i have long brown hair and my head CONSTANTLY itches and I have dandruff bad. However, dandruff shampoo does nothing. It just takes care of the flakes. But, the itching is still there. It's so bad that my head will sometimes bleed from me scratching so hard. It's embarrasing as well. Any ideas on what it could be? I mean it itches 24/7. Sometimes it will wake me up in the middle of the night. What should I do? My hair is really oily as well! so, it's not dry scalp
[This message has been edited by littleone314 (edited 07-10-2003).]
You might have head lice
Buy one of those combs that are specialy made for head lice and brush that through your hair to see if you do have it. If you do buy a chemically made shampoo specialising in the removal of head lice.
You don't have dandruff, that's why the shampoos don't work. If you're seeing large flakes, you probably have a scalp condition called eczema. The fact that your hair is very oily also points to this as that's what you think is the dandruff - oily flakes from your scalp. You can look at the shampoos and try to find one that targets something like this, or look online for what's recommended there. I also found what helps is to massage your scalp with your nails when you wash your hair as this not only helps loosen any flakes on your scalp and rinses them away, but also improves the circulation.
You will find that dandruff shampoos will probably make it worse. Try using a search engine and looking up scalp eczema and see what you find and what is recommended to help.
You know, you may want to have someone check your head again for lice, just to double-check. The spot you want to look at is in the back along the bottom of your hairline, like behind your ear and down, in that section. What you want to look for are tiny white 'spots' at the base of the hair by the scalp. These are much easier to spot than the lice themselves. True, it's very likely that you don't, but if by chance that is what you've got, you'll be able to spot it better now than you did at first because sometimes you don't see anything when you first get it. (I still think it's simply eczema but you may want to put your mind at ease and have someone check again, just to be sure). Take a comb and part the hair in small sections and look. But don't just look here and there, go over the entire head, especially the whole back along the bottom of your hairline.
I once had a friend at work who told me her sister spotted lice in her son's head (my friend's nephew). She was a little paranoid as the nephew had been over to Grandma's house that day (my friend's mom) and she also had been there playing with him. Now, my friend had hair past her waist and I could tell she was worried. I asked if she checked her head and she said yeah, as best she could. So I asked her if she wanted me to check for her to put her mind at ease, and she gratefully accepted. We went into the restroom and I went through her head section by section looking, and I found nothing....thank God. The relief on her face was so obvious. But I looked over her entire head, and if you think parting waist-length hair is easy...but I knew where to look and she was fine. So find someone you trust and have them do the same thing for you, just to be sure.
Thanks everyone!!! I appreciate your thoughts!! I will have my grandmother check for lice again because she used to work in the school health room and was trained on what to look for. I hope that's not the case but I am almost positive it's either eczema or phsiriasis (sp?)! Thanks again
I had the same problem because i do have eczema.
Nothing worked for me...until i found this one shampoo
I dont know what it was called...im gonna try to find out for you
You may have already tried it though....but its the only thing that worked for me
Ill post the name as soon as i find it
As i don't know exactly what your scalp is itching from, i'll just add what i do from time to time. I know this will sound yuk but you get a measuring cup and you roughly do half vinegar and half water and after you have washed and conditioned your hair, pour the vinegar/water solution over your scalp. (ordinary/cheap vinegar is fine)
I tend to get more of an itchy scalp as the colder weather approaches and i think a lot of shampoos can be very harsh chemically for some people. Maybe your scalp is reacting to the chemicals. I'm not sure exactly what the vinegar/water solution does. I think i've read that it can restore the ph balance of your skin. If all else fails, i guess it's worth a go and isn't expensive either.
I've read somewhere in these boards about people using beer in their hair once in a while and my mother used to use raw egg yolks in my hair when washing it when i was young. Not sure exactly what the beer does, but the egg yolks conditioned and gave shine to my hair.
If you don't have lice, scalp ringworm, mange or some other tropical affliction....I'd suggest the old remedy that never fails: 5 minute Arm & Hammer Baking soda-soak after a quick shampoo w/baby shampoo.