A Hairy Saga

It all started a few months ago when I went with that new hair style – you know, the one where I actually had to figure out what mousse and pomade were, not to mention by a can of hairspray the size of a family soup can (heh) all in order to do my hair. All this stuff was very foreign to me, the tomboy, and even more foreign to my scalp.

I didn’t notice until a couple weeks before Christmas how itchy and sore my head was, until I found myself abesnt-mindedly scratching my scalp. The first thoughts upon the realization were, well- I am sure you can imagine. I grab the closest kid and checked her hair, relieved to find nothing. So, that left me with the question, what is going on with my head?

Quite simply put my scalp was staging a revolt on the hostile take over I had imposed on it some months before. In short, my hair and scalp were dry, dry, dry. I tried fancy conditioners, shampoos, the works and it helped some. I switched to a different mousse as suggested by a sister, but to no avail. Finally I hit the point where I woke one morning to find it weeping, it was so dry – and sore.

I began working hydrocortizone into my scalp, stuck a hat on my head, and made an appointment with my Dr. I figured it was just a really bad case of eczema as I am prone to dry skin anyway. Apparantly it was a particularly nasty reaction to the hair product.

He gave me a perscription with the orders to not do anything to my hair other than wash it. Eek! So, if you see some crazy in a hat or with really bad hair, that would be me. But at least, it is getting better, doesn’t hurt or itch anymore either. Yay! I’ll just be happy when I can do my hair again – oh, and for those of you with sensitive skin – avoid Pantene. You probably already knew that, but the hopeless tomboy had no idea. 🙂

And I suppose there’s the consolation that at least I didn’t have to battle the other thing – because that would have involved the whole family and a lot more washing…

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7 responses to “A Hairy Saga

  1. Deb

    I hope you’re better soon! I have dry scalp sometimes too. My mom used to put olive oil on my scalp, and it helped. Daddy always joked that if we added vinegar and a couple of croutons, I could be a salad. LOL

  2. Oh Julia! I feel your pain! I am alergic to many hair care products out there. I break out with hives all over my head if I use the wrong ones. Good luck with your issues though, they sound particularly icky!

  3. I did not know that Pantene was bad. I’ve used it in the past but didn’t notice any kind of reaction. You poor dear, hope your scalp feels better and is back to normal very soon!

  4. So you must be becoming an expert in hat fashions, then. I hope you can find the right products that will work without aggravating your allergies. (I don’t have any suggestions, though. I used Pantene this morning without any problems.)

  5. I’ve used other Pantene products before without a problem, but for some reason the mousse wigged out my scalp, but then, it could just be mousse in general, which I sincerely hope not. Once I am over it then I will try out different products and see how I react to them.

    As for the hat fashions, hee hee, I usually just toss on a clean set of exercising clothes, and my baseball cap, then I look like I’ve been working out furiously. heh 🙂 But I do have this one really cute hat…

  6. I am glad you found the source of your pain! I have somewhat sensitive skin too, but have never had any scalp issues. Good to know about Pantene. I hope you feel back to your normal self soon!

  7. I love that you can link other blogs…
    One of these days… I want to try to do that on our blog…
    There are soo many wonderful blogs out there…. and it’s fun to find them thru nice blogs like this one!

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