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Sat May 19, 2007 6:30 am      Reply with quote
Hi,

can anyone recommend me a good shampoo for sensitive scalp? My scalp gets itchy and i can sometimes feel bumps on my scalp, and some dandruff as well.. not sure if it's because of the shampoo or what.. but i'm assuming it's because i've got sensitive scalp.. i've oily scalp and dry ends. any recommendations? Thanks^^
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I have an extremely sensitive scalp and the majority of hair products I have tried cause itching, lumps, bumps, and sores. I have tried salon brands, specialty brands, and drugstore brands and have usually had negative scalp reactions to them.

I have, however, found what is almost a miracle for me. Perhaps it would help you as well. You might want to research F.A.S.T. shampoo and conditioner. I read about it online and was intrigued. This shampoo and conditioner supposedly helps your hair to grow faster. For a lark I decided to order it online, which considering the number of hair products I have adverse reactions to was rather foolish!

Well … let me tell you how shocked and thrilled I was when this shampoo and conditioner didn’t cause any problems! They have a mild, fresh scent and do the job of cleansing and conditioning well. But more importantly, neither has caused a single itch, bump, or sore! Has my hair grown appreciably faster? Perhaps a little faster, but that is of little consequence considering the lack of adverse reactions.

Good luck, I sympathize with your problem.
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Sat May 19, 2007 5:57 pm      Reply with quote
Hi Alimwj,
That F.A.S.T. shamp+cond sounds promising. I have so maaaany shamp and cond that I can't possibly buy another so I use Bumble's Tonic Lotion on my scalp after shamp and cond with whatever and notice my scalp stays clean and fresh longer. It contains Tea Tree Oil but the medicinal smell fades after drying. No more "dirty hair" smell Sad *ugh* halfway thru the day, even in the humid summertime. It's $14 for 8 oz spray bottle and conditions the ends well enough or I sometimes add Thickening Spray to the ends or a Smoothing Creme. HTH. Fawnie

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Sat May 19, 2007 7:07 pm      Reply with quote
Yeah.. Thanks.. the F.A.S.T sounds good.. I'll check them out.. ^^
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Sat May 19, 2007 7:50 pm      Reply with quote
I also have a sensitive scalp and find that ingredients such as Aloe Vera help to calm it down.

I use Aveda Shampure. It doesn't irritate my scalp, and the scent is heavenly!
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Sat May 19, 2007 7:52 pm      Reply with quote
Hi,

I've looked at the ingredients of the F.A.S.T shampoo and conditioner.. but it seems that it's made up of chemical products.. I'm not sure about trying that.. You think it'll help?
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Sat May 19, 2007 9:32 pm      Reply with quote
babybelle wrote:
I also have a sensitive scalp and find that ingredients such as Aloe Vera help helps to calm it down.

I use Aveda Shampure. It doesn't irritate my scalp, and the scent is heavenly!
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Sat May 19, 2007 10:54 pm      Reply with quote
I've got oily scalp and dry ends which is prone to itchiness. Am currently using giovanni tea tree triple treat which helps significantly in controling the above. Plus the minty feeling after the hair wash is great!
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Sun May 20, 2007 1:13 am      Reply with quote
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Sun May 20, 2007 2:31 am      Reply with quote
I have a similar problem, but my scalp isn't oily and I don't have dandruff. Whenever I wash my hair with shampoo my scalp gets so itchy (along with my forehead, ears, neck and chest). I am not sure what exactly causes it, but I think it's the SLS in shampoos as I get the same reaction to shower gels (which also have SLS). I've recently started conditioner washing and it's been great on my scalp. No more itchiness (unless I'm being a slack and don't wash off the conditioner well). Very Happy You might wanna look into it. There are some threads on the method here and also on The Long Hair Community. It took some getting used to for me, but now I'm glad I switched. Smile

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Sun May 20, 2007 5:45 am      Reply with quote
yes.. that's what happened.. but not when i'm washing my hair.. it's more like after that.. it'll sometimes get all tichy and the itchiness sort of spread to the ears, face, neck.. condtioning washing.. i read that thread.. but never really tried that.. maybe i should..
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Sun May 20, 2007 7:28 am      Reply with quote
I also have a problem with SLS, so I switched to Giovanni brand products. The only product I could find locally was the Magnetic line, which I don't recommend...made my hair too hard to manage. BUT, the absence of SLS made my scalp very happy! I've heard good things about their Tea Tree line, but have not tried it myself.

I've recently switched to Pureology, which I find soothing to my scalp. I really like the Hydrate line, especially the minty conditioner. It's refreshing, but not irritating or drying. It's expensive, but worth it to me! I'm currently trying Nanoworks, but so far I think it's overpriced.

