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    My scalp has been real sore in the top for the past week or so. I have a TWA now since my BC last month. Everything's working out lovely with the exception of the soreness. It doesn't bother me unless I'm touching it...you're probably thinking, well don't touch it lol. I remember when I used to wear a ponytail it would always be sore in that spot. But obviously I'm not wearing a ponytail. I'm just curious whether anyone else experiences this and why

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    I was just about to type this same question. I am experiencing tenderness on the top and towards the front of my head. The feeling reminds me of when you style your hair in one direction for a length of time and then when you change it up it feels sore. I took down my locs a few weeks ago and just started experiencing this feeling in the last week. For about a week my hair has been in an afro so I don't know what is causing the tenderness.

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    Me either! Like I said, I had gotten used to this as a pe.rmie. U wear a ponytail or something and your scalp is tender for a hair-routine\" class=\"hrln\">few days but this I didn't expect.

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    I too was about to ask the sam equestion, my scalp has been sore all over for the past week, all I doo is try to massage it but it hurts and my hair can only go in a Twa and that is how it has been, and I BC 3 months ago, maybe next week it will go away! Wow we was all thinking the same thing! LOL!!

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    LOL. Guess so No more help on this ladies? Pleeeease?!

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    I don't know what causes it. My scalp was so tender around the time of getting my bc, and now is tender erry once in a while after I'm too rough with the comb. Maybe it's just stress from touching the scalp, washing/conditioning it more (I know soon after I bc'd, I went crazy no pooing and wetting my hair in the shower and maybe my scalp was just tired from all the rubbing and stuff.

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    I've experiene tenderness in the top of my scalp where I can feel a coil burnt against the scalp. I would experience it as a permie when I got new growth and as a natural when I haven't combed my hair in a while and the coils get all dense.

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    Hi!
    That is normal. It often happens after you have stopped relaxing for a while. From what I understand, the relaxr chemicals deaden nerve endings in the scalp and cause follicular damage. Often when the scalp and follicles begin to regenerate it causes tenderness and sometimes real pain.

    I used lavender oil and jojoba on my scalp and massaged it every second night. After a month or so, the tenderness subsided until it disappeared altogether. Paracetamol can help too

    That's my experience~

    ~Molly~

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    Hi everybody,

    This is the second thread that I've seen this month on the topic of having a tender scalp. It's 4 a.m. I can't sleep, so, I decided to see what I could find out there on the Internet. Not a whole lot in the form of solutions, but I did find a lot of forums where people complain about sore or tender scalps. However, I found one site MMTResearch.com that has quite a bit of information on the subject. They're also trying to sell you their products, so that would account for why they offer up soo much information. Anyway, according to them here are some major causes of tender scalp or head...

    *Sodium laurel sulfate in shampoo
    *Product build up on root of hair and scalp
    *Dht hormones build up in scalp
    *allergic to your own scalp oils

    Tender Scalp can be caused by several factors including allergic reactions to the harsh chemicals in shampoo but also if you have an abundance of dht in the scalp or also if you have dirt or bacteria build up on the follicle stem or root of the hair then this is similar to having an infection on the scalp or root and causes serious itching.

    We strongly suggest switching shampoos and using Folli-cleanse shampoo as your to rid yourself of these causes. (Of course they do.)

    Now this site also has some interesting pics of yucky looking hair follicles suffering form all kinds of maladies that only their $39.00 micro analysis can diagnose. And of course after they diagnosis it, they'll try to sell you some more of their shampoo...sorry I digress again...ANYWAY...

    Molly's post mentioned using jojoba oil and SOMEWHERE on this site, they mention putting a couple of drops of jojoba oil in the palm of your hand to mix it with the shampoo when you go to wash your hair. After seeing Molly's post, I went back to see if I could find where I saw it so I could point you directly to it, but now I can't find it. Anyway, if you go to the site, you'll probably run into it.

    Here's the link directly to that page Tender Scalp and Head.

    Another source of information
    Healthopedia.com (Scalp Problems)

    Provides a list of things that can cause scalp problems but not any solutions. But it could help you pinpoint some possibilities. According to them problems on the scalp may be caused by a number of conditions, including: (I just cut and pasted the partial list. It was actually about 20 items long)

    *acne or pimples
    *eczema, an itchy swelling and redness of the skin
    *allergic reactions, such as to shampoos, hair sprays, or food

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    A little bit more research found some general information that also pointed to harsh chemicals in shampoos, specifically the mention of surfactants suchs as SLS and LS keeps surfacing a culprits. So, if you don't want to try the Foli-cleanse shampoo, you could start with trying a non-sulfate shampoo. JASON and Aubrey Organics both carry non-sulfate shampoos and companion conditioners.

