Dry scalp-I'm about to give up!

I am really trying to embrace my curls, 34 years later.  I have read the CG book and gone to a CG specialist for my haircut.  I started off using Deva Curl No Poo/One Condition.  I used it for 2 weeks and my scalp started itching like CRAZY.  I had little flakes towards my forehead.  So I switched to Trader Joe's Tea Tree Shampoo/Conditioner.  Two weeks later, I am experiencing this itchy and flaky scalp thing again.  It is driving me insane.  I am ready to go back to Pantene and straightening it!!!  I am new to all this, so I don't know what's going on.  Do I need a deep condition?  Do I need oils?  I have started washing it every other day as my hair is very fine, so it is grimy by the end of day 2.  Any advice is greatly appreciated.  My mornings are so much easier as a CG, but I can't stand this itchy scalp.

1 Answer

Hi UTBrandi, Itchy scalp can be caused by a number of things. When diagnosing yourself, it's important to note whether or not your scalp is dry. Many people associate flakes with dryness, when actually their scalp is oily. So check your scalp...is it oily? Or dry? If it's oily - this is a direct cause of the lack of sulfates in your shampoo. You've been using sulfates for most of your life, so when you change shampoos your scalp is trying to adjust. Your scalp is entering hyperdrive and trying to level off the amount of sebum your scalp produces...resulting in itchy scalp as well. Especially if you're using No Poo AND One Condition. Those are very rich moisturizers, and will no doubt cause oily scalp when you first start. It's a common occurrence for CG starters. If it's dry - your scalp might be having an adverse affect to the lack of sulfates...which is very strange to me. It could be that your scalp doesn't like the surfactants that are in your shampoos. I would stop using what you're using and try something new or go back to your Pantene. In both situations, if you want to trouble shoot this problem, I will tell you what happened to me. I kept having an itchy, oily scalp that would not let up. I thought maybe I'd have to try dandruff shampoo or something to get rid of it. But then I realized that I was using really rich moisturizers and not rinsing them properly. Therefore there was lots of oily greasy build up in my scalp. Be sure to properly rinse your scalp...let the water hit your scalp directly. And switch to something less rich. Your curls are only 3a, so you don't need as much moisture as the tighter curls. If all else fails, I always recommend seeking a Trichologist or Dermatologist who can give you professional advice. If you begin to see redness and irritation, I strongly recommend visiting a doctor.