Hello, I swim laps every morning. I wet my hair, apply conditioner, then put my swim cap on. This has worked for me for years. Even protects my hair coloring from the chlorine. This swim cap is actually pretty awesome if you have long hair.
Lots of people don’t know how to wash their hair properly - well done you for reaching out for some help!
In terms of wetting and rinsing your hair, have you tried sectioning it (maybe using a wide tooth comb) and focusing the water on each section individually?
If you’re having trouble getting your hair fully saturated, that will of course affect the lather...If sectioning your hair helps better saturate it, you might then try shampooing in those same small sections (just a small dollop of shampoo per section).
I’ve found a shampoo brush can also help with getting every inch of the scalp feeling clean and also feels really lovely.
Remember, shampoo is only for your scalp, not the lengths of your hair, so try not to pile your hair on your head the way they do in commercials.
And conditioner is a good thing, give it a try! Gather your hair into a low ponytail at the nape of your neck and only apply the conditioner to the hair that falls below.
A few follow up questions...
- How often are you washing your hair?
- What type of shampoo do you use (necessarily brand but moisturizing, clarifying, volumizing etc)..?
- How do you care for your hair post-shower?
-What does your hair look and feel like when it’s dried?
First of all, I imagine your hairspray is drying you out since it's probably alcohol-based.
My first suggestion would be a semisolid hair product--they're usually called "styling clay" or "mud," and they're good for textured hairstyles and avoiding unnatural shine/weirdly solid-looking hair.
I use this clay which has a strong hold, but still feels pliable/natural and can be washed out easily. However, my hair type is definitely different from yours--if you get a clay/wax product, I would suggest maybe applying a little bit closer to your roots rather than throughout the entirety of your hair, so the general shape stays in place while keeping the ends looking natural.
I would suggest hitting up /r/curlyhair and searching "hairspray" in the search bar--this thread seems helpful for recommending good hairsprays.
It doesn't look like you're shaping your hair into a specific look/style, so I'd say that it's much healthier to just let it be--the wind is always going to put things out of place, so it's more practical to just fix it once in a while (as I imagine you're not going to be outside all the time).
EDIT: Also, keep it mind that if you're hairspraying every day, you should wash it out properly and care for your hair and scalp's moisture. See the sidebar.
Just don’t put your head under the water. I put my hair in a top knot and just don’t put my head under water or I wear one of these and don’t put my head under water
That aphogee treatment saved my hair. I refused to cut the gummy mess and the treatment kind of holds it together for a couple of weeks. I have to reapply every two to three weeks though so I got the big bottle instead of the packet.
I've been doing this for two years. The gummy mush started out about 6 inches from my scalp and I've grown it out to about 6 inches total left. My hair has stayed boob length the entire time because the ends just break off so I haven't had it trimmed in the last year and a half. I'll be so glad when it's all gone
If I need to use heat on it, I use this heat protectant. It's awesome. My ends feel so soft and not tangly at all for about 2 days after I use it.
Is the keratin treatment also new? A lot of people have a lot of trouble going sulfate free because the more gentle surefactants don't clean quite as well.
Maybe try getting a cheap shampoo brush to really get in and scrub your scalp. Something like this. I have a version that is battery powered and vibrates and I like it for when I feel like I have extra buildup.
I know this seems absolutely ridiculous, but I swear by this shampoo scrubber. My nails are constantly changing their length and shape, and some styles are just better at getting my scalp and actually scrubbing. This has completely changed my game. I echo everyone saying clarifying shampoo, but this is a nice little assist.
Have you tried experimenting with foam bun makers? I have super fine thin hair and I use these to do buns. However your hair has to be pretty long to have enough to conceal the foam, mine is a couple inches past my shoulders.
Any reason you’re looking to switch? Is there something about the Shea Moisture products that you don’t like?
I have a similar hair texture to yours. I like the Giovanni 2 Chic line, especially the Ultra Repair line. I find them at TJ Maxx quite often.
>If it is hard water, installing a soft water filter is not an option.
Do you know about these $20 showerhead filters?
AquaBliss High Output Revitalizing Shower Filter - Reduces Dry Itchy Skin, Dandruff, Eczema, and Dramatically Improves The Condition of Your Skin, Hair and Nails - Chrome (SF100) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MUBU0YC/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_gex7DbMH1N21H
This isn't a substitute for more frequent washing/medicated shampoos like others suggested--but using a silicone brush like this one has completely gotten rid of my mild itchy scalp and buildup issues within a week. Make sure to brush in long strokes in the direction of your hair growth to avoid yanking
My hair turns out like hay too if I don't use a heat protector spray and a high heat from the blow dryer. My hair is naturally curly/frizzy. The high heat + the heat protector (I use Tresemme) is the only thing I've found that will get my hair silky smooth. I think the barrel brush also helps to smooth out the hair cuticles cuz I don't get the same silky smooth result from straightening my hair.
Also, my blow dry savior is this thing from Amazon. I was dubious at first, but omg. This thing is my bestie now. Probably the best $50 I spent all year.
Get your hands on this book, ASAP. Curly Girl: The Handbook If you can get a copy with the accompanying DVD, get that one. It's worth it.
