Forgiving readers, it is time for a painful admission: a paleo diet did not rid me of all physical ailments. I know, I know — remember to breathe, it's gonna be okay. The diagnosis isn't pretty: dry scalp. It's time to do something about it, and I need your help.
Here's the back story. The other day I got my hair cut, and Giovanni, my Peruvian barber, pointed it out: small white flakey stuff. (No itching though.) He recommended all sorts of products. Now look, I'm not much of a "product" guy, just by temperament. I use shampoo, and that's pretty much it. No conditioner. No 2-in-1 shampoo + conditioner. Occasionally, for more formal events, I'll use a small amount of some sort of gel / hold. But I don't use it often enough to affect my scalp. I wash my hair 5-6 times a week. I feel like my hair is too long to successfully pull off Richard Nikoley's no-shampoo experiment. (Maybe I'm wrong.) I use some sort of dry scalp shampoo with tar as the active ingredient — the CVS knock-off of the Neutrogena product. And let me tell you, it doesn't smell at all like flowers, fruit, or the Irish countryside in spring. Actually, strike that — it probably smells quite a bit like the Irish countryside in spring: a mix of damp earth, sheep manure, and gravel. I bet you didn't even know gravel had a smell. Well, it does. It smells like my shampoo. Actually, that's a brilliant idea for the scent of men's shampoo: Gravel, Mud, Old Leather. Anyhow…
Wise readers, what should I do? Giovanni recommended an $18 bottle of Aveda for Men. I gotta believe the readers of this blog can do better. Is it the frequency of shampooing? The type of shampoo? The presence of shampoo at all? The absence of a conditioner? The type of water I'm showering with? Is dandruff adaptive in the ancestral habitat? Do the Inuit have dry scalp? What about the Kitavans? Too much carbohydrate?? Too much endurance running? Should I wash my hair in raw milk? Should I go vegan? AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The world needs to know. I'd be grateful for your advice in the comments.
And please don't tell anyone, this is embarrassing enough as it is.