16 March 2011

Itchy Scalp...Dry Hair

The product junky in me is resurfacing! I have been having terrible trouble with dry itchy scalp and dry hair that is becoming brittle.

At frst I thought it was the sisterlocks shampoo as that left me scratching straight away, so I discontinued using it. Then I have found myself having to use harsher shampoos as my consultant says that I have a little build up. So far I have tried:

Pantene Clarifying Shampoo - That was good for cleaning my hair but as I was using a bottle I had for ages the last wash left my hair grey!

Mane N Tail Shampoo - That was the bomb!! but due to it's moisturising qualities my hair felt like silk, I will use this after I am fully locked as I dont want to risk my hair turning to soft cotton wool!

Jamaican Mango and Lime Tingle Shampoo - Smelt like it would do the job but again my hair had a grey cast when it was washed out

Neutragena T Gel with coal tar - Wasnt too bad but left my hair really dry as for my scalp, it was less itchy for a while

V05 Kiwi Lime Clarifying Shampoo - Brilliant for cleaning I was shocked at how dirty my hair really was! but my scalp is constantly scratching and my hair feels brittle and is breaking with the least friction

Now the problem is I am 6 months into my journey and my cosultant says that my hair is locking fast which is good but with the dry scalp and itching issues I really am starting to get disheartened. The shampoo that does work for me is still too moisturising for me at this stage. I dont think I have an actual scalp condition as my skin is contradictory all over. For example I suffer with dry skin, on my legs I have a condition named Icthyosis for which I use creams with urea and if you take a closer look at some of my pics, on my face I have small dry patches of exema. In total contradiction I sweat an abnormal amount and it can be simply from getting ready in the morning and putting on my clothes. So if I relate that to my scalp it is the same thing, I have dry scalp but then at least once a day it gets drenched in sweat and then goes back to being dry and itchy.

I have managed to go 6 months without using anything apart from water on my hair and scalp but I think it is safe to now say that my scalp does not produce enough oils to moisturise my hair.

Ohhhhhh, right now jsut so frustrated. My consultant is not really knowledgeable on hair so this means it is difficult to get recomendations and help


Nai said...

Nizoral Defo! I am told you need to apply it to the scalp. A tad bit expensive but soo worth it. Yeah there are 2 different strengths of T gel. but coal tar is the one i used too. Thanks for the info on Mane n Tail ... hmmmm :)))coldion

Nai said...

Can you tell us more about Mane n Tail? what did you like about it?

Mrs Mac's Corner... said...

Hi Nai, When I was a loose natural my hair tended to tangle a lot. After reading on forums I found the Mane n Tail shampoo and conditioner. On my first wash with the shampoo my hair felt very soft and easier to comb. I then had my daughter test it as her hair type is the same as mine, again very soft and manageable. My daughter now uses this all the time when washing alongside the conditioner. When I had done a few washes with my locs my hair was grey so I reached for the shampoo again as I knew it would get it clean (I was using the starter shampoo). After washing my hair was very soft, I didnt get unraveling but it was so soft I felt that my hair would come apart ou of the locs. To be honest, I havent looked into the ingredients but I do know that my scalp felt good and the hair was soft and felt conditioned/moisturised. I didnt use it again becasue I was concerned about unraveling as I am still a newbie, but will definately use it once I am matured. It is quite think so it would need watering down and the liquid has a blue colouring. HTH

Nai said...

Thank you soo much for this, I was in the midst of another PJ rampage! It just may be what I am looking for!