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    Quote Originally Posted by Wixiw View Post
    Have you used 2% ketoconazole shampoo? I didn't particularly like the smell, but it certainly relieved the itchiness from the flair-ups.
    ^^ketoconazole is great, @Showbread. 2% is by prescription only, in the US. You can try out the 1% concentration OTC, though. It's at CVS/Walgreens/Walmart. Nizoral. It's very gentle (good for all hair types), yet effective. I used this as prophylaxis against infecting my scalp w/ringworm fungus when I had it all over my arms (stupid cat's fault). While I don't have curly hair, it did keep my color-treated hair very soft/shiny.


    Another option is Selsun Blue w/the active ingredient selenium sulfide (make sure to read the label- one of their newer lines just contains the same zinc-based ingredient as Head & Shoulders instead of selenium sulfide, which, isn't bad either, but you do pay more under this brand for it). Ketoconazole & selenium sulfide are both gentle & excellent for scalp health/reducing flaking & fungus.


    You can use your usual conditioner w/either of these products. Another option is using the Head & Shoulders brand conditioner in conjunction w/Nizoral or Selsun Blue shampoo. They're formulated to work well w/antidandruff products, and most of the H&S conditioners also contain zinc-based ingredients to help fight fungus & flakes.

    You could also try adding this to your hair while showering or apply overnight as a leave-in treatment once or twice a week, but it's pretty oily. It does contain a junkload of tea tree oil, which is a powerful natural antifungal - it'll help murder all those excess yeasts trying to take up residence on your head.



    If you're worried about wasting $ on trying new stuff, I recommend buying these items at CVS or Walgreens. Both stores have a beauty guarantee - you can return anything you buy if you're not satisfied, for a full refund. This includes online purchases. You can take them right to the store w/the invoice for a refund. I do it all the time. Or did, before I found my current go-to products.
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    I still commit the cardinal sin of the curly hair club:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lexicon View Post
    ^^ketoconazole is great, @Showbread. 2% is by prescription only, in the US. You can try out the 1% concentration OTC, though. It's at CVS/Walgreens/Walmart. Nizoral. It's very gentle (good for all hair types), yet effective.

    Another option is Selsun Blue w/the active ingredient selenium sulfide. Ketoconazole & selenium sulfide are both gentle & excellent for scalp health/reducing flaking & fungus.
    Oh, interesting, 2% wasn't found to be harmful here so its pharmaceutical scheduling is lower - people can just grab it off the shelf at any pharmacy. I remember Nizoral 1% foaming a lot more than 2% (barely foams) but 2% worked wonders despite having the smell and consistency of dishwashing detergent.

    Selenium sulfide's a good choice. As is Coal tar if you have no pets and don't mind its potential to stain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wixiw View Post
    Oh, interesting, 2% wasn't found to be harmful here so its pharmaceutical scheduling is lower - people can just grab it off the shelf at any pharmacy. I remember Nizoral 1% foaming a lot more than 2% (barely foams) but 2% worked wonders despite having the smell and consistency of dishwashing detergent.
    Yeah, you have to have a prescription for the 2% here, it's kinda stupid. I got it (the 2%) when I 1st had ringworm on my arms. It's pink & watery, doesn't feel like shampoo at all. Doc had me use it on my arms & scalp. No refills after that. That's when I moved over to the 1% OTC kind, which definitely feels a lot more like a regular shampoo. Perhaps they restrict the 2% as Rx only here to avoid resistant fungal colonies building up (similar to topical/oral antibacterial product restriction). That's been a big deal, lately.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lexicon View Post
    ^^ketoconazole is great, @Showbread. 2% is by prescription only, in the US. You can try out the 1% concentration OTC, though. It's at CVS/Walgreens/Walmart. Nizoral. It's very gentle (good for all hair types), yet effective.
    This is what I use when this flares up, too. Works amazing. Once Ive used it 2-3 days in a row and it's under control, using it as a shampoo just twice a week is enough to maintain scalp health till the flare up passes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lexicon View Post
    Yeah, you have to have a prescription for the 2% here, it's kinda stupid. I got it (the 2%) when I 1st had ringworm on my arms. It's pink & watery, doesn't feel like shampoo at all. Doc had me use it on my arms & scalp. No refills after that. That's when I moved over to the 1% OTC kind, which definitely feels a lot more like a regular shampoo. Perhaps they restrict the 2% as Rx only here to avoid resistant fungal colonies building up (similar to topical/oral antibacterial product restriction). That's been a big deal, lately.
    That would make more sense! I'm very thankful we don't seem to have the resistant colonies even though I've developed resistance to it. Fungal infections are very frustrating, they take longer to treat - fungi are nasty and opportunistic microbes.
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    I would straighten my curls, but it would take too much time, so I just let them be. I use only mousse for curls. It's like my hair has a life of it's own, so sometimes I end up with a curl which is on my forehead and I can't do anything about it. Well...

    Ocasionally I use Toni&Guy spray gel for curls, it's good.
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    I have a problem with frizz and dryness. For dryness I just do an overnight treatment of a shit ton of olive oil and a shit ton of this apricot paste I got from the middle east.

    But the frizz? I don't know what to do with it.
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    Have you tried anti-frizz serum? A lot of naturals are using that esp. during summer. Check this one from Amazon. Or another suggestion is, you can try essential oils. DIY...come up with your own combo like shea butter and jojoba oil. Btw, I also tried Shealicious Cocktail and it works for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by evilrubberduckie View Post
    I have a problem with frizz and dryness. For dryness I just do an overnight treatment of a shit ton of olive oil and a shit ton of this apricot paste I got from the middle east.

    But the frizz? I don't know what to do with it.
    Maybe you're washing your hair too often?

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