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#1 sweetheartt75

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Posted 29 May 2008 - 09:28 AM

I don't know if anyone else is experiencing this, but I have a crusty buildup on my scalp that I just can't seem to get rid of. I also have a moderate amount of dandruff. I have been off accutane for a year now and this seems to have developed post-accutane. The crusty buildup is hardened sebum and can cause your hair follicles to become clogged and die = hair loss. I've tried so many different shampoos with various chemicals that all seem to dry out my scalp and make the crustyness/ hairloss worse!

Here's what to do:
1. buy 100% pure jojoba oil (from health food store)
[several hours before you shower...]
2. Apply several tablespoons of pure oil directly to scalp (dry hair)
3. Turn head upside down and give yourself a very gentle scalp massage to increase blood flow to the area
4. Put on a shower cap
5. Blow dry outside of shower cap to heat up oil
6. Let the oil sit for at least 1 hour, if crustyness is really bad you may want to leave on the oil for longer (maybe even overnight and then wash out in the morning)
7. Shampoo with a very gentle shampoo, like baby shampoo, just something that won't further irritate your scalp
- it won't be necessary to use a conditioner but if the ends of your hair are dry just use it there

This is the regimen I have been following for 6 days now and my scalp is smooth and no longer itchy, no more crustyness! AFter the first day or two I noticed more dandruff which was probably just the crust flaking off. Most of it was gone by day 3/4. Give it a try! It really pays to use natural ingrediants and not all of those irritating chemicals.

Usually I only wash my hair every other day, but I've been using this regimen every day in an effort to remove the buildup and its working!!

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Posted 29 May 2008 - 11:27 AM

Spread the word!

One question came to mind when I washed out the Jojoba yesterday i noticed I would have needed to atleast shampoo it twice to get rid of the oil in the hair and keep it from looking dirty and fatty. Do you shampoo your hair twice in a row? Or do you think that could dry the scalp out too much? I guess ill have to experiment on this a bit or maybe I just used too much oil, haha.

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Posted 29 May 2008 - 02:51 PM

Or if you're a guy just buzz your hair.

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Posted 29 May 2008 - 04:18 PM

Yes sorry I forgot to mention that, I do shampoo twice now because I noticed the same thing. But you don't have to worry about the excess oil clogging your pores, so even if you miss a little bit it won't be harmful at all.

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Posted 30 May 2008 - 02:47 AM

QUOTE (sweetheartt75 @ May 29 2008, 05:18 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Yes sorry I forgot to mention that, I do shampoo twice now because I noticed the same thing. But you don't have to worry about the excess oil clogging your pores, so even if you miss a little bit it won't be harmful at all.

Ah, good! smile.gif

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Posted 30 May 2008 - 12:11 PM

QUOTE (PrznKing @ May 29 2008, 09:51 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Or if you're a guy just buzz your hair.


How does buzzing your hair get rid of a crusty scalp buildup? do you have some magic clippers?

Sweetheart i will be giving the jojoba a go to try and improve scalp health, thanks for the heads up!!

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Posted 30 May 2008 - 12:23 PM

I have this problem too and I didnt know what it was or what to do about it.

Thanks

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Posted 30 May 2008 - 04:28 PM

QUOTE (lamarr1986 @ May 30 2008, 01:11 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (PrznKing @ May 29 2008, 09:51 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Or if you're a guy just buzz your hair.


How does buzzing your hair get rid of a crusty scalp buildup? do you have some magic clippers?


Most of the time the cause of the buildup is a fungus or a bacteria on the scalp, so no buzzing you hair may not get rid of it. THe jojoba oil has anti fungal properties and when you apply it, it should be left on for ATLEAST 15 minutes before washing out because thats the minimum amount of time needed to kill the fungus. This condition is much more common than most people realize! You will probably need to use it for couple days before you see the results you want.


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Posted 30 May 2008 - 04:42 PM

i just put a shit load of jojoba(probably about 10 to 15 drops each) in my shampoo and conditioner, shook them up, and this has helped tremendously.

