Post # 1
okay, so… I’ve always had kind of oily hair. I used to have to wash it every day, then realized how horrible this was and started washing every other day (I will have to wash my hair the night before the wedding, so I wanted to get it to a place wehre it wouldn’t be too nasty.
Well, recently I switched to no-poo (using baking soda instead of shampoo and cider vinegar instead of conditioner.) The first week it was great, I noticed way less product build up in my head (which used to always be itchy) and was feeling much more clean.
Well this week, I feel like i’m back to my normal oily headed self, and my scalp is so itchy. literally one day of my wash cycle… not the first day I wash it but the day after (so would be wedding day!) SO ITCHY. I feel like it’s always going to be like this. Does anybody have any tips? I have visions of my scratching away at my head on the wedding day and don’t know how to make this stop, it’s making me nuts and ugggg I’m willing to try almost anything!
Post # 3
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
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
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
@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
@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 # 8
@bella128: lol, yes!
What smell drove you nuts with no-poo? I find it doesn’t smell like anything
Post # 9
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
@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
@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 # 12
@bella128: Weird, I totally haven’t been having that problem (FI has been doing this too, and I like to play with his hair and haven’t smelled anything, and he says he can’t smell anything wrong with mine). just smells like… nothing lol
@subtlebee: Wait, so you mean the coconut oil the day before I wash and the day I Wash? or just the day before… then on the day I wash rince with apple cider vinegar/water
The WEIRDEST THING… is the itching will happen one day in the morning, then after lunch I’m fine the rest of the day and nothing again for like… a week. UGG lol
Post # 13
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
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
@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.
I tried the T-Gel as a PP poster recommended and it hasn’t helped at all 🙁
Post # 16
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.