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No poo, ~4 weeks, still mega itchy/dry/flaky, getting small zits/bumps

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 14, 2013 at 7:32 AM

I started on January 15th I think. I haven't used shampoo since then. I have been washing only when absolutely needed with BS, and occasionally ACV. I had started in the first week with a BS paste, but due to recommendations kicked it down to a tablespoon in a cup or more of water, and then reduced that concentration further to see how little I can manage with.

I use pretty cold water now as well. I rinse/massage everyday with water (my bed head is pretty crazy...I have medium long hair for a guy, and it's very fine).

My hair looks and feels great, a little on the dry side, but it is winter. But my scalp seems to have stopped producing noticable oil for the last 2 weeks. I could go for a long time without BS or ACV, but I can't really wash all the flakes out with just water due to the way the water mixes and makes my hair group up in the shower.

Basically, I washed this morning with BS/ACV. I went to school, all was fine, maybe 1 small flake but no itchiness. Got home, and took a 2 hour nap. I woke up with my head on fire with itchiness, and mega flaky. That's about the timespan it takes after a BS wash to get dry and flaky. The proportions are quite low, and even with just water rinses I get itchy/flaky about 6 hours later.

I don't know if I react bad to BS (I use to use it on my face for cleansing), but this is driving me insane. My hair looks and feels great, and the flakes aren't noticable in the first half of the day, but after that it practically hurts.

I am also getting bumps, which I assume are pimple-like, and I never really go that on shampoo.

I think I need to hydrate my scalp, so I was thinking maybe EVOO or unrefined coconut oil, but I would also like to be able to not have to BS wash after doing that. Any tips on a moisturizing regimen that works with no poo?

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on March 20, 2013
at 08:14 PM

Current thought is that seborrheic dermatitis (severe dandruff) is caused, in part, by unsaturated fatty acids irritating the skin of susceptible individuals. So if you use oil on your scalp, I'd recommend a saturated one.

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on February 28, 2013
at 04:29 PM

Me too. I just think it's not for everyone... although you do have to consider other factors.

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on February 28, 2013
at 04:25 PM

I've been no-poo for 2 years. I second MPie; don't use anything. I have long, curly hair and sensitive skin, and my hair feels/looks great 3 weeks a month and feels a teeny big oily for one week a month (I can tell when I'm premenstrual by the feeling of my hair). My advice is to use warm water (not hot) and make sure you are really giving your scalp a vigorous rub while under the water. I also comb out my hair using my fingers under running water to evenly distribute the oils down the length of my hair -- this is something I didn't have to do when I had a buzzcut.

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on February 28, 2013
at 03:35 PM

Try using the BS and ACV a little less? I've been no poo-ing, and as a guy with a very short haircut, I use nothing! the last time I put something in my hair was over the summer. I used a BS-paste, and it totally stripped my scalp and hair of all of the oil!

I've been no-pooing since June of 2011.

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on February 14, 2013
at 02:58 PM

I tried going no-poo last year, it was kind of a pain the ass and didn't do my hair or scalp any favors. I wound up going back to shampoo/conditioner.

B72e976b2df9e7f01315830062a5209c

(1365)

on February 28, 2013
at 04:29 PM

Me too. I just think it's not for everyone... although you do have to consider other factors.

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on March 20, 2013
at 05:02 PM

I have really long hair for a dude and I went over a year with no-poo. I just washed with water and then did the occasional detangle with olive/coconut/hemp oil. It worked pretty well, and I don't recall having flakes or even excessive greasiness. So maybe try what MPie recommended and use your AVC and BS combo a lot less. Also, regularly get in there and really try to exfoliate your scalp with some strong fingers. GL!

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on March 20, 2013
at 03:55 PM

only just realised no poo referred to shampoo

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on February 28, 2013
at 04:39 PM

I'm a male who have been no-poo for close a year now. It has been no odor or oily feel so far. I am taking cold showers every two days and I just message my scalp with cold water. I have very short hair. After the sixth month my scalp became flaky. This coincided with my increase in fruit/carb consumption. Therefore I relate flakiness with fruits/carbs. What do you think?

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