View Full Version : Help!?! I think I have scalp build-up?
February 20th, 2003, 01:34 PM
I need some help, please... I think I have some build up on my scalp. I seem to recall reading about a brown sugar + conditioner mix that might help, but I don't recall the approximate measurements. I've never tried anything that wasn't store bought, so I'm nervous to experiment for me first time!
Would this be the best for me to use? I've never tried the ACV rinse either. I think my hair is in good shape, with little or no build up. It's just my scalp that is yucky.
I usually alternate - shampoo & condition one day, skip a day, then condition only the next day, then back again.. I'm trying to use shampoo less but it's hard :rolleyes:
Any help would be great! Thank you! :D
February 20th, 2003, 01:45 PM
Does your scalp itch?
You could do the vinegar rinse. It always makes my scalp feel good. Make it pretty strong (1: 10) and maybe massage it gentle into your scalp. (If you scalp itch you could add a few drops of lavender EO)
You could do a baking soda shampoo too. Just mix your shampoo with a bit of baking soda and massage in.
I haven't tried the sugar scrub but i know many enjoy it.
February 20th, 2003, 05:20 PM
JulianeH, I don't know the quantities of brown sugar, but imagine you don't have to make it an exact science! I made some body scrub a month ago or so and just dumped salt, sugar, oil, honey and shampoo into a bowl and mixed. (but that's off topic! haha)
You could just take a handful of brownsugar, mix it with some of your shampoo and scrub your scalp with it.
I'm also thinking that baking soda mixed with your shampoo might help clarify your scalp, also. I use that to clarify my length. I get about a tablespoon (small palm full) of baking soda, pour shampoo into the palm. Mix it up into a paste, then shampoo with it. Just concentrate really well on your scalp.
February 20th, 2003, 06:44 PM
Great! Thanks guys, err.. gals! :) I'll try that tomorrow!
February 20th, 2003, 07:30 PM
You could try a gentle massage with the brown sugar and then follow up with the ACV rinse, perhaps?
I wonder if doing this too much would have an adverse reaction on your scalp. For example, if you exfoliate your skin too much (specifically, your face), it can either get red and itchy and sore, or begin producing too many skin cells (I've had this problem), or both.
Can anyone shed any light on this?
February 20th, 2003, 07:57 PM
I can't speak for the brown sugar scrub, as I've never tried that, but I've had similar problems with my scalp and vinegar rinses have completely cleared that up. I use about 1/4 cup mixed with about a quart of water and use it before I do my last conditioning (so no vinegar smell lingers). I also add 3 drops of lavender EO to make sure that vinegar smell doesn't stick to my hair. I'm not sure it would help your scalp, but I thought I'd mention it just in case.
You may also want to experiment with what conditioner you use for CO washes. I have pretty dry hair, but if I use a "moisturizing" or medium to heavy conditioner for CO washes my scalp turns into an itchy, oily yet scaley mess. Ick! I've had great luck with really cheap thin conditioners though (like VO5 or White Rain). Anything heavier than that just doesn't work for me. I have a really oily scalp and using these light conditioners allows me to only shampoo once a week with no problems at all... actually my scalp is tons better now than when I shampooed and conditioned every other day like I used to.
Good luck with the sugar scrub and I hope you find something that helps!
February 22nd, 2003, 08:50 AM
For me it always helps to go without conditioning for a while and just oiling the ends instead.
February 22nd, 2003, 09:50 PM
let us know what you end up trying and post the results too. I think I may have had something similar going on a month or so ago. My scalp was itchy, not sure what was causing the itch, I don't have a dry scalp or dry skin?
February 24th, 2003, 11:12 AM
Well, I ended up doing what Kati said - I just went without conditioner a couple of times and that seems to have resolved the problem so far.. I washed my scalp a couple of times with Biolage shampoo, then rinsed. It was *really* hard to go without conditioner! But my scalp feels fine now!
I haven't gotten the courage to try the brown sugar or vinegar rinse yet.. I'm sure I will at some point.. :?
Thanks everyone for the advice!