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Old 05-02-2011, 08:15 AM   #1
 
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Anyone have any idea how often it's ok to do an ACV rinse? My scalp is STILL pretty dry and flaky and itchy so I would like to start doing regular rinses but I wasn't sure how much was TOO much.

I cleansed/washed my hair yesterday along with an ACV rinse but I just checked my scalp and there's tons of flakes. This has been going on for months (I've posted this issue before!) and I'm so frustrated. I'm ready to start using Head and Shoulders and see if that helps but I'm not sure if that'll be too harsh.

I've done many brown sugar scrubs too and have used tea tree oil multiple times. I've also cut down a lot on diffusing since other people have said that has contributed to their flakes. I know I don't have sebborheic (sp?) dermatitis because I've looked up the symptoms for that and I don't have any of them. Any suggestions are most helpful!!!!!
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Old 05-02-2011, 10:32 AM   #2
 
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Head & Shoulders has a lot of stuff added to mitigate the "harshness" I don't like it because it gives me limp hair, but all shampoo tends to do that.

Sounds to me like you have darn near ALL the symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis. Not a severe case, though. Either that, or you are reacting to ingredients in products you are using. BTW, I cannot use vinegar rinses. I'm allergic to a wheelbarrow load of fungi and vinegar and fungi go together (you need molds to make vinegar). Vinegar makes me itch. CItric acid (or fruit fresh) does not.

Here's an easy test. Just do not wash your hair for several days. Rinse, yes, wash no. IF your scalp gets oily and more itchy, then you've kind of ruled in seborrheic dermatitis or product sensitivity.

If it gets better, it may be "dry scalp." Unless you have allergies, in which case it might be atopic dermatitis and respond to antihistamines.

Cortisone cream is always a ++ for itch anyplace.
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Old 05-02-2011, 11:17 AM   #3
 
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Head & Shoulders has a lot of stuff added to mitigate the "harshness" I don't like it because it gives me limp hair, but all shampoo tends to do that.

Sounds to me like you have darn near ALL the symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis. Not a severe case, though. Either that, or you are reacting to ingredients in products you are using. BTW, I cannot use vinegar rinses. I'm allergic to a wheelbarrow load of fungi and vinegar and fungi go together (you need molds to make vinegar). Vinegar makes me itch. CItric acid (or fruit fresh) does not.

Here's an easy test. Just do not wash your hair for several days. Rinse, yes, wash no. IF your scalp gets oily and more itchy, then you've kind of ruled in seborrheic dermatitis or product sensitivity.

If it gets better, it may be "dry scalp." Unless you have allergies, in which case it might be atopic dermatitis and respond to antihistamines.

Cortisone cream is always a ++ for itch anyplace.

Thanks IAgirl!! I'm going to give the water rinse test a try. Is it ok to do some RO conditioner on just the ends (which is what I usually do anyway)?? I really want to try the Shea Moisture African Black Soap Shampoo but I still haven't found a job and I'm hesitant to spend any more money. I've looked up symptoms for SD and I'm still not sure that's something that I have. I never had cradle cap as an infant and the dry patches on my scalp aren't red and/or scaly. Plus, I don't have these symptoms anywhere else. HMmmmmmmmm. Well I will definitely give the water rinse a try!!!! Thank you again for the advice!!!!!
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Old 05-02-2011, 02:43 PM   #4
 
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RO with water "washing" is fine. You don't need tangles too!
I have dry skin (not super dry, though) and even when I wash my skin with water only, I need some body lotion to avoid ashy, itchy skin.
Could be the same for your scalp. Keep it out of the water as much as possible because water alone is drying - it removes natural oils and warm water dehydrates and opens up tiny blood vessels, releasing histamines and other itchy things take place as well.

My husband has SD and because he washes daily, there are rarely flakes. When there are, they're teeny tiny. He gets a red scalp and lots of itch.
My dog has major allergic skin disease and when his skin gets inflamed, it has dry, powdery flakes at first which will stay that way unless the fungi get in there and make things worse -- only then does he get the greasy, scaling thing. SD acts exactly the same way, in my experience.

So maybe you're at the "skin on my scalp is inflamed" stage and you need to keep it hydrated by rinsing and washing with lukewarm or cool water and keeping all chemicals to a minimum. Something moisturizing on your scalp would be really good, just not chemicals. Pureed banana is both moisturizing and mildly exfoliating (1/3 a banana, maybe).
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