Dandruff? Whatever it is…
It’s really, really, really getting on my nerves!
Uh…yeah. Many years ago, back when I was a permie living in Columbus, Ohio, I started noticing some really bad dandruff right along my front hair line. It ran from just above one temple to the other. Back then, my routine was to wash, condition, and blow dry on sunday nights in preparation for the next work week.
Well, this stuff was really bad. I’d scratch my scalp to raise it, wash my hair, and BAM! This dandruff would be back in full force by Wednesday like clock work.
One day, while I was visiting with my doctor, I asked him to take a look at it. He said I had craddle cap. I looked at him quizzically. You know like babies get, he clarified. It’s seborehic dermatitis.
Uh…ok so what do I do about it?
He instructed me to buy some Nizorol. Used to be by prescription only but was now available over the counter. Cool, but not cool. Stuff is rather expensive; I could purchase it without a prescription, but it also meant my insurance company wouldn’t help with the cost.
Then, he told me to part my hair and use my fingers to apply it directly to my scalp. Visualize greasing your scalp and yep you’ve got the picture. Let it sit for 15 minutes and then wash my hair. Said to do this five days in a row and that should clear it up. Now I’m thinking… “man are you crazy? Black women don’t wash their hair everyday like white folks. My hair will feel like straw.”
So that’s what I thought, but not what I said. But for real, I’m thinking how was I going to pull this off? That’s just too much to put my hair through and to deal with during the week. That’s why I only wash once a week and also why I wash my hair on Sunday nights.
But ok…if I wanted to get rid of it, that’s what I was ultimately going to have to do. So I started on a Wednesday night and finished up on Sunday night. By Wednesday…no sign of dandruff. Friday. No dandruff. Next week nada and the week after that, nope…nothing. Wow, I couldn’t believe it…my “dandruff” problem cleared right up and boy was I a happy camper. And I have been so for many years because it never came back. That was in about 1995 and here it is 2010. That’s fifteen years ago.
So why is it rearing its ugly head now? About six months ago. Grrrrr…
And this time it’s worse. It’s not just along my hair line. It has expanded to encompass the entire top of my head. Maybe its because I’m perimenopausal. Along with hot flashes, my body is really going through some really wicked things right now. Tell me, why does my body just seem intent on torturing me? Why? Why can’t I just hit menopause and be done with it. That’s what happened to my mom. One month she had a period. The next month and there after NOTHING. No hot flashes…nothing. So again, I ask…why is my body putting me through all of this…why?
Of course I’m speculating that going through the “change of life” is really the problem but it’s as good a reason as any. That, combined with the cold, dry air of winter can’t be helping any either. So remembering back to the first time I experienced this hiddeous dandruff problem, I decided once again to give this Nizorol routine a try.
It’ll be a bit more challenging this time around though because I’m wearing box braids. Ain’t no way I’ma take my hair down to do this so I’ll just have to apply the shampoo to my parts and through my braids, message and rinse. That’s what I did last night. Then I used some medicated hair grease (ewe) and greased my parts cause my scalp just looked dry and pitiful so you can only image how my poor hair is going to feel. To combat having dry hair, I blotted my braids and then put some moisturizer into my hands and squeazed it into my braids. Let them air dry as best I could, pulled my braids back into a side bun before I tied my hair down with a scarf. The next morning my hair looked and felt great…almost freshly done.
I hope it still looks this good when I get through with these treatements on Sunday night. Hopefully it won’t be too tramatized, but I gotta try something cause whatever is going on with my scalp is not good, and I don’t want it to get worse. so this dandruff problem has got to end. Last night was the first night. One down… four to go.
Wish me luck…I really hope this works. However it turns out, I’ll keep ya posted.