A Curly Guy's Trek to Stop the Itch and Frizz

I'll throw it all right out for you folks and hopefully we can garner A regimen that may help a few people. If already accomplished, please point me to a definitive article that covers what I'm gonna lay down.

I am a guy with pretty thick curly hair. I come from a family and a social environment where there is no good or easy advice for a man with my kind of hair. Most people simply would prefer I have a crew cut than keep the curl. Past horror stories aside...

I have psoriasis and / or eczema, combined with very sensitive skin. I am trying to combat "the big itch," while keep my hair from being "crispy" in Arizona. I've explored quite a few products and tried to figure out the best approach to taking care of all these issues at the same time.

My current routine is this:
1. Olive oil combed through wet hair and a warm towel for 20+ minutes.
2. Shampoo with Neutrogena http://www.aaaskindoctor.com/neuttgelorsh.html It is the closest I've come to combatting "the itch." My dandruff is not very bad to begin with. It's all about the itch.

Optional: Sometimes I use baking soda in a diluted paste to exfoliate the scalp just a bit. It gets rid of dead skin without too much irritation. This almost always contributes to my frizziness, but it seems to prolong the period before I need to wash again.

3. Diluted Apple Cider Vinegar rubbed into both scalp and tip
4. Beer, if I'm drinking any or have some leftover. Classy right?

At the end of each shower I'm a beer battered italian rotini dish with a vinaigrette dressing.

I have to avoid as many irritants as possible, but the neutrogena seems to be the easiest on both my hair and my scalp.

Despite my best efforts it seems like I get rid of too much oil and need a follow up conditioner after shampooing. It should probably be a light conditioner as oils tend to cause the itch (even my own, allergic to myself).

I would love to hear people's suggestions, your own methods, nice smelling oils I could use afterwards for my hair.

I'll earnestly follow a routine someone suggests and take pictures of the results. It sounds meticulous but honestly I'm tired of a) no guys owning up to their curls so that this information is readily available b) frizz and itch - and poorly organized information / product promos on the net.

Anyway, if it would help you to see the situation, I can email a couple pictures of my hair.

Thanks to all.
T Gel is one of the most harsh shampoos. I know, I used to use it. Try giving up shampoo, or cutting back to every 3rd or 4th day. Even a mild shampoo can be drying. A vinegar rinse can help with the transition. If that doesn't work, there is a neutrogena shampoo called T Sal that has a milder cleanser.
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if you look in this same board there is a thread started about this, you can also use the search function, to look for more info. No shampoo, vinger rinses, and jojoba oil have helped with my dry scalp.
The key may be keeping a good balance of oils in your hair and scalp while at the same time keeping them clean. Itching can be a reaction to dry atmoshpere or allergic reaction to a product you are using. Baking soda can also dry you out; I can't use it.

There's a clarifying conditioner wash you can make called Lemon-aid: strained juice of one lemon (or ReaLemon from the bottle) + conditoner (in a 1:1 ratio). This cleanses hair and scalp without the dryness. And lemon brings your hair's pH down, which is a good thing for hair/scalp. Or use a gentle sulfate-free shampoo.

Oils and butters I have found useful as mix-ins to conditioners & shampoos or as pre-poo/treatment on dry hair:
Pure coconut oil
Sapote oil (hard to get)
Jojoba oil
castor oil (do not use alone!! -- add a little to shampoo or conditioner)
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Heaven - I'll check out the search - it was kinda strange looking for the search button for some reason. I might have been tired at the time.

I'll agree about T-Gel, it contains all the wrong ingredients, the same with Selsun Blue - in fact it is only a combination of the two that removes the itch at this point.

I agree about maintaining the balance of oils. The hardest thing about this is that I gotta keep the hair healthy with good oils and some natural oils - but those lead to the whole issue.

I'll search for the other thread and index that here if it seems applicable. Otherwise I'll post the current schedule I'm using right now.
I'll throw it all right out for you folks and hopefully we can garner A regimen that may help a few people. If already accomplished, please point me to a definitive article that covers what I'm gonna lay down.

