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No poo scalp/dandruff troubles

Hello all, I am in need of some no poo advice.

I started no poo two months ago. My problem is that I am getting terrible dandruff. This is accompanied by a very very itchy scalp, and my hair feels like it has a lot of buildup in it. I think some of the blame lies in the fact that I live in Texas right now, and have very hard water. As of right now I don't really have much of a way around this.

My current routine is this:
comb through my scalp and hair with a comb
rinse with 1/2 water, 1/2 white vinegar, making sure to get all of my scalp, and sometimes if I'm extra itchy I comb through my scalp and hair while applying the water/vinegar mix
I think make a baking soda paste and massage that into my hair and scalp
I let it sit for a few minutes, then rinse
then I use acv/water on my hair, usually just on the longer part of my hair

I've tried a few other things to get rid of the dandruff and buildup. I cut back on the amount of baking soda I was using, and right now I'm using as little as possible. I tried first some brown sugar and honey, and then just brown sugar to scrub my scalp. Last weekend I put some warm evoo and tea tree oil all over my head and scalp, and left it on over night. This helped the itching for a few days, but by Tuesday I was itching again, and it made my hair super greasy and gross. I also tried using Dr Bonner's peppermint soap on my hair, but that didn't do much of anything.

I've read through the no poo posts in the memories, and I searched the community and read any of the no poo posts that showed up. I tried anything that I thought applied to my situation. I'm to the point now where I'm so uncomfortable, and the white chunks are so noticeable in my hair that I'm afraid I'm going to have to go back to shampoo. The dandruff never goes away, when I washed my hair today, I got out and brushed it, and there were white chunk all over. Is all of this just because my water is so hard? I also tried both rain water and boiling my water, but neither of those helped.

Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!


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Dec. 16th, 2005 12:55 am (UTC)
try putting a couple drops of tee tree oil in a spray bottle full of water and spraying it on your scalp after you wash it/get out of the shower.
Dec. 16th, 2005 01:46 am (UTC)
Okay, I have some tea tree oil so I'll try this tonight. Thank you!
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Dec. 16th, 2005 01:41 am (UTC)
No, thank you. That's all useful stuff. I will definitely try the coconut oil the night before, that might help a lot, since my scalp feels so itchy and dry. Can I get coconut oil at Whole Foods?

What is rosewater, just roses and water? And where would I get that?
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Dec. 16th, 2005 01:45 am (UTC)
Awesome. Thank you!
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Dec. 16th, 2005 01:56 am (UTC)
Oh, I love it, it's my favorite part of my apartment. I got it at the Ren Fair in Michigan a few years ago, but I've see them online...try Here.

I've never gotten anything from the site so I can't vouch for their service, but they say they give 5% to charity and seem to be environmentally sensitive. But they have the same tapestry as the one I have:)
Dec. 16th, 2005 03:11 am (UTC)
Good luck to you. I'm not going to be much help, but I figured I'd pipe up and say I'm having the same build-up problem. I'm down to 2 tbsp baking soda to 3c water, and am debating going lower, as no matter what I do, I always seem to have 'leftover' baking soda in my hair. Which is odd, 'cause there isn't any reaction when I go through the vinegar rinse.
Dec. 16th, 2005 03:14 pm (UTC)
What does the white vinegar do?

I'm only three weeks in and hearing about rampant dandruff is NOT encouraging. :) I'm no slave to fashion, but if I get dandruff, I'm going back to shampoo.

May I add you to my friends list? I'm in a creative writing master's program, too, and it looks like we have a lot in common.
Dec. 16th, 2005 03:33 pm (UTC)
Sure, I'll add you back:) Where are you getting your masters?

I think a lot of my issues are the hard water, so no fear. The white vinegar is to get rid of the dandruff. For me it's helping, just not enough.
Dec. 16th, 2005 03:42 pm (UTC)
Groovy. I'm attending the tragically unhip Southern Illinois University. But it's cheap and I get to live at home. I'll be finished in May.
Dec. 16th, 2005 07:30 pm (UTC)
I have no advice either, but you're not alone. I've got the saaaaame problem. And very hard water too.
Dec. 16th, 2005 10:00 pm (UTC)
somewhere I heard that dandruff is caused from a bacteria on the scalp. That may be totally wrong info, but if it's right then the tree tea oil would help??? I used to have dandruff and severly itchy scalp, but since I switched to no-poo it's gotten sooo much better. The itchies stopped. I do the BS/ACV rinse about 2xs a week. So, my spidey sense suggests you use BS/ACV not as frequently, just rinsing with water on opposite days. See if that helps. My thinking is that dandruff is dry scalp, so you need MORE oils/less cleansing? & water will clean without stripping
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