As promised, here's the review of my current shampoo...
Now a great deal of naturals/loc'd ladies are anti-commercial brands because of their SLS and parabens. I used to be the same way. I am now at the point where I like to use what works; be it natural or commercial. For my danduff, this stuff works! And it smells a whole lot better than tea tree oil. Which, by the way, never worked for me. None of those essential oil blends did. Boo!
Head & Shoulders 2 in 1 is genius. I don't know why I never thought about using or making a 2 in 1 before. A lot of loc'ers stay far away from creamy shampoos/conditioners.
Some say they may contribute to build-up. BUT...I haven't had a build-up issue since visiting my loctician. I have used this shampoo twice and it rinsed thoroughly both times.
To apply it, I rinse my hair and make sure it's soaking wet. I dump a good size dollop on the top of my head and gather all of the locs around it. The shampoo lathers well but it's not TOO lather-y. See...
I let it sit for a good 2-3 minutes. I rinse and repeat.
One of the things that I think helps prevent build-up when rinsing the hair is a strong shower head. The one I have has good 5-6 pressures. I turn it on the highest to blast the shampoo out of the hair. It is as hot as I can stand it. What I'm left with are sparkling locs.
But at the same time, they aren't crunchy or brittle. They are soft and feel well-conditioned. The latter is a must since I have color treated hair. Not to mention I've been spending a lot of time outside lately and the sun can't be that cool for my hair.
I can't say I like how the stuff smells. It isn't "medicinal" but it isn't terribly fragrant either. I suppose this is a good thing as a crap load of fragrances on a dry scalp can only make the dandruff flare up even more.
It really really works well for my locs, y'all. I'm excited! Too add a little more moisture (and smell) to the locs, I spray Oyin Handmade's Greg Juice all over. Happy locs!
The itchies aren't as bad when I use this. I still get a little dandruff after the second week of washing. But this is a HUGE improve. I'm usually battling dandruff a few days after washing. Maybe with prolonged use, my scalp will get better. Only time will tell!
I still like to use castile soap but since I'm on this mission to have a healthier scalp, I have to use products that are specifically designed to help treat it.
Thanks a ton to Rayne for this recommendation!
Of course you know where to find it, drugstores, grocery stores, Target, Wal-Mart, etc. It wasn't more than $6.