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Dry hair. What's the likely cause?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 20, 2011 at 12:14 PM

I've been on a lacto Paleo diet for the past 7 months. Have lost 16 kg.

But my hair now is a lot drier. For the last 3 months I have only needed to wash my hair in warm water, about once a week. No soap or shampoo.

Any ideas why?

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on March 19, 2013
at 04:45 PM

Is your skin dry as well?

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(1724)

on June 22, 2011
at 08:53 AM

Do you live in a dry climate? Is it the dry season? It might be seasonal. I'd second JitzGirl's recommendation of coconut or jojoba oil. Rub in as much as you want (a small -- nickel size -- amount will moisturize short hair, a quarter-size will give you that shiny look for a day -- depends on your preference). Experiment. You may only need some oil once a week or less or more.

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on June 21, 2011
at 02:36 AM

Too dry. Before I started Paelo I used to wash my hair with shampoo everyday and if I didn't it would become greasy by the 2nd day. Now it is the other extreme.

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on June 20, 2011
at 02:55 PM

I don't know that Paleo can correct hypothyroid in all cases, but it definitely shouldn't cause it, so if the symptom is new, I'd not expect it to be that. Lacto-paleo means paleo with dairy.

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on June 20, 2011
at 01:32 PM

If you've been water only, the sebum (oil/wax mix your scalp produces) might be skewed toward the waxy side. Try washing cold-HOT-cold, with a strong finger-scrubbing of your scalp during the hot burst. If that doesn't work, try either a baking soda slurry rubbed into your scalp, or a single washing with a great shampoo (no -cones, no sulfates)...just one should be enough to set you right for a month or so.

If dry and brittle is the only symptom, it might just need some oil...try coconut or jojoba.

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on March 28, 2013
at 06:31 AM

Dry Hair Aloe Honey Moisture "Shampoo" Recipe

Been using this for a year when my hair gets dry and it totally works.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 c of homemade aloe gel or store bought, like Forever Aloe Vera Gel
  • 2 TBS Honey

Directions

  1. Combine all in your mini-food processor or blender. Make as smooth as possible. You don’t want any aloe chunks left in your hair.
  2. Take straight to the shower and shampoo. Leave on for a few minutes (the longer the better) than rinse out completely with water. That’s it.

See the full article that includes the benefits and all the reasons why aloe and honey are good for your hair and scalp.

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on March 19, 2013
at 04:15 PM

I use a baking soda solution to wash my hair, which has worked really well for the past 2 years - never been healthier! When I want a little conditioning however, I do a rinse with apple cider vinegar. So silky!

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on June 20, 2011
at 02:40 PM

Maybe I'm misusing the term 'Lacto Paleo'. What I mean by 'Lacto' is that I consume dairy, as in milk, cream and cheese in small amounts. The paleo part is meat, fish, eggs, vegetables and some nuts.

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on June 20, 2011
at 02:06 PM

One cause of dry hair is hypothyroidism, but that shouldn't be the case on Paleo if it's done right. What, exactly, do you mean by "lacto Paleo"? I'm used to that term with vegetarians, but not with Paleo. Try adding a kelp supplement or sprinkling sea veggies on your salads and see if that helps. I also agree with the coconut oil to use as a conditioner. That's what I do since my hair is just naturally becoming drier from age/going grey, and thereby coarser.

100fd85230060e754fc13394eee6d6f1

(18706)

on June 20, 2011
at 02:55 PM

I don't know that Paleo can correct hypothyroid in all cases, but it definitely shouldn't cause it, so if the symptom is new, I'd not expect it to be that. Lacto-paleo means paleo with dairy.

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8c5533ffe71bd4262fedc7e898ead1ba

on June 20, 2011
at 01:25 PM

Eh, it's probably your body just urging you to take the next step in your Paleo lifestyle and jump on the "no soap, no 'poo" bandwagon. Happens to a lot of us ;-)

Seriously, though, if you only rinse your hair, do you find it is "too dry" or "just right" except now without having to spend money on shampoo?

033abda8ddb2166a103a60c94dcd33d7

on June 21, 2011
at 02:36 AM

Too dry. Before I started Paelo I used to wash my hair with shampoo everyday and if I didn't it would become greasy by the 2nd day. Now it is the other extreme.

8c5533ffe71bd4262fedc7e898ead1ba

(1724)

on June 22, 2011
at 08:53 AM

Do you live in a dry climate? Is it the dry season? It might be seasonal. I'd second JitzGirl's recommendation of coconut or jojoba oil. Rub in as much as you want (a small -- nickel size -- amount will moisturize short hair, a quarter-size will give you that shiny look for a day -- depends on your preference). Experiment. You may only need some oil once a week or less or more.

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on June 28, 2011
at 11:43 PM

The dryness comes from partially the lacto Paleo but your hair can maintain a less dry appearance and feel. By going that long between shampoos does not resolve the issue obviously because your hair is attracting pollutants. Using warm water alone can not eliminate the build up and keeps the cuticle open, which gives your hair a dryer feel. Here's what to do.

There is a product called Sabino Lok & Blok. When used in the shower with your conditioner it keeps the conditioner from rinsing completely down the drain. Conditioners are water soluble and can not penetrate the cortex layer for more than 2 to 3 hours until it either dissipates in dry climates or dilutes in humidity.

Lok & Blok is the only shampoo soluble product for hair and locks in moisture while blocking our excess moisture. Place about 2 squirts of L&B into your conditioner when in your palm, massage in your hands and apply by starting at the ends and working up to the roots. Do a quick rinse, towel blot outside the shower, add a little more L&B no other products. Your hair will look shiny and feel like silk.

For extensive info about your hair, go to www.gotfrizz.com

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