I am a guy with pretty thick curly hair. I come from a family and a social environment where there is no good or easy advice for a man with my kind of hair. Most people simply would prefer I have a crew cut than keep the curl. Past horror stories aside...

I have psoriasis and / or eczema, combined with very sensitive skin. I am trying to combat "the big itch," while keep my hair from being "crispy" in Arizona. I've explored quite a few products and tried to figure out the best approach to taking care of all these issues at the same time.

My current routine is this:
1. Olive oil combed through wet hair and a warm towel for 20+ minutes.
2. Shampoo with Neutrogena http://www.aaaskindoctor.com/neuttgelorsh.html It is the closest I've come to combatting "the itch." My dandruff is not very bad to begin with. It's all about the itch.

Optional: Sometimes I use baking soda in a diluted paste to exfoliate the scalp just a bit. It gets rid of dead skin without too much irritation. This almost always contributes to my frizziness, but it seems to prolong the period before I need to wash again.

3. Diluted Apple Cider Vinegar rubbed into both scalp and tip
4. Beer, if I'm drinking any or have some leftover. Classy right?

At the end of each shower I'm a beer battered italian rotini dish with a vinaigrette dressing.

I have to avoid as many irritants as possible, but the neutrogena seems to be the easiest on both my hair and my scalp.

Despite my best efforts it seems like I get rid of too much oil and need a follow up conditioner after shampooing. It should probably be a light conditioner as oils tend to cause the itch (even my own, allergic to myself).

I would love to hear people's suggestions, your own methods, nice smelling oils I could use afterwards for my hair.

I'll earnestly follow a routine someone suggests and take pictures of the results. It sounds meticulous but honestly I'm tired of a) no guys owning up to their curls so that this information is readily available b) frizz and itch - and poorly organized information / product promos on the net.

Anyway, if it would help you to see the situation, I can email a couple pictures of my hair.

Thanks to all.
Originally Posted by inennui
Do you also have eczema?

I'm not the expert. I'm definitely new here. However, I wonder, what do you think about trying a shampoo that has no sulfates, or even trying a CG routine?

Maybe this link could be helpful:

http://beauty.about.com/gi/dynamic/o...s%2Ftip115.htm

It won't help with your curls, but it has some information, especially when you scroll down the page, with some natural dandruff fighters. Some are right in your own kitchen. This page states that dandruff can't be eliminated, only controlled.

Godspeed as you deal with this!
Thanks for your responses so far. I'd like to state that I'm making some progress with the way my hair and scalp are behaving.

I am working on a rhythm which alternates the type of shampoo I use.

1. Olive oil as a comb through, a light amount mostly to keep the T-Gel from the rest of my hair since I'm going for the scalp.

2. T-Gel followed by a tiny bit of tea tree shampoo from giovanni (not the best for this time).

3. Aubrey Organics Replenishing Conditioner (for Dry or Frizzy).

This brand of conditioner is very easy to balance the amount of oils in my hair. It doesn't repair frizz, but it definitely is helping to keep frizz from developing and gives my hair a decent shine and smoothness. The biggest thing here - is that it isn't so heavy that it is making the itch come back.

After about 3-5 days depending on how oily my hair is I swap my T-Gel with the tea tree oil. Then I add in a vinegar rinse.

I find that switching gives my hair a bit of a break as well as my scalp. I have a bit of selsun blue that I use to get rid of hotspots, but never a full application. When that bottle is done I'll swap it with something much better and fewer nasty chemicals.

I don't have much dandruff if any at this point. I'm still not certain of eczema, but I don't doubt it - I'm going to save money for a dermatologist and also get bloodwork to get a full picture of my body.

By the way, my hair is 3b or 3c depending on what part you look at. I am taking your suggestions into consideration and I hope someone is watching out there that needs to see this kind of experiment.

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