(Closed) ugggg I hate my oily hair/ and itchy dry head/scalp.

posted 7 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
9094 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Try adding a tablespoon of white vinegar (I’ve heard apple cider works too) to your shampoo. (Mix it up pretty good).

Also, avoid in-bottle conditioner. If you need a conditioner (most people don’t) apply it only to your ends and never to your roots. I opt for a spray-in conditioner as opposed to a bottle. They’re less oily and dry faster.

Edit: When I was a teenager I had a super itchy scalp and it turned out to be too many hair products. Maybe wean yourself off them? Scalpicin is cheap and worked wonders for me. I think it’s just tea tree oil with some other goodies added in. Might be worth a try.

Post # 4
412 posts
Helper bee

I’ve never tried no poo so I don’t know that it’s a reaction to that (an extended adjustment phase maybe?), but when I moved to dryer climes, I had the exact same symptoms + a bit of flaking. My hairdresser said my scalp was probably overly dry, and then over-producing oils to compensate, with the itchyness being from being overly dry + irritated by oils. So I would try to find something more moisturizing to add to your routine, whether natural or salon, and then apply it to your scalp & first few inches of hair. Hopefully some hairdresser bees will chip in though; this is 100% anecdotal so YMMV.

Post # 5
412 posts
Helper bee

To add (seeing hyperventilate’s response), before my scalp episode, I’d also always thought you weren’t supposed to put conditioner on the first few inches of hair, and hadn’t for years, but need to now (and can literally go 4-5 days without washing my hair, with my hair looking better each day).

Post # 6
8439 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@mayflowerbride13:  Maybe check with a dermatologist?  They might be able to recommend something for you.  I used to have a really itchy scalp due to eczema (I have super dry, sensitive skin) and my doctor recommended I stop using a blow dryer.  I now wash my hair daily and let my hair air dry.  I do not use any styling products or treatments (no curlers, dyes, perms, flat iron, etc) and my scalp doesn’t bother me anymore.  Best of luck!

Post # 7
993 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@mayflowerbride13:  I have the same problem.  I tried no poo for a couple weeks but the smell made me crazy.  My hair looked amazing.  Its now getting greasy again, after shampooing.  I switched to a no-sulfate shampoo by bumble & bumble, which is a bit better (doesn’t strip the hair as much).  I think the itchy scalp thing is from chemical irritation – my skin also broke out and the lack of natural oil.  Funny how your hair feels way too squeaky clean now, hey?  I’m trying to go as long as possible in between washing… we’ll see if that makes a difference.


Post # 9
13563 posts
Honey Beekeeper

Paul Mitchell’s Tea Tree shampoo works wonders on my scalp when I’m having issues with dryness, particularly in the winter. It comes with a conditioner as well. It’s a little pricey, but if you have a Sally Beauty near you, you can get a generic brand that’s much cheaper and pretty much the same thing! Aside from shampoos, I’ve heard that apple cider vinegar does great things for dry/itchy scalps. Good luck!

Post # 10
993 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@mayflowerbride13:  It just never smelled clean, or even neutral – just a bit dirty, you know how you caN smell little kids hair when they sit in your lap? Fiance has a super nose and commented on how good it smelled after I shampooed so I guess it was just a bit off.

Post # 11
1583 posts
Bumble bee

@mayflowerbride13: massage you scalp with coconut oil the day before you wash and then after your baking soda wash, rinse with apple cider vinegar/water mix. Then if you use any hair moisturizer put that on your hair. it does wonders if you do all of these things once a week

Post # 13
2104 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I recommend LUSH Squeaky Green solid shampoo. Scrubbing the bar to the scalp exfoliates and I have never had softer, oil-free hair. 

Talk to your stylist. I have oily hair and wanted a curly updo. My wedding stylist said not to shampoo for 24 hrs so as to prevent frizz/wisps. She used a leave-in shampoo the day-of.

Post # 14
196 posts
Blushing bee

T Sal (made like Neutrogena like the T Gel antidandruff shampoo) helps me with my itchy scalp.  Too Much Information, but my scalp can get scaly and itchy as hell, and T Sal really helps!  I don’t know if it will work for you, but it might be worth a shot.

Post # 15
3941 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@housebee:   Do you have a job that allows you to go to work with wet hair?  And how do you style if you don’t blow dry?

Sorry, I’m having the same issue as OP because I recently started blow drying my hair for the first time in my LIFE (27 years), because I have a very very business-y job now that requires me to look super professional each day.  I would love to know how to get around not-blowdrying…but when I was my hair at night it looks like CRAP in the morning and is super oily.

My scalp has completely broken out…COVERED in bumps and itches like MAD.  The oil literally takes over after about 5 hours of washing and I already feel like I need to wash my hair again.

It sucks!

I tried the T-Gel as a PP poster recommended and it hasn’t helped at all 🙁

Post # 16
2016 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

the only thing that helped me is to only wash my hair once a week. it took a while to be able to do this. When i wash my hair i only shampoo the roots-do not put anything on the ends at all except water. I use luke warm water to wash my hair and always do a cold rince to close the pores. I use no conditioner.

I blow dry my hair on a cold setting and do not straighten on the day of washing. Sometimes i jus rough dry and place my hair in a bun fo the day and let it air dry when i get home of an evening.

My scalp has been less itchy an dry and alot less oily.

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