So I haven't washed my hair since the middle of January. I'm male and have fairly short hair. It's great as long as I make sure to actually rinse in the shower.
The problem, however, is that when I start to sweat, my scalp gets itchy and scratching it is no bueno - I appear to have developed a dandruff problem!
What is causing this? My first though was chlorine or something in the water. What do you think?
Funny, cuz going off shampoo solved my dandruff problems. Although, I also stopped taking hot showers. Now, I start warm and make it cooler as I get used to it. I intend to work toward cold ones eventually. This isn't due to stubborn philosophy, but results. After stopping shampoo and soap use and hot water use, I now never get dandruff or dry skin, whereas before I would get those things all the time.
I would definitely give cold showers a try. Also, maybe a glass of water in the morning and fat at every meal.
I haven't used shampoo since... Not sure, it's been awhile.
The things that I have noticed that cause dandruff in my case are: -Temperature of the water. -Quality of the water. -And what you eat.
I haven't tried it yet, but some people say to use a little coconut oil on your scalp every once and awhile. It stops the dandruff. I tried olive oil back in the day, and it worked, but super greasy...
Tea Tree oil is a natural astringent that can help clear up irritations on skin - whether the skin on your head or anywhere else on your body.
I understand you are on a 'no poo' regimen, BUT Trader Joe's carries a very nice organic tea tree shampoo AND conditioner.
It's possible the condition happened because you're not getting enough water or essential oils/dietary fats daily. could also be because your body is healing and this is eliminating something else in your body.
Still, tea tree oil will help a LOT and you don't need much of it.
My scalp gets itchy if I go too long between showers, or generally after I've been sweating. I don't know about actual dandruff- I have thick blonde hair so maybe I just don't notice it. I do get pimples on my scalp sometimes though. I would assume that the itchiness is due to bacteria, especially if you get it after sweating. I personally go with diluted baking soda followed by diluted vinegar (well, apple cider vinegar, I prefer the smell) about once a week with my shower. (The rest of the time I wash my hair with water only.) Mostly it's because that's how I originally kicked the shampoo habit and it makes it feel like there's less oily buildup on my hair. But I always at least rinse with some vinegar if I'm itching, with the theory that it'll cut down on any bacteria that may be contributing.
Hot water dries out your skin.
Think about washing your hands with scalding water in the winter... And the resulting temp swing dries out your hands.
Also how often you bathe can dry out your skin, continual wet dry. I only shower when I'm sweaty from exercise or start to smell, which is usually only after exercise
Stinging nettle os a paleo solution for this. Even before I found paleo, I was looking into healing plants that are natural to my area which is near Vancouver, BC Canada, and I discovered and researched it. I have not collected any or tried it myself, I do want to.
I've also been having this problem, although strangely enough, a life-long battle with dandruff was one of the main reasons I decided to go poo-less. It's arguable that I haven't gone long enough to build up the natural oils in my scalp (it's only been 3 weeks), but I am also thinking that I need to ease off the hot water.
Dandruff is just an excess of dead skin cells, and if you think about it, your skin isn't used to being drenched in hot fluids - so of course it starts sloughing off more cells to regenerate after a hot shower!
That being said, taking a cold shower in the dead of winter (fast approaching here in Seattle) is easier said than done. We'll see how that goes...
I'm having the same problem. I've been no-poo since June, and now I have a dandruff problem.. and I've never had a problem before. I even stopped using baking soda and the problem is still not going away..