yeah, same I've always had the same thing, to various degrees. I've recently been diagnosed with seb derm. Basically inflammation and overproduction of oil as a response to yeast on the scalp. what is currently working for me: I'm using a shampoo containing salicylic acid. (called Sebitar... It kinda stinks) the salicylic acid is actually able to penetrate the follicles and break down the sebum that does indeed suffocate hairs. I have seen a DRAMATIC decrease in these balls in just 2 weeks of use. It used to be that I could run my hand through my hair and find these clogs. Every time I scratched one; a hair or 2 would come out. Now I can't physically feel any, although I still shed 4 or 5 of these hairs per day. I assume (as hair has about a 2 month lag between dying and falling) it should be a month or so before I see much difference in shed count. Baby steps. another thing I am trying is once or twice weekly application of a topical anti fungal cream. Monnistat to be exact. Haha. Not sure if its working yet, but I figured it can't hurt.