Healthy scalp: best shampoos/conditioners or other products?
I have recently developed a problem with dry, itchy, sore scalp. I don't have dandruff falling onto my shirts, but if I scratch my scalp a few little flakes will fall down. The main problem is that my scalp itches and it also feels like I've put my hair up all day, even when it's been down for half the day. I think what's responsible is that I've been rotating different shampoos that I'm trying to use up every time I wash my hair, which is every other day. I'm not sure but maybe I shouldn't be doing that? Now, of course, I want a NEW product that will fix the problem!
I haven't had any luck with finding any of the main drugstore brands with lines specifically dedicated to scalp care, aside from the usual Head & Shoulders, Selsun, and Neutrogena. I don't want ANY of these because I've used them before and not only do they not help my scalp but they can even make it worse, and they also seems to be really crappy for actual hair. They make my dry and crispy, or "like straw," as it were.
Supposedly the brand Clear has some that are scalp-focused, but I've read some pretty horrifying things about them.
I'm thinking about going the natural route, probably because at my grocery store right now Avalon Organics Scalp Therapy shampoo and conditioner are on sale for about $5 cheaper than they are at Whole Foods.
In looking around for reviews on those I also came across good things said about Jason Tea Tree (it "normalizes ph balance of scalp," don't you know) and Jason Aloe.
I'm going to give you the ingredients for all three, and only for the shampoos because it is not likely I will buy the conditioner (unless you say I should!) I never put conditioner on my scalp because my hair gets greasy pretty fast and I simply refuse to wash my hair every day. I already have plenty of conditioners that work great on my lower hair so unless putting one of these conditioners on my scalp is going to make it feel amazing AND not get greasy, I don't need it.
Avalon Organics Scalp Therapy Shampoo:
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice(1), Aqua (Water), Coco-Glucoside, Lauryl Glucoside, Sodium Coco-Sulfate, Sorbitol, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Mentha Arvensis Leaf Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Avena Sativa (Oat) Bran, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract(1), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract(1), Chenopodium Quinoa Seed(1), Tocopheryl Acetate, Beta-Glucan, Babassu Oil Polyglyceryl-4 Esters, Bisabolol, Citric Acid, Decyl Glucoside, Inulin(1), Sodium Sulfate, Alcohol(1), Benzyl Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Limonene. (1)Certified Organic Ingredient. Product is preserved with Sodium Benzoate.
I'm going to put the ingredients for Jason Tea Tree and Jason Aloe in a reply to this thread because all that was too long for one post
I'm also considering using Palmer's Coconut Oil Strong Roots spray, which I've read is moisturizing for the scalp and has a cooling feeling. I'm just nervous that it's going to make my hair look like I haven't showered in a week.
If you have any other recommendations please let me know! I'm also considering the idea of moisturizing my scalp once a week with a mixture of epsom salt and olive oil - some DIY concoction I read about. At least I already have plenty of those so I won't have to buy anything!