focus on scalp con­di­tions: eczema, dan­druff, fun­gal infec­tions and alope­cia.

if you have not seen one already, please see a doc­tor if any of the­se con­di­tions per­sist. please do not self-diag­no­sis or self-med­icate with­out get­ting the prop­er infor­ma­tion. the infor­ma­tion that fol­lows is not intend­ed to diag­nose, treat, cure or pre­vent any dis­ease.

1) the roots to the caus­es of dan­druff are var­ied. most often it is the result of dead skin cells due to over­ac­tive sebum pro­duc­tion. most of us are famil­iar with those unflat­ter­ing white flakes. it has been linked to hor­mon­al changes and stress. as a child, i had per­sis­tent dan­druff that was not alle­vi­at­ed by com­mer­cial or physi­cian pre­scribed anti-dan­druff sham­poos. the dan­druff remained while my hair became stripped and dry. know­ing now what i know about sul­fate sham­poos, i under­stand why (and i’m sure “grease” only exac­er­bat­ed the prob­lem). even­tu­al­ly my moth­er had suc­cess with var­i­ous “back home” con­coc­tions in the form of scalp pre­treat­ments before sham­poo­ing which includ­ed cas­tor oil mixed with herbs.

some options to try:
for dan­druff and fun­gal infec­tions, try apple cider vine­gar (acv). this is because apple cider vine­gar has anti-fun­gal, anti-bac­te­ri­al, and anti-viral prop­er­ties, most­ly com­ing from the mal­ic acid and acetic acid por­tion of the vine­gar. many peo­ple suf­fer from dan­druff due to some kind of yeast on the scalp. the key with using acv is con­sis­ten­cy. use it with every wash. leave it in the night before you wash as a pre-treat­ment. mix it with a few drops of rose­mary, sage or lemon­grass. sev­er­al years ago, i acquired this anti-dan­druff recipe: mix equal parts tea tree oil with jojoba, cov­er with cap for 30 min­utes. fol­low with an apple cider vine­gar/water rin­se in a 1:4 ratio. you can also sim­ply add a few drops of tea tree oil to your sham­poo. anoth­er oil with disinfectant/antibacterial/antifungal prop­er­ties is neem oil. use it as a pre­treat­ment before a wash. cau­tion: a lit­tle goes a long way! test your lev­el of sen­si­tiv­i­ty with this oil as it is potent. and the scent may not be pleas­ing to some as it is strong and nut­ty! final­ly, you will not see results if you’re con­t­a­m­i­nat­ing your scalp with harm­ful ingre­di­ents. avoid ingre­di­ents on the nat­u­ral girl’s black list.

2) eczema is thought to be linked to an over­ac­tive respon­se by the body’s immune sys­tem to a bac­teri­um that nor­mal­ly lives on the skin or the body’s respon­se to an irri­tant. again, avoid sul­fate shampoos/cleansers and harsh deter­gents. some of the best oils that have pro­vid­ed relief are kukui nut oil, emu oil and neem oil. use on damp skin/scalp. tea tree oil is an antibac­te­ri­al so it works the bac­te­ri­al angle. add foods rich in b and e vit­a­mins, omega-3 fat­ty acids and zinc to your diet. although the cause of eczema is unknown, symp­toms typ­i­cal­ly occur as an aller­gic respon­se so try sup­ple­ment­ing inter­nal­ly with nat­u­ral anti-inflam­ma­to­ry agents like turmer­ic and msm.

3) alope­cia areata is char­ac­ter­ized by bald patch­es on the head. accord­ing to the der­ma­tol­ogy chan­nel, it is some­times asso­ci­at­ed with autoim­mune dis­eases like lupus and allergies. its cause is unknown but one-fifth of those afflict­ed by alope­cia areata have a fam­i­ly his­to­ry. although not a tri­chol­o­gist, i do know that some peo­ple have trig­gered trac­tion alope­cia with harm­ful hair prac­tices like tight braids. oth­er trig­gers can include hor­mone imbal­ances, eczema, fun­gal infec­tions, and chem­i­cals in hair dyes, relax­ers and per­ma­nents. check out this link for more trig­gers. accord­ing to cathy wong, some alope­cia suf­fer­ers have had suc­cess with dai­ly onion juice treat­ments and dai­ly essen­tial oil mas­sages. try a blend of thyme, rose­mary, laven­der and cedar­wood blend­ed with jojoba and grape­seed oil. extreme stress has been linked to hair loss. try exer­cis­ing, yoga and med­i­ta­tion to clear out neg­a­tive ener­gy.

a trac­tion alope­cia suf­fer­er
check out this link for oth­er ben­e­fi­cial treat­ments for hair loss

~j~

haitian-nat­u­ral­ist-lover-ide­al­ist-health-con­scious-spir­i­tu­al­ist-yogi-new york­er

