Ok. First I'd suggest a gentler poo, like one by Shea Moisture. I adore SM's retention poo. It's divine.

But I'm also wondering if you have protein sensitivity?

Have you tried co-washing? I know that sounds nuts, given your scalp issues, but it sounds like your hair is dry and your scalp is producing extra oil to try and compensate. If you find it doesn't clean your scalp well enough (and you do have to massage your scalp when you co-wash), try adding some brown sugar. (You can also add baking soda, but you'd need to follow with an ACV rinse, or add some ACV to your condish.)

That doesn't mean you don't ever get to low-poo, you might just do every other time. You might also consider using that co-wash to pre-poo. That will help keep your hair from getting stripped.

The other thing you might try if that doesn't seem to help is cutting out protein to see if that's your culprit.

So SM poo is an option. For a co-wash many of us use vo5 or suave naturals. One protein free one I have is Suave's clarifying condish. (Again you can add the brown sugar to further clean your scalp). For a RO (and you'll want to use one either way), I LOVE GVP's conditioning balm. It's very rich and moisturizing, and perhaps a bonus for you is that it's protein free.

Hope that helps a little!
Originally Posted by Jas76
Thank you for all the tips ! I didn't understand most of the lingo, though :/

For example, SM, RO, GVP?
Also, do I add the brown sugar to my hair conditioner?

Today I showered and used only conditioner. I used a random dove one that I found and mixed it with some Tresemme protein conditioner in a red tube. Idk if protein is the issue... I've put eggs in my hair with no success, but you're right! my hair probably is trying to fight off the dryness.
Originally Posted by lolitaaaa
I'm sorry you didn't follow me!

Dusa covered most of it, but yes, SM = Shea Moisture. It's a brand available at Walgreens or target. (Also online at their websites, and at drugstore.com. Sally's also carries it online and in store.)

RO is indeed rinse out - it just means the conditioner you use the "traditional" way, rather than as a co-wash or leave-in.

Interesting that Dusa says it's protein free! I thought it had protein! (But I don't worry about that much bc my hair LOVES protein.)

GVP - she's right that is what it stands for, but it actually says "GVP" on the bottles.

Yes, mix the brown sugar with your co-wash, and massage as Dusa suggested!

If that's not enough you could add the baking soda and do the ACV (apple cider vinegar) rinse or additive.

Careful with the Dove conditioners, they tend to have a lot of silicones. Which is fine, of course, but some have trouble with them building up. If you are going with co-washing more often you may find some issues.

It really sounds as if protein may be an issue for your hair. I'd suggest cutting back on it and focusing on the moisture right now.

Hope that explains it better!
2c/3a/3b, Fine/med, Dense, high porous, & normal elas.

Lo-poo - Renpure Keratin, SMR, Giovanni SaS
clarifying - mix Johnson's H2T with low poo
Co-wash - Suave Nats. clar. or coco.
RO - GVPCB, Ion Eff. Care, TN.
LI - SMR, Cure Care, or RO
Seal - MO or Jojoba
DT - + honey, ACV, & EVOO to SM masque & GVPCB
PT - Gelatin!, CNPF
Styling - FSG, AIF, BRHG, LALS/PS, GF curl spray gel, SM Souffle/Smoothie, LOOB
Oils - MO!, EVOO, jojoba, GSO, SM Elixer, EVCO, VO5 Hairdressing