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pinchbeck
November 18th, 2009, 05:44 PM
I don't have visible dandruff. Perhaps, I have mini-dandruff if there is such a thing. Sometimes when I scratch my scalp (it's always in the same place at 11 o'clock or 2 o'clock) I get this whitish-yellow stuff under my nails? What is this? Is it a combination of sebum, dead skin, a garden of fungus, and a carpet of yeast or other?

Quixii
November 18th, 2009, 05:48 PM
Oh, I get the same stuff and was wondering the same thing! I don't have a chronically itchy scalp or visible dandruff, but every now and then I'll get an itch and scratch and see this whitish stuff under my nails. D:

Teresa9000
November 18th, 2009, 05:48 PM
I have the same thing. It's always the most near my cowlicks, lol. I always just assumed it was sebum/dead skin flakes.

shockinglength
November 18th, 2009, 05:53 PM
I have the same thing. It's always the most near my cowlicks, lol. I always just assumed it was sebum/dead skin flakes.


I get the same things or sometimes little flakes. (I never have dandruff or flakes in my hair)

RoseRedDead
November 18th, 2009, 06:18 PM
It's dead skin and sebum. Possibly dust. No garden fungus, that I know of. :D

I'm pretty sure it's normal, unless you have like a freakish amount of it. Scalp massages can help, as it warms up the sebum and makes it easier for it [the sebum] to travel down the length of hair... At least for me, anyhow.

rogue_psyche
November 18th, 2009, 06:24 PM
Does it look like the little white thing at the scalp end of a shed hair? If so, it is a sebum plug. Your scalp is constantly spitting those out. The itch occurs when one is protruding but hasn't completely left the pore. If you're noticing a more of them since switching to LHC washing methods, it is because detergent shampoos dissolve sebum a lot more effectively than most LHC wash methods.

Anje
November 18th, 2009, 07:02 PM
Just sebum and skin cells. I get it too. I think everyone does, with the possible exception of people with dry sebum who have a harder time getting it off. I'm pretty sure whitish-yellow is about the cleanest color. It can get a bit gray, and mine's a little orange right now, a few days post-henna.

This may be a disgusting question, but what texture is yours? Mine's a little powdery, barely any oil to it at all.

pinchbeck
November 18th, 2009, 07:46 PM
Just sebum and skin cells. I get it too. I think everyone does, with the possible exception of people with dry sebum who have a harder time getting it off. I'm pretty sure whitish-yellow is about the cleanest color. It can get a bit gray, and mine's a little orange right now, a few days post-henna.

This may be a disgusting question, but what texture is yours? Mine's a little powdery, barely any oil to it at all.
It's kinda powdery with an oil texture to it. I wonder if it hampers hair growth or is unhealthy for our scalps and if I should be shampooing more than 2x per week.

Tyrinaniel
November 18th, 2009, 08:01 PM
It's dead skin and sebum. Possibly dust. No garden fungus, that I know of. :D

I'm pretty sure it's normal, unless you have like a freakish amount of it. Scalp massages can help, as it warms up the sebum and makes it easier for it [the sebum] to travel down the length of hair... At least for me, anyhow.
I was going to say the same thing. That's why I'm happy I have good combs now. I actually do daily scritching so that I can get rid of the dead skin. Plus, your scalp does get pimples too, just like the rest of your body.

So, the oil mixed with dead skin is understandable. The oil is good, but you just need to massage and scritch. Is it just me or does scritch sound so odd sometimes? lol

Peter
November 18th, 2009, 08:05 PM
I get this too, I scalp massage every 2-3 days now which really helps. I always end up with a bunch of flakes on the ground. About the texture -- mine is a white/pale yellow color, and it feels oily yet it's solid. If I rub it between my fingers it'll break into smaller pieces.

Sorry if that was TMI :D; am I the only one with sebum like this? Or is it normal and okay to have to clean it manually? I CO wash once a week.

Tyrinaniel
November 18th, 2009, 08:07 PM
Well, our body skin needs exfoliation constantly, and I view our scalps the same way. We just don't see our scalp the same as the rest of our body. Your scalp has feelings too! lol But it's important to exfoliate your whole body; the scalp too!

rogue_psyche
November 19th, 2009, 12:04 AM
I get this too, I scalp massage every 2-3 days now which really helps. I always end up with a bunch of flakes on the ground. About the texture -- mine is a white/pale yellow color, and it feels oily yet it's solid. If I rub it between my fingers it'll break into smaller pieces.

Sorry if that was TMI :D; am I the only one with sebum like this? Or is it normal and okay to have to clean it manually? I CO wash once a week.

