Itchy scalp for over a year - help with hair care routine.

So I have rather thick, curly hair. But over the past year and four months I've had a lot of itching and hair loss. Though it's still pretty thick. It all started with shikakai and Amla powder and that nightmarish itching lasted 8 months. I had stopped using it immediately and have been swapping products for the past year and a half roughly.

What sort of routine should I do for 3c curly hair? I've had zero luck with cowashing and using a cleansing shampoo once a week, I've tried sulfate free (ow the itch), and I tried going back to a sulfate shampoo and just using oils to condition but that didn't work either.
I have the same predicament as well. I don't know if im applying the wrong products, or not enough. Sometimes I'll apply to much and my head will looked coated and have a product hue, or i'll apply to little and my head will burn and hair will feel parched. I'm rather stumped as well
So I have rather thick, curly hair. But over the past year and four months I've had a lot of itching and hair loss. Though it's still pretty thick. It all started with shikakai and Amla powder and that nightmarish itching lasted 8 months. I had stopped using it immediately and have been swapping products for the past year and a half roughly.

What sort of routine should I do for 3c curly hair? I've had zero luck with cowashing and using a cleansing shampoo once a week, I've tried sulfate free (ow the itch), and I tried going back to a sulfate shampoo and just using oils to condition but that didn't work either.
Originally Posted by Rorassen
Sounds like you had a reaction to the shikakai/amla powder. Have you tried a regular sulfate free shampoo - those that use that "coco-betaine" for the cleanser? Are you using rinseout conditioner? What about styling products?

I have 2c hair, so very different from yours, but I have to shampoo/condition (rinseout) every day. Oils as conditioner doesn't really work for my hair, but I will use them as a deep treatment of sorts. Also, after clarifying with a sulfate shampoo, I have to do a deep treatment - with regular conditioner left on for longer than 2 minutes. (I tried 5 minutes and that wasn't enough. Next time I'm trying 20-30 minutes.)
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This is very controversial and you will have to make up your own mind about trying it. If you google Long Hair Community+Borax you can read the whole thread on it.
I tried it because I have hard water and it did work and I'm thinking of using it again. People that had itchy scalps got relief with this too. I, myself, think there was some confusion about the chemical names. But again it is each individual's choice if you feel comfortable trying this or not.
If not the other thing I would suggest is to clean your hair utensils and maybe have two sets and have one soaking in a disinfecting solution of some sort while using the other set and then switching.
On an easier note, I do find I get itching and bumps if I don't rinse out my cowash enough. Hope you get some relief soon.
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No Poo: various VO5s testing Gliss Volumizing (keratin) for summer
Citric acid rinse or vinegar
RO: SM Honey Mask with agave
Conditioner only styling with water, water and more water, or jojoba + SM Superfruit
Styler: KCCC or Ecostyler Olive Oil occasionally
Love most oils but can't use CO in winter

Last edited by Wavycat; 06-27-2017 at 08:32 AM.

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