Battling Psoriatic Arthritis with a Magical Shampoo

Two years ago I was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis.

It all started right after Caroline was born.

I knew something was wrong when I started to feel like I had the flu every afternoon about 5 o’clock. I would lie in the bed with fever and chills, teeth chattering and bones aching, wondering what the HECK was wrong with me. Combine all of that with a heaping helping of postpartum depression and I was truly not well there for a while.

After months of debilitating issues, lots of doctor appointments and bloodwork I finally got a tentative Psoriatic arthritis diagnosis. I say tentative because all signs pointed to Rheumatoid arthritis until I showed him a patch of psoriasis behind my ear. At that point he decided it was likely Psoriatic arthritis and we started treating it as such.

The disease affects my joints and gives me severe fatigue but it also has affects my hair in super unexpected ways. The psoriasis started with one tiny patch of dry scalp right at the nape of my neck, but eventually it spread so that it goes all the way around my right ear and down to the back of my head.

The joint issues and fatique are awful, but the scalp issues are friggin annoying.

It burns. It itches. And it’s just plain embarrassing to deal with.

I have literally tried every resource I could find online plus FOUR prescriptions from my dermatologist to help control the scalp psoriasis. Those four prescriptions did nothing for me. The methotrexate that my rheumatologist gave me isn’t helping it, either.

I tried everything I could find on Google and Pinterest to help clear up psoriasis– Hemp oil, Castille soap, T-Gel, even my own mixture of essential oils that I bottled up and labeled “Beth’s Hair Tonic”. Annnnd nope. Nada. Nothing. There was an herbal shampoo called Sorion that did help a little but it didn’t eliminate it entirely.

Literally nothing worked and I just had to live with it…

Until one day when I was sitting in my hairdresser’s chair and stumbled across a post on my facebook feed about a company called MONAT. I showed it to my hairdresser, Hayley, and asked her opinion. She has been all up in my hair for the past 10 years, so I trust her opinion completely.

Hayley said “It’s funny you should mention it. I’m actually hosting a MONAT Wash & Wine at my salon this weekend, but I don’t really know much about it.”

So, I immediately went on a Googling spree and gave us both a crash course in MONAT as I sat in her chair. Everything I read left me saying “WOW!” There were TONS of these testimonials from folks who were eliminating their scalp psoriasis and balding people who were regrowing their hair…

The more I read, the more I was seriously impressed by these products. That weekend I attended the Wash & Wine and I was COMPLETELY SOLD. I signed up to become a MONAT Market Partner and waited eagerly for my magical shampoo to arrive.

That was a month ago, and I am officially joining the ranks of people online who are sharing their successful MONAT testimonies. I feel like I’ve given it plenty of time to test it out before blogging about it. You know that I do not share things on my blog unless I 100% love them, so this post is a big deal.

Here’s how I FINALLY stopped my psoriasis in it’s tracks.

One weekend when I wasn’t gonna be seen in public, I applied the MONAT Rejuvenique Oil ALL over the inflamed areas of my scalp. I used nearly a full dropper of it and let it sit on there all night long.  Then, when I woke up the next day, I washed my hair with Renew Shampoo and Revitalize conditioner.

And I kid you not… my psoriasis literally disappeared overnight, y’all. OVERNIGHT. WHAT??

Just ONE application of this miracle oil and it cleared right up.

Now, I’m not claiming that it is curing it.

I have to reapply one drop of the oil every day (just one drop, not an entire dropper full) to keep the psoriasis in check. If I skip a few days, it will come right back, so I have to stay on top of it. But this Rejuvenique oil is totally working when NOTHING else did. Four, nope… FIVE prescriptions and a boatload of products did nothing to touch it.

But MONAT sure did.

And before you ask….. nope, I do not have any before and after photos of my psoriasis to show you guys because I have a firm “No Grody Photos Allowed” rule here on my blog.  I just ain’t doin it.

I do, however, have this….

That, my friends, is a dang miracle.

And, as a nice side bonus, my hair is totally smoking hot, y’all!

I am 40 years old and two years postpartum, and my hair looks like it did when I was a teenager!

Now anyone who has had kids knows that postpartum hair is a CRAZY HOT MESS. My hair went absolutely nuts after both of my kids were born, but the second one was really bad. It was dry and frizzy and never looked good, no matter how much effort I put into it.  Once I started using the MONAT  Hydration system on it?? It’s like I found the fountain of youth in a bottle.

I’m the world’s worst at taking before and after photos, but here is proof of what I’m saying.  I teach a “Tip Tuesday” via Facebook Live inside my Lightroom FB group each week.  Here is the evolution of my hair from July to September when I switched to MONAT products.

YOU GUYS.

WHAT IS THIS HAIR SORCERY???

