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Attacking My Problem Scalp

June 11, 2010

Trying a steroidal medication unless absolutely necessary wasn’t something I wanted to do. The DermaSmooth just  seemed too strong so, I never filled the prescription.  I also didn’t purchase the Pantene shampoo either because I didn’t want sulfates back in my regular routine.  I wanted to use something simple to sooth my scalp and I figured the ACV-conditioner treatments were my best shot.  I mixed the ingredients together as the doctor instructed.  I applied the mix on the exposed scalp between the twists first.  (My hair is always in about eight chunky twists when I wash my hair.)  Then I unraveled each twist, parted the section of hair with my fingers and applied the mix thoroughly to my entire scalp.  I let it sit for about 20 minutes and washed and conditioned as normal.  I applied Oyin’s Burnt Sugar Pomade to my scalp the next morning after my hair had dried.

ACV-Conditioner Treatment

My dermatologist visit was insightful. At the time, I hadn’t heard of using peanut oil on the scalp nor had I heard of the ACV and conditioner pre-shampoo treatment at the time. (I only knew of ACV rinses.)  All in all, I was glad I went.  After a few  of the  ACV-conditioner treatments and low tension styles  my scalp was back to being  normal and healthy.

Tons of questions were in my head during this ordeal.  I asked myself should someone go to the dermatologist and risk not being taken seriously if they don’t have a bald spot or a serious skin disorder like eczema or psoriasis?  I don’t think that your scalp has to be bleeding nor your hair falling out in clumps to see a professional ( or two) if you know something isn’t right.  Is Internet research at home a better option?  Are Internet forums, where you can converse with women dealing similar issues, a more valuable source of information? I think internet research is very useful.   I’m grateful to have a vibrant and informative natural hair community online but if something is serious or completely foreign to you, by all means see a specialist.

In retrospect, I  regretted  that in my dandruff panic I reverted to what was familiar instead of doing more research on natural remedies.  I disregarded the fact that before the dandruff situation,  I had been trying to lean more towards natural products and recipes.  I gave up sulfate shampoos and petroleum and mineral oil based hair products in ’08.  But when I developed this itchy, flaky and burning scalp, I freaked out and grabbed some grease and harsh shampoo (tsk tsk). I learned my lesson from that faux pas. It’s worth it to take the time out to find something that can soothe your hair concerns without going back to unnecessary products or undesirable ingredients.

If I hadn’t gone into a dandruff panic, here are some natural recipes that I would have tried:

  • Make a paste mixing 8 tbsp. of pure organic peanut oil and the juice of half a lemon. Before washing your hair, apply the mixture and rub it into your scalp. Leave it on for 10 minutes, then shampoo your hair as usual. (source)
  • Mix olive oil with almond oil. Rub the mixture into the scalp and leave for several minutes, then wash off.  (source)
  • Mix about 1 tsp. of baking soda to your shampoo and rub into your hair and scalp. Leave it on for half an hour or more.  You should feel it sting or tingle. (source)

2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 3, 2010 11:07 pm

    I actually tried dermasmooth and it is not as harsh as you would expect. I saw results after the first time I used it. However, I will definitely try the natural recipes you have listed. Thank you.

    • Regina permalink*
      November 4, 2010 8:24 am

      Please do J. Thanks for reading.

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