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Posted 01 June 2008 - 01:13 PM

did my first treatment tonight, fingers crossed i wash most of the gunk away first time.
incase anyone from Uk does this you can get jojoba oil from holland + barretts.

hope this works becasue nothing else has,

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Posted 10 June 2008 - 02:50 AM

QUOTE (sweetheartt75 @ May 30 2008, 11:28 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (lamarr1986 @ May 30 2008, 01:11 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (PrznKing @ May 29 2008, 09:51 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Or if you're a guy just buzz your hair.


How does buzzing your hair get rid of a crusty scalp buildup? do you have some magic clippers?


Most of the time the cause of the buildup is a fungus or a bacteria on the scalp, so no buzzing you hair may not get rid of it. THe jojoba oil has anti fungal properties and when you apply it, it should be left on for ATLEAST 15 minutes before washing out because thats the minimum amount of time needed to kill the fungus. This condition is much more common than most people realize! You will probably need to use it for couple days before you see the results you want.


ITA..
Scalp build up is inevitable and there are a variety of reasons why one would have scalp build up.

1. Bacteria caused by non-skin/scalp loving ingredients in shampoos, conditioners and leave-in products.
2. The amount of sebum and sweat we, humans, produce from the apocrine (sweat) glands and sebaceous glands located in the dermal layer (second layer) of our skin/scalp. May combine with our old skin/scalp tissue cells as they regenerate and sloth off naturally. When this slothing off occurs dead skin/scalp tissues are replaced with new skin/scalp tissue

Everybody is different but if you have an overactive gland or two, which is covered by various products, then the dead skin cells lining the opening of you hair follicle will not shed properly and clog up your hair follicles - producing build up - which creates an ideal environment for bacteria. Bacteria loves oils that are not easily absorbed into the skin, scalp and hair.

Here's some more remedies that you may wish to consider.

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV for short)

Apple cider vinegar is beneficial for all skin & hair types - It refines the pores in your skin & scalp, is a natural deodorizer, toner and works wonders when used as a facial steamer.

ACV is GREAT for getting rid of scalp build up, residue, silicones (aka: polymer plastic) & curing dandruff!
Why?
ACV contains malic acid & enzymes that kill the bacteria called "bottle bacillus".
Bottle bacillus works with silica & polymer based shampoos & conditioners to clog the hair follicles forming dry crusts & thick film to develop on the hair & scalp. ACV breaks down the film & crusts, dissolves excess fatty deposits that form on top of the Bottle Bacillus.

In addition to this, ACV has been proven to be very effective in balancing the pH levels of scalp tissues, removing product build up, dirt and controlling dandruff.

About synthetic silica & polymers:
1. Synthetic silicones are derived from polymers - a plastic soft gel like substance
2. Synthetic silica is derived from sand.
Both are used in commercial shampoos & conditioners and are hard to remove from hair & scalp.

Only shampoos with loads of SLS, ALES or SLES can remove polymers & silica but then you are just stripping your hair of it's natural oils (sebum) leaving it dry. You'll need a polymer based conditioner to artificially coat the hair and scalp.
However, most commercial brands contain a silicone like dimethicone, propylene glycol or cyclomethicone, sodium polyacrylate or some type of synthetic polymer plastic coating.
Then you're back to full circle again.


A simple home treatment for dandruff and an itchy scalp is a topical application of ACV.
You can either:

1. Apply full strength ACV directly to the scalp, massage it in, and leave on for 30 seconds to 1 minute before you Babassu shampoo.
Use an all natural shampoo with no more than 4 to 5 ingredients and steer clear of brands with SLS, ALES or SLES, dimethicone, propylene glycol or cyclomethicone, sodium polyacrylate

OR

2. Used as a final rinse to clarify your scalp.
Mix:
1 part of apple cider vinegar
3 parts warm water
Then pour the mixture over your hair and scalp - making sure that you avoid the eye area. Massage for 5 minutes then rinse with warm water.

