It’s happened. After constantly keeping a humidifier in my room (and consequently giving it up because I discovered a silverfish), I have resorted to a shampoo with sulphates for my poor dry scalp. I did it once. And boy, does my hair regret it.
Now, I’ve struggled with dry skin for a while (read: years). In ninth grade, I had a boyfriend who, upon holding my hand, exclaimed that I had old lady hands (I did, and still do). Eczema has popped up here and there, taunting me. At night I slather on the richest, highest Vitamin E content cream I can find (sometimes just putting on Vitamin E oil, straight out of the bottle). Really, it was just a matter of time before my scalp succumbed, regardless of what conditioner I was using.
Before you chastise me, I’ve tried many things – apple cider vinegar rinses several times, for a few days. Coconut oil. Not using gel. Rinsing out all of my conditioner in the shower (not ideal…this creates a frizzy, angry mess). You know when you reach your breaking point? Where you just cannot stand it anymore? I reached that point approximately a week ago. I was sick of not being able to wear black, tired of constantly itching, upset about feeling like nothing was working. So, I took my mother’s advice and tried one of her sulphate-laden shampoos with tea tree oil. While it made my scalp tingly and refreshed, it did a number on my hair. And I was already on thin ice due to the straightening incident. Oops.
Now, I’ve found Nature’s Gate Tea Tree Oil Shampoo, which is free of sulphates and silicones. I’ve used the conditioner in the past, but hopefully this will get me back on track. I’ve been eating my healthy fats in moderation, and taking fish oil and Vitamin D supplements (take that, seasonal depression!) to help stimulate oil production. I will let you know how this long and winding journey progresses by posting a review once I’ve used the product a few times. Hopefully, this works!
Have you ever dealt with dry scalp dandruff?