A couple of weeks ago, I decided to try the curly girl method, and started co-washing my hair. After a couple of weeks, my scalp was really itchy, so I decided to look into the ingredients of every conditioner I've used that makes my scalp itchy, to see if I can figure out which ingredients are causing it. I found a few common ingredients in all of them: cetrimonium chloride, cetyl alcohol, stearyl alcohol, and cetearyl alcohol. I tried finding a conditioner that doesn't have any of these ingredients, but it's pretty much impossible, since if it doesn't have any of the alcohols, it has cetrimonium chloride. (Also, my #1 priority is that it not be tested on animals, so that limits my choices). I also have eczema, and I think that's why my scalp has been so irritated and itchy. (The itchiness has been going on for a few months, but I've tried a few different shampoos and conditioners in that time).

There might be some expensive line of shampoo and conditioner out there that doesn't have any of these ingredients, but I'm not willing to spend megabucks on them. I have long, thick hair and I go through a lot of conditioner.

At the moment, I'm kind of fed up with trying to find a conditioner that doesn't have any of these ingredients, and I'm looking for a recipe to make my own. Most of the recipes I've found are for deep conditioning treatments, and I'm looking for something lighter that I can use every time I wash my hair.