dandruff

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YOU SEE, ONCE UPON A TIME, I HAD THE WORST ACNE IN THE FUCKIN WORLD. LIKE, IT WAS LITERALLY PAINFUL. I SHIT YOU NOT,I WAS LITERALLY MORE ACNE THAN ACTUAL FACE. I HAD BOUGHT ALL THE FUCKIN 80$+ ACNE KITS, YOU KNOW THE ONES. YOU SEE EM’ ADVERTISED IN INFOMERCIALS ALL THE GODDAMN TIME BY FOLKS WHO HAVE NEVER HAD ACNE A DAY IN THEIR GODDAMN LIFE. WELL, NONE OF THEM WERE HELPING. AT ALL.

I WAS JUST BEGINNING TO ACCEPT THAT I WAS DOOMED TO BE PIZZA FACE UNTIL MY 30’S WHEN I WAS INTRODUCED TO THIS MIRACLE PRODUCT BY THIS HIPPIE-ASS FUCKER I KNEW. SHE CLAIMED THAT IF I USED IT IN PLACE OF FACE WASH, IT WOULD CLEAR ME RIGHT UP, NO SHIT. NEEDLESS TO SAY, I WAS MORE THAN A BIT SKEPTICAL. AFTER ALL, WE HAD SPENT LITERALLY HUNDREDS ON MIRACLE ACNE REMEDIES THAT DIDN’T FUCKING WORK, SO WHY THE FUCK WOULD THIS SHIT? IT WASN’T EVEN FUCKING MEDICATED! BUT I FIGURED I HAD NOTHING TO LOSE, SO I WENT FOR IT.

WELL, LEMME TELL Y'ALL. I WAS WRONG. SO FUCKING WRONG. 

WITHIN A WEEK, HALF OF MY ACNE WAS GONE. WITHIN THREE, I HAD THE CLEAREST SKIN I’D HAD SINCE I WAS A YOUNG CHILD.

PEOPLE NOW ASK ME ALL THE FUCKING TIME WHAT MY SECRET TO CLEAR SKIN IS, AND I TELL THEM ALL ABOUT THIS BEAUTIFUL SHIT. IT WORKS MIRACLES, AND IT DOESN’T FUCKING BURN YOUR EYES IF YOU GET IT WITHIN TWO INCHES OF THEM, UNLIKE TRADITIONAL ACNE CREAMS DO. AND THE BEST PART? IF YOU ARE LIKE ME AND HAVE SENSITIVE-ASS SKIN, AND/OR IF YOU ARE ALLERGIC TO A LOT OF THE SHIT OUT THERE, THIS STUFF IS ALL NATURAL, AND SUPER GENTLE. SERIOUSLY. I’M PRETTY SURE YOU COULD RUB THIS SHIT IN YOUR EYES IF YOU REALLY WANTED TO, BUT I HAVEN’T FELT INCLINED TO DO THAT.

WHAT’S THAT? YOU HAVE DANDRUFF AND NONE OF THOSE FANCY-ASS SPECIAL SHAMPOOS HAVE HELPED? WELL, YOU BEAUTIFUL FUCKER, YOU’RE IN LUCK, BECAUSE THIS SHIT CLEARS THAT UP TOO! 

GOT PSORIASIS? ECZEMA? NO PROBLEM!  NEITHER OF THOSE THINGS ARE ANY MATCH FOR THIS SHIT!

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dandruff vs. dry scalp

i went to the hairdresser yesterday and i learned how to tell the difference between dandruff and dry scalp (an important distinction, since dandruff shampoo actually makes dry scalp worse)

if your scalp flakes off and gets all over your hair and shoulders, it’s dandruff

if your scalp has a thick layer of dead skin built up on the surface, but it doesn’t really flake off unless you scratch/comb it, it’s dry scalp

the solution for dry scalp is to shampoo twice each time you wash your hair, making sure to scrub rigorously with your fingertips each time. then when you condition, make sure to massage the conditioner into your roots.

using dandruff shampoo on dry scalp is like putting rubbing alcohol on dry skin. for years i thought i had dandruff and the treatments just didnt work on me, but i tried the double-shampoo thing and instantly saw improvement

this has been a random psa

What Causes Dandruff?

No one is really sure what causes dandruff. It’s probably caused by a fungus. Hair follicles and oil glands make an oil called sebum, which may be a breeding ground for yeast or fungus. This fungus usually lives on your skin, but too much fungus may lead to dandruff. Too much sebum also may cause dandruff. Not drinking enough water or being exposed to a lot of dry air can cause skin to dry out and flake, which can look like dandruff.