Hair types 1a through 4c. I have found that finding out my porosity has made a huge difference, and I ignore my hair numbering type. Does your hair take forever to get wet and forever to dry? You have low porosity hair. Or do you have high porosity hair, where it soaks up moisture in no time? For low porosity hair, use lighter products, avoid proteins. Opposite for high porosity hair.
I use probably 4 bottles of conditioner for every 1 bottle of shampoo, I wash with conditioner only 95% of the time. Conditon your hair like you will die if you don't. Get rid of sulfates. They are harsh detergents that break the disulfide bonds in your hair (these shape your hair curly, straight, etc.) Silicones can only be washed out with sulfates, avoid them too.
I use suave essentials sun ripened strawberry conditioner.
Do not use a regular towel to dry your hair. Use a microfiber towel or a t shirt. Do not rub your hair to dry it, scrunch from the ends to the roots.
If you properly condition your hair, you should have minimal frizz. If you do have frizz at top, take some gel, apply it evenly across your palms/fingers, and lightly run your hands down your hair.
That is a fantastic point about getting the hair mostly dry before using the brush.
I would also recommend good clips for creating manageable sections when the round brush is employed.
This is the round brush that I use:
Olivia Garden Nano Thermic Ceramic Ion Brush, 2 1/8 Inch https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003IX36H0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_lh67AbPX20APS
I have a lot of hair and it doesn’t tangle around the neck and seems to keep heat so I can use less heat.
These are good clips, there are many brands but for example: https://www.thedrybar.com/hold-me-hair-clips
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Preservatives called "itchy Ms" can be a culprit - they are typically Methychloroisothiazolinone & Methylisothiazolinone, long names starting with M. Some good products without them are Shea Moisture, Cantu, Yes to Carrots, Not Your Mothers Naturals.
If it's really serious you might want to see a dermatologist. I did and was diagnosed with seborrheic dermatitis. I was given a medicated shampoo and it worked OK but through Amazon I found this dog shampoo and it is freaking amazing even if it smells like tar. Works better than everything I've ever tried.
I've switched over to the "curly girl" method so I use all sulfate/silicone free products, that dog shampoo works well with that routine but I don't have a lot of issues like I used to so I rarely need to use it.
What country are you in? The Amazon U.S. page for that product showing this image of the ingredient label, and acetaminophen is not there. ingredients are frequently different for the same product in different countries because of the different regulations.
I realize this does not answer your question, but I would like to track this down.
Have u tried (monistat 7)[https://www.huffpost.com/entry/monistat-hair-growth_b_3383192]? Antifungal cream.
I know it sounds crazy but it's science based. I linked u to a more credible article on it, but u will find forums of women who said it worked. It lenthens your hair's growth phase.
Mine has grown 1/2in a month when before it was half or less of that. I also apply the kerastase serum in gold bottle. I alternate each every other day. I mix a pinky fingernail length of the yeast infection cream with a little water & apply throughout my scalp with a pointed applicator bottle.
But, I also solved some other issues that were preventing me from maintaining hair length. 1) figured out my porosity & built a regimen around that (low porosity & protein sensitive). I stopped using products with protein & coconut oil since both made my hair brittle & dry. 2) got a hard water shampoo. I had buildup from my hard water. I use distilled water when I can. 3) I do hot oil treatments every week when I wash. 4) I leave my hair alone. I don't use heat styling, blow drying, other manipulation or tension hairstyles. 5) I sleep on a silk pillowcase or wrap my hair in a silk wrap 6) before washing I apply conditioner while I use those wet brushes to detangle & remove fallen hair before washing. This prevents so much fallen hair going down your drain & clogging it + ur hair will b easier to detangle after washing.
fyi, the links may be outdated, but most of those products still exist, so you just need to google the product name rather than click the link. for example, this product, which is the first recommendation on the "thin hair" list, is definitely still available, and is even alcohol based.
however, keep in mind that alcohol is pretty bad for your hair. using an alcohol-based product and causing alcohol-related damage to your hair may cancel out any benefits you get from avoiding water-based products. i can't watch the video you linked (i'm currently at work with no headphones), so i have no idea whether what she's saying makes sense, but i'm skeptical simply because it's so widely known/accepted that alcohol is not great for your hair, and combining alcohol and heat styling is generally a bad idea, which is why it's difficult to find an alcohol-based heat protectant product.
you may want to check out this blog post, which summarizes some studies and gives info about active ingredients to look for. i'm 99% sure the product recommendations listed in the wiki are based on the proven active ingredients discussed there.
