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Dandruff and itchy scalp problems, nothing works :(

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created May 22, 2013 at 2:55 AM

Ok I understand this issue has been discussed many times but I haven't found a solution to treating my itchy scalp as of yet.

I have been on the "no-poo" regime for the past couple of months, my process is I rub 1 tablespoon of baking soda in my hair, let it sit for 5 minutes, and then I rinse it out with either white vinegar or apple cider vinegar. Even though this helps a bit better then conventional shampoo I still get tons of flakes.

I also put coconut oil in my hair a couple times a week and let it sit overnight then rinse it out in the morning, I find this helps the most but the flakes still come back when I don't do it after a couple of days.

I have also tried many different anti-dandruff shampoos of course before all this and none of them work, if anything they make the problem worse.

Can someone please recommend a better solution for me or point out what I am doing wrong? I have had dandruff/itchy scalp for as long as I can remember and I haven't found a fix yet. I am desperate to try anything at this point! Thank you.

F54a16e4caf4dc8da9ef1369f46a95cd

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on December 08, 2013
at 02:19 PM

Yes, for me it got much worse after I began eating better! It doesn't make any sense.

F54a16e4caf4dc8da9ef1369f46a95cd

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on December 08, 2013
at 02:13 PM

May I ask what you wash the coconut oil out of your hair with? The one time I did a coconut oil treatment on my hair, it took over a week to wash out completely! Like 10 shampoos or more. I don't use conventional shampoo though. I avoid parabens and all that garbage, so I'm wondering what is a natural way to thoroughly wash out the coconut oil?

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on May 30, 2013
at 05:35 AM

Maybe you are on the right track? I have no idea why, but short hair seems to help as well. Keep up the self experimentation!

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on May 24, 2013
at 03:44 AM

Wash your head with selson blue for a couple days. See how that works out.

68655ec9711d207d69a63ebf96b37573

on May 23, 2013
at 11:54 PM

This is true. I don't humidify my London apartment, and I take care it's very dust-free. For my Dubai apartment, I have a cunning dust-filter and humidifying air purifier thingie. Plus, no carpet and a lot of sun :D Death to all dust mites!

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on May 23, 2013
at 07:31 PM

Dust mites thrive on humidity. I'd avoid the humidifier if you are trying to cut down on dust.

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on May 23, 2013
at 06:53 PM

I live in a apartment, there is a lot of dust, not sure about dryness. I have been contemplating on a humidifier for some time, I will look in to it. Thank you!

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on May 23, 2013
at 06:51 PM

Yes I don't think I will give up on the no shampoo approach, I have tried shampoo in my hair a few times these past couple months and it definitely made it worse!

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on May 23, 2013
at 05:38 PM

Not sure if its already been covered yet but a tablespoon of coconut oil rubbed throughout my scalp then washed out 1 hour later fixes me.

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on May 23, 2013
at 04:21 AM

Nice, I will try it!

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on May 23, 2013
at 04:19 AM

Are you eating dairy? Dairy can cause Scalp itching in sensitive people.

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on May 23, 2013
at 04:18 AM

Okay, it might sound a little weird, but I started adding a tablespoon or so of real honey to my baking soda and water before washing my hair and scrubbing my scalp with the mix. My dry flakes went away in a few days and haven't returned in the almost 3 months I've been doing it.

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on May 22, 2013
at 07:08 PM

Lol thank you of course.

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on May 22, 2013
at 05:52 PM

I know, right? I HIGHLY recommend only eating it straight out of the fridge, so it's semi-solid. That way you can just roll it to the back of your throat and swallow it without it hitting your tongue too much. Because...it tastes like sh*t.

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on May 22, 2013
at 07:17 AM

I'm getting my bottle in the mail tomorrow! (/excited to eat fermented cod liver + butter oil.. what have I become??)

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on May 22, 2013
at 07:17 AM

I'm getting my bottle in the mail tomorrow! (/excited to fermented cod liver + butter oil.. what have I become??)

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on May 22, 2013
at 05:34 AM

1) Stop eating sugar if you haven't already. 2) Use more baking soda.. or wash more often (?).. or just use a pH balanced shampoo. Whatever keeps yr head un-greasy. Some of the micro-friends that live on skin/scalp can feed on sebum (freaky right?). They also are impacted by pH levels, and can themselves alter the pH of the area. 3) Use a blowdryer after you shower so your scalp isn't damp for long. 4) Watch your hairgoo - gels, sprays whatever.. if you use any. Product also alters pH which can encourage problems. 5) Antifungals. e.g. put some tea tree oil in the coconut oil thing you do.

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on May 22, 2013
at 05:24 AM

//////and yw!:)

89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

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on May 22, 2013
at 05:23 AM

worth a shot..:)

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on May 22, 2013
at 05:01 AM

Cool! I will definitely give it a try, I haven't heard of this mixture before.

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on May 22, 2013
at 04:18 AM

Oh interesting! I will look into it, thank you!

