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Paleo Solution for itchy scalp? Coconut oil?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 08, 2011 at 3:36 PM

Any tips for itchy scalp relief?

Anyone try applying cocoonut oil?

Hair has been thinning last few years, been eating mostly lacto-paleo-style for past year.

5b0f25610421dc54a8373e7d3e4a0f94

on February 23, 2012
at 03:50 PM

Nope, nightly isn't necessary. just once every couple of weeks seems to keep it in check.

Ef4c5b09fdccf73be575d3a0c267fdd9

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on February 04, 2012
at 08:26 PM

Do you rinse with the vinegar or leave it on your skin?

Ef4c5b09fdccf73be575d3a0c267fdd9

(2539)

on February 04, 2012
at 08:25 PM

does she still have to use the neem/olive oil nightly?

87b7d250ea30415ed4c1afd809f4053f

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on February 04, 2012
at 01:22 PM

I was going to say horsetail. Really high in silica, so awesome for the hair and skin grown and condition. Rosemary essential oil in a little coconut or jojoba oil massaged into the scalp too.

5b0f25610421dc54a8373e7d3e4a0f94

on February 04, 2012
at 01:10 PM

This, BTW, was after unsuccessful attempts using just vinegar, and using Jason brand tea tree oil shampoo.

Cbda678b2a6bf0537d8c4ea0ce8aa9ad

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on November 28, 2011
at 08:24 AM

I never answered... topically

88905cfc5bb098ad3830671a1af373a8

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on March 09, 2011
at 03:22 PM

the tube is more or less empty so I phased it out - and don't want to use more if I can help it. haven't tried vinegar. a shampoo I would consider trying if need be is a coal tar shampoo, made by Neutrogena (as well as a Target brand).

D05728a0613658cb5b2f652eb6f36783

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on March 09, 2011
at 02:49 PM

still use the steroidal cream? ever try vinegar? so many approaches it seems :)

D05728a0613658cb5b2f652eb6f36783

(125)

on March 09, 2011
at 02:47 PM

eric, orally or topically?

Cbda678b2a6bf0537d8c4ea0ce8aa9ad

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on March 09, 2011
at 08:19 AM

Apple cider vinegar works wonders for me.

Cfccbcf3450ac4919311ded8ef162d49

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on March 09, 2011
at 07:18 AM

@Samson, it takes a several weeks and lots of ballcap wearing until your scalp adjusts. I started and stopped no-poo a few times now, but my hair and scalp have finally settled in w/conditioner only cleansing. Good luck

Fe6e37f8d4c49de1ecbc926c8900cd54

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on March 08, 2011
at 04:27 PM

It's been a little over three weeks. And yes, the first week was really, really tough--I'd recommend using baking soda every couple of days to get you through that period. But as of day 12, my hair wasn't oily anymore. Worth a shot, if you can make it through the tough part.

D05728a0613658cb5b2f652eb6f36783

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on March 08, 2011
at 04:11 PM

synthetic shampoo, male. i've been using synthetic shampoo all my life, so hard for me to attribute to shampoo. not sure if i could go zero carb given my level of physical activity.

D05728a0613658cb5b2f652eb6f36783

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on March 08, 2011
at 04:09 PM

how long have you been shampoo free? I tried this for about a week, but my hair was getting way too oily. looked really unprofessional at work.

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Fe6e37f8d4c49de1ecbc926c8900cd54

on March 08, 2011
at 04:03 PM

This might seem like sort of an extreme solution, but I recently stopped using shampoo, after having dry scalp for years. After about 7-10 days, I stopped having problems with itching or flaking.

Short of that, I've seen other people on here suggest things like aloe and baking soda in place of shampoo--they'll still get you clean, but they shouldn't be as irritating to your scalp as synthetic shampoos. Something to think about.

Coconut oil (or jojoba oil is another that I've heard others mention) might be an option, but my intuition is that you'd quickly have an over-oiled situation on your hands (or head). Nasty.

Cfccbcf3450ac4919311ded8ef162d49

(2312)

on March 09, 2011
at 07:18 AM

@Samson, it takes a several weeks and lots of ballcap wearing until your scalp adjusts. I started and stopped no-poo a few times now, but my hair and scalp have finally settled in w/conditioner only cleansing. Good luck

Fe6e37f8d4c49de1ecbc926c8900cd54

(1902)

on March 08, 2011
at 04:27 PM

It's been a little over three weeks. And yes, the first week was really, really tough--I'd recommend using baking soda every couple of days to get you through that period. But as of day 12, my hair wasn't oily anymore. Worth a shot, if you can make it through the tough part.

D05728a0613658cb5b2f652eb6f36783

(125)

on March 08, 2011
at 04:09 PM

how long have you been shampoo free? I tried this for about a week, but my hair was getting way too oily. looked really unprofessional at work.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on April 29, 2011
at 07:15 PM

horsetail, nettel, nettleroot cold water. you also can exoeriment with neem chamile and comfreyroot and arnica and calendula

87b7d250ea30415ed4c1afd809f4053f

(968)

on February 04, 2012
at 01:22 PM

I was going to say horsetail. Really high in silica, so awesome for the hair and skin grown and condition. Rosemary essential oil in a little coconut or jojoba oil massaged into the scalp too.

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1acc4ee9381d9a8d998b59915b3f997e

(2099)

on March 08, 2011
at 04:31 PM

An itchy scalp sounds like a yeast infection. Vinegar is the natural enemy of yeast. You could try rinsing your scalp/hair with a rinse of half vinegar/half water. Massage the vinegar/water mix into your scalp and leave it there for a few minutes to give it a chance to work. Massage again and then rinse it out. Use it every time you shampoo for a while and see if the itching goes away.