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Sun May 20, 2007 7:56 am      Reply with quote
I've recently (say the last month or two) begun using Dr. Hauschka shampoo and conditioner, and they've been superb on my sensitive scalp.

In the past, I'd had some problems with my scalp becoming very irritated and itchy, particularly in the winter. I'd tried a number of things before I hit upon the system I use now. First, I wash my hair less frequently, say about every third day. I massage my scalp in between washings, which helps distribute the oil and mitigates the need for more frequent washings. Second, I use a very gentle shampoo and conditioner (like the Dr. H line). And, finally, I do an apple cider vinegar rinse about every three weeks or so to prevent oil/product build-up.
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Sun May 20, 2007 12:57 pm      Reply with quote
Shanno, good idea about the apple cider vinegar rinse!

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Sun May 20, 2007 1:05 pm      Reply with quote
apple cider vinegar is really work! i have tried!
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Sun May 20, 2007 6:09 pm      Reply with quote
I've tried apple cider vinegar but doesn't find it helpful.. Thanks for all the opinions..
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Sun May 20, 2007 8:22 pm      Reply with quote
alimwj wrote:
I've tried apple cider vinegar but doesn't find it helpful.. Thanks for all the opinions..

sorry to hear about that! Sad
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Mon May 21, 2007 4:20 pm      Reply with quote
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Hi,

I've looked at the ingredients of the F.A.S.T shampoo and conditioner.. but it seems that it's made up of chemical products.. I'm not sure about trying that.. You think it'll help?


I tried FAST shampoo and conditioner before, not because of my scalp sensitivity, but because I wanted my short hair to grow fast. It didn't seem to help any in that department. It was a few years ago, so I don't remember the details except it didn't seem to help grow my hair out any faster, and it was expensive. Also my hair didn't feel soft after using it. So I concluded there was nothing special about it to make me reorder.
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Mon May 21, 2007 9:41 pm      Reply with quote
It is so interesting that each of us has such different results with products. The FAST shampoo has left my hair very soft and silky. In retrospect, I think it has helped my hair grow a bit faster – I leave the shampoo on my hair for about 4 or 5 minutes whilst in the shower and I more often than not don’t bother with the conditioner. As is written on this forum over and again in one way or another, what works for one will not necessarily work for another.

As an aside, I ordered the shampoo and conditioner package from Zooscape; the price was considerably less.
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Mon May 21, 2007 10:07 pm      Reply with quote
wow, that's the same problem I have and posted about today. I have been using Aveda Shampure shampoo and conditioner, and they are the only thing that does not irritate my scalp. The only thing is, they are very drying to my bleached hair. So today I bought the Aveda Color Conserve shampoo/conditioner and I'm going to try that out for awhile.

I know people are recommending not washing hair every day, but I simply cannot and refuse to do that. The feeling is so gross and I am so miserable when I don't wash my hair, it's not worth it to me. I have hair to the middle of my back and wash it every day. I also do a Rene Furterer hair mask once/twice a week which is AMAZING.

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Mon May 21, 2007 10:37 pm      Reply with quote
i have a really sensitive scalp, and very fine hair. i get ezcema so i use a shampoo from the chemist called 'sebotar' its main ingrediant is pine tarsol. it helps with the itching. but quite smelly so you would only use it twice a week if that. the rest of the time i use nioxin which i think is fantastic, smells like peppermint and really does make my hair thicker. its pretty expensive but makes my scalp tingle and feels great. love it

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Mon May 21, 2007 11:03 pm      Reply with quote
I've bought some the scalp benefit by AVEDA.. i'll try and see it goes with dealing with my scalp n hair problems.. =)
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Fri May 25, 2007 4:10 pm      Reply with quote
I've read up on and researched a lot of natural dandruff/scalp issue remedies, but the one I've found to be the most effective is using apple cider vinegar. Wet your hair and scalp, pour it on and massage it in (careful, it stings if it gets in your eyes), and leave it on for as long as you can stand - overnight is great, 10 minutes is better than nothing. Many types of problematic dandruff are actually due to an overgrowth of a certain fungus that's similar to getting a yeast infection of the scalp (I know, ick!) but apple cider vinegar helps kill them and soothe the scalp as well, without being too harsh or drying like many other remedies. Good luck, or feel free to contact me for more remedies, there are others that might work better for you!
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Sun May 27, 2007 5:42 am      Reply with quote
What about a scalp massage with jojoba oil? A friend who has similar scalp issues massages jojoba oil into his scalp at bedtime and shampoos it out in the AM. I'd give that a try as it is inexpensive. (Desert Essence at Trader Joe's is a bargain.) If you were able to tolerate the jojoba oil, I'd add a bit of tea tree oil to the mix. Tea tree is to me what Vicks vaporub was to my grandmother- a possible solution to every ill!
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