Okay so I've been No-Poo for probably 6 months now. A salon washed it once (now I cut my own hair, they wouldn't not wash it) and I've dyed it once. I don't get the CRAZY itchy head I used to, and my dandruff has gone down, but I still do get itchy head and I still do get dandruff, specifically around my hairline on my forehead, so it shows up a lot. I also have like...a big clump of greasy hair on the back of my head, but my roots and ends feel fine.
I've tried baking soda which helps a little, but it isn't really breaking up that grease.
Do I need to be combing more? Should I be coming the soda through my hair while I shower?
I'm getting dreadlocks at the end of this month, but I really don't want to be trying to deal with a ton of dandruff with those, it was super annoying last time!
Thank you guys!
I would make a rinse with a coupla tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in a pint of water.After the rinse I would use either tea tree or coconut oil on the affected areas. Brushing won't be an option after you locks up. I've been dread for 20 years and I rinse/run water through them everyday.
I know the "No Poo" thing is totally Paleo, but I couldn't make it work.
I have periodic scalp buildup the results in flaking, itching and redness. The key for me is exfoliation (chemical, not using a harsh scrubbing agent). I do that with salicylic acid Poos or using a salicylic acne gel on my scalp (it's the skin you're treating not the hair).
You could opt for some natural sources of salicylic acid like Willow Bark Extract.
I agree that hair really doesn't need Pooing, but scalp skin is another story.
Dandruff is usually due to dryness so try just a touch of oil around your hairline where it flakes.
And brushing is important, it is how you move the oils down your hair, but it doesn't help when your hair is wet as much as towels do.
When my hair gets really yucky I tend to use either henna, which might not be great for you since you dye, or french clay which can really suck up a lot of oil.
There's nothing to be lost by giving it a good wash with soap or shampoo every once in a while, if it's getting out of control. Greasy build-up definitely fosters yeasts and god knows what else. I get the no-poo idea, but if it's getting to the point of being greasy and itchy? It probably smells too.. I'd wash at that point...
I know from personal experience that ACV, or even regular vinegar, as some others suggested, def has helped keep my scalp healthy. But also, perhaps more importantly, pay attention to how your diet may be affecting it. I personally get itchy-scalp breakout within an hour or so of eating/drinking something that contains sugar (more than a few grams, i mean). Flaky-head is pretty much history for me now.
[Also, eating fermented foods messes with my scalp, but that one might just be me.]
I had the same when I went the "no poo" route, but after using Apple Cider vinegar (and keeping a comb in the shower to brush it through), it went away.
I also get pretty bad dandruff under my beard, and the apple cider vinegar cured that as well.
I have the same problem. When I get that matted, oily feel on the back of my head, I just scrub with a baking soda/water mix and "condition" with a white vinegar/water mix. White vinegar does a better job for me than ACV, but I know other people have the opposite experience. This really reduces the dandruff for a day or two, but then it comes back. Coconut oil helps a lot of people with dandruff (it's moisturizing AND anti-fungal), but it also only lasts a day or two for me, and is a pain to wash out if you don't use shampoo.
I have found that a monthly apple cider vinegar rinse takes care of most of my oily issues - I have very dry, fine, curly hair. I let my stylist shampoo my hair, as I only need a cut two or three times a year, and I won't use baking soda because it makes my hair feel like straw. That shampoo and the monthly rinses seem to be keeping my hair in good shape, as well as my scalp. Now that the humidity has risen it will be interesting to see how my hair will react, as I have only been no-poo since Christmas.
I do remember reading on Mercola.com many years ago that dandruff can be caused by a fungal infection in the scalp. His thoughts as an MD were that the best way to treat it is to get any type of dandruff shampoo, rub quite a bit of it deep into the scalp, and put a shower cap over your head, leaving it on all night. Rinse it all out in the morning and condition as needed. He said that the previous procedure was a well known "cure" but the issue is that if your scalp's pH is acidic, you'll be prone to contracting the dandruff again in the future so you should try to alkalinize your body and skin to help prevent it.
While you are in the shower with the baking soda or vinegar, comb your scalp gently to get the dead skin and buildup off. I have really thick curly hair so this step helps,
The vinegar helps stop the itching and smooths the hair. Ditching shampoos has been a great idea since I have had dry scalp and flake problems for years.
Sounds like your scalp would benefit from the healing properties of aloe. It actually contains enzymes that lift scale from your scalp and heal it at the same time. I've successfully used this Aloe Honey "Shampoo" for a year (as needed) and I've been itch and flake free ever since.
Get all the details on why aloe and honey are good for your scalp by reading the original Aloe Honey "Shampoo" recipe (above) and explains all the "whys" of how it works.