Find out why your scalp may be itching
By Dr JoAnne Cornwell
OMG, I got Sisterlocks and now my scalp is itching! You've probably heard this, and or said it, in the early stages of your lock journey. So, why is it that this is a common cry for Newbies and then miraculously (and sometimes you don't even know when it happened) you notice the itching and flaking has subsided and all is well with your scalp.
There could be various reasons for the itchy, flaky scalp and if it persists you should definitely see a physcian/Trichologist. In our experience oftentimes this itchy, flaky scalp is caused by a product build-up on the scalp that is a result of past product usage. For years we've been accustomed to hot oil treatments, deep conditioning treatments, sitting with a product on our hair for varying lengths of times - even overnight. We were probably using heavy, oil-based products, i.e.: olive oil, mineral oil, some concoction of oils that's been in the family for generations. The problem with these "treatments" is that the ingredients were usually not water soluble and left a residue on the scalp (and sometimes a coating on the hair shaft).
When you decided to get Sisterlocks your Consultant was very thorough during the consultation and educated you on maintenance and care of your locks. You think you heard something about only using Sisterlocks products, but you weren't quite certain. Fortunately, at the end of the locking session, your 2nd visit of the 3 visit package, your Consultant demonstrated how to bundle, shampoo, separate your locks and talked about Sisterlocks products, again. You go away educated, enlightened and needless to say, very cute! You can not wait to practice your bundling skills. You do your first successful shampoo and take down your bundles and possibly for the first time - ever - you're able to shake your hair out and have "wash and wear hair!" But if you're like some people with the regimen and product usage described above, you notice some itching and flaking and in your mind the only thing you've done different is - you got Sisterlocks. That's got to be the problem, right?
WRONG! Sisterlocks does not do anything to cause your scalp to flake and itch. If you use the Starter Shampoo and rinse thoroughly, you will not have a problem with itching or flaking. So, why is it itching and flaking? Think back to the hot oil treatments and oils, pomades (all that stuff under the cabinet), etc. Continued use of heavy, oil-based products that leave a residue on your hair and scalp. By getting Sisterlocks and adapting the new regimen of cleansing your hair and scalp and not adding anything to it, you're able to see the true condition of your scalp for the first time in a very long time. Think back: were those hot oil treatments started to help to soothe an itchy, flaky scalp? Did you also participate in a practice of scratching your scalp before you shampooed and then applied the oil? If so, you created an abrasion of the scalp, shampooed your hair and then applied an oil to soothe it. The oil, because it wasn't water soluble (meaning it wasn't broken down and removed during the shampoo process) created a coating/build-up on your scalp. This layer of product build-up and coating on the scalp has to go through a sloughing off (shedding) process. In time, once healed, a new scalp - with no ithcing/flaking - will appear. This process takes time. Do not bow to the temptation of reaching for those hot oils and please do not scratch your scalp. Be patient. Use the proper products and don't stray.
Once your locks are more mature, if you still have occasional itching try shampooing with the Sisterlocks Dandruff Shampoo.
To add a bit of sheen to your locks spritz with Sisterlocks Herbal Spray Moisturizer.
To freshen the scent of the hair and scalp between shampoos mist with Natural Wonders Fresh Hair, Specially Formulated for Sisterlocks.
If you scalp issue persists, please see a doctor.
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