tea tree oil versus shea butter

I think I'm a bit of an anomaly.

I wash my hair every other day with Trader Joe's Tea Tree Oil Shampoo and I condition with the same type of conditioner. I had been using jojoba oil shampoo/conditioner because my scalp has been itchy, but jojoba didn't help and my stylist said to try tea tree oil either by itself or within shampoo and conditioner.

Just to confirm, it's NOT dandruff, but dry scalp. HOWEVER, I also tend to get an oily scalp if I go too long without washing, which is why I was every other day. I try to go two days without washing if I can and sometimes I can manage it.

I have tried to go "poo-less" so to speak, but it just does not work for me.

So my problem is that the tea tree oil is not working as well as I would like it to. I'm wondering if shea butter shampoo/conditioner would work the way I would like AKA no itchy scalp. But I'm also worried that it'll make my hair too oily.

My routine is the following: I wash my hair with the Trader Joe's Tea Tree oil shampoo first. Once every two weeks or so, I use a vinegar/water rinse (which does relieve my itchy scalp a bit), then I condition. I leave the conditioner in for 3-5 min and wash out about 90% of it.

I blot my hair dry with a towel and put Moroccan Oil in my hair. I don't use this in my scalp, but just on my hair (because of the oily scalp situation). Then I use gel to tame the frizz, sometimes I use mousse if it's a particularly humid day.

That's it.

Does anyone think they can help me? Will shea butter shampoo/conditioner work better? Will it make my hair oilier, but help my scalp?

And can anyone recommend products that might help my scalp that don't include jojoba oil or tea tree oil?
How long have you been using the TTO? When I first started using it I felt a big difference but then suddenly there was this one day where I got super itch scalp but it went away; I don't know what that was about but it's the only bad "incident" i've had using TTO. I put about 10-15 drops of pure TTO in about a cup of my co-wash conditioner. I work it in my scalp for several minutes (about 5) and I have been doing this for about 3 or more months. My dry, itchy scalp has gotten about 80% better since started using TTO.
2C, med-coarse, med. dense, normal elasticity, low porosity. Mod CG since 5/30/11
Routine:
Low-Poo: Organix Nourishing Coconut Milk
Co-Wash: Suave Naturals
Tropical Coconut
RO/LI: TRESemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture
Gel: 3/4 Fantasia IC Hair Polisher Gel + 1/4 La Bella Lots of Curls
Spritz: AVG + LI w/water - 2/3 day hair

Treatments:
Conditioning: EVOO *started using on 8/14/11 on dry hair overnight, its looking good!*
Protein: homemade
Love: TTO, plop, pineapple
I've been using the TTO for a couple of months now. It has alleviated my itching, but I'm not having the same results you did. Some days my scalp drives me nuts especially when the weather goes from warm to cold, warm to cold, which makes sense, I suppose.

All I do know is that I have to use something with natural products. I had to use Tresemme the other day because I ran out of my TTO shampoo and that has made my itchy scalp even itchier. My scalp is usually somewhat itchy.

I never had this problem until about a year or more ago. My scalp never itched. I might give Shea Moisture a try. I've heard good things about it.
Hmmm, that is very interesting. Well I'm sorry it hasn't worked out for you but I've heard equally good things about shea butter too . Wouldn't hurt to try!
2C, med-coarse, med. dense, normal elasticity, low porosity. Mod CG since 5/30/11
Routine:
Low-Poo: Organix Nourishing Coconut Milk
Co-Wash: Suave Naturals
Tropical Coconut
RO/LI: TRESemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture
Gel: 3/4 Fantasia IC Hair Polisher Gel + 1/4 La Bella Lots of Curls
Spritz: AVG + LI w/water - 2/3 day hair

Treatments:
Conditioning: EVOO *started using on 8/14/11 on dry hair overnight, its looking good!*
Protein: homemade
Love: TTO, plop, pineapple
It sounds like your scalp IS, in fact, dry, but it's getting oily from over stripping. I think most (if not all) of the TJ's shampoos have Olefin Sulfate in them, which is extremely harsh and drying for some. You might want to try a gentler shampoo and conditioner. My scalp was oily before CG because I was stripping it with sulfates, and it was compensating by producing extra oil, which would just get washed away next time. It sounds like you're experiencing something similar. Try something gentler -- you don't have to CO-wash. Just use something very moisturizing and gentle. You can even try putting the oil on your scalp, and see if that helps. It has done wonders for my INSANELY dry scalp.

Something entirely different just occurred to me -- you said your scalp gets itchy when the weather changes, right? This is sometimes a sign of dermatitis. Are you sure you're not sensitive to an ingredient in your products or conditioners/cleansers? It sounds like you're going through something REALLY similar to what I went through. I figured out that I'm sensitive to fragrance and too many/overly harsh detergents in cleansers and conditioners and products. Something that has helped me with the itchies is a simple scalp scrub. You can just do a regular brown sugar one with conditioner, if you'd like. I like to use one with sugar, oil, and TTO in it. The TTO should really help your scalp...if you're getting halfway decent results with it, keep it up!

I HTH! Good luck -- I know how annoying an itchy scalp can be, and I feel for you.
Type 2c/3a with lots of hair and a super sensitive scalp! Med/slightly coarse texture, low porosity and elasticity.

Favorite...
Low poo: Organix TTM, Essential Wholesale Free & Clean
RO/LI: TN, GFTN, YTC
Stylers: EcoStylers, GF Curl Shaping Gel, Aussie Aussome Volume Mousse & Instant Freeze Gel, GFPC, LALNC, La Bella Lots of Curls, Apricot Oil, KMFUM, AO B5DG
Extras: sugar scrubs, AVG washes, pre-poos with EVCO, oiling scalp before washes, plopping, gelatin PT.
Mod-CG since 12/1/10!

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