So what can you do about it? Well you can try a special shampoo or you can go the natural route :) WebMD has more, helpful information about that awkward to have problem ^_^ 

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Dandruff Solutions for Natural Hair

I usually don’t like to talk about specific products I use because I don’t think they are what is really important. However, one product that has made a noticeable difference in my hair has been the Terrensentials Lavender Garden Hair Wash.

Although I used a (sulphate-free) shampoo every time I wash my hair, I would notice that I still had flakes in my scalp. I tried various products that just didn’t work. The Head & Shoulders left my hair feeling very stripped and straw-like. The ACV was a pain to use and it smelt really bad. Neither products made much of a difference to my scalp.

The only product that made the difference for me was the Terresentials Mud Wash. Not only does it effectively clean my scalp, but it leaves my hair feeling soft and conditioned. I can’t say that this will work for everyone, but it has been great for me so I thought I would share it with you guys!

How I use the product: I use the mud wash in combination with my regular sulphate free conditioner. I mix the mud wash with water in an applicator bottle and pour it all over my scalp and hair. I massage it in for a few seconds, then rinse it out. I follow with a co-wash. 

(NB: I was not sponsored by Terresentials to write this post, and I bought these products myself!)

Itchy Scalp Solution

If your scalp is itchy and flaky all year round than perhaps you have dandruff or dry skin.   If it’s a winter problem, consider yourself lucky.  Either way… try this quick pre-wash trick every time you wash your hair and preferably over night.

Mix one table-spoon of coconut oil and 10 drops of tea tree oil in a small bowl.   Only use edible extra virgin coconut oil.  Mix it until it turns liquid which happens pretty fact as coconut oil melts fast.

Dip the tips of your finger into this mixture and massage in the same way you would if you were washing your hair in the shower.  Concentrate on dry patches and massage only enough to cover your entire scalp with one layer ( meaning don’t saturate your head)

Tea Tree Oil  If you have seen My Big Fat Greek Wedding, you may remember the dad in the movie and how he assumes you can spray windex on anything and it heals all.  Well that’s how I feel about  Tea Tree Oil.  When I have pimple, I dab tea tree oil to dry it, a mosquito bite, an ingrown hair, workout bacne, razor bumps.  Since the smell can be overwhelming its best to drop a few drops into your current body wash.  Tea tree oil became very popular with the Bath and Body line and other more commercial products but as always I challenge you to pay attention to the integrity of the products that you use and make sure they are free of parabens and other synthetic ingredients.

In most cases let’s be honest, it’s hard to track all the ingredients in lotions and products, we get attached to certain scents and grab good bargains.   In the case of tea tree oil it is massively produced and fairly easy to find 100% tea tree oil that you can use as you please.

Why use is for itchy scalp?  Simple.  Your scalp is likely to be itchy due to an allergic skin reaction, fungus or bacteria.  Tea tree oil helps kill bacteria, and fungus.

The reason I mix it with coconut oil for several reasons, the main reason is that coconut oil is also anti fungal.  Lauric Acid in coconut oil is what makes it anti fungal and anti microbial.   Ingestion of coconut oil has a host of benefits, external uses as well.  I highly recommend a quick read of  The Coconut Oil Miracle  by Bruce Fife, with special attention to chapters 4 & 6  which help explain the benefits of how ingestion of coconut oil can help your skin, scalp and hair.  Coconut oil is also very emollient and soothing which helps alleviate flaking and dryness.  

Beware that because tea tree oil isn’t emollient this combination is only good for your scalp.

Leave it on for a minimum of 20 mins, max over night.  Suitable for all hair texture, and if applied correctly  (scalp only)  it won’t weigh down thin hair.  Use as frequent as possible, massage thoroughly.

Try it out, let me know how it works for you! 

Natural Hair and Seborrheic Dermatitis

Is this it?

I’ve posted about this before, but let me just give you a brief recap before updating you guys on what’s new.

