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dry scalp solutions

Commented on June 04, 2014
Created June 03, 2014 at 7:12 PM

I've been no 'poo for several months and it's been going great. The thing is, it didn't solve my dry scalp problem, not at all. I no longer have large flakes, they are smaller and hard to remove. My hair is darkish so they stand out. I've been dealing with this my whole life and I'm sick of it! I thought no 'poo would be the solution for me. Guess not.

I brush my hair every day with a wooden bristle brush. I also have a natural boar bristle brush, but it gets filthy when I run it over my hair. Lots of tiny broken up white flakes stuck together with the natural oils from my scalp. It's gross! My hair doesn't look dirty, but my brush says otherwise.

I "wash" my hair every 2-3 days with water only. Warm, not hot. It after drying, it is clean, but those flakes have not washed out. I have to pick out the visible ones.

Please do not suggest topical solutions like coconut oil. I have done it and it is never helpful. Even if it temporarily reduces the flakes, my hair looks greasy for days. I've done the baking soda + ACV rinse thing, but that seemed to exacerbate the flakes.

What can I change in my diet or supplementation to help with this problem? I had been taking cod liver oil. It didn't make any difference, but I will continue to do that. What vitamins might I be lacking in that would cause dry scalp?

56c28e3654d4dd8a8abdb2c1f525202e

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on June 04, 2014
at 03:59 PM

There is a case to be made to those ingredients that are non functional (they are there to sell) but low toxicity. The simplest example is sulfites in wines. In shampoos (not just H&S), there are fragrances and sodium lauryl sulfate. There may be other things. I make my own wine to avoid sulfites, but clearly making my own shampoo would be just as important.

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on June 04, 2014
at 03:44 PM

There is no supplement known that cures Paleonoia.

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

(10989)

on June 04, 2014
at 03:02 PM

Lol @wtfgod.

F54a16e4caf4dc8da9ef1369f46a95cd

(591)

on June 04, 2014
at 02:56 PM

I looked into it and I don't think the cholesterol cream is for me. My hair isn't dry, only my scalp. Also, it contains mineral oil, SLS, and various parabens and dyes which I try to avoid in health and beauty products. Thank you anyway.

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

(10989)

on June 04, 2014
at 02:55 PM

There are no vitamins or food deficiencies that are causing your dry scalp. Dry scalp is not a vitamin deficiency, nutrient or mineral deficiency. Your only alternative to a topical solution might be some sort of hair care regimen solution.

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

(10989)

on June 04, 2014
at 02:49 PM

It's fine, but when someone gives kind advice, that's worked for me in the past, advice that would almost definitely help your situation, don't down vote them, call their idea horrific and question their understanding of paleo. Instead respectfully tell them that while you appreciate their solution you are only considering a dietary change and would prefer not to use a topical solution.

F54a16e4caf4dc8da9ef1369f46a95cd

(591)

on June 04, 2014
at 02:37 PM

It is my choice not to use dandruff shampoo to treat a problem I don't have. You are taking it too personally.

Thank you for your input, but my question is what in my diet might be causing my scalp to be dry.

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

(10989)

on June 04, 2014
at 02:35 PM

Also, you mention that you have white flakes in your hair 3 times in your original question but now you say you don't have dandruff. The logical inconsistencies baffle me.

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

(10989)

on June 04, 2014
at 02:30 PM

Are you going to refuse antibiotics with a staph infection because you'd rather lose your finger then mess up your precious gut bacteria? This isn't a vegan board, your paranoia might be better suited there.

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

(10989)

on June 04, 2014
at 02:30 PM

I also hope that you cover all your chairs and car seats with materials that are NOT flame resistant because the bromine is going to get into your skin and kill you. Also the pesticides in food are growing and non gmo crops are cross breeding with gmo crops. Hybrid GMO fish are also breeding with wild fish, the air you breath is filled with toxic chemicals produced from cars and factories, You're makeup has toxins, your toothpaste, everything you touch, everything you put on you and everywhere you go. GROW UP and stop fear mongering on medical solutions.