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89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

on May 22, 2013
at 04:49 AM

You might want to give up the no poo regime for now since it doesnt seem to be helping you all that much. Pick up something gentle thats recommended at your health food store.

then try this mix...equal parts 1 1/2-2 tblspoon each of the following

  • castor oil

  • sweet almond oil

  • olive oil

(essential oil that helps with itching and flaking..tea tree oil/rosemary/ might be good. Doublecheck with your friendly neighbourhood health food dude or gal)

Mix these oils up and warm in microwave. Not too hot though! Massage into your scalp and hair. Leave on for an miniumum of an hour up to a few hours max. Dont leave overnight.

Shampoo it out.. *you can mix some vinegar with the shampoo to make rinsing it out easier.

goodluck..hope it helps if you decide to try it :)

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on May 22, 2013
at 05:01 AM

Cool! I will definitely give it a try, I haven't heard of this mixture before.

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on May 22, 2013
at 07:08 PM

Lol thank you of course.

89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

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on May 22, 2013
at 05:23 AM

worth a shot..:)

89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

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on May 22, 2013
at 05:24 AM

//////and yw!:)

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7c09a44d334ef8a8c7c2644b0b7e1383

on May 22, 2013
at 03:40 AM

Sounds like you've tried about all you can on the outside. Maybe it's time to hack your nutrition a bit more. Have you tried taking fermented cod liver oil? There's a great cod liver oil/butter blend from Green Pastures that has helped my dandruff and keratosis pilaris. My nutritionist recommended it for all skin issues because of the massive hit of Vitamin A.

7c09a44d334ef8a8c7c2644b0b7e1383

(279)

on May 22, 2013
at 05:52 PM

I know, right? I HIGHLY recommend only eating it straight out of the fridge, so it's semi-solid. That way you can just roll it to the back of your throat and swallow it without it hitting your tongue too much. Because...it tastes like sh*t.

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on May 22, 2013
at 04:18 AM

Oh interesting! I will look into it, thank you!

Cf08ad26759fdd206a2c9f9385080a57

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on May 22, 2013
at 07:17 AM

I'm getting my bottle in the mail tomorrow! (/excited to fermented cod liver + butter oil.. what have I become??)

Cf08ad26759fdd206a2c9f9385080a57

(995)

on May 22, 2013
at 07:17 AM

I'm getting my bottle in the mail tomorrow! (/excited to eat fermented cod liver + butter oil.. what have I become??)

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on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

Caffiene Anti-dandruff Shampoo

This stuff works great for me. Got rid of the tightness on my scalp, and my hair now gets naturally oily with no flakes or itchiness ever. I use it about twice a month.

I believe dandruff is mostly caused by consuming too much calories, more especially consuming lots of calories in one sitting. Doesn't really matter what food you eat. I notice this with too much butter, too much eggs, too much milk and cream. But eating a little amount of these foods wont set my dandruff off.

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on May 27, 2013
at 04:55 AM

I didn't read other messages, so sorry if it's already been mentioned.

I use http://www.drbronner.com/DBMS/OLTT04/TeaTreeLiquidSoap.htm Tea tree oil is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. You can still do your apple cider vinegar rinse afterwards. It suds up nicely and clears up flakes well (at least in my experience).

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4e6baf393fd5f339ae5a92ffbeadc884

on May 23, 2013
at 01:13 PM

Have you tried only water? No baking soda or vinegar, be worth a shot before giving up on the no shampoo approach.

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on May 23, 2013
at 06:51 PM

Yes I don't think I will give up on the no shampoo approach, I have tried shampoo in my hair a few times these past couple months and it definitely made it worse!

4e6baf393fd5f339ae5a92ffbeadc884

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on May 30, 2013
at 05:35 AM

Maybe you are on the right track? I have no idea why, but short hair seems to help as well. Keep up the self experimentation!

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A8dc0864e48ea2e8368b7a93f06dd850

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on May 23, 2013
at 12:20 PM

there's 3 kinds of anti-dandruff shampoos: sulphur, tar and salicylic acid. We have dandruff problems in our family and the only kind of shampoos that has worked was salicylic acid ones. Phyto make a great one, you can get it from sephora I believe, it's a French pharmacy brand.

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on May 23, 2013
at 11:05 AM

Where do you live? Is your apartment or office dry with strong aircon? If so, get a humidifier

If you go back to shampoo, go sulfate-free

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on May 23, 2013
at 07:31 PM

Dust mites thrive on humidity. I'd avoid the humidifier if you are trying to cut down on dust.

Medium avatar

(90)

on May 23, 2013
at 06:53 PM

I live in a apartment, there is a lot of dust, not sure about dryness. I have been contemplating on a humidifier for some time, I will look in to it. Thank you!

68655ec9711d207d69a63ebf96b37573

on May 23, 2013
at 11:54 PM

This is true. I don't humidify my London apartment, and I take care it's very dust-free. For my Dubai apartment, I have a cunning dust-filter and humidifying air purifier thingie. Plus, no carpet and a lot of sun :D Death to all dust mites!