How it all began

i went natural may/June 2011, shortly after that i developed what i thought was dandruff, i used head and shoulders hoping it would go away, but nothing happened, it always came back, then i found out about scalp eczema/ seborrheic dermatitis and thought it was what i had, i was resigned to my fate…because many people said it was incurable (T.T), and then i found a youtube video saying that fragrance in hair products can cause contact dermatitis, so i thought “mm, i got this problem right around the time i started putting all this hair products in my hair” i really didn’t care for my hair much before that, so it was highly likely that it was contact dermatitis, i went fragrance free for a year in 2013/2014 and in the beginning it looked like it was indeed the fragrance and possibly not seborrheic dermatitis at all, but that solution didn’t last long and the scalp issues came back with a vengeance.

 i couldn’t do any long term protective styles, i put anything in my hair (synthetic braids or yarn) and my scalp would literally become white in three days), i just wore wigs everywhere, then broke my edges off because of an unfortunate case of braids, dermatitis and scratching (the eczema nicely covers my front hairline), so i gave up and just used my afro to cover it up (thank God for afros).

it was horrible and i was pi**d off! it was definitely seborrheic dermatitis, large hard flakes that wouldn’t come off my scalp totally, and touching my hair resulted in a mini snowfall and for some odd reason after a while my scalp began to develop this random odd smell after two-three days, so i kept washing my hair 2-3 times a week.

Now

Beginning of this year, i went through an epiphany and just thought i’d change areas of my life, this included going to the freaking GP to finally tell them that i have some whack ass illness on my head, (as opposed to trying to fix it myself). as i tried to show her the symptoms by parting my hair ((¬¬), flakes were just falling to the floor! Anyway, the doctor didn’t even finish her recommendations, i was like “yh tried those already”, she was like “olive oil?” ..and i was like “….Not only olive oil”, so she finally subscribed me a shampoo with 2.5% selenium sulphide (ah aha! something i never tried before) and i delayed a bit because after 3.5 years of no solutions didn’t really think i should rush to buy another shampoo like it was going to be my saving grace… then went to get it at the pharmacist.

usually when i use a normal shampoo or shampoo with anti-dandruff ingredients that don’t really work for me, the flakes never actually come off my scalp, i used this Selsun shampoo (not selsun blue, but they have the same active ingredient) and the white flakes that clung to my scalp for dear life was pretty much gone. i didn’t wan’t to start jumping for joy too fast, i  banded my hair and then half a week later took it down to use the selsun shampoo again (twice a week for two weeks, then once a week afterwards) and lo and behold no flakes falling as i parted my hair!

i pray to God it continues working, i’m actually dreaming of having fun with my hair again!

How this can help you

So you may have this problem and may be barely managing having tried all and everything people have recommended, different anti-dandruff shampoos etc, well i’m here to say that :

1. Stop self-diagnosis and self-prescriptions, go to the doctor!

2. You may think you’re using different shampoos, but the active ingredients in all those different brands may have been exactly the same!

before i went to the doctor, i tried

1. Apple Cider Vinegar

2. Head and Shoulders (probably zinc pyrithione)

3. Neutrogena T-gel (coal tar)

4. Fragrance free

5. Raw active manuka honey (T.T) that cost me £10 for a tiny jar! and sea salt

6. massaging my scalp with a concoction of oils and tea tree oil and peppermint oil

7. Nizoral (Ketaconazole)

Anyways, all that was not MY solution,  Zinc Pyrithione, Coal Tar and Ketaconazole were not My solution, Selenium Sulphide was, so next time you attempt to try a new shampoo, make sure you’re not looking at brand name but at the active ingredient.

i just had to make this post because seborrheic dermatitis is frustrating as hell, causes self-consciousness, probably low-self esteem, embarrassment (people thinking you got dirty hair because you don’t wash, when you wash you hair like once everyday….30 times more than they do in a freaking month) and i was hoping this could be a solution or 95% help to somebody.

i will also be eating well, and taking omega 3 and evening prim rose oil supplements, eating fish and veggies etc, i haven’t really started all that yet, So really, its just the 2.5% selenium sulphide that’s curbed this. in fact i couldn’t be bothered with the third shampoo session and left my hair for a week, i felt a very slight slight i mean sliiiight beginnings of an itch on a small part of my head,but even then there were no flakes on my head, it kind of felt like whatever was causing this issue was trying to raise its ugly head again because i skipped the dose, and even then as i parted my hair (a few hours before writing this post), no flakes fell from my scalp!

(T.T), thank you Jesus! 

How to Get Rid of Dandruff: 11 Natural Treatments

What gets rid of dandruff?
Dandruff may be the result of a dry scalp, or a skin condition called seborrheic dermatitis. It could also be caused by eczema, psoriasis, or, very commonly, an overgrowth of a yeastlike fungus called malassezia. Drugstore remedies might include shampoos with zinc pyrithione, which targets fungus and bacteria; ketoconazole, which also fights fungus; coal tar and selenium sulfide, which slow the growth and die-off of skin cells on your scalp; and salicylic acid, which loosens flakes so they can be washed away. For natural treatments, read on.