I have very wavy and frizzy hair (but really thick too). I got a very layered haircut and yesterday washed with regular Pantene shampoo, used a 3min deep conditioner from Aussie. After shower I put a mousse cast on my hair. When it was dry I broke the mousse cast & my hair looks great. Not heavy, not greasy or oily. The mousse I used is Shea Moisture (Sheamoisture Curl Mousse for Frizz Control Coconut and Hibiscus with Shea Butter 7.5 oz https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07NQCBRK3/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_RGDMYXPKCVBN2DRTYSH7?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1)
This one!!!! Better than olaplex and it’s way cheaper Elizavecca CER-100 Collagen Coating Hair Protein Treatment 100ml / hair treatment before and after / hair pack before and after / hair mask https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01I2ZQJSG/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glc_fabc_XoK8FbGZ58SB8?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
The thing is, coconut oil is pretty drying. I know, its an oil but it's a dry oil, if you will. Its also a 4 on the comedogenic scale, if that matters to you. Meaning it can often clog pores and make little red bumps. I use the ACV shampoo bar and on the site they have a scalp treatment oil that I've been eyeing. Its supposed to get rid of dandruff and other stuff that hinders hair from growing. Its got dht blockers. You might want to try that. https://www.amazon.com/ScalpWorks-Nourishing-Treatment-Natural-Blocker/dp/B07GD84W12?ref=hdn_dp_car_mba_2 I dont have dandruff anymore but I've had some hairloss, I think because of crappy scalp/hair treatment for years... If anyone tries it let us know!!
There are ingredients to look for! Specifically, products with PVP/DMAPA acrylates copolymer, quaternium 70 and hydrolyzed wheat protein.
Also, don't be afraid of silicones! They protect the hair with their low thermal conductivity, which prevents quick transfer of heat to the inner structure of your hair. They can be thoroughly washed away with a clarifying shampoo (always followed up with a deep Conditioner!)
Try Nizoral it saved me from constant itchiness and scalp dandruff i used at least twice a week until i was dandruff free i highly recommend it. You can get it at target or walmart Nizoral Anti-Dandruff Shampoo https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AINMFAC/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_DYZ83B252Y64HS6QXRQN
Try using a silicone scalp brush in the shower while applying shampoo. I had the same problem as you before I started using the brush, now my hair looks cleaner for longer. Good luck! Here is an example of what I use: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B076Q6442Z/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_fabc_DXHFH130FQ78K8E9F91R
I also have super greasy hair which, up until recently, no amount of training and patience has made any difference to. The only thing that I have found to work is using a clarifying shampoo once a week. I just use it in the roots of my hair and it lets me add an extra day or two in between washes.
I use this https://www.amazon.co.uk/Neutrogena-Shampoo-Anti-Residue-175/dp/B005IHT8KI
I've been using Avocado oil on my hair for 2 years and my hair absolutely loves it, and it definitely makes it super soft. I use mango oil I bought on Amazon to make it not smell like avocados. Mango is my favorite scent to mix it with (link below). I have natural 4a/b hair.
Mango Madness Premium Grade Fragrance Oil - Scented Oil - 30ml https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IEVQ7JA/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awd_CXAEwbX9SFVYG
When I travelled abroad this summer, I used the products by Ethique. I really liked the skin care stuff, but I also enjoyed the shampoo and conditioner. The shampoo I used helped combat frizzy hair, and I did notice a difference.
Here’s a link: https://smile.amazon.com/Ethique-Eco-Friendly-Solid-Shampoo-Wrangler/dp/B07572ZHB9
I used Frizz Wrangler and Damage Control. They’re $2 off right now on Amazon!
Instead of a huge edit, I'll just make another comment.
Hopefully it goes without saying, please do not inhale or leave your eyes open while applying silica powder. You really don't want it in either of those places.
And before, I mentioned about how silica could potentially steal moisture from the cortex of your hair strands if given an opening. Since your hair is usually protected by layers of keratin and lipids my next question was: what happens to healthy, protected strands?
Keep in mind that I'm not a scientist, so I feel way out of my depth here, but I found plenty of literature detailing the process of separating lipids with the use of silica. Maybe someone smarter than me can chime in. Does this support the idea of "breading" the hair? Or, since the silica can become completely coated in lipids, is it more likely that it would disrupt the lipid layer of hair by pulling them away from the strand?
I have also been dealing with a lot of shedding, but I dismissed it as age (40f). My dermatologist was actually the one to question me about it and checked my ferritin levels. Turns out, they are within the normal range but lower than is recommended for athletes (I exercise vigorously up to 2 hours 5-6x/week) and for healthy hair. He prescribed iron supplements, which I began about two weeks ago. It’s too early to tell, but I’m hopeful.
I found this article that seems to support my docs position regarding ferritin and hair loss that may be of interest to you: https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/hair-loss/news/20060516/hair-loss-may-be-iron-deficiency
Bottom line, make sure your doc checks your ferritin, not just iron.
you can get them for cheap on amazon. link below. just plug in the usb cable to your computer then you can examine your scalp condition.
If your hair is wet and completely soaked with conditioner, can you start at the very bottom with the wide tooth comb and comb out one inch? I've seen it called "bottoms up" detangling and you basically have to detangle the lowest part of your hair first before you touch anything above it. Going "up and down" will not work.
I agree with the detanglers to remove dreads, and also suggest Mane N' Tail detangler https://www.amazon.com/Mane-Tail-Detangler-Tangles-Solution/dp/B000143JSK if you want specific products.
The other thing to note is that this will take a very long time. It may take 45mins - 1+ of slowly detangling your hair from the bottom. Put on your favorite funny tv show and commit yourself to spending at least an hour on it.
