Originally Posted by dont_eat_bambi
maybe next time i go to a different doc i will ask him about it. i was kinda angry when one doc told me i simply wasnt washing my hair good enough especially after dealing with this crap for my whole 23 years of life
yeah, i'd be peeved too. you'd think after 23 years you'd have worked out how to wash your hair
how cheeky was he! has your hairdresser commented on it? they wash hair all the time. she could have a look and see if she thinks its been washed ok, if you wanted a second opinion.
that said, i know that with some of the low-lather vegan shampoos (they often haven't got sodium laureth sulphate cos its a bit harsh, even though its vegan) it is tricky to get a good lather up, so i end up having to wash twice, and then it sends up really drying and irritating to my scalp, but the conditioners also suck (cos they've got no silicone), and i end up with really limp droopy icky feeling hair thats also weirdly a bit crunchy and my scalp is a bit itchy.
something that helps me a bit- you could maybe try sectioning out your shampoo when you apply it to your head- like instead of scooping a blob right into the middle of your head then rubbing it about and hoping there is enough foam to reach your hairline and behind your ears (there never is
) add a litle water to it, then take a bit of the blob and apply it to the front, another bit to the back, and one bit to either of the sides, then massage those bits individually, with loads of gentle finger wiggling. that helps me make up for the lack of lather. also i've found trying to focus the conditioner on the ends, then just running my hands over the rest of my hair, stops it getting all limp and weighed down.
um... other things off the top of my head- paul mitchell does little bottles of his stuff, so you could give that a go without wasting half a bottle- he has a mild shampoo that smells a bit like coconut, and a freaky blue looking conditioner that you apply after you get out of the shower, comb through, and leave in, they're not too bad. and i quite liked the samy brand too- they have a vegan line which i didn't find as dreadful as say.... avalon organics. you might also like giovanni- they have a teatree shampoo, and again, you can get travel size bottles to try out.
it might just be a trial and error thing. my brother had an itchy scalp for years and years, tried vosene and head and shoulders and everything, to no avail, until he found one brand in our healthfood store in england that didn't have any laureth sulphates, and he won't use anything else now. they don't lather for crap, but he doesn't itch either.
....definately give the oil a go, and ask a hairdresser (don't get sucked into buying their stuff though!) and ask another doc when you get the chance, and try some little sample size bottles of shampoos, and a different technique- have an experiment. worst comes to worst, then the doctor can't say you haven't tried.