Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
Low-poo: Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine
Conditioner: Faith in Nature or
Shea Moisture Raw Restorative
D/C: Giovanni 2chic Avocado & Olive Oil Ultra Moist Deep Moisture Mask

Leave-in: My DNA
Styler: Ouidad Climate Control Heat & Humidity or
Umberto Giannini Scrunching Jelly

UK curly. CG since October 2013.
Aiming for WL curls (eventually)
Ok all this information was helpful I find that a lavender spray recipe from the CG book helps tremendously with itching! And I have much less dandruff 😊 I think the Shea moisture styling milk was causing it or at least making it worse. Should I still check with a doctor?
3A Curl Pattern, Low Porosity, High Density, Medium Width, Long Length

Loving my curls/waves!


Product loves: Chagrin Valley Shampoo Bars, ACV rinses, Suave Naturals Conditioner wash on in between days, silk scrunchies, Ouidad Curl refreshing spray, Avocado/olive oil/honey deep treatment, Coconut oil on ends/length

Currently waist length while wet and going for waist length while dry!
Ultimately that's up to you - if you feel there's been an improvement with the lavender spray then I'd say the itching was caused my product buildup or irritation from certain products, so you shouldn't need to see a doctor.

BUT it's your body and if you feel it's something to be concerned about, then it's always best to be safe than sorry!
Allie

3A with some 3B thrown in. Medium porosity. High density. Low-medium thickness.


Pre-poo: Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
Low-poo: Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine
Conditioner: Faith in Nature or
Shea Moisture Raw Restorative
D/C: Giovanni 2chic Avocado & Olive Oil Ultra Moist Deep Moisture Mask

Leave-in: My DNA
Styler: Ouidad Climate Control Heat & Humidity or
Umberto Giannini Scrunching Jelly

UK curly. CG since October 2013.
Aiming for WL curls (eventually)
Ok thank you so much I really appreciate it!
3A Curl Pattern, Low Porosity, High Density, Medium Width, Long Length

Loving my curls/waves!


Product loves: Chagrin Valley Shampoo Bars, ACV rinses, Suave Naturals Conditioner wash on in between days, silk scrunchies, Ouidad Curl refreshing spray, Avocado/olive oil/honey deep treatment, Coconut oil on ends/length

Currently waist length while wet and going for waist length while dry!
You probably have all the information you need (or want) but I just wanted to add one thing. I found that tresseme naturals reeked havoc on my scalp. It was fine when I initially tried it but after a while it basically coated my scalp and I had build up. I have discovered that because I have oily skin, while some conditioners are better than others, putting conditioner on my scalp is a no no. Like you, I don't like sudsing shampoo. I have had great results with DevaCurl no poo. It gets my scalp clean but also doesn't strip my hair.

Another thing that has worked for me is alternating washing with a cleanser (no poo) and doing water washes. I wash twice a week. For one of those I use no poo for the other I massage my scalp vigorously (just as I do when I use a cleanser) but only water touches my scalp.
Hair
Type: 3c/b; Density: M; Texture: M-C; Porosity: L-N; Length: APL curly, WL stretched

Products
Oil: CO, MO
Cleanser: SM Moisture Retention Shampoo
Conditioner: SM Restorative Conditioner/ Noni and Monoi Conditioner
DC: SM Noni and Monoi Mask
Leave-In: Giovani Direct
Styler: CRN Curl Maker

Regimen
Condition twice a week; Cleanse once a week; DC as needed; Henna as needed.

CG since 3/31/12
Hennahead since 7/2/13
http://www.youtube.com/user/BlkButterfly777/videos
I want to try just co-washing my hair for a month, and see what happens. I think shampoo dries out my hair.
Last relaxer: May or June 2007
BC: May 10, 2013
Type: 3b/3c
Hair properties: curly, wavy & fine texture; medium thick to thick density; normal porosity; normal elasticity

Current Loves:
Shampoo: Shea Moisture Black African Soap Deep Cleansing, Shea Moisture Moisture Retention, Carol's Daughter Rosemary Mint Clarifying, Carol's Daughter Black Vanilla
Conditioner: Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque
Leave-In: Design Essentials HCO Leave-In Conditioner and Blow Drying Lotion
I experienced itchy, flaky scalp when i started CG as well. I find that masaging coconut oil on my scalp and leaving it overnight really helps. I do it from time to time to keep my scalp healthy.


CG since 9-1-09, Modified CG 1/10.3a/3b mix
Low Porosity
No Co-Washing, Using Mild Shampoos, Lo-poos: Shea Moisture Organic Raw Shea Moisture Shampoo, Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Shampoo
Rinse-out: Shea Moisture Restorative Conditioner
Low-poo/Clarifiers: ACV rinses
Leave in's: Giovanni Direct Leave-in, Shea Moisture Restorative Conditioner
DT's: Coconut Oil, Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque,
Stylers: AG:recoil, LA Looks Mega Hold Gel,
** Air dry ONLY, I love plopping!**
Hi...since dandruff usually comes from a dry scalp and co-washing is for moisturizing maybe it is the "way" you are co-washing which is causing build-up on your scalp.

When I co-wash, I saturate my hair with Treseme' Naturals Conditioner and let it sit for a while, [at least 10 minutes]. Then I get in the shower and squeeze out each sections, [I like to see the removal of product]. Then I add water and "lather" my hair with the conditioner as I would a shampoo. I also massage and "scrub" my scalp while lathering the conditioner. Afterwards, my hair "feels" so clean and soft.

I have added a product to this regiment...once a month I use "Shea Moisture Purification Masque", [which is made for dry, itchy scalp]. I put this on my scalp for about 20 minutes, then I squeeze it out, and scrub my scalp, lathering it out. I still co-wash with my Tresemme' afterwards.

Maybe this will help...blessings!
My hair is "exotic, beautiful and free",,,yeah, that be ME!!!
3B/C - Easy to straighten, [no heat ever/no protect. styling].

Low Porosity/Medium Density
Mid Width/BSL-stretched/
BC - 12/2012

I am a "Co-Wash/Finger Comb Lady!

Co-Wash - Pantene Naturals Co-Wash
Scalp Cleanser - SM ABS Purification Hair Masque
Leave In - SM CH Curl/Shine Conditioner
Hydration - SM CH Curl Smoothie
Styler - SM CH Curl & Style Milk
Deep Conditioner - LS Organic Cholesterol


Last edited by Lady_Creole; 10-28-2013 at 05:13 PM.
Thank you I will try it 😊 my lavender spray helps a lot when sprayed also
3A Curl Pattern, Low Porosity, High Density, Medium Width, Long Length

Loving my curls/waves!


Product loves: Chagrin Valley Shampoo Bars, ACV rinses, Suave Naturals Conditioner wash on in between days, silk scrunchies, Ouidad Curl refreshing spray, Avocado/olive oil/honey deep treatment, Coconut oil on ends/length

Currently waist length while wet and going for waist length while dry!

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