One thing though - ACV does pong a bit so add only a couple of drops of a hair loving essential oil to the mix like Ylang-Ylang or Cedarwood or Rosewood or Lavender or Chamomile.
Experiment and have fun!

Herbal ACV infusion:
Apple cider vinegar can be infused with anti inflammatory hair nourishing herbs:
Organic Nettle
Organic Horsetail
Organic Burdock Root
Organic White Willow Bark
These non irritating herbs that help prevent dandruff, scalp build up and strengthen the hair shaft.
Tea tree essential oil, Manuka essential oil, Ylang Ylang essential oil are all excellent natural anti-dandruff ingredients, which can be added to the ACV rinse.
Other scalp oils similar to that of Jojoba include Organic Comfrey Root oil and Organic Burdock Macerate also Organic Chickweed oil and Organic Rose oil.


NOTE:
Keep your eyes closed when using the ACV rinse also do not use if you have sensitive skin or broken skin as it may sting but apart from that it's rather harmless.

Other uses:
Apple cider vinegar is also excellent for tired muscles, achy joints - especially for your toes when your dogs are barkin' like mad. One cup added to your bath water will leave your skin silky soft as it soaks into your pores, eases your soreness & relaxes those parts that need it.



A few more remedies:

1. Gently exfoliate your scalp with either Organic Papaya Oil (which contains papin - an enzyme that gently sloths off the sebum filled dead skin cells and product build up)

2. A watery final hair rinse with Bicarb of Soda/Baking Soda

3. Brown Sugar
Exfoliating your skin is great for improving circulation plus it sloughs off any dead skin cells and buildup. Seeing as your scalp is also skin, why not show it some brown sugar love. Sugar dissolves hard & dry dead skin cells leaving the surface of your scalp soft and supple.

After experimenting with the brown sugar recipe from *Lorraine Massey's book, Curly Girl, I decided to add my own little healthy hair growth twist to her infamous - cost efficient - scalp effective recipe.


Sulphur Rich Scalp Exfoliator
2 tablespoons of Demerara brown sugar
½ teaspoon of Molasses sugar (for the natural sulphur content)
2 teaspoons of Organic Papaya Oil (contains the enzyme papin a natural exfoliant that gently dissolves dead skin cells whilst moisturizing the scalp's skin)

a) Mix all the ingredients together
b) Drench your hair fully in the shower
c) Scoop out the mixture with your fingertips
d) Bend your head forward and gently massage the mixture into your scalp.
Start from the nape of your neck, to the back of your head, to the centre, towards your temples and forehead.
e) Rinse thoroughly, follow up with an all natural Shampoo.


Benefits:
Molasses - contains natural sulfur/sulphur which is a mild natural fungicide, that rehydrates & detoxifies cell fibers by allowing water & nutrients into the cells & toxins to flow out. Sulphur is one of the key building blocks for healthy hair growth. A lack of sulphur may weaken the skin cells causing irregular sebum activity on the surface of the scalp.

Brown Sugar - contains natural Glycolic Acid, an Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) that helps to gently exfoliate dead skin cells.


HTH someone.
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Posted 10 June 2008 - 05:07 AM

I ordered the Jojoba oil but it hasnt arrived in the mail yet. I am in China and cannot find ACV anywhere (except in pill form). How much damage is the crusty bacteria scalp buildup doing to my har?

My hair looks awful and there are all these fly away strands and tons of breakage. I hope the jojoba oil works. I hope it comes soon.

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Posted 10 June 2008 - 05:33 AM

QUOTE (shanghaitane @ Jun 10 2008, 12:07 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I ordered the Jojoba oil but it hasnt arrived in the mail yet. I am in China and cannot find ACV anywhere (except in pill form). How much damage is the crusty bacteria scalp buildup doing to my har?

My hair looks awful and there are all these fly away strands and tons of breakage. I hope the jojoba oil works. I hope it comes soon.


