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"Poo-less troubles"... my scalp won't make up its mind!

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 16, 2012 at 7:45 AM

About 3 months ago I started 'weaning' my scalp off commercial shampoo and conditioner as I found a paleo diet significantly increased the level oiliness around my roots. Prior to paleo, I've always had fairly dry hair. I began to wash my hair only twice a week from the usual, every 2 days routine I had found myself on.

It was about 3-4 weeks ago I took the plunge into 'poo-less' world. I have since adopted a washing routine of 1 teaspoon baking soda (aka bi-carb soda) in 1 cup water and conditioning with 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar in a cup of water about 2 times a week or when I feel the need. I've read many times over in the online paleo community that this is a recommended alternative.

It's been working pretty well. BUT, I washed my hair last night and after my hair had dried, the roots were still pretty oily. Today though, it's suddenly really dry and I have dandruff?! I haven't had dandruff for ages.

So what's up with my scalp? Any other suggestions as to what I could do?

42cd0feeeda5fa2e2fe1c4fd8255073a

(1930)

on October 16, 2012
at 10:26 PM

thanks so much for the response! sounds like we have the same kind of head of hair!! Mine is definately on the long and fine side. Thinking of just getting it cut off to be honest so it's easier to manage.

42cd0feeeda5fa2e2fe1c4fd8255073a

(1930)

on October 16, 2012
at 10:26 PM

Oh awesome! That's a bit of de-ja-vu! Yeah, I definately think I need to lay off the baking soda for a bit at least. I have some tea tree oil handy so I'll give that a whirl as suggested! Thanks!

42cd0feeeda5fa2e2fe1c4fd8255073a

(1930)

on October 16, 2012
at 10:23 PM

wow.. that's disturbing! Better keep my head in check then hey?! It's so true though - the chemical laden stuff does do the job. But I'm sick of putting my body in the position where it becomes dependent on the stuff when you know very well that you can adapt without it. Moments like these don't make it easy though!

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on October 16, 2012
at 01:32 PM

I also haven't had dandruff until I stopped using commercial shampoo. And then bam, there was a blizzard on my scalp.

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on October 16, 2012
at 01:31 PM

Just as an FYI, the worst my hair and scalp has ever been was during my no poo stage. I got this weird sticky film on my scalp (not regular scalp oil) which I later found out was some fungal overgrowth. I bought some chemical-laden Head&Shulders and it went away after like 2 washes.

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on October 16, 2012
at 02:04 PM

I am poo-less as well, but I rinse my hair with a cheap conditioner like Suave each morning instead of using ACV. I will do a baking soda rinse only if my hair is really oily, but don't do it often. I've actually stopped doing it so often because your scalp is naturally acidic and the alkalizing pH of baking soda can mess with scalp and hair condition. So I would nix the baking soda altogether. Perhaps you could try making a rinse with tea tree oil to combat the dandruff.

Some people who have noticed flakey scalps after going poo-less didn't know that hard water can leave a residue on your hair.

Here's a thread that discusses dandruff on a no-poo routine:

http://community.babycenter.com/post/a22018823/no_poo_and_dandruff

42cd0feeeda5fa2e2fe1c4fd8255073a

(1930)

on October 16, 2012
at 10:26 PM

Oh awesome! That's a bit of de-ja-vu! Yeah, I definately think I need to lay off the baking soda for a bit at least. I have some tea tree oil handy so I'll give that a whirl as suggested! Thanks!

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on October 16, 2012
at 04:48 PM

I've been no poo for awhile and it took some experimenting. I think how long your hair is makes a difference too. I have long, dryish, fine hair and I'm made some modifications.

I found the baking soda too harsh for my long hair so I keep about 2-3 tablespoons in a squirt bottle with 1 1/12 cup of water. It takes me about 3 showers to use the whole thing. I squirt it only on my roots and extra where I know I get oily. I let it sit then I rub and massage those areas with my fingers. The hair around my scalp is squeaky clean by that time. I use the ACV the same way you do but I also let that sit and then I comb it out. Sometimes I leave it in and sometimes I rinse it out.

I don't use oils on my hair right now...even the ends. I find it weighs down my hair and distributes among my whole head eventually, making it look oily.

I've read about some people using a natural bristle (boar) brush and brushing the extra sebum on the head down to the ends.

I started as you did and weaned off my shampoo and then my conditioner. The key for me has been learning to use the ACV correctly and working it down to the ends of my hair with my hands or a comb. I do my routine 2-3 times a week. I'm still experimenting but I'm mostly happy and my hair is healthier. When I was using too much baking soda I dried out my hair a lot. It takes some trial and error.

42cd0feeeda5fa2e2fe1c4fd8255073a

(1930)

on October 16, 2012
at 10:26 PM

thanks so much for the response! sounds like we have the same kind of head of hair!! Mine is definately on the long and fine side. Thinking of just getting it cut off to be honest so it's easier to manage.

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on October 16, 2012
at 02:25 PM

Like everything else, your scalp is adapting, it may go off one way, then come back the opposite way.

Meanwhile, try a little bit of melted coconut oil on your scalp. Just massage it in.

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