[quote]Question: I need your help. I am having the worse time with my scalp lately, actually the last few months. I am:
1. still going for my (relaxer) touch-ups but finding that my scalp is itchy and flaky between regular washing.
2. using Infusium shampoo and conditioner but that does still does not help.
3. also using Organic Root Stimulator/No More Flakes, the Olive Oil Hair Dress-Creme (Same Company) and Sulfur 8 Medicated, light formula.
My hair still seems to dry out fast and so does my scalp. Also, how many times a week should I wash my hair and if I do it too often won’t it dry it out more?[/quote]
Answer: [dropcap]F[/dropcap]irst of all, if you are getting relaxer touch ups, it is your hair stylist’s responsibility to make sure that your scalp is not irritated before applying chemical relaxer. This should be done by thoroughly examining the scalp before starting any chemical procedures.
Relaxers are a chemical that can make matters even worse on a scalp that is inflamed or very sensitive. In fact, one popular relaxer manufacturer’s instructions state under the warning section of the labeling that the client should not receive a relaxer if the scalp is ” irritated, abraded or injured”.
Second, I would suggest using a more targeted shampoo for an irritated scalp. I recommend using the Phyto a botanical based product line in order to address the concerns you have with your scalp condition. I believe the products you are currently using to help solve the problem are actually making your scalp problems worse.
Here’s the Hairdo Daily prescription:
1. Start by using a pre- shampoo scalp treatment like the Phyto Phytopolleine Botanical Scalp Treatment
2. Then shampoo with a treatment shampoo such as Phyto Apaisant Intelligent Shampoo
This will help calm and soothe and irritated scalp.
Since the first step is a treatment shampoo for your scalp you need to follow with a shampoo that will moisturize and detangle your hair.
4. After 2nd shampoo , condition with one of my favorites for relaxed hair It’s a 10 Miracle Hair Mask I suggest always following with a conditioner for chemically treated hair since it is more fragile.
5. Lastly, avoid using the products you mentioned on a clean and treated scalp. Many of these products contain mineral oil or other synthetic ingredients that smother your scalp and won’t let it breathe. If your scalp can’t receive fresh air and moisture then dirt, oils and perspiration stay trapped on the scalp. This often make scalp problems even worse. Which sounds exactly like what you’ve been experiencing up until now.
Note that the only time I direct you to add oil treatment to your scalp is pre-shampoo. The oil treatment should be rinsed out, not left on the scalp. Essential oils which are derived from plants and contain healing ingredients and are very compatible with your scalp. Your scalp has it’s own natural oils that should be stimulated by regular scalp manipulation.
Yes, shampooing too often can cause dryness but it’s usually due to use of the wrong products. The more often you shampoo means you don’t have to do any intensive shampooing since your hair isn’t extremely dirty.
Be sure to pay close attention to the signs your scalp and hair give you in terms of how often to shampoo. If you perspire profusely, begin to notice itching after several days or if you hair begins to feel hard and stiff then these are signs that you hair and scalp need hydration and it’s time to shampoo. If you follow a regular routine with the prescription outlined above, you should notice improvement very soon.