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hambo02 06-04-2013 05:58 PM

coconut oil and smelly scalp??
 
I got a question. I loove coconut oil on my scalp and it helps get rid of the flakes and makes it not itchy but when I used it overnight like i dont know if you saw waterlilly716's coconut oil scalp treatment. well I did it like her and when I woke up my scalp smells awful. Like puke???? Needless to say I haven't done it sents. The real question is, when I put coconut oil on my scalp after I shampoo in the morning sometmes, it doesn't smell throughout the day.
Does anyone have this problem or know why it smells bad when I wake up and not during the day??

Weathercurl 06-04-2013 07:15 PM

I also love coconut oil as a DT. I like the smell of the unrefined, but I do notice a weird smell in my hair on day two and three. I usually put it in at night and wash it out in the morning. It smells fine the first day. By the second day i start noticing a weird smell. It's not horrible but I don't particularly like it either. I tried the refined coconut oil, which doesn't have any scent, and it seems better. My hair feels just as conditioned and I don't get the weird smell in my hair. I don't know why the unrefined seems to turn all funky smelling on me, but I've switched back and fourth several times and I'm not imagining things. Maybe it's like milk going off when it gets old. I'm guessing that something in our body chemistry may react with the coconut oil and we just happen to be unlucky in the way the scent develops on us. Give the refined a try and see what you think.

Firefox7275 06-04-2013 07:29 PM

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Originally Posted by hambo02 (Post 2176974)
I got a question. I loove coconut oil on my scalp and it helps get rid of the flakes and makes it not itchy but when I used it overnight like i dont know if you saw waterlilly716's coconut oil scalp treatment. well I did it like her and when I woke up my scalp smells awful. Like puke???? Needless to say I haven't done it sents. The real question is, when I put coconut oil on my scalp after I shampoo in the morning sometmes, it doesn't smell throughout the day.
Does anyone have this problem or know why it smells bad when I wake up and not during the day??

If you have an itchy and flaky scalp that sometimes smells you would be best to get a formal diagnosis from your family doctor. It's possible you have a yeast overgrowth or bacterial infection that needs addressing.

hambo02 06-04-2013 11:12 PM

oh wow> thank god I only have it when i use coconut oil but if it ever smells bad when I dont use it Ill see what I can do about the docter. thanks for the replies

Korkscrew 06-05-2013 01:56 AM

I agree w/Firefox. If it honestly smells bad to you, it's possible you have some type of infection. Pure coconut oil - if that's what you used - is actually classified as an anti-fungal, so if you have an infection it is doubtful it is due to the coconut oil alone.

Firefox7275 06-05-2013 05:58 AM

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Originally Posted by hambo02 (Post 2177043)
oh wow> thank god I only have it when i use coconut oil but if it ever smells bad when I dont use it Ill see what I can do about the docter. thanks for the replies

Pruritis (itching) and flaky scalp are symptoms, they need a formal diagnosis even without the smell. You seem to be assuming the coconut oil is solely causing the smelly scalp instead of being a catalyst or trigger or contributory factor, that seems highly unlikely in such a short time frame.

hambo02 06-05-2013 09:29 PM

let me tell you something. I did it lastnight and it stunk again but after i washed my hair and it dried my scalp has never felt better and no flakes

Korkscrew 06-06-2013 11:59 AM

Have you tried overnight treatments lately with something else, another oil or conditioner? If you haven't, you might want to try that soon and see if the smell comes back. Bacteria and fungus thrive in dark, moist and warm places, and overnight treatments could add up to the perfect storm, so to speak ... so that you may have a mild infections that doesn't make itself obvious until you do treatments.

If not, I guess you'll just stay away from coconut treatments and hope it's not an underlying infection.

hambo02 06-06-2013 01:18 PM

i used grapeseed oil over night and it didnt smell. so i guess its just coconut oi; and also my hair is not wet when I do these scalp treatments.

Korkscrew 06-06-2013 02:27 PM

How long ago did you do the overnight grapeseed oil treatment? As for the coconut oil, what brand and how pure?

Firefox7275 06-06-2013 03:30 PM

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Originally Posted by Korkscrew (Post 2177538)
Bacteria and fungus thrive in dark, moist and warm places, and overnight treatments could add up to the perfect storm, so to speak ... so that you may have a mild infections that doesn't make itself obvious until you do treatments.

Very well written.

Weathercurl 06-06-2013 08:14 PM

I don't have flakes, itching, etc. I just can't use unrefined coconut oil without getting a weird smell developing by the second day. No problem with unrefined, however. I just think my body chemistry and something in the unrefined don't play well together over time.

hambo02 06-06-2013 10:52 PM

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Originally Posted by Korkscrew (Post 2177579)
How long ago did you do the overnight grapeseed oil treatment? As for the coconut oil, what brand and how pure?

like a week ago.

and the coconut oil is from trader joe's. extra virgin. unrefined

Korkscrew 06-07-2013 02:44 PM

Yes, that's the key thing I wanted to know: whether or not it's refined. The thing about unrefined is that it really could be that the smell changes over time, in an unpleasant way.

One way to try and rule out the possibility of infection, versus just a change of smell in the unrefined product, would be to use a refined version of coconut oil next time. Refined coconut oil typically has little to no perceived smell to it. One organic brand that I've used - just the refined version - is "Spectrum".

If you use a refined version and you still get a strange smell, it still could be that you have a mild infection triggered by the damp, warm overnight use of relatively heavy oil (grapeseed, if I'm correct, is lighter in weight).

Firefox7275 06-07-2013 03:27 PM

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Originally Posted by hambo02 (Post 2177719)
like a week ago.

and the coconut oil is from trader joe's. extra virgin. unrefined

You could try refined if you want to continue to use coconut oil on your hair, that will contain fewer 'impurities' like protein molecules which you might be sensitive to. But rather than blindly self treating it would be best to simply get a formal diagnosis. I like Waterlily716 as a curly 'guru' but she is no dermatologist.

hambo02 06-07-2013 11:39 PM

Ill try refined

Korkscrew 06-10-2013 01:46 PM

Cool! I hope you'll let us know what happened. Hopefully this does the trick ;)

hambo02 06-10-2013 06:23 PM

well actually my scalp smelled days after the coconut and cowashes and reg washes so I picked up some t/gel and washed my air with it. it killed whatever it was on my scalp. awful for my hair but my scalp for now is cured. Ill keep doing this once in a while. thanks for the help guys!

Firefox7275 06-11-2013 07:48 AM

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Originally Posted by hambo02 (Post 2178997)
well actually my scalp smelled days after the coconut and cowashes and reg washes so I picked up some t/gel and washed my air with it. it killed whatever it was on my scalp. awful for my hair but my scalp for now is cured. Ill keep doing this once in a while. thanks for the help guys!

What was the point of this thread? You totally ignored the advice given and self treated based on a self diagnosis. T-Gel cures nothing.

Korkscrew 06-11-2013 12:29 PM

I'm glad the gel seemed to help for now, as it must be frustrating to have to deal w/the unpleasant odor, but it sounds like you really should go to your primary care physician if the smell comes back. The one good thing about atypical bodily smells is that they can help signal a need for medical care. Once you take care of the underlying issue that causes the smell, you have a better chance of remaining symptom-free ;)


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