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on May 23, 2013
at 10:35 AM

I???m only speaking of an N=1 experience, but the one thing that helps for me is to rub my head hard.

Think about it: What do you do if you use shampoo? You rub it in to give the effects. If you do no-poo, you have to do the same thing: rub your hair.

I went no-poo for a while, resulting in dandruff problems, then I used head and shoulders. The dandruff problems were gone instantly after using the shampoo. But eventually I made the connection that when I use shampoo, I rub it in my head and when I didn???t use shampoo I didn???t rub my head.

Now every time I shower or wash my hair I rub my head, and when I get the feeling that dandruff is coming up, I rub a little harder.

PS: I???m a 28 year old male with fairly short hair.

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on May 23, 2013
at 03:57 AM

I used Jason's Natural Cosmetics Dandruff shampoo and it worked great. No more dandruff.

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on May 23, 2013
at 04:21 AM

Nice, I will try it!

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on May 23, 2013
at 02:10 AM

Mine went away when I went gluten free but tea tree oil shampoo and conditioners helped when I was eating SAD.

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Da3afb1c80b1bffa742338a37917df8a

on May 22, 2013
at 03:29 PM

You might have food allergies. I finally realized that my flaky scalp is the result of an allergy to eggs and dairy. I didn't want to admit it, because I love those foods, but all my flakiness stopped when I eliminated those for a few days.

I also had dry, red, flaky rashes on my face and arms, and those also cleared up. Now I know immediately when I eat some egg or dairy product, as it shows up on my skin.

I rinse my hair with a mix of 1/4-cup apple cider vinegar, 2 cups of water and a teaspoon of borax, and that keeps the flakiness down until the next time I eat some egg or dairy product.

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on May 22, 2013
at 07:27 AM

First of all , i would like to suggest natural home remedies for dandruff because natural remedies are most effective and good for us . You can use tea tree oil and olive oil for your dandruff. olive oil is good moisturizer so it is best to get rid from dandruff. To get rid of itchy scalp you should use Aloe Vera , you should rub the pulp of Aloe vera about an hour before bath and wash, then wash your hairs with ordinary water. Olive oil is best for both.

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on June 01, 2013
at 08:33 PM

"For all those how have severe dandruff you should read this because I myself suffered from severe dandruff for years, when I was 10 it was already more than just normal dandruff, when I was 11.5 it was really bad, and when I was 12 it was severe and I would peel it off and I would bleed, and sometimes it would be wet and sometimes it would be dry and until I was 14 I tried almost 30 different shampoos, and 5 different oils, and lemon, and vinegar, and special products, and special treatments, and Listerine, and non-helped, until I tried a product that wasn't supposed to help against dandruff it was some kind of skin product but it helped so I used it ("forever living – aloe propolis creme") every night I'd put it on my scalp and wash it off in the morning, within 1 month I already saw a huge change, after 3 month it was like normal dandruff, and after 4 month it disappeared completely. I also used "forever living - aloe-jojoba conditioning rinse" and "forever living – aloe-jojoba shampoo" witch helped a little, like when I forgot to put the creme at night the shampoo and conditioner would help maintain the dandruff and not let it get worse. I had short hair so if you have long hair try putting the creme only on your scalp and not your hair, after you put it leave it for the most 1 hour so it will dry don’t use any fans or heat to dry it let it dry by itself, also it helps a little bit to sweat from your scalp, so go outside run a little. so I'm doing this because I know how hard it is and I don’t want other people to suffer like I did it hurt physically, and I had to wear a hat for 2 years every day to school. so just Google "forever living" and you will find their official site there you can look for "aloe propolis creme" and " aloe-jojoba conditioning rinse" and " aloe-jojoba shampoo" if you have any questions send me an email to : wm123wm@gmail.com please don't spam me think before you ask "

i did this and it worked like a charm i hope it will work for you so be patient

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on May 22, 2013
at 02:31 PM

Have you also tried prescription dandruff shampoos? I've had dandruff all my life and NOTHING ever helped with it, ranging from no-poo and apple cider vinegar to every nasty chemical available over the counter. Ketoconazole is the first line antifungal and that didn't help either, but later I tried ciclopirox and that finally did the trick. Unfortunately the shampoo base played hell with my facial skin, so I had to go off of it and the dandruff came back. But it might work for you!

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on May 22, 2013
at 05:58 AM

Hi,

I don't have any good advice, but I have got the same problems.. Did it get worse for you after started eating primal? It did for me. Have tried what you say you have tried, and nothing helps. It has come so far, so now I also have it in my ears.. No fun. :(

The doctor just give me a cortisone solution. It helps, but just for a while and then it comes back again, worse than before.

Good luck to us both!

F54a16e4caf4dc8da9ef1369f46a95cd

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on December 08, 2013
at 02:19 PM

Yes, for me it got much worse after I began eating better! It doesn't make any sense.

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