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The Agony of the Itch:
As a hair colorist as well as a stylist, I have noticed that a lot of women, particularly those who are dying their hair darker, can get red, irritated scalps from color treatment. I picked up a trick from my sister, who also owns her own salon, using our favorite health food store find (you can also find it online): pure argan oil. She adds a dropper-full to her color mixture before applying to the hair, which significantly cuts down on the irritation to the scalp, as well as conditions the hair during treatment. In fact, some of the most expensive hair color treatments in the world incorporate natural oils into their mixtures to the same effect, creating lustrous color and enhancing the health of the hair. You could even do this yourself with an at-home kit. Just add a judicious amount---not more than a dropper-full, less if it’s your first time trying---because too much oil can inhibit proper chemical development of the color.
If you’ve already had the color treatment and you feel like your scalp is on fire, get thee to the health food store and pick up a vial of pure jojoba oil. This is an after-treatment miracle worker, soothing and cooling irritation from chemical treatment without making the hair greasy. Simply apply a dropper-full directly to the itchy, red areas, particularly the top of the crown and the temples. Massage the oil into the scalp and leave on for 20 to 30 minutes and wash out. Or, you can leave it in over-night and wash in the morning.
An Oil Primer: