Using hair conditioner! Yep for more than a year now, I have been washing my hair then using about a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, in a pint or so of water followed by a couple of jugs of water to rinse it off.
My scalp has always been so itchy and I had a near permanent storm of skin coming off whenever I scratched or the wind blew. I have mild dermatitis on my scalp And it was getting embarrassing. I just itched all day and was well and truly fed up.
I had tried shampoo from the doctor, over the counter, dandruff shampoo, baby shampoo etc, all to no avail. It probably doesn't help that I have highlights done every 12 weeks or so, though they are put on using a cap so the dye doesn't get on my scalp - uncomfortable but necessary in my case.
My hairdresser frowns at using vinegar but for me, it has brought my itchiness down to around 10% of what it used to be and I am happy with that. To be honest, it is at its worse after she washes and conditions my hair after colouring it! About 2 washes later, using vinegar, it all calms down again.
I also use a special shampoo for a dry scalp which seems to help as when I use another shampoo just in case my scalp is better, off it goes again.
After shampooing, my hair feels like it does for everyone else pre conditioner, but after the vinegar and rinsing water, it feels smooth and silky. Apparently vinegar helps close the scales on each strand of hair. I usually let it dry on its own but occasionally use a dryer. I rarely have tangles and it just feels great.
At its worst, I could peel of what felt like huge pieces of skin but in reality were less than 1cm which left my scalp very sore, now, I don't seem to suffer from that so I am sticking with it.
Herewith some photographs although the colour on my hair seems odd, don't know why:
Now I have that side of hair washing sorted out, I want to get rid of using shampoo as well (I have tried soda, too harsh for me). Most people seem to talk about using 100% pure soap so I shall have to investigate that side of shampooing and see how it goes.
I am really trying to get rid of all chemicals in my hair routine (apart from the hairdresser visiting). Home is cleaned with simple home made products (apart from polish which I need to look at). It has to be better for us and our home and more importantly, the environment.