Something to look into is Jamaican Black Castor Oil...I am not for sure if it works but the pictures are amazing! I was looking for something to help grow my eyelashes and bought this bottle off Amazon. I can’t say if it works for hair growth because I had to stop using it. It was migrating into my eyes and I’m not trying to go blind for long eyelashes. It isn’t expensive at all, so it can’t hurt to try.
I was having a really similar problem this summer. My stylist recommended this deep conditioner. She said to use it a couple of times a week until my hair got too soft to do anything with. That probably only took 3 weeks and now I use it once a week.
Uniq One Supermask, 10.14 Ounce https://www.amazon.com/dp/B016MYCT4M/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_coFGBbBC4TTFS
I also started using a leave in conditioner. You only need two or three pumps of it, but it’s also been super helpful in keeping my hair moisturized.
Revlon Uniqone Coconut, 5.1 Ounce https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00E4Q3NX2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_rqFGBbF7M2Z9K
Definitely worth the price tag!
Edit: I definitely paid more for them than what amazon is selling them for! Haha ignore the price tag comment since that Amazon price isn’t even a big deal.
Stress related hair loss is usually not permanent. You should see an improvement within 3 months. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/stress-hair-loss_n_5b1940eee4b0599bc6e13bcd?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmRlLw&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAFurJ7cKf3NbjBFKq2E9_YYf58u_z7l26Ql6kVH99x-D4oHdsqHXQx2xWVLqic_q1cL7NCbFYB7B2Mt6A3PP...
In the mean time, try to manage your stress and diet and try not to get worked up about things that you cannot control.
My hair became less greasy when I started cleaning my scalp using a shampoo brush. You need to wet your hair first, put the shampoo on and leave it there for a few minutes. Then use the shampoo brush. It will remove the build-up on your scalp which causes oily hair. Here is an example of a shampoo brush: https://www.amazon.com/Scalp-Massager-Shampoo-Brush-MAXSOFT/dp/B074ZDXFL6
The one I bought has an elastic band inside the brim part of the hat. I don’t like exposed elastic on my forehead. I picked one that has an adjustable band, so there’s a slit in the back where I can access the elastic. In satin caps that I’ve used before the elastic wore out and had to be replaced, so I figured an adjustable one would be good. I just got this one off Amazon, though there are a lot of different brands available.
Yeah I actually dealt with something very similar. I too have long, healthy, thick hair that became very dry and gross after moving somewhere with hard water. I recommend buying a water filter for hard water, I bought one from amazon for $25
You can also use an Apple cider vinegar rinse to help clarify your hair. I recommend using shampoos and conditioners that do not have silicones or sulfates, as silicones prevent moisture from entering your hair cuticles and sulfates are drying. I have been using indie shampoo and conditioner bars for years that don’t strip your hair of their natural oils. Any try to wash your hair only twice a week. My hair feels pretty much normal now mostly because of the filter and the acv, but avoiding certain hair products is also important.
I blow dry straight frequently (it gives a nice bounce and volume to my hair) so I invested in one of these bad boys- Infiniti Pro by Conair Spin Air Rotating Styler https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004INUWX0/ref=cm_sw_r_awd_MNMsub0M42655
and omg so much easier for me. it requires so much less hand eye coordination and my arms don't get tired anymore. When I felt I had to prop my blow dryer up on the towel rack and duck underneath it with my round brush I figured I should start looking at options.
The top of my head looks EXACTLY like yours. I don't usually use products but I discovered two things in the last 2 weeks that has helped me immensly:
Black castor oil and using a silk cap at night. Here is the silk cap i bought:
It has a tie so you can tighten it before you go to sleep. I've slept with my hair somewhat wet and dry, comes out really nice and not 100% frizz free but most of it is gone.
You might find the following book helpful as it talks about product development:
Cosmetic Formulation: Principles and practice
I had this same problem when I was sick & had a scalp fungus. My daughter bought me this brush & it is amazing. 2 Pieces Detangling Brush for Afro America/ African Hair Textured 3a to 4c Kinky Wavy/ Curly/ Coily/ Wet/ Dry/ Oil/ Thick/ Long Hair, Knots Detangler Easy to Clean (Pink, Purple) https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B087FSKQTG/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_983H9XY10V799M12KRR8?psc=1
I have thin, crazy fine hair, too. If you're in the US (or somewhere where this is available), might I suggest the African Pride Moisture Miracle Coconut Milk & Honey spray, if you haven't tried it already? It is incredible - doesn't weigh my hair down regardless of how much I use, smells pretty great, and makes my hair silky instead of greasy (my hair is 41 inches long, so if it's greasy, I look like the girl from The Ring). I've heard their other products are good, but I've never used it. Make sure to shake it very well. :)
It's this stuff: https://www.amazon.com/African-Pride-Moisture-Miracle-Conditioner/dp/B07CVN6Q3X
Moreplatesmoredates recommend this kind of castor oil: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01JY6JC5E/
I went to Walgreens and asked for an oral infant syringe from the pharmacy, which they gave to me for free. I shoot it into the back of my throat after dinner, followed by some water.
Curly hair needs to be washed way less. Straight, fine hair can sometimes need daily washing, curly hair HATES it.
