My scalp is killing me!!!

HELP!

I just cowashed my hair yesterday and now my scalp is itching like crazy!! I have no clue why this could be!

I'm not allergic to anything, so far and i'm using 'natural' conditioners and such. I don't have dandruff or buildup. what's going on!! ah..

how do i stop this horrible ITCH?! scratching is not an option.
it's like my scalp is on fire. :fire:
Soon from shoulder length to bra length, while curly.

Hair Routine:
Organic Conditioner to cleanse and leave in
Almond, EVOO, or Castor Oil to seal.
No gel, but if needed FSG

3bc. some rare parts in 3a. I have mixed hair due to heat damage and texturizers.
medium thickness.
normal density.
normal porosity.
dark brown.

No Pooie since Oct. 6th 2010
Either your scalp is dry r u may wanna find and anti-itch spritz. Mine is the same way only solution for me is H2O!!
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Bc'd June 21, 2010
When mine gets like that it means I have to sulphate wash
2c/3a/3b Fine/med texture, normal porosity, normal elasticity
When mine gets like that it means I have to sulphate wash
Originally Posted by CurlyMom
Same here


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U mean sulfate wash? I dk mine has been started when I bc n June of last year.
I do not have an issue with dandruff... If u meant sulfate wash that is....
Taking the Napptural World By Storm
Bc'd June 21, 2010
Have you tried Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle (condish or shampoo)? Or maybe even Shea Moisture's Black Soap (shampoo or conditioner)? Both are CG friendly and are geared towards itchy scalp. I had the same problem until I started cowashing with the Shea Moisture Black Soap conditioner . . worked wonders for my scalp.

HTH.

Oh, also try maybe using Tea Tree oil . . that helps itchy scalp as well.
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Yes, scratching is not an option!
And yes, you may well be allergic or at least sensitive to your product. Just because something is natural doesn't mean it won't make you itch. Case in point: poison ivy, mosquito bites. WHen your scalp is irritated, almost anything can make it itch.
Also, some of us just do need to shampoo on occasion for the sake of our skin. Or at the very least, exfoliate the scalp with a scalp brush (known as "shampoo brush" also) or with a scrub of about equal parts oil and brown or white sugar, perhaps with 5 drops of tea tree oil. This is done with scalp and hair dry. Usually this scrub needs to be shampooed out or at least rinsed with a vinegar rinse. Some people can just cowash after. This removes dead skin (which can provide a home for too many itchy microorganisms), allows the scalp to be better hydrated, and the tea tree oil kills bacteria and fungi, whose activities are very itchy to the skin. And who are attracted to build up of dead skin and irritation which usually increases oil production and breaks down the skin's barrier.

Read the ingredient lists in products you use now and on products you've used in the past. Anything different in your new products may be suspect.

For immediate relief, look to a gentle shampoo or a sugar/oil scrub and possible some over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream rubbed on your scalp. Scalpicin Maximum Strength is also very effective. It makes the itch STOP! It has alcohol, but it doesn't seem to be awfully drying. The itch is priority here. It has a water-soluble cone in it too, which is somewhat conditioning. I use it on DH's scalp under his dry, wavy/curly/kinky hair and then I rub some conditioner on my palms and smooth it over his hair afterwards.

I can get itch like you describe from Suave coconut, from Aubrey Organics, a bunch of other things (anything from Curl Junkie) and from eating peppermint.
I hope you find a solution -- and soon!
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Since it's your scalp that's the issue, I strongly suspect that all you need is to do a brown sugar scrub. Add 1 tablespoon of brown sugar to your co-wash conditioner, then do a really good scalp massage. This will serve as your co-wash, so after rinsing thoroughly, go on from there to do your usual conditioning, etc.
Peace,
Morgan

Baby Fine 3B, low porosity, normal density and elasticity
CGing since July 2008
I concur with the scalp scrub!! It makes a big difference. I was having fairly bad scalp issues all winter, itchiness and major patches of flakes stuck to the skin of my scalp, and it wasn't until I started to do some vinegar rinses and scrubs that I started to notice a positive change. Adding some tea tree oil right to your low poo helps too. I also noticed once I cut out drying alcohol products (mostly in the hairspray and mousse I was using) my scalp seemed a bit better too. Good luck!!!
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THANK YOU~

It worked!! so far. although i didn't do with with olive oil, which i think i'll do on my next cowashing day. today I did it with conditioner. at first while still in the shower it itched a little then i rubbed in some conditioner on my scalp and left it there. so maybe it was dry.

I don't remember where but in a thread here in curltalk someone said that the itchiness could of been caused by rapid hair growth and maybe the scalp wasn't prepared for it. any thoughts??

again thank you so much!! especially IAgirl, thank you thank you!!
Soon from shoulder length to bra length, while curly.

Hair Routine:
Organic Conditioner to cleanse and leave in
Almond, EVOO, or Castor Oil to seal.
No gel, but if needed FSG

3bc. some rare parts in 3a. I have mixed hair due to heat damage and texturizers.
medium thickness.
normal density.
normal porosity.
dark brown.

No Pooie since Oct. 6th 2010
Thank you for this thread, it is extreamly timely!
I just start going CG and my scalp is itching like crazy. I am going to try a few things in this thread...like the Sugar Scrub, and Tea Tree Oil!

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