Can y’all see the difference in my hair? And I seriously thought I looked GOOD in July. Like, that was the month I taught at the Haven Conference in Atlanta. I cannot even believe the difference in my hair over these last few months. Here are a few more pics so you can see how it’s looking these days.

Not only am I the world’s worst at before and after photos… I also HATE taking selfies unless my kids are in the photo with me. Instead here’s a tiny picture of me from the other day when I met cropped out Annie Sloan. 😉

And here’s another screen shot from a facebook class.

I know what you’re thinking…


I’ll get right on that. 😉 I need to set up my camera on a timer and snap some real pics of this mane, cuz ladies… it is looking GREAT. I am totally in love with everything MONAT is offering.

I bet you will, too.

If you or someone else in your life needs these products, please comment on this post or send me an email!

I’m happy to help you figure out which MONAT hair care system can work for you.

PS- Come back to the blog tomorrow for an even better MONAT testimony that will totally blow your mind!

 

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  1. I need to give you a message jingle. I’m as good as getting right on that as you are on selfies, but I will get around to it.

  2. I haven’t read thru the comments (getting my boy off to school) but is this product available in Canada?? My good friend has PA (I have RA so she and I always compare notes) and her psoriasis is out of control on her head and I’d love to be able to suggest something else to try!

    So happy this has worked for you – one doesn’t always realize how the affects of these diseases can be so debilitating! Yes, it’s hair but when everything hurts, sometimes a good hair day makes you feel normal!

    • YES! It is only available in US and Canada right now. I’d love to talk to your friend and see if we can find her a solution to help. You can email me at bethcbryan@gmail.com or drop another comment here.

      And you are SO right– Good hair makes everything in life feel better. 😀

  3. I will definitely be back tomorrow for your next post, but I’m very intrigued. I’ve dealt with scalp psoriasis for probably 20 years now and while I can mostly keep it in check with T/Gel, if I run out, then the flare-ups aren’t fun. I, too, am postpartum (6 months tomorrow) and in the past month have been really unhappy with my hair. I live in NC and my hair and humidity are lifelong enemies, but I’ve had to live with that situation and do what I can to keep the frizz at bay. My hair can be described with all F words: fine, flat, frizzy. Definitely not a good combo.

    Can’t wait to read tomorrow’s testimony!

    Stephanie

    • Those F words are totally something MONAT can tackle! I’ve got lots of before and after pictures of fine, flat and frizzy hair here in this album if you wanna check it out:

      And wow! 20 years!? Bless you, my friend. I tried to use T-Gel but the smell!? It’s like rolling around on a railroad tie! LOL I can’t stand it. But the MONAT Rejuvenique oil smells like lemons and it is literally an overnight fix for me. I was amazed.

      Please come back tomorrow and read about my friend Leslie’s hair, but today’s post will probably impact you more. 😉

      If you are interested in becoming a customer, click here for more info about joining the VIP customer program vs. becoming a Market Partner. I’d love to help you figure out how to get some drop-dead gorgeous hair! 😉

    • Oh whoops– I forgot to link up the MONAT Testimonials Before and After photo album!

  4. First, let me say that I have been keeping up with your hair transformations, and you have a gorgeous head of hair now! But I’m so happy that you’ve found something that has worked for your psoriasis. I didn’t know you were going through all of that. We could have traded stories about getting on methotrexate! I have an auto-immune disease that affects my eyes and luckily, the medication has put me in remission. My sister-in-law desperately needs these products. She has spend so much money on prescription products, doctors, etc. to treat her psoriasis.

    • Oh Jane, it’s awful, isn’t it? I try not to complain about it too much because that doesn’t do much good, but it’s been a major ordeal in my life since Caroline was born. I’m thankful to have found this Rejuvenique oil to help my psoriasis and the shampoo to bring back my teenage hair! 🙂

      Please send your SIL my personal email and tell her she can reach out to me with any questions. bethcbryan@gmail.com

      If she wants to look at how to order, Click here to read the benefits of becoming a VIP Customer vs a Market Partner!

      PS- Thanks so much for your sweet compliments! 🙂

  5. Gwen Moses says:

    I have been hearing about this products, but seeing and hearing your words have really impressed me. Where do you find it? Thanks

  6. I would love some info on this!! I have been suffering from psoriasis since I was was a kid (so nearly 20 years) and dozens of shampoos and prescriptions later I’ve still found nothing that gets rid of it even temporarily! I have cremes that semi-take care of my neck area and around my ears, but it’s so hard to get the scalp area that is covered by my massaive amounts of hair lol

  7. Marie Valum says:

    I would love to receive more info on MONAT! I too have had psoriasis for years and tried prescriptions and over the counter products without much success. Looking forward to trying this product!

  8. Hi Beth, would love to hear more about regrowth–at 60 my hair has started thinning and it’s freaking me out. My sister actually has a bald area that we think may be from her lupus, but not entirely sure. Either way, would love to know if it helps grow hair back!

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