    Gosh, I hope this helps...Yawn! I'm going back to bed! Sorry if this post is riddled with typos but sleep is calling...

    Oh...if none of this stuff helps, y'all need to go see a dermatologist!

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    NMHM I forgot about the SLS possibility. What I have noticed though is that people haven't changed their shampoos or conditioners before the onset of the tenderheadedness.

    I have long eliminated products containing SLS from my product inventory but when I first noticed the tenderheadedness I still was using the same SLS shampoo I had been using for a year or so.

    I'd definitely be eliminating the SLS shampoo. I would have probably cut down on the sore-time if I had

    ~D~

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    I only had a sore scalp when I was 3 months post re-laxer during my transitioning process. I would massage my scalp and take Tylenol PM to ease the soreness.

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    Thanx for the great feedback ladies and the research me I haven't shampooed my hair in over a week and my shampoo doesn't contain any SLS....I don't think. I use Suave Naturals Milk n Honey. I think it may be that I haven't relaxed my hair...although, I haven't relaxed my hair since Jan and my scalp hasn't been this sore. I have been playing in my coils a lot though lol. I won't sweat it. I'll just try to stay out of my head more....I have HIF real bad right about now

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    Very interesting information. I haven't used shampoo in about 2 months now and I haven't had any creamy crack in about 10 years. I'm wondering if I am "waking up" my follicules because I have been doing scalp massages with peppermint/jojoba/vitamin e at least 4 times a week. The area that is tender is the area I notice was thinning when i was loc'd. So now reading D's message I am wondering if the massages along with the oil treatment is working. I guess time will tell

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    Hi NNNH
    All Suave Naturals line shampoo contains SLS. It's the third ingredient. ALS, another culprit is listed second. Pulled this off of Walgreens.com. Love that site, if they carry the product, they list the ingredients. I didn't find the Milk n Honey one specifically, but they carry an array of shampoos under the Naturals line so I think to assume that your Suave fav has SLS too.

    Ingredients
    Water Aqua , Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate , Ammonium Laureth Sulfate , Ammonium Chloride , Tocopherol Acetate Vitamin E Acetate , Algae Extract Algae , Cocamide MEA , Fragrance Parfum , PEG-5 Cocamide , Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose , Tetrasodium EDTA , DMDM Hydantoin , Citric Acid , Methylchloroisothiazolinone , Methylisothiazolinone , Sorbitol , FD&C Blue #1 CI 42090 , FD&C Green No. 3 CI 42053

    Amost ALL the popular store brands have LS, SLS or ALS in them. If the soreness persists, switching to a non-sulfate shampoo would be something you could easily try to eliminate the tenderness.

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    If you havent used shampoo in two months what are you doing to cleanse your scalp really well. If you're conditioner washing, that alone cannot get rid or heavy oils or the product build up you're likely to have after two months of not using shampoo. Something to consider. May need to do something to do a deep cleansing. In which case, a sulfate shampoo might be what you need. I once read somewhere that no one needs to use a sulfate shampoo on a regular basis...unless you are using heavy oils or a lot of grease and product build up all the time. So, once you clean your scalp really well, maybe the oil messages could work and/or be more effective.

    Or, another thought. if you're messaging your scalp 4 times a week, maybe you're simply over manipulating your scalp and that's what's making it sore.

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    Thanx!! I tried it because of another nappy's recommendation. I've only been using it for maybe two weeks.....it's not all that. I'm looking for a good shampoo and conditioner that's safe. But anyway, I don't think that's the reason my scalp is sore....but I will mos def stop using that shampoo just to be safe and not sorry

    Or, another thought. if you're messaging your scalp 4 times...

    I think that's my problem. I am constantly playing with the top of my head. I'm not rubbing it hard or even massaging it. But there's a cluster of coils...lol...I really like them

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    You could try using Nexxus. That's what I use on my hair and it works great. Their conditioners also double as styling leave ins and can help with fuzzies if you're one of those who don't like them.

    My mother informed me that Nexxus is being sold in regular drug stores now, which is a plus.

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    I had the same problem in the front of my hairline until i started to use rosemary oil every other night and so far so good.

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    Or, another thought. if you're messaging your scalp 4 times...

    I've been hearing alot about the rosemary oil. I should have added it to my pepperment/jojoba/vitamin e blend. I'll have to put it in my next batch.

