(Closed) Help ladies with dry hair/scalp! (curly hair problems)

posted 8 years ago in Beauty
Post # 18
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@Quackadoo:  The mousse might. I used to do the wash every few days thing too and realised my styling gel seemed to be irritating my skin when I do that (on my scalp, neck and upper back; I have ridiculously sensitive skin though). I started rinsing my hair every day, even if I wasn’t washing it, and that definitely helped. Product can leave a lot of build up, especially if it’s a product specifically for curly hair, as those tend to be ‘extra hold’. I almost never use anything but hair oil these days, but when I do use a gel or mousse, I make sure I shampoo it out the next day.

 

The other thing you can try is a warm oil treatment, using olive oil or coconut oil. You warm some and then distribute it on your scalp (rubbing but not scratching) and through your hair if it’s dry as well. Then you can put on a cap or a towel and leave it for a few hours or over night. I do this about once every week or two. It leaves my curls really soft and keeps my head feeling way less itchy than it used to.

Post # 20
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@Quackadoo:  My curls really just need a bit of smoothing to avoid frizz, so I use Moroccan/argan oil – mine is Organix brand and it says ‘replenishing oil’ so I think it has some additional ingredients. It works fine for mine. My best friend has coarser curls though and doesn’t find it works well enough to help style hers. I wear my hair down or in a messy bun 99% of the time though :p If you like to style your hair more, you might want to look into silicone-free products for styling, or an oil that is designed (and includes ingredients) more suited to styling.

Post # 21
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Check out, http://www.naturallycurly.com. Lots of reviews on different products for curly hair, care methods, and solutions for common problems associated with curly hair. Their boards are amazing as well.

Post # 22
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Glad I found this thread. I am absolutely going to try the DevaCurl.

Post # 23
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Ugh, this sounds like me…except I’ve had this problem for YEARS.  No matter how long I wait to wash my curly hair, it always felt dry and my scalp was always dry and itchy especially in the winter! I tried everything from Head N Shoulders, to salon brands and even used Selsum Blue once (which helped for a few days but my hair was WORSE after!!

I ended up trying Arbonne FC5 shampoo and conditioner on a whim, and have never looked back!  Soft hair, no more dry skin, it smells great (like carrots and strawberries) it’s awesome!  And it’s animal friendly, which is a big deal (for me).  

Post # 24
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m a DevaCurl girl too.  I also use the styling gel (the name is a play on AnGel something or other.)

I have very fine curly hair (which is apparently uncommon.  I have a lot of hair, but each strand is fine.  And like most curly-girls it tends to be drier than the locks of my straight-haired friends.) So a lot of products will weigh my hair down, but using nothing leaves me looking like a little frizz-ball.

My hairdresser suggested that I used a sulfate free conditioner to wash my hair.  (She uses the Deva line of products.)  Unless my hair starts to feel oily I don’t use shampoo to wash my hair at all; I use the conditioner to wash it – and when I DO use shampoo I make sure that it’s a sulfate and paraben free type.  (Deva makes a shampoo “No-poo”  I buy the smallest bottle, I only use it every few weeks.)  The cleansing really comes from the massaging of your scalp.

I was skeptical at first.  But I found that it did work for me.  My head is a lot less itchy (I used to want to scratch all the time.  There were a few times I actually made my scalp bleed. – yuck!) and my hair feels better.

The “dandruff” or “anti-flake” shampoos that are on most drugstore shelves are pretty harsh on curls (and heads!) – if you haven’t gotten relief in a few uses or your hair is starting to feel like it’s taking a beating you’re wise to look for something without the harsh chemicals.

If you can’t find DevaCurls (or you can’t justify paying $16 – $20 for an average sized bottle of shampoo/conditioner) I have also used and liked the brand Organix – it is easier to find in drugstores/Target/grocery stores (in this area at least!) and is sulfate & paraben free.  And it’s priced more in line with Pantene products.

Post # 25
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I also have always had itchy/dry scalp my whole life.  I switched shampoos and got Head and Shoulders Itchy Scalp Care.  No more itchyness or dryness at all! I’ve been using it for a few months now.

Post # 26
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Jojoba oil is really good for dry scalp/ dandruff

I don’t use shampoo, its not good for curly hair because it robs the hair of the oils it needs to stay healthy. I “wash” daily with conditioner, then I condition again and don’t rinse it fully.

Post # 27
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

My usual wash routine is a couple, maybe a few times a week. But lately, on those in between days, it’s almost like the water is boosting the previous day’s product (Aveda Be Curly or Sebastian Potion 9), so my curls are crunchier than they were on the freshly washed days. I was thinking it might be time for a clarifying shampoo, which I haven’t used in at least a year?

Post # 28
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

I swear by the DevaCurl line, and even use a Deva-certified stylist for my cut and color. My hair has never been more healthy and well behaved in my entire life. I have very fine, dry, curly hair. I use Deva conditioner every day, Deva AnGel every day, and Deva LowPoo shampoo once a week. That’s it. Yes, you can spend less money to buy lots of different products that you have to use gobs and gobs of every day, or you can spend the money to buy the good stuff that you only need a little bit of and that leaves your hair and scalp feeling pampered. Your choice. One other trick that my stylist taught me is that you should never use a terry cloth towel on your hair. the terry cloth loops grab your hair folicles and rough them up, which invites the frizz. use an old t-shirt instead to gently scrunch your hair in small sections. The scrunching encourages the curl, and the smooth fabric won’t invite the frizz.

The Deva line is great because it’s totally “-ate” and “-one” free. The “-ate” ingredients in products strip your hair of essential oils and expose the delicate hair follicle to the elements and whatever chemicals you pour on your head. Would you do that to your favorite angora sweater and expect it to still be soft and luxurious? I think not. So if you wouldn’t do it to rabbit hair, why would you do it to your own hair? The “-one” ingredients in regular hair products simply coat your hair follicles in goop and weigh down their natural body and curl. They essentially fight how your hair is supposed to be, and you can only get them off of your hair follicles by washing with all of those “-ate” chemicals. It’s a vicious cycle of hair abuse. But if you stop the cycle and commit to pampering your hair for 6 weeks, your hair will feel totally healthy. I have no affiliation to the company, I promise. I just seriously LOVE their products and the way that my hair looks/feels now that I exclusively use them.

I didn’t do anything special to my hair for either of these photos. My curls and waves are always that well defined and my hair has great shine, too.

Post # 30
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@Quackadoo:  Glad you found something to help with your hair, hope the itching stops soon.  Stress sometimes made mine itch worse – especially while I was in school.  I didn’t find much that helped with that particular cause.

If your scalp is really bothering you and doesn’t clear up – and it seems worse than just typical dry skin – you might want to ask your doctor if it’s anything that she can help you with.  Both excema and psoriasis are skin conditions that can concentrate on the head and cause itchy, flaking rashes.  (They aren’t dangerous conditions, but they can be quite frustrating and even mildly painful.)

Post # 31
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I second naturallycurly.com for anyone with wavy or curly hair. I use Curl Junkie products, which are sold in some salons and also online. Marsha, who designed the line, is very helpful and you can send her a message about the problems with your hair and she will recommend products for you. Also, she sells sample sets so you can try nearly all her products to see what you like.

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