I Cannot Do What Everyone Else Does – How My Allergies To Popular Oils Causes An Itchy Scalp

itchy scalp
My scalp used to be so itchy, however, what perplexed me was that it would be itchy even just after I had shampooed and deep conditioned my hair.  In order to figure out what was causing my scalp irritation, I ended up using one product at a time and you would not believe what the fuss was about.

Spraying water and oil mixture or rather any liquid on my hair

Now everyone uses a spray bottle every day for moisture but for me spraying this mixture made my scalp so itchy and I would scratch my scalp until it became sore and unbearable. I stopped spraying liquids and instead I deep conditioned every week so that my hair had enough moisture to last until at least the third day.

Reacting to some oils

I have experimented with a variety of oils in my natural hair journey mainly because I love oils and they make my hair feel soft and appear shiny when used in the right way.

My favorite oil was olive oil as it left my hair silky and shiny, however, I discovered I was allergic to it one year during spring season because my eyes were so itchy with hay fever.

I was also applying olive oil on my eyes and the itching got worse. The moment I stopped using Olive oil in my regimen completely the itchiness on my eyes and head stopped. I also found out I was allergic to Castor Oil which is also very popular in the natural hair community and one which I loved so much.


The moral of the story is that regardless of how popular a certain product or practice is for most of the women in your circle, it doesn’t automatically mean the same things will work for you.

Always conduct a skin test with all oils so that you can determine if you are allergic and if you are you should avoid the oil at all costs.

What popular oils or practices are you allergic to?

About Fiso Moyo


Fiso Moyo (CPA) is a Wife, Mother, Certified Public Accountant, Trainer, Coach, Mentor and Founder of encounterCS.com. Her blog is dedicated to all things financial & providing tools to propel people beyond inspiration towards walking in their dreams. Basically alleviating financial distress and enabling people to walk in their dreams.

About Fiso Moyo


Fiso Moyo (CPA) is a Wife, Mother, Certified Public Accountant, Trainer, Coach, Mentor and Founder of encounterCS.com. Her blog is dedicated to all things financial & providing tools to propel people beyond inspiration towards walking in their dreams. Basically alleviating financial distress and enabling people to walk in their dreams.

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