Also, my new favourite thing for curls is this. I haven't used shampoo in years, and use a lot of coconut oil, jojoba oil, argan oil, etc, but hot damn for actual curl definition this stuff feels like gross chia-esque slime when you're applying it but once it dries the curls are amazing and it doesn't feel like there's product.
Checkout Lifebooker's Loot Beauty Products section if you are in the US for their deals on hairdryers etc. I got an Eva NYC blow dryer (here at Amazon for ~$65) for something ridiculously low like ~$25
I'm thinking about trying an in-line shower water filter. Kind of like how you can buy custom showerheads, some of them come with filters. I have similar issues and after switching up my shampoos/cleansers and treatments I'm beginning to suspect the water more and more.
Here's an example of what I'm talking about (simple inline filter without the showerhead): https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M03C6PO/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_gU0NybY67DNCN
Here's one that comes with its own shower head, or maybe it's built in: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B014PVXU5G/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_lS0NybN5357QS
(Not sure this one is specifically for hard water, but with activated carbon I'm sure it's going to be doing some work)
Now these are just examples, perhaps good products but again I can't say because I haven't tried them or done my research. Google or Amazon search "shower hard water filter" and figure out what suits your needs. These products also seem to be decently inexpensive to boot. Worth a shot.
If you end up getting one, send me a review, I'd love to hear if it helped you out-- again, I'm in the same boat! :)
He should see a doctor, it sounds like seborrheic dermatitis to me. He can try nizoral shampoo with no other products following (like conditioner), let it sit on the scalp for a minute or two per use. Here’s a link to get it off amazon.
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Have you ever tried a Redecker brush? They are amazing!! I linked below the brush on Amazon in the US. They are currently out of stock but it's my go to brush if you're able to buy one in the UK. Brush
My boyfriend has seborrheic dermatitis and I got him this soap off amazon and he swears by it. He uses it daily and it has basically gotten rid of the red splotchy patches he had before. On days he doesn’t use it, the splotches sometimes creep back. He gets the condition both on his head and forehead and he just uses this soap for his hair and face.
DermaHarmony 2% Pyrithione Zinc (ZnP) Bar Soap 4 oz - Crafted for Those with Skin Conditions - Seborrheic Dermatitis, Dandruff, Psoriasis, Eczema, etc. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MWB0ZGE/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_E8vHEb9PEVGXG
My stylist recommended this today.
Velecta Paramount Professional Ceramic Ionic Hair Dryer - TGR4000I https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00B0PQQVG/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_RoRLCbVXRWZ7N
He said it’s almost an exact dupe for a Harry Josh dryer.
I also asked about the Dyson and he said it’s great but not really worth $400.
I can chime in on some of this.
As to specifically women's conditioner? I can't imagine what the difference is, aside from marketing and fragrance.
I've had that same issue with my hair. I find that it goes soft and flat because there is more sebum on the hair (which is the hair's natural oils) that oil builds up on the scalp. You could try using a shampoo brush (or your fingernails) to remove the build-up. Wet your hair in the shower and apply shampoo. Let it sit for a few minutes. Then use a shampoo brush and start to massage the scalp. Make sure to do your entire head carefully. For reference, here is a shampoo brush https://www.amazon.ca/Scalp-Massager-Shampoo-Brush-MAXSOFT/dp/B074ZDXFL6. The other option is to use your fingernails (instead of the shampoo brush). I have used Nizoral shampoo and it really exfoliates the scalp, though some people find it drying. You don't need to use it every wash. You could try using it once or twice a week (depending on how much you wash your hair). Also, the texture you are describing (super soft) typically happens if I don't blow dry my hair and I let it air dry.
I use this in the shower while I shampoo for my dandruff! The first time I used it, I saw a LOT of flakes when I got out of the shower. By the second or third time using this, it cleared up my scalp completely. I use a lot of product in my hair, so my scalp had a lot of dandruff and build up. I use to get small pimple-like bumps on my scalp too and I dont get them anymore
Sebamed Everyday Shampoo For All Hair Types and Sensitive Scalp pH 5.5 for Healthier Looking Hair 6.8 Fluid Ounces (200 Milliliters) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000BRSHX4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_RBXRBF1DM1W1V65RA7KY?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
Sebamed Repair Conditioner 6.8 Fluid Ounces - Best for Dry Scalp, Itchy Scalp - no Sulfate - Dry and Damaged Hair - for All Hair Types https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00381A7QK/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_KCTKS15MAVNEPY1FB2AS?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
My husband has an itchy dry scalp. This really helped him.
For example, this ( (2) Pinterest ) is permanent but it has a red hue to it and works on warmer hair, like orange. Also maroon and burgundy ( Amazon.com : L'Oreal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color for Brunette Hair, Maroon : Beauty ) could also work, since it's semi permanent for brunettes and it's dark enough to cover orange tones. I have use burgundy and it was more pink when I mixed it with equal parts of white conditioner, so if that's something you might like it definitely work. The purple from the same line needs pale hair to show, though. So, if you want to avoid farther damage these are good options.
Blowdrying my hair has helped tremendously with dandruff or any smells. If you leave your hair wet for too long, it can get a buildup of bacteria or fungus on your scalp.
