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Why is my scalp itchy AND oily using the "no poo" method?

Commented on December 20, 2013
Created June 16, 2013 at 3:41 AM

I have been using Bicarb Soda (BS) and Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) for about 5 months now. I wash my hair using this method every third to fourth day but by the forth day it gets incredibly itchy and oily at the same time. I've tried putting tea tree oil in the bicarb mix and I've recently swapped the bicarb over for dr brommers tea tree oil castile soap (mixed 50/50 with water). I've also tried rinsing using cold water but I continue to get an irritated scalp between washes.

I've used coconut oil now and then. It helps sooth my scalp but makes my hair really oily for the following few days. Has anyone else got any other ideas?

I'm currently seeing the naturopath for some gut issues and I'm wondering if that may the true cause of my problem? The two points at the top of my scalp that get particularly sore, but as it gets worse it seems to hurt everywhere.

I would love to get people's ideas as this is really starting to frustrate me!

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on December 20, 2013
at 07:04 PM

I have curly frizzy hair and all shampoo did was buy me a minor relief from the frizz. I was still spending a lot of money on products for my hair. No poo has returned the ph balance to my hair and regulated the oils on my head. No question modern medicine has helped man kind however, greed and selfishness has warped medicine into a business. Time to go back to basics and see where we went wrong.

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on August 30, 2013
at 12:38 AM

We are also the only mammals that drive, cure diseases, and traverse space.

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on August 27, 2013
at 04:43 AM

Unfortunately shampoo removes too much oil from the scalp and hair. Your skin produces oil and acids for a reason. I'm hard pressed to think of a mammal that uses shampoo besides humans. All mammals have hygiene but how many involve chemicals pushed onto you an advertising agency?

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on June 20, 2013
at 12:08 AM

I've been to this site before. It just goes on about rinsing the bicarb soda out, which I already do. I'm not sure about the honey mix either.. Most people with itchy scalp issues also have a dry scalp.. but mine gets super oily which I find confusing.

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on June 20, 2013
at 12:06 AM

I was recently diagnosed with SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) so I'm starting to think that may be the true cause of my problem.

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on August 27, 2013
at 11:21 PM

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on August 27, 2013
at 10:45 PM

why are you using bicarb or whatever that is?

It's okay to use hair products.

Use a co-wash cleanser (cleansing conditioner) or a mudwash (I used to use terressentials... very good) and if you need to, add aple cider vinegar (this makes my scalp itch, so I don't use vinegar).

These products don't get rid of too many of the oils in your hair, but will cleanse it at the same time.

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on August 27, 2013
at 06:50 PM

Looks like you're trying to reinvent shampoo.

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on August 27, 2013
at 04:36 PM

For years I had a permanent itchy scalp. A few years ago my doctor diagnosed me with gluten allergy, and one consequence of avoiding gluten was no itching ! Was so surprised, and relieved.

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on August 27, 2013
at 02:14 PM

For years I had a permanent itchy scalp. A few years ago my doctor diagnosed me with gluten allergy, and one consequence of avoiding gluten was no itching ! Was so surprised, and relieved.

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on August 12, 2013
at 04:28 PM

Perhaps you are experiencing this problem because you are not using shampoo. Shampoo is a very useful substance for removing oil and dirt from the hair, leading to proper hygiene and scalp health. Consider trying it some time.

8292546789ca48c32ead34c6e884d059

on August 27, 2013
at 04:43 AM

Unfortunately shampoo removes too much oil from the scalp and hair. Your skin produces oil and acids for a reason. I'm hard pressed to think of a mammal that uses shampoo besides humans. All mammals have hygiene but how many involve chemicals pushed onto you an advertising agency?

229faa9f9cb551cbf9d1d766b84cf8f5

(112)

on August 30, 2013
at 12:38 AM

We are also the only mammals that drive, cure diseases, and traverse space.

9cced1287548465fba2bbcab22629cdc

on December 20, 2013
at 07:04 PM

I have curly frizzy hair and all shampoo did was buy me a minor relief from the frizz. I was still spending a lot of money on products for my hair. No poo has returned the ph balance to my hair and regulated the oils on my head. No question modern medicine has helped man kind however, greed and selfishness has warped medicine into a business. Time to go back to basics and see where we went wrong.

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on June 16, 2013
at 04:56 AM

http://coderedhat.com/no-poo-dry-scalp-help/

This website seems to offer some good advice-- causes of itch with no-poo, and also non-oil alternatives to moisturize scalp. My guess is fungus plays a role as well-- leaving hair wet/damp for too long supposedly worsens fungus, as well, there must be dietary causes, perhaps related to gut health, yeast overgrowth, etc.

303da756656a877256622dd5dcf0a02e

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on June 20, 2013
at 12:08 AM

I've been to this site before. It just goes on about rinsing the bicarb soda out, which I already do. I'm not sure about the honey mix either.. Most people with itchy scalp issues also have a dry scalp.. but mine gets super oily which I find confusing.

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