i read having dandruff problems is more often than not just a dry scalp issue, and corporate marketing will have us to believe those small flakes that come out of your hair when you brush your hands through you hair is dandruff, when actually dandruff flakes are more yellow and quite larger
whatever the case may be, i think i have a dry scalp issue (my whole body is chronically dry so that is where i draw my conclusion from)
what can i do to nourish my scalp? i read coconut oil and/or olive oil can help, but i never hear precisely how much to use and how often to use it. i also hear mix reviews regarding "no poo", sometimes it works for a dry scalp and dandruff, sometimes it even causes dandruff. any advice for this problem? it is quite embarrassing!
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on December 10, 2012
at 03:14 PM
My scalp is also dry, making it flake constantly. I also used to have bumps/pustules and my whole head was extremely itchy. 95% of those symptoms went away when I started using a shampoo bar/soap to wash my hair. You can get them for ~$4 on Vitacost or similarly priced on Etsy.
The best shampoo bars for my flaky scalp have contained tea tree oil, although I'm using a peppermint/jojoba one now that's also doing a fairly good job.
Something else that helped substantially with my flaky scalp was white vinegar. Many people suggest doing an apple cider vinegar rinse after washing/no 'poo-ing, but that didn't do much for me. Now I take a cup or two of white vinegar(either straight or halved with water), saturate my hair and scalp with it, and let it sit for as long as possible; then repeat with the second cup to kick some flaky ass. THIS is the best tip I can offer you!
on December 10, 2012
at 12:28 AM
Hard to know; it's probably different for different people. It is often a fungal problem -- when I get dandruff and I use Nizoral (anti-fungal shampoo) and make no other changes, it goes away almost instantly. Since Nizoral is not moisturizing, that makes me think it is, in fact, fungal, at least for me.
Now, whether one might be more susceptible to fungal problems when you have dry skin or other immunity issues is another question.
on March 28, 2013
at 12:10 PM
Hi, I'm a 28 year old male with relatively short hair.
My personal solution to dandruff is rubbing harder, as in using your fingers to rub hard on the skin of your hair. I used to think I needed shampoo to relieve my dandruff problems. But I discovered it was not the shampoo itself that did the work, it was the hard rubbing on my head that relieved it.
Now I'm poo free for half a year now without any dandruff problems and have very healthy hair. No sign of hair loss as well or thinning hair like my father and brother, some greys are popping through tho. Maybe the going paleo helped as well, but I will see what happens when I stop rubbing my head.
on March 28, 2013
at 06:38 AM
Sounds like your scalp would benefit from the healing properties of aloe. It actually contains enzymes that lift scale from your scalp and heal it at the same time. I've successfully used this Aloe Honey "Shampoo" for a year (as needed) and I've been itch and flake free ever since.
No More Dry Scalp Aloe Honey "Shampoo" Recipe
- 1/4 c of homemade aloe gel or store bought like Forever Aloe Vera Gel
- 2 TBS Honey
- 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.
- 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.
Get all the details on why aloe and honey are good for your scalp by reading the original Aloe Honey "Shampoo" recipe (above) and explains all the "whys" of how it works.