I have difficult hair, but this blow dryer has been so helpful and easy to use for about 2 years.
i put in dry shampoo before i work out, not after. i find it helps keep the oiliness at bay better and you end up using less as well. i wash every 3 days or so. if you want to do a high pony, wear it with the crown loosened up and the bangs/front hairline left loose, or clip it in a claw clip. I also use this type of soft elastic for my hair. i find its WAY less damaging to the hair than a normal hair tie.
Although they could weigh your hair down a tiny bit, for damage, shine, and static, a silicone serum could really help. Silicones address all of those issues, since they form a thin protective layer over your hair (this protects it from damage, insulates it to address static, and silicones are reflective so it'll help with shine). A lot of "natural is better" blogs say that they're like "plastic" that will "suffocate" your hair but that's not true - they're nothing like usual plastics (they're literally a liquid) and they let water and O2 diffuse through. Because your hair is fine you might wanna try to find a spray, like this higher end spray or this similar but more reasonably priced one. You can also experiment around with a more viscous serum (as opposed to a spray) like garnier's sleek and shine serum if you feel like your hair wouldn't be weighed down with it. Shampoo and conditioner matter, to some extent - what do you currently use?
I can't say enough about the olaplex 2 it took about a month or two to really see how much it changed my texture and health ( that was about 1/2 the bottle used at that point ) also I take supplements and biotin , vitamin d and collagen really helped too. When I see her pic I get emotional because I had such similar hair texture when I started my journey and didn't thing it could change. I am also either lazy or apathetic about it and those were the easiest things to implement ( olaplex 2 , hard water and knowing how to maintain moisture with prewash, treating day 2-3 dry ends and not letting it stay wet too long I also found that powders got volume or dry shampoo were better used only the day before I wash leaving then i too long dried out my scalp . Also the scalp massager from Amazon gave me something to be proactive with and I use that just here and there to stimulate my scalp and Finally only using a wet dry brush as they are not created equal Wet Brush Flex Dry, Pink https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XSMSLQG/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glc_i_PXY.FbGMKPHKG?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1 this ( the 'Plug In ged' version at Sally's is the best ime )
Sure! It looks like it's available at Sephora (Depending on country, maybe?)
But they also have it on Amazon (Thats where I got mine)
Hopefully that link works but it’s on amazon, it’s called a hair finishing stick. It’s a mascara wand that smoothes baby hairs and it works so good for that! I have one for those same hairs at my part
No-poo is what worked best for me, however you might be able to try co-washing (only washing with conditioner), or a more mild shampoo. I like Maple Holistic's brand on Amazon--I can't recommend their shampoo for greasy hair enough! I used it to transition from shampooing every day, to washing my hair 1-2 times a week without looking like a greaseball.
I second this! I’ve been using a BaByliss BABP2800 ($54 on Amazon) since 2011 and love it! It’s powerful; it’s relatively quiet; the highest heat setting is as hot as I could possibly use; and it’s built like a tank.
It’s actually the second BaByliss I’ve bought. After a couple years, my first one slowed from hurricane to delicate breeze. It turned out that the air filter was clogged shut with a dense layer of lint—I didn’t know I was supposed to be checking it! :-( Once I cleaned it, the airflow was back to normal, but the heating coils didn’t do much (presumably from months of overheating), and I had to replace it.
I just looked that shampoo up on Amazon and it looks like it does have sulfates if you look in the ingredients.
Now I am wondering if there is sulfates are needed in shampoo.
Theorie Argan Oil Ultimate Reform Shampoo, 27 fl.oz. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HSZ4DGM/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_lhz0zbRMHVE2T
Not picking is so difficult - I do it almost without thinking about it because it drives me nuts. I would normally say that I do have some tips, but I am in the midst of one of my worst and longest flare ups. Somehow, it's traveled down to the middle of my eyebrows and the folds of my nose - I even have a patch on my cheek. I used to use ketoconazole that I got from my dermatologist, but that dried my hair out even worse. I just got two aloe plants and use that before I wash and I just ordered this from Amazon and I can't tell if it's working or not after using it 3 times. The problem I have is...do I wash my hair MORE because of my scalp, or do I wash my hair LESS as to not overdry it with scalp-helping shampoos? It's like no matter what I do, my hair is still a dry mess! I don't know how much merit this has, but I've also heard that going on the anti-inflammatory/anti-candida diet helps, which I may do if this shampoo doesn't alleviate the pain and scabs.
I got them on amazon the colors in person are vibrant! I split it 50/50 with my mother and we’re always making sure we don’t lose them 😅 they have more colors and selections online. Satin pillowcases are also good for the hair and skin. I got it for my skin, but it also doesn’t rough up my hair when I wake up
I use this as a 'clarifying' shampoo before I henna my hair. I find it very strong in a way other shampoos aren't. Like this will 'pull' henna off my hair, whereas normal shampoo wouldn't remove any henna at all. So only a very small amount needs to be used. It seems to have doubled in price though (at least on Amazon, is cheaper elsewhere) - used to be £5 on amazon for a big bottle.
Just thinking it might work for what you want as is a nice shampoo too.