D05728a0613658cb5b2f652eb6f36783

(125)

on March 09, 2011
at 02:47 PM

eric, orally or topically?

Cbda678b2a6bf0537d8c4ea0ce8aa9ad

(4319)

on March 09, 2011
at 08:19 AM

Apple cider vinegar works wonders for me.

Cbda678b2a6bf0537d8c4ea0ce8aa9ad

(4319)

on November 28, 2011
at 08:24 AM

I never answered... topically

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88905cfc5bb098ad3830671a1af373a8

on March 09, 2011
at 11:35 AM

I went to a dermatologist for my itchy scalp (and related hair falling) and he told me I had scalp psoriasis.

His advice was to quit shampoo and wash my hair daily with a mixture of water and the juice of half a lime (in a basin). He also gave me a steroidal cream made in Quebec that I applied in small amounts nightly in affected spots on my scalp for the first couple of months.

After 20 to 30 days of that, the itching was greatly reduced and the hair loss almost completely stopped (down to normal level of the occasional hair falling).

Three months later I'm still doing the lime wash.

88905cfc5bb098ad3830671a1af373a8

(803)

on March 09, 2011
at 03:22 PM

the tube is more or less empty so I phased it out - and don't want to use more if I can help it. haven't tried vinegar. a shampoo I would consider trying if need be is a coal tar shampoo, made by Neutrogena (as well as a Target brand).

D05728a0613658cb5b2f652eb6f36783

(125)

on March 09, 2011
at 02:49 PM

still use the steroidal cream? ever try vinegar? so many approaches it seems :)

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7e65e7c3794834b3526b77f92cabee55

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on March 09, 2011
at 07:13 AM

I got an itchy scalp when I was in a daily situation of extreme stress (on a trading floor in bad markets). In some places on my scalp I developed sores.

While the stress was ongoing, non of the cures on offer provided any relief. Once the stress was gone (I changed jobs) the itchiness subsided and my scalp healed.

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on June 04, 2014
at 12:38 PM

Both coconut and olive oil contain antifungal properties, which treat the most common cause of itchy scalp-seborrheic dermatitis.

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5b0f25610421dc54a8373e7d3e4a0f94

on February 04, 2012
at 01:06 PM

My wife had miraculous results using neem oil mixed with olive oil: Mix neem oil about 1:10 with olive oil Massage mixture into scalp leave in overnight, (towel on the pillow to avoid oil soaked pillow) Rinse with apple cider vinegar

Two nights of this and itchy, scaly scalp is cured!

5b0f25610421dc54a8373e7d3e4a0f94

on February 04, 2012
at 01:10 PM

This, BTW, was after unsuccessful attempts using just vinegar, and using Jason brand tea tree oil shampoo.

Ef4c5b09fdccf73be575d3a0c267fdd9

(2539)

on February 04, 2012
at 08:25 PM

does she still have to use the neem/olive oil nightly?

5b0f25610421dc54a8373e7d3e4a0f94

on February 23, 2012
at 03:50 PM

Nope, nightly isn't necessary. just once every couple of weeks seems to keep it in check.

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2b510b32935326485ff1caf96e146be7

on January 15, 2012
at 01:11 AM

I have just begun to use a coconut milk conditioner, made by Organix, and it has done wonders. No itching, hardly any dry flakes and smells great. It's a little pricey so, if you don't mind paying the price, I would highly recommend it, (by the way, I tried every shampoo and conditioner for dandruff/dry scalp and nothing worked until now).

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246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

(21420)

on April 29, 2011
at 06:46 PM

Seriously. Vinegar.

I had severe dandruff under my beard and scalp and would sometimes wake up with blood under my fingernails from scratching my beard in my sleep.

All gone after one washing where I skipped the shampoo and used conventional old apple cider vinegar in it's place, on my scalp and beard. I knew something was up because at first I got a pretty sharp sting, as if there were some kind of scrape or rash on the affected area. However, it absolutely eradicated the dandruff, the itching, and the added bonus (and the reason why I used vinegar initially as well) it made my hair look good.

Ef4c5b09fdccf73be575d3a0c267fdd9

(2539)

on February 04, 2012
at 08:26 PM

Do you rinse with the vinegar or leave it on your skin?

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Eeb593d6b6d7a939fdd5469b69347d5f

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on April 29, 2011
at 06:16 PM

I've been shampoo free for 5 months. Greasiness went away after 2 weeks, itchiness after 3. It was a very tough ride, this was the 4th or 5th time I've made the attempt, but I finally did it.

I use baking soda now anytime my scalp (or face) feels oily or dirty. You don't have to go crazy with it.

I was very paranoid about my hair looking bad, as I have long hair, which is already deviant for a guy. I didn't want to look homeless. But my girlfriend was paying close attention and it started looking "better than normal" after the 1-2 weeks. Been great since then.

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24fcc21452ebe39c032be6801d6bbadd

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on March 09, 2011
at 02:28 PM

When my scalp gets itchy, I've had good results with rubbing coconut oil in, leaving it on for ten minutes or so, then washing out. I use shampoo once a week or so, and just rinsing and using some conditioner on the other days.

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A0e3b5eeb45b7d6e5689847fbc79959a

on March 08, 2011
at 03:58 PM

do you use synthetic shampoo? male or female? get that insulin waaay down, zero carb for a while, it helped my (female) thinning hair. go totally 100% gluten free too, like use different pans that gluten is not cooked in etc. that might help too.

D05728a0613658cb5b2f652eb6f36783

(125)

on March 08, 2011
at 04:11 PM

synthetic shampoo, male. i've been using synthetic shampoo all my life, so hard for me to attribute to shampoo. not sure if i could go zero carb given my level of physical activity.

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