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

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on June 04, 2014
at 02:26 PM

I'm sorry, which "horrific chemicals" are you referring to? The only active ingredient not common to other shampoos is a form of zinc. Also you say you have dry scalp and white flakes in your hair but it is not dandruff. Is there a different medical condition that causes white flakes that are not dandruff? If so could you point me to some legitimate documentation on said condition?

F54a16e4caf4dc8da9ef1369f46a95cd

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on June 04, 2014
at 12:18 PM

I do not want the horrific chemicals in Head and Shoulders touching my scalp. As a member of a Paleo forum, I would think you would understand that.

In any case, Head and Shoulders is for dandruff which I do not have. Dry scalp is different.

F54a16e4caf4dc8da9ef1369f46a95cd

(591)

on June 03, 2014
at 08:24 PM

I am not opposed to all topical solutions, but it seems to address the symptom rather than the problem. Please tell me more about this cholesterol cream. I've never heard of it.

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(10611)

on June 04, 2014
at 03:42 PM

We could always give our dogs a shiny coat by feeding them hazelnuts. Have you tried that approach?

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on June 04, 2014
at 12:39 PM

Yeast infection may be the cause of dry itchy scalp. Vinegar is one of the cause of yeast. An itchy, dry scalp may indicate dandruff or, in some cases, a more serious medical condition such as psoriasis or eczema. Sesame oil may help combat scalp dryness and relieves itchiness. You could take a stab at flushing your scalp/hair with a wash of half vinegar/half water. Rub the vinegar/water blend into your scalp and abandon it there for a couple of minutes to provide for it an opportunity to work. Rub again and after that wash it out. Use it each time you cleanser for some time and check whether the tingling goes away.

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7904c7276d7e48f1be887fabd263bfd9

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on June 04, 2014
at 12:25 PM

Could always try throwing supplements at the problem. I've been told pills can fix anything.

Vitamins A, B, E, D are probably the relevant ones to this issue?

Note: Don't listen to me.

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

(10989)

on June 04, 2014
at 03:02 PM

Lol @wtfgod.

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Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

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on June 04, 2014
at 03:50 AM

I hate to point out the elephant in the room but has anyone ever told you about Head and Shoulders? It was literally made for people with your exact issue and it works..

56c28e3654d4dd8a8abdb2c1f525202e

(1822)

on June 04, 2014
at 03:59 PM

There is a case to be made to those ingredients that are non functional (they are there to sell) but low toxicity. The simplest example is sulfites in wines. In shampoos (not just H&S), there are fragrances and sodium lauryl sulfate. There may be other things. I make my own wine to avoid sulfites, but clearly making my own shampoo would be just as important.

F54a16e4caf4dc8da9ef1369f46a95cd

(591)

on June 04, 2014
at 12:18 PM

I do not want the horrific chemicals in Head and Shoulders touching my scalp. As a member of a Paleo forum, I would think you would understand that.

In any case, Head and Shoulders is for dandruff which I do not have. Dry scalp is different.

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(10611)

on June 04, 2014
at 03:44 PM

There is no supplement known that cures Paleonoia.

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on June 03, 2014
at 07:51 PM

I developed dry itchy scalp after I went gluten free. There was hydrolyzed wheat protein in the shampoo and conditioner I was using. Took forever to figure out. Go back to shampoo, pick something with no protein added, and use a hair dryer every day. These steps worked for me. A "scalp treatment" (a real one with Queen Helene cholesterol cream) may also help, but you seem prejudiced against it so I won't waste more breath on it.

F54a16e4caf4dc8da9ef1369f46a95cd

(591)

on June 04, 2014
at 02:56 PM

I looked into it and I don't think the cholesterol cream is for me. My hair isn't dry, only my scalp. Also, it contains mineral oil, SLS, and various parabens and dyes which I try to avoid in health and beauty products. Thank you anyway.

F54a16e4caf4dc8da9ef1369f46a95cd

(591)

on June 03, 2014
at 08:24 PM

I am not opposed to all topical solutions, but it seems to address the symptom rather than the problem. Please tell me more about this cholesterol cream. I've never heard of it.

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