I gotta tell you, the human body is a lot of trouble. It’s so needy. You’ve got to clean it several times a day. There are teeth to brush, nails to clip, hairs to comb, and other more unsightly hairs to trim or conceal.
Then you have entire muscle groups that need to be utilized, or else you run the risk of having them turn into flabby masses of dough that will completely let you down when you need them. You’ve got to hydrate and fuel and medicate at various degrees every day, depending upon your state of health and your nutrition and your lifestyle choices. Then, once you’ve taken care of every single one of your body’s requirements, it’s exhausted, so you have to sleep.
Your body dominates your life. You’re a slave to it. It’s weighing you down, man. But it knows that you can’t live without it, so really, the body has got a pretty sweet gig going. Bodies are clever sons of biscuits aren’t they?
I don’t know you, but I’m not going to lie. I’m as vain as the next person. I want to look nice. Or, at the very least, I wouldn’t want people to think that I shop at Wal-Mart. So, to prevent this from happening, I wash my hair. Also, I don’t go out in my pajamas. Plus, I respect my fellow man’s olfactory senses by applying deodorant every morning (you’re welcome).
But back to the hair thing. Texas is hot, but it really begins to mimic the devil’s fiery furnace during the summer months. Texans walk around like tater tots on a baking sheet–all crispy and golden and flaky on the outside, but tender and delicious within. Our skin gets dry and burned. We deal with it.
So, I wasn’t surprised when my scalp became kind of itchy and flaky. I’ve dealt with dandruff before. Just apply some T-gel grab a popsicle and go stand in front of the air conditioner. I’ll be fine.
Only, it didn’t get better. The flakes got worse. They weren’t the small, white flecks, similar to particles of dust, that I was accustomed to. These were mutant flakes. They were yellowish and large and with every flake I found, there were several strands of hair attached to it that had been pulled out by the root.
Panicked–despite my popsicle and beloved window unit–I hopped online. I typed in my problem. I learned about. . .
It usually develops on oily regions of the body, especially the scalp, eyebrows, and ears. It can also affect the elbows, torso, back, hands, toes, and just about anywhere else. It’s a chronic condition that requires recurring treatment.
Seborrheic dermatitis causes scaly, crusty patches of skin called plaques, which can be red, pink, white, or yellow. They often become skin lesions due to scratching. The affected skin may be sore or inflamed.
Lots of things can bring on an attack of seborrheic dermatitis. Changes in the weather usually encourage symptoms. Fungal or bacterial infections are possible culprits. Stress, hormonal changes, and conditions that cause hormonal imbalances (such as PCOS) can encourage the sebaceous glands to produce more oil, resulting in a seborrheic dermatitis flare-up.
Seborrheic dermatitis can be uncomfortable and unsightly, but it isn’t a threat to your overall health. It is not contagious, it is not an allergy, nor is it caused by a lack of proper hygiene. Anybody can get it.
Doctors prescribe antifungals and corticosteroids to combat symptoms. Some recommend coal tar shampoos like T-Gel.
Well, I’d already tried the T-Gel, and I don’t like to take medications if I don’t have to. So, it was back to the search engine to look up home remedies. This is the one I found, and I’m so glad that I did.
Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse
I found this hair rinse in a hair care forum as a way to stop hair loss. The commenters who used this rinse said it made their hair more manageable, softer, shinier, stronger–everything I wanted my hair to be. People were also saying that it got rid of dandruff and put an end to scalp irritation. It sounded like the perfect remedy.
Even before discovering this rinse, I have always loved apple cider vinegar. It is good for treating sore throats, boosting the immune system, and treating a number of stomach ailments including gas, bloating, and heartburn. If there’s something wrong with you, chances are good that there is an apple cider vinegar remedy available for you to try.
Apple Cider Vinegar is the perfect remedy for Seborrheic Dermatitis for several reasons:
- It’s an anti fungal.
- It neutralizes itching and inflammation.
- It restores the natural pH balance of your scalp, removing excess oil, dead skin cells, and debris.
- It nourishes the scalp and provides the vitamins that you hair needs to grow.
I had all of the ingredients on hand. I mixed them up in a condiment bottle, for easy squirting action.
* 2 tbs Apple Cider Vinegar (I used Bragg’s. Use an unfiltered, raw vinegar with the Mother enzyme).
* 1/16 tsp cayenne pepper
* 10-12 ounces water
Here’s the procedure:
First, shampoo your hair using a sulfate-free shampoo. I use Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo and Conditioner. The ingredients are all things that I recognize and can pronounce. This is the best hair care line I’ve ever used. It leaves my hair manageable, soft, and silky. I highly recommend it. Starting at the scalp, work up a lather all the way down to the tips of your hair. Leave the shampoo in your hair for about two minutes, then rinse it out.
Take the rinse and give it a good shake. Beginning at your hairline, apply a steady squirt of the rinse in a line all the way back to where the hair ends on the back of your neck. Cover your scalp, especially the itchy, flaky, inflamed areas. You may not have to use all of the rinse, just make sure that you get some all over your hair. Let it sit for a minute, then rinse.
Lastly, apply a sulfate-free conditioner and leave it in for a minute or three. Rinse again, and you’re done.
When rinsing your hair try to use cool water, or at least room temperature. Hot water opens the hair shaft, which can encourage more of your hair to fall out. Towel dry most of the moisture out of your hair, then let it air dry the rest of the way.
This rinse is great. It keeps my hair from becoming oily, and I can go longer between washings. It brings out the natural curls in my hair and, true to what the commenters on that hair care forum were reporting, it made my hair soft, strong, and shiny. I’ve been using it for five months now, and my hair has even grown in thicker.
I use this rinse every time I wash my hair, so 2-4 times a week. I was thrilled with the results. Within a month’s time, I could run my fingers through my hair with ease–no more finding 10-20 strands in my hand, each with its own thick, yellow skin flake. The itching, the irritation, and any other sign of the seborrheic dermatitis had completely vanished, and I haven’t had a flare-up since.
I recommend this rinse to everyone I know, even to people who don’t have any scalp/hair issues. It’s a great addition to your hair care routine. It took two weeks before I thought I noticed a difference, and a month before I knew it was helping. Some people saw immediate results, and others had to wait as much as two months. Stick with it, you won’t be sorry! Give it a shot, and let me know how it works for you!