Satin pillow cases aren't expensive
If you have to tie your hair back do it very loosely with a scrunchy, no tight hair styles or elastics
I can't use a brush with a blowdryer because I don't know, spacial relations or something, so I use the Revlon round brush dryer and can get that sleek effect with it if I use moroccan oil, wait until it's mostly dry, and use this and this. It's still a hassle but less of one w/ the built in brush.
This one is always popular - https://www.amazon.com/Months-Kirkland-Minoxidil-percentage-Treatment/dp/B008BMOEGA/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=minoxidil&qid=1595203771&sprefix=mino&sr=8-1
I use a Denman after shower, but for detangling dry I actually use "THETIS Homes 2-PACK Detangler Brush, Detangling Hair Comb, No Pain Tangle Free Brush for Adults and Kids" I got off Amazon. :) Link
So this is the one from Amazon that they discontinued, maybe look for other shampoos with the same active ingredient selenium sulfide. They sell a new dandruff shampoo that isn't the same. I'm really upset cause when I run out of this I'll have to try something else but when I do I'll update if it compares well whatever I do end up trying
And this one looks like what I'll probably be trying next since it has the 1 percent sellinium sulfide
Sounds like scalp psoriasis. I have it and I am still battling it regularly. Get a scalp shower scrubber (I have this one - $5 on Amazon
Tea tree oil helps with the flare up especially around my face / hair line. It’s a huge insecurity of mine because I feel like people can see it but tea tree oil, and washing my hair more often has helped tremendously.
Paul Mitchell’s tea tree line is great and so is the lavender and mint.
Lately I’ve been using the Shea moisture Jamaican black castor oil line (especially the masque) and it has restored my hair amazingly. And it keeps my flare ups manageable. I hardly have anything on my hairline as of now.
Agreed! Not to mention your hair in general.
Hydrating Argan Oil Hair Mask and Deep Conditioner By Arvazallia for Dry or Damaged Hair - 8.45 Oz https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00I32AN4K/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_LdSLCbDQPK34Y
I've tried tea tree shampoo, T-Gel, no-poo, and normal anti dandruff shampoo with little to no change. The ONLY thing that works for me is H&S 2 Minute Moisture Scalp Care https://www.amazon.com/Head-Shoulders-Minute-Moisturizer-Treatment/dp/B00FIZGN2Q.
I use it once a week on my scalp after I shampoo and condition. It is super thick and I can feel the immediate relief on my scalp. It takes little bit of rinsing to get it out because it's so thick but it helps so. damn. much. I've been using it for over a year and am working on my second container.
By clarify do you mean using a sulfate-free shampoo or sulfate shampoo?
I wash my hair once a week so I usually use a sulfate-free shampoo to clarify. I can't co-wash because of build up and it makes my scalp flake so much.
Speaking about brushes, this is seriously the best thing EVER. If you wait for your hair to air dry like 80% and then use this brush it doesn't take too long. But yeah with heat styling, you need silicones and then probably a sulfate shampoo anyways to rinse it out lol. I know there are water-soluble silicones or even silicone-free, but I have not found good recommendations that would be worth it.
I actually have had the same issue the past few months. It was especially bad around my hairline. I can't really give you an answer on what exactly is going on, but it's mostly cleared up. I started using Phyto Intense Anti-Dandruff Shampoo less than a month ago (Feb 20th). I only use it about once a week because I don't wash my hair often. I use my regular Olaplex shampoo and conditioner as well.
So I'm not sure if it was just an especially troublesome bout of dandruff, but that shampoo did help sooo much! My scalp was incredibly irritated before.
Edited to add: of course, seeing a dermatologist may be a better option in case it's something more significant! I was planning to if the shampoo didn't work
Are you referring to the Scalp RECOVERY? If so, the active ingredient is 1% pyrithione zinc, so you’ll want to look for another shampoo with the same. I believe the T Gel has coal tar, which is why you didn’t like the smell. We like this one:
Vanicream Free & Clear 2%
I've been using this zinc cream on my scalp and a colloidal oatmeal baby lotion on my edges recently. I think my dandruff problems are mostly due to dried out skin . This won't help if you have a medical condition causing the dandruff
This is the one I have used for years and I love it: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Conair-Cord-Keeper-Dryer-169BIW/dp/B0088EJOJ8/ref=sr_1_3?crid=13V9QELDAFLXI&keywords=conair+1875&qid=1671106784&sprefix=conair+1875%2Caps%2C182&sr=8-3
your hair's natural pH should sit somewhere between 4.5 and 5.5, and this is generally where you should keep your products. not too acidic, not too alkaline. in my freshman yr bio class last month, we used pH test strips. they're generally affordable and accessible. pH strips amazon link
some companies list the pH, some don't, so do some general research on the ingredients before purchasing.
I had the same issue, Mediterranean Olive skinned southern European here so oiliness is always a thing -- I changed my shower filter head to a soft water filter as I live in a hard water area, and this alone made an insanely huge difference. Then I got a scalp massager (silicone) which helped get the shampoo in there.
My hair texture is consistent now even after 2-3 days, which used to never be the case. Hope this helps
This is very helpful thanks! Very helpful! And, maybe clears a few of my problems up. I have like a ton more questions that I'm going to hit you with, if you're not able to answer that's totally fine. But, I'm asking all the same as you're clearly better informed than my limp-haired self!
