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Old 04-02-2008, 03:45 PM   #1
 
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I have been going CG for over 6 months now, it worked for me right away but recently I've been getting very itchy scalp and the curls lost their definition.
I have a very simple routine: water wash first, co-wash with suave vanilla co and detangle, wash all of it or leave some (both used to work for me) and then put some oil while it's still wet. I do an ACV rinse about once every 3 weeks. And I wash it every other day.
It used to work for me but for some reason it doesn't anymore.
I was wondering if I need a heavy conditioner for moisture and probably a deep treatment every once in a while. If so what do you suggest (I'm a 3b).
heeeeeeelp, my scalp is itching right now even though I made sure I massage very well using my fingers and rinse very well this morning.
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Old 04-03-2008, 11:53 PM   #2
 
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Try mixing some raw (natural) sugar with some conditioner and gently scrub it onto your wet scalp, then rinse thoroughly. Continue with your regular conditioning routine.

Ahh, the scrub feels so nice on an itchy scalp! ...

As for the dry hair, does your conditioner have protein in it? I've seen several people say their hair is sensitive to protein.

In general, I would say try a more moisturizing conditioner on the hair shaft, and a more clarifying conditioner on your scalp. I like VO5 Kiwi Lime to clarify. I recently bought Motions Weightless Detangling Conditioner for fine to medium hair (for moisturizing). Found it in the "ethnic hair" section -- whatever that is supposed to mean. I like it, and it's not expensive.

I like Ojon Restorative Treatment for deep conditioning. It's pricey but lasts a long time. But a lot of people don't like the scent. To me it smells like incense. It's an OK smell to me, and my husband actually likes it.

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Old 06-25-2008, 12:42 PM   #3
 
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Hi Gen.

I have the same problem with the itchy and flaky scalp and what works the best for me is mixing sugar and tea tree oil and scrubbing my scalp with it. It works wonderfully and my scalp feels so clean and refreshed.

Don't do it in the morning (it's best doing it after you're home from work and don't plan to go out for a while), because the oil has a very strong scent that may last an hour or longer.

Hope this works for you.

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Old 06-25-2008, 05:20 PM   #4
 
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I know tea tree oil is perfect for itchy flaky scalp. My mom always recommends the Paul Mitchell tea tree shampoo to her customers for that problem As far as anything else Have you considered products by: Ebene - Natural Hair and Body Care, Non-toxic

I currently use the Shea Butter Lotion. I would like to try a cream with that and see if I can calm down my frizz and dryness. If anyone has any suggestions let me know. Thanks! I post what I use down below. Everything is all natural EXCEPT the sauve of course.
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Old 06-25-2008, 07:56 PM   #5
 
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on a side note I actually tried that tonight just on my scalp. A little tea tree shampoo and I am feeling much better. I think it got rid of some build up as well. The ends were just straight condish...
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Old 07-10-2008, 11:17 AM   #6
 
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The Paul Mitchell tea tree shampoo isn't CG though, is it? I tried it once a long, long time ago.

Trader Joes sells straight tea tree oil by the bottle for $5.99 a bottle and it's a good-sized bottle, not a tiny little one, so you shouldn't run out quickly. I haven't purchased it yet but saw it there yesterday.

My scalp gets itchy too, I'm considering mixing the tea tree with quinoa in my no-poo.
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Old 07-25-2008, 10:12 PM   #7
 
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The Paul Mitchell tea tree shampoo isn't CG though, is it? I tried it once a long, long time ago.
Nope, it's not. My husband used to use it a while ago, and I tried it. Feels good on the scalp but dried my hair out for days. If I remember right it has tons of sulfates.
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