I get sebum like this. But I know I also secrete sebum in a more liquid form. I don't know what causes the hardened bits. :shrug:

Tyrinaniel
November 19th, 2009, 12:31 AM
It's simple. Your scalp has oil ducts, just like the rest of your skin. But not all of your scalp stays moisturized. For instance, you get dry skin on your elbows, knees, or the back of your hand. The same thing happens to your scalp. Try to think of your scalp the same as the rest of your body. Any part that grows hair will behave differently with longer hair. I foundd my legs would get dryer when I allow the hair to grow too long between shavings (lol). So now I try to keep that from happening.

The dry bits in your scalp are where you have dyer skin in the scalp than in other parts of it. Exfoliation actually helps this a lot.

I feel like I'm preaching scalp exfoliation. But the truth is, exfoliation helps the growth of new skin, which in turn helps give healthy hair. It all grows from the scalp, after all. I've been reading up a lot, and that does seem to be a major factor in healthy hair.

hmmm
November 19th, 2009, 02:14 AM
How would you exfoliate the scalp?

I get these things too, and they increase when the weather becomes colder or dryer, so what Tyrinaniel said seems spot on. They don't itch very much ever since I started doing scalp massages. I use oil (castor/hibiscus or castor/coconut mix) on the scalp and massage it for a while. The stuff gets moisturized and comes 'off' easier. I don't like dry massages very much, I use a water-based herbal product that's doesn't make the length of my hair greasy.
I haven't heard of scalp exfoliation though, my mom always used oil on my scalp when it was itchy or flakey since I was a kid. :shrug:

Konstifik
November 19th, 2009, 03:38 AM
I get them too! I found that semi-daily massage with gentle scratching (not "itch-scratching", more like "rub-scratching" :)) with the nails helps to get rid of it.

missy60
November 19th, 2009, 08:46 AM
How would you exfoliate the scalp?

I get these things too, and they increase when the weather becomes colder or dryer, so what Tyrinaniel said seems spot on. They don't itch very much ever since I started doing scalp massages. I use oil (castor/hibiscus or castor/coconut mix) on the scalp and massage it for a while. The stuff gets moisturized and comes 'off' easier. I don't like dry massages very much, I use a water-based herbal product that's doesn't make the length of my hair greasy.
I haven't heard of scalp exfoliation though, my mom always used oil on my scalp when it was itchy or flakey since I was a kid. :shrug:

I think oil is a great way to exfoliate your scalp. I have also read on here about a brown sugar scrub, but I have never tried it on my scalp.

mamaherrera
November 20th, 2011, 05:04 PM
This is so what I was looking for. But i have a couple more symptoms. My scalp feels tight and a little painful, like if I move hairs on a sensitive area, it hurts. And at times, there are circular areas that are a light pink color. No visible dandruff, but if my husband scratches, this white-yellowish powder appears all over. Now here I am worried it's product buildup, making me scared more to do a brown sugar scrub with conditioner, afraid I'll get build up from the conditioner, and don't know if it's a dry scalp issue or oily. What have you all found to work, and should I try to avoid conditioner/wash or do more lowpoos or what do you all think. I've been to dermatologists, they never scratch, just look, and say it's all good. So wish someone could help me out!

QueenOfTheSkye
November 20th, 2011, 05:12 PM
This may be a disgusting question, but what texture is yours? Mine's a little powdery, barely any oil to it at all.

Mine's downright sticky; it's more than a little gross. It's almost pure white, though. My scalp must be REALLY pale... :rolleyes:

racrane
November 20th, 2011, 05:40 PM
I get it, too. It doesn't really bother me, though. It's normal.

Piyo
November 20th, 2011, 06:53 PM
Yeah, oil and skin cells. If you have a lot it can be product buildup too, or not rinsing out shampoo/conditioner well enough.

julliams
November 20th, 2011, 07:32 PM
Dead skin and oil all mixed up. Nice :disgust: It's totally normal.

mamaherrera
November 20th, 2011, 07:32 PM
Mine is powdery, like dust. I don't mind IT< but I guess I don't like the irritated scalp and it does worry me that shampoo/conditioner isn't rinsing off, but what more can I do. I think I rinse SOOOOO much, that I dry out the scalp and the pressure of teh water might be the culprit.

Annibelle
November 20th, 2011, 07:42 PM
Mine changes all the time... some days its super powdery-- as dry as powdered sugar-- and others it's moist enough to clump. I never thought it was normal... but I guess it is. :D

I wonder what the correlation is between this stuff and what we consider "dandruff." My hair is very rarely dandruffy at all, but I always have some form of this stuff on my scalp (though not visible). I wonder if people with "dandruff" have this stuff on their scalps to the same extent the rest of us do???