Ask Chuck: Astringents can relieve itchy scalp

April 21, 2011 at midnight
Updated April 20, 2011 at 11:21 p.m.

By Charles Colson

I heard the wildest thing this week. My friend told me her hairdresser pours Sea Breeze over her entire head. Is this silly or what?

Not a crazy thought at all. This treatment is excellent for itchy scalp and even minimizes excessive oil in hair. Sea Breeze can be applied after the conditioning of hair. It is extremely cooling and soothing to the scalp and tingles to perfection.

Usually, it is rinsed out after staying on for 5 to 10 minutes, but some have found it quite beneficial to just leave on and continue styling hair. The feeling will remain throughout the day and the odor evaporates quickly. Don't knock it until you try it.

I color my hair often and use the best of hair conditioners. My hairdresser tells me my hair is extremely dry from being over processed and needs a powerful hot oil treatment. I can't afford this expensive treatment in the salon, so what can I do at home to fix this problem?

You may have heard this before and thought it was a ridiculous solution, but believe me, it works perfectly in bringing hair back to life. Choose a good mayonnaise of your choice.

After shampooing hair just one lathering, rinse well and do not use a conditioner. Towel blot hair and saturate with mayonnaise until hair is covered completely. Cover head with a large plastic bag and wrap with hot, wet towel changing the towels for fresh hot ones as they cool down.

If possible, continue this process four to five hours. Even if it is less time, great results will be realized.

Rinse thoroughly and shampoo four to five latherings or until it feels well rinsed.

Apply a quick conditioner just to make sure shampoo has released and style hair as usual.

This method does not have to be repeated normally, but once every other month. You will be surprised by how lively and manageable your hair has become.

I noticed you are a registered massage therapist. I am confused somewhat. The person I go to advertises as being licensed while others say they are certified. Is there a difference in the three?

Excellent question. They are the same. Perfectly equal. It is just a preference of the therapist.

Charles Colson is a local hair stylist and registered massage therapist. You may email hair or massage questions to



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