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    Thanx Molicious! Kudos for taking African dance....luv it!! Anyhow, yeah my scalp is always pretty clean because I don't use a lot of products in my hair. I use a maximum of 2 products to style my hair everyday. And I wash my hair about every week....sometimes a week and half will pass. I'm gonna get some rosemary mint shampoo though. I wanted to try it anyway

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    Thanks Alot! I have been looking into the shampoo alternatives also from motowngirl, I also use NeXxus Aloe Rid Clarifying about once a month before I deep condition, because I don't use alot of products on my hair or scalp.
    But I am 3months natural so I see that my scalp is going through change, But Will start massaging with jojoba & rosemary oil and do that 2x a week!

    Thanks Alot

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    Maybe I'll try that too

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    I mean since I have been natural I have become very Tenderheaded lol!! I use to have a strong scalp but if a nap get caught on the pick Ooooooohhhh! it hurts LOL!!!!
    But I am sure things will get better.

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    LOL. I have been tenderheaded my whole life! But this is different. My head is tender without me having manipulated or combed it at all. I have accepted that I am playing in my hair too much tho. It's just so nice!

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    I BC'd a month ago and my scalp is now tender. I have major HIF so I thought I need to keep my hands out my scalp. I use Creme of Nature shampoo (yellow cap) once a week and co-wash with VO5 and Aussie Moist. I use Elasta QP Mango Butter to moisturize and deep condition with ORS's Replenishing Pak. I am going to keep this routine because my hair is doing well.

    My scalp started getting sore when I noticed my texture growing in differently. My small coils have started turning into big wavy curls and big coils. And I figured it wasn't due to HIF because areas that get no attention are sore.

    I read the oil thing, but my hair hates straight oil. I has to be a cream to take it.

    And now that I think of it, my sister would complain that if she doesn't have a chemical fire cream after a certain period of time, she starts getting headaches. I am now getting migraines like whoa... right when my scalp gets sore. Is it connected?

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    I'm glad I came across this post. I BC'd about three weeks ago. I have a huge tender area in the top/front part of my scalp. I knew it couldn't be attributed to my rampant HIF because I normally stick to the sides. I've always been tenderheaded, but usually experienced it during/after my hair was being styled. Now that I have a TWA, I was beginning to wonder. I recently purchased jojoba oil, so I will try the every other night massages with that. Now I'm off to re-check my shampoo's ingredient list. Thanks for the info!

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    I was going to suggest that it is an allergic reaction. That's how my scalp feels when it reacts to something tht I have used.

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    Wow, I never heard of tenderheadness being associated with shampoos and product use...

    Anywhoo, I have this TERRIBLE sore spot right smack in the middle of my head. Its always been like that since I was younger. When I was a permie, my hair would always break off there, so the surrounding hair around it would be longer and I would have this weird crop circle looking thing in the middle of my head.

    I still get it now that Im natural. When I was a loose nappy, the hair would STILL break off in that same spot and would be tender to the touch. I just retwisted my locs today and I noticed that the baby loc is a little "thin". And the area still hurts. Im going to be keeping my mind on this area.

    The pain comes in cylcles, usually asociated with my monthly "visitor." (when it hurts, I know shes about to pay me a visit)Ive also read that the middle sore spot is due to stress (that I beleive, it occours much more frequently and is more prone to breakage when Im stressed)

    Now if you used to get the pain before you went natural, you may have a sore/stress spot like me, they are pretty common., Ive actually seen people who loose hair complely in that area, but the hair grows back, then falls out again...

    Hope this helps

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    Anywhoo, I have this TERRIBLE sore spot right smack in...

    Hi puch!

    I have a really sore/tender spot in the middle/front part of my hair.

    anyway, my spot hurts alot when I am combing my hair or getting anything done to it that stresses it --such as twisting, braiding, brushing and such.

    My little tender spot is kinda my indicator of when I need to wash my hair because when that spot is painful to touch, i see it as an indicator to wash my hair.

    My hair is very thick and full so it doesn't break where it's tender it just hurts.

    It becomes difficult when I get my hair done because the person who is always doing it has to deal with me wincing in pain and holding my head [like little kids do].

    I understand where you're coming from -- because I don't know why it does what it does.

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    That is normal. It often happens after you have stopped...

    That makes a lot of sense to me. My scalp was so tender about 6 months after I stopped relaxing, I thought it was to do with manipulation, but it was painful even when left alone in twists.

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