Itchy scalp problems.

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Itchy scalp problems.
Fri, 03-28-2003 - 8:18pm
I am so sick of this!!! my scalp is very flaky and oily and eventually it gets itchy if I do not wash it everyday. I have a two year old and a 4 month old and so it is very hard for me to get a shower in during the day. Usually after a day or so of not washing my hair, my scalp gets itchy but not to bad and then I get into the habit of picking giant flakes out of my hair! And things just get worse from there! If it has been several days since I have washed my hair, my scalp will get really itchy even a few hours after washing it. I have used Head and Shoulders, Aussie, Herbal Essance (for oily hair) and Dove Shampoo. Nothing seems to work for any length of time!

ALso, I lose a lot of hair, doing anything, brushing it, washing it, ANYTHING! I can probably make a wig with the amount of hair I lose each week!

My hair is just beyond my shoulders right now and I am thinking of getting it cut. Does anyone think that this might help?

Any advice would be appreciated.

Thank you. Leah

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Registered: 03-25-2003
Sat, 03-29-2003 - 6:48pm
You could try this home remedy for dandruff and itchy scalp using natural method rather than synethetic products that you've already tried.

What You Need

4 quart stainless steel, enamel or glass saucepan

Tea strainer or sieve

Mixing bowl

Clean, empty shampoo bottle

Small plastic dispenser bottle


A few handfuls of thyme herb

3 tblsp. cider vinegar


1. Collect and rinse store bought herbs.

2. Place several handfuls of leaves and stems in to the saucepan. Fill the pan with water and place the pan over medium-high heat.

3. Bring the contents to a boil, remove the saucepan from the heat, and allow the contents to cool completely.

4. Strain the contents through a tea strainer or sieve and into a mixing bowl, reserving the liquid only.

5. Place the cider vinegar into the shampoo bottle and fill the bottle with the herbal liquid.

6. This hair rinse must be kept cool to prevent it from fermenting. For use in the shower, fill your small plastic dispenser bottle from the larger bottle; store the large bottle in the refrigerator. To use the hair rinse, first shampoo and rinse your hair. Then saturate your hair completely with the herbal rinse and towl or air-dry it without removing the rinse. The mild vinegar odor will fade away quickly.

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Sat, 03-29-2003 - 9:26pm
Thank you. I will have to try this very soon. My mom used to pour straight vinegar on my head whenever the itching got really bad and it would work but I couldn't stand the smell. To this day I can't stand to color easter eggs! :)

Hopefully this will work and I will keep you updated on it.


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Registered: 04-03-2003
Thu, 04-03-2003 - 5:31pm
DON'T cut your hair just yet. Give this a try first. Yes it is a simple home rememdy and just might fix your problem. Try rinsing your hair with vinegar. Wash your hair as usual then pour vinegar over it, take care not to get it in your eyes, let it set for a minute then rinse. You may do this two to three times each time you wash your hair. Hope this helps.