View Full Version : What to do for Scalp and Question about sulfates

September 19th, 2008, 06:30 AM
Hello everyone

For about 15 years I've been struggling with a very itchy scalp. I've tried every shampoo for dandruff under the sun. I've been to a Dermotologist and gotten prescription shampoo's, creams and the like. Nothing has worked so I've stopped waisting my money on that sort of thing. My scalp has improved since becoming gluten free. I'd say its improved by 50%. However its still pretty itchy.

I've gone to COing only so for now that is cone free. Are there any moisturizing treatments for the scalp? Anyone have any favorite kitchen type recipies? My scalp gets flakes, the flaky spots itch, if I scratch the flakes off (even very gently) the spot underneath is very red. The only time my scalp has ever been not itchy is during a stint of using baking soda on the scalp with ACV rinces. Great for my scalp HORRID for my hair. It took weeks for my hair to recover from that.

Are there sulfates in the cone free conditioners? If so what sort of thing do I look for in the ingredients list?


September 19th, 2008, 06:38 AM
Actually, that sounds like what my 9 year old son has. He has eczema on other parts of his body (since birth), and we can control that, but the big scaly patches in his head are (or were) horrible. NOTHING worked.

I started him on Chagrin Valley Neem and Tea Tree shampoo bars about a week ago, and when I checked his scalp last night, the spots are improving! YAY!! :cheese: You may want to give them a try.

September 19th, 2008, 10:41 AM
I know of one dry scalp recipe never tried it but the one who did she say it work for her,maybe it can work for you.
Before every wash, rub some oil into your scalp (olive oil works best for me). Make sure you massage it in and get it to every part of the scalp... you should spend about 10-15 minutes doing this.
At this point you can jump into the shower to wash it off. But if you have some extra time and want to take this time to condition your length you could squeeze a tiny bit of oil onto your length too and leave it on as desired.
When it comes to washing it out (modify this to your own way of washing) get in the shower and wet down your length. Since you will be concentrating on your scalp you can put some conditioner on the length and get the benefits from that while you work on your scalp.
You should have a bowl of conditioner mixed with brown sugar. Shampoo your scalp (or.. don't, if you CO ). Then take the conditioner/sugar mixture and start scrubbing it on your scalp. Make sure, though, that the sugar hasn't melted into the conditioner, or it won't have much of an effect. Scrub the sugar all over your scalp.
Rinse out the conditioner/sugar and the conditioner on your length. You can condition one more time on your length if you feel the need to. I did this for months and my dry scalp has disappeared! I didn't find the brown sugar a neccessity for every wash but I did do an oil massage on my scalp every time...

September 19th, 2008, 11:11 AM
I found that CO left me with dry scalp and flakies. However, Trader Joe's Nourish shampoo is sulfate- and cone-free, so it keeps my scalp and my hair happy. (With cheapo V05 conditioner.) As an added bonus, the shampoo is a whole $2.99 a bottle.

September 20th, 2008, 04:36 AM
If I have dry scalp, I always apply a bit of jojoba oil, which seems to help a lot.

September 20th, 2008, 05:41 AM
Great advice already, i'd definately echo the scalp oiling advice. Olive and jojoba are great, sweet almond is very softening to help loosen up the flakes and also very soothing. I would add some vitamin e rich oil too like wheatgerm or avocado. Essential oils like lavender or chamomile, german chamomile is particularly healing as it's richer in i think the chemical is called azulene, but roman chamomile smells much nicer ;)
I'd suggest very gentle cleansing, herb washing with something like shikakai always makes my scalp happy, but aubrey organics do sulphate free shampoos which might be an idea. But i'm sure there are lots of other brands others could advise you on.
Have you checked your diet? Often increasing essential fatty acids help with skin/scalp problems....evening primrose oil is especially good but can't be taken by epileptics and can aggrivate migranes if those are an issue.

ETA just seen you have gone 'poo free, good idea....a really nice kitchen treatment is yogurt, i'd try mixing it with some aloe gel and honey, maybe add some rich oils in too.