“Picking Your Brain” Responses (Part IX)

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Anonymous asks: Within a week or two after having visible new growth my head gets really itchy. How do you deal with the itch?

Last summer my scalp was terrorized by serborrheic dermatitis . I used to wake up during the night because my scalp was so itchy and covered with dandruff scales. I had tried dandruff shampoos like Neutrogena T-Gel and Matrix Biolage Scalptherapie Antidandruff Shampoo but after 2 days, my scalp would start itching and scaling again.

What really helped me was oils. I started out with using jojoba oil, eucalyptus, and lavender oil and using it as pre-poo and doing scalp massages with it, here’s the link to that post: [link] Then I switched to using a mix of coconut, tea tree, eucalyptus, lavender and vitamin E, here’s the link to that post: [link]. That mix is what really helped my scalp. I used it for my hot oil treatments as well as scalp massages during the week and it stopped the itching and scaling. The only additions I made to that mix was sulfur, which also helps relieve itchy scalp, and grapeseed oil. Here’s the link to the sulfur mix I’m using: [link].

Peppermint oil is another essential oil that aids in alleviating itchy scalp. Peppermint oil has pH balancing qualities that help alleviate dry scalp and itchiness caused by dry scalp.

If you do use essential oils (tea tree oil, lavender, eucalyptus, peppermint, etc.) be sure to always mix them with a carrier oil, like coconut, olive oil, jojoba, or grapeseed. Essential oils should never be applied directly to your scalp without first diluting them. I’ve done it, trust me, it HURTS. My very first time using tea tree oil, I applied it directly to my scalp. Within 5 minutes the tingling sensation turned painful. Always dilute essential oils.

Anonymous asks: Hey JeniJen! You blog is awesome x 10 million! Thank you for sharing your tips and helping out sistas all over the world. Do you do Apple Cider Vinegar rinses? If so, has it helped the health of your hair? How do you do the rinses (i.e. the process — wash, deep con, ACV? wash, ACV, deep con? spritzing? another method?), and what’s your recipe (water to ACV ratio, any additives). If you don’t do ACV rinses, do you have “porosity issues” — do you use any treatment to assist with moisture retention, like Roux Porosity Control. I appreciate any feedback or assistance! Keep up the awesome blogging!

Hey there! It’s my pleasure! I’ve only done ACV rinses a handful of times, and admittedly, the last time I did it, it left my hair tangled so I gave up. But in hindsight, it was my fault because the ACV mix I made was too acidic. I wish I could remember the water:ACV ratio I used but it was so long ago I can’t, I’m sorry. Shika of www.hairiamworld.com has two post up on her blog about her ACV rinses that you may find helpful. Here are the link [post 1] and [post 2].

I have porous hair (and hard water) so I use Roux Porosity Control every week to correct it. After I finish shampooing my hair, I apply Roux PC for 30 seconds, then rinse. Roux PC has definitely helped with my moisture retention. I’m so obsessed with the stuff, I always make sure I have two bottles on hand lol.

 

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