Are you able to help me fill in some blanks in understanding? My hair breaks very easily and is thinning (attempting to tackle both). Been using Olaplex 3 about once a week as an overnight treatment, washing out with Alphosyl 2-In-1 Medicated Shampoo or Nizoral (both are harsh on my hair but needed) and then Pantene Keratin Hair Mask which is essentially a keratin conditioner. My hair hasn't improved, it's soft but it's breaking very easily.
I would have thought that the shampoo I'm using would 'clarify' enough to allow for use of the keratin conditioner. But, maybe that's not the case, considering what you've just said.
My question(s): how do I get over this hump? Especially if I want to repair damaged hair. Would a specific clarifying shampoo be my next step? And, what conditioner should I use instead, while trying to repair my hair? Hair oils have always been a tough one for me, my hair is thin and fine. But, is this something I should reconsider?
Thanks again, just knowing that I could be doing this all backwards is a step forward! :)
Yeah, I just meant the standard ones you can get on amazon for $30-50.
Maybe this one?
this is not professional opinion so please take it with a grain of salt. I have pretty dry skin all over, which means I have dry scalp too. My problem is that the top layer of my skin doesn't automatically shed the dead cells, which means the cells die but since my skin is so dry, flakes just sort of sit on top of my skin. This does not happen if I exfoliate my skin + moisturize it. same thing with my scalp- I have to exfoliate/ strip the surface. I use a hair scrub like this but my understanding is that clarifying shampoos serve the same purpose. I also use shampoos WITH sulfate to make sure that I am not getting any MORE buildup from the other products I use. I also oil and massage my scalp at least 2 hours before washes to moisturize my scalp. All of this is just scalp care, though and while the oils definitely help, I have a post shower routine for my hair (which is fine and low porosity) in order to retain what hydration it receives especially on the ends.
I haven't used this particular product tbh, but have heard good things about it: https://www.amazon.com/Keracare-Avlon-Sheen-Humidity-Block/dp/B002GZ7RFS.
They have many more humidity blocking products, some of which i have used. The quality of their output is good
Considering the fact that head and shoulders contains an fda approved antidandruff drug it would take multiple rounds of clinical testing to substantiate a claim in that it could make dandruff worse since it's been clinically shown to do the opposite. Given how complex the scalp microbiome is we can't really jumped to conclusions based off of data from petri dishes. We don't even completely understand the pathology of dandruff in the first place. The percentage used could also make a huge difference. I don't think your selling anything, but statements of fact need to be backed with good scientific evidence. Here's a more recent paper on the subject. They talk about the nuances of applying this research to product formulations. Maybe this data will change how antidandruff products are formulated, but it doesn't mean they do the opposite of what they claim to do. I also haven't seen glycol distearate tested directly in any of these studies so far
I use Fairy dishwasher tablets for my dishwasher: Fairy tablets
The liquid component is something called ”rinse shine” if I where to directly translate it from Swedish. It makes the dishes shinier and prevents water droplets to stain them during the drying stage.
I use these tablets for my dishwasher:
I'm using Elseve Color Vive Hair Mask and Pantene Smooth&Sleek Leave-in Oil. I can't find the shampoo I'm using online, but it does have sulfates. Maybe it is them drying my hair? Do you have some (possibly budget-friendly) recommendations?
Clarifying shampoo once a week. I personally use a soft silicon scalp comb like this every time I shampoo my hair. And make sure to rinse out all products properly, or rinse twice as you normally would.
I’d recommend this:
I bought one of these and I'm super happy with it. It actually works very well and my hair holds till I wash it. Its not the greatest thing to sleep on but its not terrible and you can definitely adjust it so you can sleep
Heatless Hair Curler for Long... https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B09J8B8YVM?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
This is more of a curiosity than advice question, but: is anyone else allergic to the It's a 10 Miracle Leave-In Conditioner? I don't have sensitive skin or scalp, but that stuff caused immediate allergic contact dermatitis. It's just weird. I couldn't figure out what ingredient was causing it.
Ultra Swim shampoo. It smells good too :)
A boar bristle brush will help pull the oils from your scalp to the ends of your hair. This is good for it for your hair type. It's not a detangling or replacement for your regular brush. You know how in some old timey movies the ladies are just brushing their hair when it already looks nice? That's what they're doing. Try doing it gently for about 10 minutes when you're bored a couple times a week for a month in between washes and see if it helps.
I don't think 2 weeks is enough time for hair to significantly heal. Patience and maintenance are key. I would recommend a deep conditioner or a biotin or keratin hair mask that comes in a tub and has lots of uses (but poke around first and read reviews - find one that fits for you). When you wash your hair, really leave it in there for a while like the other commenter mentioned. My personal favorite is the NatureNut line but it's not for everyone, it's pretty heavily perfumed.
The concept of porosity is not even mentioned in the industry standard book on hair chemistry & physiology - https://www.amazon.com/Chemical-Physical-Behavior-Human-Hair/dp/3642256104/ref=nodl_?dplnkId=92368580-2ada-4e29-a4b7-66e67bd9f187
What measurement would be done to show something is low damage, high porosity?