Aspirin
Aspirin contains the same active ingredient (salicylic acid) as many medicated dandruff shampoos. Keep flaking in check by crushing two aspirins to a fine powder and adding it to the normal amount of shampoo you use each time you wash your hair. Leave the mixture on your hair for 1-2 minutes, then rinse well and wash again with plain shampoo.

Tea tree oil
One study showed that shampoos with just 5 percent tea tree oil significantly improves the severity of dandruff. You can also add a few drops of tea tree oil to your favorite shampoo as you wash normally.

Baking soda
Your kitchen could hold the key to an itch-free, flake-free scalp. Wet your hair and then rub a handful of baking soda vigorously into your scalp. Skip the shampoo and go right to rinsing. Baking soda reduces overactive fungi that can cause dandruff. Your hair may get dried out at first, but after a few weeks your scalp will start producing natural oils, leaving your hair softer and free of flakes.

Apple cider vinegar
Dr. Mehmet Oz swears by apple cider vinegar as a dandruff treatment, as the acidity of apple cider vinegar changes the pH of your scalp, making it harder for yeast to grow. Mix a quarter cup apple cider vinegar with a quarter cup water in a spray bottle and spritz on your scalp. Wrap your head in a towel and let sit for 15 minutes to an hour, then wash your hair as usual. Do this twice a week.

Mouthwash
To treat a bad case of dandruff, wash your hair with your regular shampoo, then rinse with an alcohol-based mouthwash. Follow with your regular conditioner. Mouthwash’s anti-fungal properties help prevent dandruff-causing yeast from growing.

Coconut oil
Crunchybetty.com says coconut oil is a “tried and true” dandruff treatment, and it smells nice too. Before showering, massage 3-5 tablespoons of coconut oil into your scalp and let sit for about an hour. Shampoo normally. You can also look for a shampoo that already contains coconut oil.

Lemon
Dandruff relief may be no farther away than your refrigerator. Just massage 2 tablespoons lemon juice into your scalp and rinse with water. Then stir 1 teaspoon lemon juice into 1 cup water and rinse your hair with it. Repeat this daily until your dandruff disappears. Lemon’s acidity helps balance the pH of your scalp, which helps keeps dandruff at bay.

Salt
The abrasiveness of ordinary table salt works great for scrubbing out dandruff flakes before you shampoo. Grab a saltshaker and shake some salt onto your dry scalp. Then work it through your hair, giving your scalp a massage. You’ll find you’ve worked out the dry, flaky skin and are ready for a shampoo.

Aloe vera
Stop yourself from scratching by massaging aloe vera into your scalp before shampooing. The cooling effects of aloe vera will soothe the itch.

Garlic
Garlic’s anti-fungal properties are perfect for eliminating dandruff-causing bacteria. Crush garlic and rub it into your scalp. To avoid that potent smell, healwithfood.org suggests mixing crushed garlic with honey and massaging into the scalp before washing as usual.

Olive oil
An overnight olive oil soak is a folk remedy for dandruff. Massage about 10 drops into your scalp and cover with a shower cap overnight. Follow your regular shampoo routine in the morning. For a quicker cure, look for a shampoo that contains olive oil.

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1.Cuticle Cream
2.After Shave
3.Pore Minimiser
4.Dandruff
5.Stretchmark Cream
6.Hair Gel
7.Hair Conditioner/ Deep Treatment
8.Eyelash Conditioner
9.Sunless Tan Lotion
10.Deodoant moisturiser
11.Hand Cleanser
12.Massage Oil
13.Varicose Veins
14.Exfoliator
15.Wrinkle Prevention
16.Chapstick
17.Nail Stregthener
18.Vaseline Substitute
19.Eye Cream
20.Body Scrub
21.Insect Reppellent
22.Toothpaste
23.Facewash/ Soap
24.Makeup Remover
25.Prevents Split Ends
26.Lubricant
27.Sunscreen
28.Ear Cleaner


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When you spend hours searching your scalp for flakes and run into a scale the size of the pad of your finger - and become so overexcited about detaching it that you overzealously yank it along the shafts of your hairs only to end up losing it in a rat’s nest of tangles.

WHERE DID IT GO. THIS IS NOT SATISFYING.