Newbie needs advice...

Hi all!

I have been searching for advice for my 2b/2c (I think) hair for a while, but am having some issues with what I have found so far.

I have normal hair, and lots of it, and when I don't wash it every day with shampoo, I get dandruff and the itchies. My hair becomes oily as well, and I'm not sure a no'poo regime is right for me. I have used wen in the past, and my scalp liked the tea tree and pomegranate, but my hair did not.

Any suggestions are appreciated!
Welcome. Have you had your scalp condition formally diagnosed? Without that it's difficult to suggest possible treatments, what is good for one skin complaint can worsen another.

Shampooing with harsh sulphate surfactants or alkaline products daily can temporarily relieve symptoms, but also thin the skin barrier, destroy the protective acid mantle including the beneficial skin flora and cause the scalp to pump out extra sebum to protect itself. One solution is to choose a very mild sulphate free shampoo at pH 4.5 to 5.5 which is best for both hair and skin health. One product is Komaza Care Moja shampoo. Some get relief fast from cutting out sulphate shampoos, some find their skin barrier takes weeks to repair so be patient.

The other treatment that can be effective for several different scalp complaints is lifestyle modification: make your diet as anti inflammatory and nutrient dense as possible, particularly consider your intake of oily fish, sugar and white/ refined carbs. Never scratch, use cold compresses if you itch excessively, limit heat including towel turbans, hot water, steaming and hair dryer on high. Blast your scalp with cold water right before washing, this encourages the sebaceous glands to empty so you can wash the sebum away.
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 oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Boots Essentials gel
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect
Thanks for all of the info, Firefox!

I have seen dermatologists, none of whom seem particularly worried about what I have described, and one even gave me tar shampoo! I hated that stuff.

I have been looking into trying CG, and I'm going to try and see how it works.
Thanks for all of the info, Firefox!

I have seen dermatologists, none of whom seem particularly worried about what I have described, and one even gave me tar shampoo! I hated that stuff.

I have been looking into trying CG, and I'm going to try and see how it works.
Originally Posted by temperedred
There are a number of common scalp complaints that can cause flaking and pruritis (itching), so no I would not expect 'worry' that is not what I asked. You do need a diagnosis and one must have been made if you were given a prescription, can you call the office to ask what it was?

Going full Curly Girl on a scalp complaint you do not understand could very easily worsen the issue by selecting the wrong products/ ingredients. Coal tar is used to treat both seborrhoeic dermatitis and psoriasis and occasionally other dermatological disorders, you need to know which. For example oleic acid has been implicated in SD, this fatty acid is ubiquitous in plant oils and butters especially olive, avocado and sweet almond.
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 oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Boots Essentials gel
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect

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