If you can get a hold of Rice Wine vinegar then that will also work.
The only difference is that the Apples in Apple Cider Vinegar has the malic acid & enzymes.
You can purchase Organic ACV online here.
I also forgot to mention that you could also use Bentonite Clay as well instead of your off-the-shelf shampoo. It also removes build up and any debri in your hair.

Bentonite is packed full of minerals like Silica, Calcium, Potassium, Iron, Sodium and Magnesium.
It can be used in the same way as Tuscan Green Clay.

Once combined with water, bentonite has an enormous surface area that stretches open like a highly porous sponge. The toxins are drawn into these spaces and then eliminated.


How does it do that?
"Clay has a negative electrical attraction for particles that are positively charged. Most of the toxic poisons are positively charged.

These toxins are irresistibly drawn towards the clay. The very minuteness of the particles of Bentonite gives a large surface area in proportion to the volume used, thus enabling it to pick up many times its weight in positively charged particles."
Source:
Robert T. Martin, Ph.D.
Mineralogist at Massachusetts's Institute of Technology - an authority on Bentonite.


"Bentonite can absorb pathogenic viruses, aflatoxin (a mold), and pesticides and herbicides including Paraquat and Roundup. The clay is eventually eliminated from the body with the toxins bound to its multiple surfaces."
Source:
The Canadian Journal of Microbiology (31 [1985], 50-53)

HTH

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Posted 10 June 2008 - 07:52 AM

i noticed also that no amount of shampooing and rinsing totally removes the white gunk from my scalp,
i had to manually remove the most of it with my nails, its really sticky and stubborn. its best to comb and scrape it off after shampoo as when it hardens its impossible to get out.

oh and anitagrant.com, you have given us tons of useful information.

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Posted 10 June 2008 - 08:17 AM

QUOTE (rian202003 @ Jun 10 2008, 02:52 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
i noticed also that no amount of shampooing and rinsing totally removes the white gunk from my scalp,
i had to manually remove the most of it with my nails, its really sticky and stubborn. its best to comb and scrape it off after shampoo as when it hardens its impossible to get out.

oh and anitagrant.com, you have given us tons of useful information.


You're very welcome.
Before you scrape your scalp please, do, try some of the remedies listed above.
All the best


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Posted 10 June 2008 - 08:53 AM

I found apple vinegar at the store. Is this the same as ACV? I would order it online but I need something ASAP and China's postal service is so unreliable.

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Posted 11 June 2008 - 05:36 AM

QUOTE (shanghaitane @ Jun 10 2008, 03:53 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I found apple vinegar at the store. Is this the same as ACV? I would order it online but I need something ASAP and China's postal service is so unreliable.


As long as it's pure apple vinegar then it's the same thing.
What I mean by pure is that it *does not* contain anything else.
What's on the ingredient list?

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Posted 11 June 2008 - 07:13 AM

After looking around I finaly found Apple Cider Vinegar from New Zealand at one of the foreign import stores. I didnt have the money on me to buy it but I will go back soon and get it. On the front it said pure Apple Cider Vinegar but all the writing on the back was in Chinese. I hope it is legit.

My jojoba oil arrived in the mail today! I am going to go try it out and really hope it works. Would it be ok to use the jojoba oil on my hair some nights and the ACV the other nights. Or maybe that is over doing it.

Thanks for all your help.

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Posted 11 June 2008 - 08:20 AM

Another question-

I have been reading about ACV and the many befefits of taking it orally. I was wondering if taking a couple teaspoons a day would be ok while on Accutane. I know it would be bad to use topicaly right now but would it be bad to swallow it daily. If so how much would you recommend?

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Posted 13 June 2008 - 02:56 AM

My scalp has the same crust... now pretty much all over. It doesn't flake off like dandruff, so its not noticeable, but now I have the terrible habbit of always picking at my scalp because of the crust! I can't stop...

I hope to try that jojoba oil. Instead of using a blow dryer to heat it up, could you maybe heat it up in the microwave (lightly of course) and then apply it to the hair, does that have the same effect?