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Maybe THIS is the cause of certain types of HAIR LOSS?
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Thu Nov 09, 2006 5:47 am      Reply with quote
One of the girls on the board mentioned shampoos and conditioners from the Morrocco Method, so of course I trotted over to find out about them. I found this interesting article concerning hair loss, part of it (2 paragraphs) is included below, as well as a link to the article.

If you can read through even the first paragraph without starting to scratch all over, you're a better woman than me! If you can get through the entire article without wanting to boil your entire self in a vat of hot oil, well then, let me buy you a drink! Very Happy

Demodex Folliculorum, also know as Demodicids, are a species of tiny mite that some researchers have recently identified as a profound contributor to hair loss. While we believe that there are other factors affecting those with hair loss, such as diet, genetics, and chemical laden hair care products, many researchers attribute this microscopic critter with much more than just a small role in the plight of hair loss. Demodex has also been called “face mite” as it has been commonly associated with various skin complications of the face, such as Acne Rosacea, blackheads, and other skin irritations.

Varying in size from .1mm to .4 mm long, it lives in your pores and hair follicles, typically on your scalp, cheeks, nose, eyebrows and often in the roots of your eyelashes. Demodicids have worm-like attributes, with tiny claws, and scales over the whole of its body so that it may better anchor itself in the hair follicle. An individual female may lay up to 25 eggs in a single follicle, and as the mites grow, they become tightly packed. When mature, the mites leave the follicle, mate, and lays more eggs. During the day, Demodex mites remain feeding within the follicle. At night, they emerge onto the surface to mate, and eggs are laid into follicles so that the newly hatched larvae may feed on sebaceous oils.


So nice to know there might be an orgy going on in my scalp! Aaacck!

See link for rest of article.

Source: http://www.jashbotanicals.com/articles/demodex_folliculorum.html
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Thu Nov 09, 2006 6:09 am      Reply with quote
Shock That is so disgusting!!!
Fortunately, while googling, a few sights i found indicated tea tree oil kills these buggers. So gross!
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Thu Nov 09, 2006 7:09 am      Reply with quote
that is grosss...

how can i get rid of these buggers...??!!!

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Thu Nov 09, 2006 7:42 am      Reply with quote
Disgusting! from checking around it seems that a large percentage of people have them - especially around the eyelashes - YUCK
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Thu Nov 09, 2006 8:25 am      Reply with quote
MermaidGirl wrote:
So nice to know there might be an orgy going on in my scalp! Aaacck!


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Thu Nov 09, 2006 8:33 am      Reply with quote
I was reallllly grossed out when I first learned of these. But, then it was pointed out to me that the problems are only when there are an abundance of them. Seems if we humans didn't have this sort of parasite (and we evidently have alllll kinds) sebum and dead skin would just pile up all around us.

Still, the idea freaks me out and DO use Tea Tree Oil.

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Thu Nov 09, 2006 1:51 pm      Reply with quote
That just makes my day.. Mites are having a better time in my bed than I am...

I'm totally grossed out now. Thanks MermaidGirl Wink

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Thu Nov 09, 2006 2:01 pm      Reply with quote
LMAOOOOO @ mites are having a better time in my bed than I am Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing
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Thu Nov 09, 2006 3:20 pm      Reply with quote
I'm Kiki wrote:
That just makes my day.. Mites are having a better time in my bed than I am...
I'm totally grossed out now. Thanks MermaidGirl Wink

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Sorry Kiki! I knew it'd be gross, but I thought I'd better let you all know what I found it; you know "for the greater good" and all!
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Thu Nov 09, 2006 4:22 pm      Reply with quote
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I'm Kiki wrote:
That just makes my day.. Mites are having a better time in my bed than I am...
I'm totally grossed out now. Thanks MermaidGirl Wink

Laughing Laughing Laughing rofl Laughing Laughing Laughing

Sorry Kiki! I knew it'd be gross, but I thought I'd better let you all know what I found it; you know "for the greater good" and all!


Yeah, no kidding Kiki!!! Yuck! I feel the same way. Doesn't tea tree oil cause some skin to dry out though..or is that witch hazel....? Embarassed
I don't even want to hear about anything else that could be crawling around me while I'm typing this!!! Not talking
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Fri Nov 10, 2006 12:38 am      Reply with quote
has anyone ever hennaed their hair? it kills everything and leaves me with amazing color.

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Fri Nov 10, 2006 4:48 am      Reply with quote
Is there a colorless henna, or a henna that is safe to use with traditional hair color?
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Fri Nov 10, 2006 4:49 am      Reply with quote
[quote="I'm Kiki"]That just makes my day.. Mites are having a better time in my bed than I am...

Until I got to Kiki's entry, I was just itching all over my head. Now, I am laughing like a loon and itching all over.

Do you all think adding a couple of drops of tea tree oil to an ounce of shampoo would work, or does anyone know about a shampoo that already has sufficient tea tree oil in it? Also, would diluted tea tree oil be safe around the eyes? I'm creeped out that they may be colonizing in my eyelashes, too.

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Fri Nov 10, 2006 8:05 am      Reply with quote
Anyone have any idea of the visuals I had when I went to bed? I swear I could hear the romantic music playing while they were working their mojo to, well you know...

And I haven't stopped itching! Laughing

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Fri Nov 10, 2006 8:32 am      Reply with quote
I'm Kiki wrote:
Anyone have any idea of the visuals I had when I went to bed? I swear I could hear the romantic music playing while they were working their mojo to, well you know...

And I haven't stopped itching! Laughing


rofl Kiki.

And right after reading it, I too began itching and scratching. Doubt It's amazing what the mind can have you believe.
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Fri Nov 10, 2006 11:26 am      Reply with quote
i'm a little scared to use tea tree oil on my scalp as i find essential oils clog the pores in my scalp. Do you think tea tree oil would be the exception?

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Fri Nov 10, 2006 8:32 pm      Reply with quote
OMG MermaidGirl (AKA Stephan-ie King) -- Is this another one of your scary tales??? I can hardly type for scatching myself. This is as creepy and spine-tingling as your ghost stories were.

Hi pele - I use tea tree oil on my handicapped brother's scalp (he has cerebral palsy and suffers from seborrheic dermatitis). I started using it after reading about TTO on the forum, and when I read that it has anti-fungal properties (seborrhea is thought by some to be fungal in nature), I decided to give it a go since nothing Rx or OTC had been very effective so far. It really helps, but doesn't solve the problem entirely. It can be irritating so I'd do a patch test first if you're worried about your pores. And if you're sensitive to scent, be warned that it has a strong, piney odor.
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Fri Nov 10, 2006 8:41 pm      Reply with quote
m.april wrote:
OMG MermaidGirl (AKA Stephan-ie King) -- Is this another one of your scary tales??? I can hardly type for scatching myself. This is as creepy and spine-tingling as your ghost stories were. ...


HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Laughing Laughing Laughing rofl Laughing Laughing Laughing Stephan-ie King! - love it! That is so funny!

Nope, sorry m.april - not another one of my spine-tinglers! Bugs creep me out big time! (Even moreso than ghosts, if you can believe that!) I know, everytime I even THINK about those critters, I start scratching. You should go to the link and see their pictures - the stuff of nightmares!
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