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Flakes!!!!! Grrrrrrrrr

hippiechic81hippiechic81 Posts: 1,239Registered Users
Ok, so it seems no matter what I do I am STILL getting flakes!!!! I've done ACV rinses and brown sugar scrubs, added tea tea oil to my low-poo, done sulfate washes, applied essential oils directly to my scalp, I cut out co-washing a few weeks ago and there are still flakes going on!! I admit, it's not as bad as it was over the winter but my scalp is still feeling itchy and the little patches haven't gone away. I definitely don't want to get a typical dandruff shampoo (I'm not even sure it's actual dandruff) but I don't know what to do anymore. I've read all those links on NC and none of it's helping enough. Any thoughts/opinions/tips are hugely appreciated!!!!!! :hello2:
2a, fine-med. text, normal porosity (I think)

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Stylers-
- Not Your Mother's Curl Cream, La Bella Sports Gel, Aussie Sprunch Spray

[/COLOR][/FONT] My waves are finally getting stronger thanks to weekly PTs and longer hair in general. Still trying to grow it out though!:headbang:

mod-CG since December '10

I have Celiac's Disease so no gluten please!

My hair is basically my hobby!!

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Comments

  • IAgirlIAgirl Posts: 2,540Registered Users
    Well...
    Sounds like you have irritation, inflammation (or both). You might have an allergy, either to things going on your scalp or inhaled allergies. Or irritants. Irritated skin is very sensitive. When skin is irritated from anything - fungi, too much washing, contact dermatitis - it produces more oil (which isn't always terribly obvious). It also increases skin turnover, so you get flaking. Combine excess oils with flakes and you have a great home for bacteria and fungi whose lifestyles produce irritating by-products which also make your skin more irritated, more sensitive to chemicals, pressure, warm water etc.
    Because you have Celiac disease, this is something you might want to mention to a doctor, because you might also have food allergies as a "side effect." Or you might just have allergies in general (pollen, dust mites, molds, cats, dogs) in which case skin problems go hand in hand. Isn't that fun? Case in point: I discovered I am allergic to peppermint (especially the oil because it's concentrated) through scalp itching which spread to whole-body itching. Allergies in dogs are a misery of skin rashes and flakes and infections. When I used tea tree oil, I got a very oily forehead and a zit-like rash (contact dermatitis). It was incredibly itchy! SO WATCH OUT for those essential oils!
    Cortisone creams and ointments can be helpful for relieving inflammation, although application is annoying. Scalpicin Maximum Strength has cortisone and is easier to apply, but not for the tea-tree oil sensitive. It has worked wonders on DH's itchy, rashy scalp problems.
    There are prescription scalp medications (non-shampoo) although most doctors in my neck of the woods just tell people to go buy Selsun or Head & Shoulders.
    Around here, it's topical hydrocortisone for anything that itches. That and Benadryl cream.
    And if you can take antihistamines, they can sometimes provide relief from itching.
  • CheetaraCheetara Posts: 2,182Registered Users
    I have gotten flakes from diffusing. I wound up using Head and Shoulders to get rid of the flakes then I had to cut back on diffusing to once or twice a week.
    Sort of CG sometimes, but not really
    2B, medium? normal porosity and elasticity?

    Cleansers -
    Suave Clarifying, Philosophy Happy Birthday Beautiful

    Stylers - BRHG, re:coil, Ion Hairspray

    I live in the NYC area.


  • hippiechic81hippiechic81 Posts: 1,239Registered Users
    Thanks girls for the responses!! Unfortunately right now I can't go to a doctor (no job or health insurance) or buy any new products but I'm going to give the oils a break and also take a little rest from diffusing and see if that helps. Once I'm working, if things haven't improved, I'll look into a shampoo or treatment to help myself out. Thanks again!
    2a, fine-med. text, normal porosity (I think)

    [FONT=Going back and forth between Herbal Essence Don't Fade On Me shampoo and condish and L'oreal Sulfate Free shampoo

    Stylers-
    - Not Your Mother's Curl Cream, La Bella Sports Gel, Aussie Sprunch Spray

    [/COLOR][/FONT] My waves are finally getting stronger thanks to weekly PTs and longer hair in general. Still trying to grow it out though!:headbang:

    mod-CG since December '10

    I have Celiac's Disease so no gluten please!

    My hair is basically my hobby!!

    /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fbalancedbeauty.blogspot.com%2F" class="Popup
  • IAgirlIAgirl Posts: 2,540Registered Users
    A tube of hyrdocortisone cream or ointment (store brand) is usually less than $3. Scalpicin Max Strength is usually under $7. Hydrocortisone is the basic anti-itch gunk and if you have some in the house, it's good for bug bites, bee/wasp stings, swimmer's itchy ears... So it won't go to waste.
    Hot water, hot air, pressure from hats or scratching are all things to avoid if you can.
  • hippiechic81hippiechic81 Posts: 1,239Registered Users
    I have to check on the hydrocortisone cream to see if we have any laying around the house. Definitely going to be keeping my hands off my scalp and will be doing cooler water rinses in the shower. The next time I do a brown sugar scrub (probably Monday) I won't add any essential oils and just do some conditioner with the sugar. :love5:
    2a, fine-med. text, normal porosity (I think)

    [FONT=Going back and forth between Herbal Essence Don't Fade On Me shampoo and condish and L'oreal Sulfate Free shampoo

    Stylers-
    - Not Your Mother's Curl Cream, La Bella Sports Gel, Aussie Sprunch Spray

    [/COLOR][/FONT] My waves are finally getting stronger thanks to weekly PTs and longer hair in general. Still trying to grow it out though!:headbang:

    mod-CG since December '10

    I have Celiac's Disease so no gluten please!

    My hair is basically my hobby!!

    /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fbalancedbeauty.blogspot.com%2F" class="Popup
  • kasdenkasden Posts: 1,040Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I was having lots of flakes and, just like you, I tried everything I found on nc.com and nothing helped! Since the flakes started, the only thing in my routine I had changed was that I was going longer in between "washes". I had been alternating low-poo and co-washing every other day, then I started "washing" it every 3rd day and after about a month: itchy flakes! So I started co-washing every other day (only doing a low poo once a week) and no more flakes! I don't know why, but it worked for me! Good luck! It sucks having itchy flakes!
    2c/3a, fine, low-med porosity, below BSL, mod CG since 9/09

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