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I've always had a dry, itchy scalp. Could I be allergic to shampoo/conditioner?

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Created August 22, 2013 at 4:52 AM

No matter how much healthy fats I consume I always have at least a little dandruff. I'm thinking about cutting shampoo/conditioner & maybe trying the Baking soda/apple cider vinegar method.

I've tried using anti-dandruff shampoos, they've never seemed to help. I've also tried cold showers and that actually seemed to make it worse.

Does anybody have any experience dealing with this problem?

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on August 26, 2013
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*the shampoo bar

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on August 26, 2013
at 10:58 PM

Thanks! I'll look for bar

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on August 23, 2013
at 02:07 AM

When I first started, I'd use the shampoo bar and an ACV or white vinegar rinse every time. White vinegar helped a tonnnn with the flaking, but made my hair super greasy and heavy. It took me a long time to figure out how much/how often to use vinegar, but most people have excellent results using it every time, so don't be afraid to experiment with different ratios to find what works best for you/your hair/your scalp. I am lucky my flakiness has decreased so much just from the shampoo bar that I don't need much extra to control it. Hopefully you'll find out what creates similar results!

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on August 23, 2013
at 01:57 AM

The bar make a great lather if your hair is really wet. I just rub the bar on my hair to foam it up, massage to make more lather, and gently scrub my scalp, concentrating on my part, bangs, and any other flaky/dry/problem areas. That said, I have very long hair, so if yours is short, it'll be a one-step operation, haha. I now only wash my hair once a week, but I used to wash 4-6 times a week when I first used it and it didn't have any negative effects. When my hair was shoulder-length, one bar would last 3-4.5 months; with hair to my mid-back, it lasts about 3 months.

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on August 22, 2013
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Do you vigorously scrub or lightly lather? I'm assuming you only use J.R. Liggett's shampoo bars 2-3 times a week? Do you need to use a generous amount or will just a little do? sorry, a lot of questions haha

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I hope so, I've been reading other posts on here and across the web. some people are actually saying the no-poo method made it worse. But it looks like it worked for you. I might as well give it a

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on August 22, 2013
at 05:21 AM

I hope so, I've been reading other posts on here and across the web. some people are actually saying saying the no-poo method made it worse. But it looks like it worked for you. I might as well give it a try.

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on August 22, 2013
at 05:20 AM

Would it be possible for me to skip the apple cider and just go with baking soda? What will that do? Thanks.

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on August 22, 2013
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No, it's always been like this for as long as I can remember. I really didn't see any improvements after becoming paleo 2 years ago. It's one thing I can't seem to fix. I've tried cold showers and that actually seemed to make it even worse.

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on August 22, 2013
at 05:01 AM

Is this in response to your diet or were you always like this. And what kind of diet are you on?

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on August 22, 2013
at 05:04 AM

Absolutely, try the Baking soda/apple cider vinegar method. you will be pleasantly surprised. Relief is almost instantaneous. (From one who's been there with the itching and crud)

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on August 22, 2013
at 05:20 AM

Would it be possible for me to skip the apple cider and just go with baking soda? What will that do? Thanks.

0b4326a4949718451a8571b82558dc10

(2349)

on August 22, 2013
at 05:22 AM

I hope so, I've been reading other posts on here and across the web. some people are actually saying the no-poo method made it worse. But it looks like it worked for you. I might as well give it a

0b4326a4949718451a8571b82558dc10

(2349)

on August 22, 2013
at 05:21 AM

I hope so, I've been reading other posts on here and across the web. some people are actually saying saying the no-poo method made it worse. But it looks like it worked for you. I might as well give it a try.

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on August 22, 2013
at 05:23 AM

I had a similar experience. My scalp was always dry, flaking, extremely itchy, and I'd get painful spots and/or rashes from the irritation; no matter what type of shampoo/conditioner I tried (commercial, sensitive skin, anti-dandruff, all natural, organic), my scalp never improved. Changes in diet, supplements, exercise, etc., also never produced any noticeable change. Baking soda was too drying for me and made the flaking worse.

The only thing that healed my scalp was J.R. Liggett's shampoo bars, which are essentially simple soaps (Ingredients: Olive oil, coconut oil, caster oil, fresh pure new hampshire spring water and sodium hydroxide (a binder) with no fragrance added.) The one that works best for me is Tea Tree & Hemp Oil, but the Jojoba & Peppermint is also nice. I also do a straight white vinegar rinse every 3-5 washings or so, which prevents my scalp from flaking; ACV isn't strong enough for me.

I tried a couple shampoo bars from Etsy that had virtually the same ingredients, but J.R.'s is the formula that works best for my hair and scalp, so search around. I'm doubly delighted that I can go an entire week between washes and my hair doesn't even start to look greasy until day 5 or 6, and, if flakes appear at all, it's on day 6 or 7.

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on August 22, 2013
at 05:36 AM

Do you vigorously scrub or lightly lather? I'm assuming you only use J.R. Liggett's shampoo bars 2-3 times a week? Do you need to use a generous amount or will just a little do? sorry, a lot of questions haha

B885dc10c6263f5a4492205d50560bee

(401)

on August 23, 2013
at 01:57 AM

The bar make a great lather if your hair is really wet. I just rub the bar on my hair to foam it up, massage to make more lather, and gently scrub my scalp, concentrating on my part, bangs, and any other flaky/dry/problem areas. That said, I have very long hair, so if yours is short, it'll be a one-step operation, haha. I now only wash my hair once a week, but I used to wash 4-6 times a week when I first used it and it didn't have any negative effects. When my hair was shoulder-length, one bar would last 3-4.5 months; with hair to my mid-back, it lasts about 3 months.

0b4326a4949718451a8571b82558dc10

(2349)

on August 26, 2013
at 10:58 PM

Thanks! I'll look for bar

B885dc10c6263f5a4492205d50560bee

(401)

on August 23, 2013
at 02:07 AM

When I first started, I'd use the shampoo bar and an ACV or white vinegar rinse every time. White vinegar helped a tonnnn with the flaking, but made my hair super greasy and heavy. It took me a long time to figure out how much/how often to use vinegar, but most people have excellent results using it every time, so don't be afraid to experiment with different ratios to find what works best for you/your hair/your scalp. I am lucky my flakiness has decreased so much just from the shampoo bar that I don't need much extra to control it. Hopefully you'll find out what creates similar results!

0b4326a4949718451a8571b82558dc10

(2349)

on August 26, 2013
at 10:58 PM

*the shampoo bar

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