Could be a reaction to sulfites and/or sodium laurel sulfate (or variations of this coconut deriviative) or some other irritant. There are a lot of irritants in hair products. My husband uses unscented lotion for hair styling...works just as well as the gels for him, but without the smell. I use Giovanni brand shampoo & conditioner because it is free of sulfites and sodium laurel sulfate/related chemicals, so I don't get all itchy from it like I do from other hair products. I know Giovanni makes a hair styling gel, too, so maybe that would be less irritating?
Chronic Lyme Disease, Chronic Bartonella (clinical dx only), Gluten & Sulfite Sensitivity, Many Food/Inhalant/Medication/Chemical Allergies & Intolerances, Asthma, Gut issues (dysmotility, non-specific inflammation), UCTD ("Secondary Lupus-Like Syndrome"), Osteoporosis, chronic Lymphopenia, etc.; G-Tube; Currently trying to wean off TPN.
Meds: Pulmicort, IV Ceftazidime, Heparin (to flush PICC line), Claritin, Domperidone, Colloidal Silver (used topically), probiotics, Milk Thistle, Ailanthus, homeopathy.