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jenteel
sesse, since you brought up the top­ic of oils i will address it. all oils are not bad for dan­druff.neem oil is a proven antibi­otic and anti­fun­gal. so is tea tree oil and cas­tor oil. remem­ber there is no “cure” for acne, eczema or pso­ri­a­sis. the med­ical com­mu­ni­ty has acknowl­edged this. for acne, indi­vid­u­als are put on harsh drugs like accu­tane which dam­age the liv­er over time. and some doc­tors pre­scribe top­i­cal steroids (cor­ti­cos­teroids) for eczema and pso­ri­a­sis which have extreme side effects. (http://www.skincarephysicians.com/eczemanet/steroids.html) the only pos­si­ble side effects with tea tree oil and neem are local­ized sen­si­tiv­i­ty because of… Read more »
Sessé
Pls do not con­fuse dan­druff-like con­di­tion and dan­druff. You nev­er put oil on a scalp that has dan­druff. Nev­er. The only oil that will not harm you ( apart from mak­ing you pro­duct more sebum may­be, witch you don’t want) is jojoba oil because it is not a real oil. it is a wax ( see wikipedia). Pls read : http://blog.wired.com/wiredscience/2007/11/scientists-crac.html http://microbiology.suite101.com/article.cfm/malassezia_globosa http://www.ehrs.org/conferenceabstracts/2002brussels/researchabstracts/P-59-dawson.htm Wach your hair once a week with one of the med­icat­ed dan­druff sham­poo ( leave in for 10 min) . You can also use the Clas­sic H&S con­di­tion­ner and leave it in for 1h before you wach… Read more »
Black girl with long hair
Black girl with long hair

@ lady nele… start at your local health food store. it should have the major­i­ty of the prod­ucts we dis­cuss

Jc

Thanks for the respon­se Lita, that’s quite inter­est­ing. I think when I’m next in town, I’ll check it out in boots. The boots site just says ‘con­tains active ingre­di­ents’. I don’t have eczema but I have dry hands from wear­ing gloves all day. I found E45 quite greasy (which is why my friends like it) but I want some­thing a lit­tle lighter.

Lita

i per­son­al­ly hate e45 i’m afraid, but that’s cos paraf­fin based prod­ucts, when left on my skin, aggra­vate it. one ver­sion of what i’m talk­ing about is this:
http://www.boots.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10052&catalogId=11051&productId=124696

(my sis­ter actu­al­ly uses one sim­i­lar to this on her hair!)

Lady Nele

i found you through anoth­er blogger…your blogs are very infor­ma­tive. How­ev­er, where can I buy the­se prod­ucts that you always men­tion. I’ve just start­ed the whole “healthy nat­u­ral hair” jour­ney (I just wash and flat iron) so I don’t real­ly know where to get stuff from.

Toi

thanks for cov­er­ing alope­cia areata. SO how do you use the onion juice?

Jc

Wow, anoth­er UK view­er, Lita are you talk­ing about E-45? Two of my friends love it. They will gen­er­al­ly apply it real­ly thick­ly at night and then a lit­tle less dur­ing the day.They both seem to have man­aged their eczema quite well though one has it on her face and the oth­er on her legs. I don’t know if you could put it on the scalp??

Lita

real­ly inter­est­ing to dis­cov­er that neem oil is good for eczema. most of the stuff i’ve seen about ayurvedic herbs seems to be about detox­ing and mild cleans­ing. i just looked up stuff about neem (i’ve tried every­thing else with vary­ing lev­els of suc­cess) and dis­cov­ered that Karan­ja oil is sim­i­lar, but less stinky. Also, in the UK at least, there are sev­er­al zinc-rich skin creams on the mar­ket, but they are mar­ket­ed as baby prod­ucts.

Beautifully.Conjured.Up
Beautifully.Conjured.Up

Great post!!!

I gave this blog an award on my blog :)

Chanel

Thank you so much for this post. I have got to have the worst scalp with­in a 500 mile radius. Im talk­ing I ccould wash my hair sat­ur­day, by sun­day after­noon I have big sca­ly, itchy patch­es. It sucks. My hair is in great con­di­tion, after a year of final­ly treat­ing how it should be treat­ed and itd grow­ing like crazy. But im strug­gling with my scalp. Thanks for the tips and I hope it works for me.

jenteel

thanks l! ;)
you know i love my herbs and sup­ple­ments! peo­ple strug­gle unnec­es­sar­i­ly because some either don’t know or choose not to share this kind of infor­ma­tion. there’s a lot of infor­ma­tion out there, but i know what works for me/others i care about (with­out dan­ger­ous side effects). whether one choos­es to fol­low the­se sug­ges­tions is of course his/her voli­tion but i feel this infor­ma­tion is help­ful to those search­ing for an alter­na­tive.

Black girl with long hair
Black girl with long hair

han­dle the emma’ effin’ BIZ j! this arti­cle is GREAT! woo-hoo! 

it’s much bet­ter than the research i was try­ing to squir­rel togeth­er on the net…

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