Help I have Dandruff!

on Jan 23, 2012 @ 10:58 pm

I have never had dandruff before, but I am guessing because of the combination of the winter and dry weather, my scalp has been so itchy and dry.
I am going to the pharmacy tomorrow and was going to pick up one of those anti-dandruff shampoos. Does any one have a good/bad experience with any of them?

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Me too on Feb 10, 2012 @ 04:28 pm

Hi i hav had an itchy and dry scalp for some time now and i see flakes of dandruff before i wash my hair and after, i have tried almost everything so far but still have the occasion itchy head and flakes. i have tried washing my hair after a week because i thought i had a really dry scalp but that made it worse, so i tried washing twice a week or whenever it felt oily at the top of my head and that has reduced the itchy feel. I have tried psoriasis shampoo, head and shoulders, selsun blue, herbal essence and none have worked, Pantene has kept my hair int he best condition and conditioner makes it better. using shampoos that are too strong or that strip ur hair tooo clean make it worse since my hair feels even more super dry than before and my scalp gets so itchyy. I tried a herbal remedy in which you warm coconut oil and soak a cotton ball in it and pat ur scalp all over with the coconut oil leave on for 2 hours or over night if possible (wrap ur head or put on a plastic shower cap when you sleep) and rinse with shampoo thoroughly in the morning, this has reduced my dandruff dry scalp and itchyness but is a hassle to do it every other night but so far i have seeen results. I have 2other things left to try: the dandruff shampoo called Nizoral ( you can get it from drugstores) and my vietnamese friend recommended to me tree tea oil and shampoo ( which i know you can get from shoppers drugmart not sure where else they would have it) If you do find ur cure please let me know or post back on this forum, perhaps i could get some help too


depends on the severity and the cause on Feb 10, 2012 @ 05:21 pm

Some people have chronic problems with dandruff or even psoriasis on their scalp, while others just have occasional issues. It sounds like you are one of the occasional sufferers.

In that case, I'd suggest you start with good ol' Head and Shoulders. My hubby uses this from time to time and when I'm out of my usual shampoo I will sometimes use this. Despite being an anti-dandruff shampoo, H & S has really pulled up their socks lately and you would never know it's a dandruff shampoo. I'd say it's quite comparable to many other drugstore brands and you can get it for different hair types now.

Expect it to take a couple of days to clear up, and if you still have it after a few days, you should try something stronger.

Sometimes you just think you have dandruff, but what you really have is mega buildup. It appears to flake, is itchy like crazy and won't really go away until you use a clarifying shampoo. Many brands have clarifying lines, but I like Neutrogena's version. Just know that if you colour your hair, clarifying shampoos tend to strip the colour faster. That's why you should only use it once or twice and then go back to your regular shampoo. It's a good idea to use a clarifying shampoo perhaps 1x per month or as needed. More often than that will be a little too harsh for your hair.

keep us posted!

Go to a dermatologist ... on Feb 11, 2012 @ 05:47 pm

don't mess around with trying to figure it out yourself, then end up buying a ton of stuff.

I got a bag of free samples and a Rx strength shampoo to use whenever I need it. It was worth the co-pay and the price of the Rx which was cheaper that some of the shampoos on the shelves. Also I use Wen hair care products and I find that it has made a big difference in my hair and scalp overall.

If you think it could be product buildup on your scalp then just mix a little baking soda in with your normal shampoo- clarifying shampoos strip your hair and scalp of natural and needed oils which you seem to need right now. Let us know how you make out.

tips on Feb 13, 2012 @ 12:18 am

Phyto has some great products for dandruff. Among them a mix of essential oilf too soother and exfoliate the scalp. Also, try rinsing hair with a mixture of apple cider vinegar and water. It'll balance out oh levels of scalp.

I figured it out on May 16, 2014 @ 12:22 am

It has been a long time since I have been able to get back on here to post, however I have finally figured out what my problem was, I had an overgrowth of yeast or sebum on my scalp that if left unwashed would cause dandruff (itchy dandruff that I would pick out of my fingernails and examine, it smelled and had a yellowy-white clumped look). So I washed my hair everyday, however it would then itch and get dry and flaky due to dryness. Harsh shampoos seem to make the dryness worse and warm-hot water make it worse too. I wash my hair and scalp with apple cider vinegar and water once a month to keep pH level balanced and massage coconut oil once every 2 weeks when i can on weekends and leave it overnight or for a few hrs and then shampoo and wash it all out. My dry scalp is no longer dry, i shampoo everyday if i sweat or its really hot or every other day during winter so it doesnt become too dry, the apple cider vinegar helps with keeping my scalp clean and pH in balance so no yeast or extra sebum becomes problematic and the coconut oil (or almond oil) keeps my scalp well moisturized enough to not cause flakes due to dryness. I am so glad i found a combination of things that work :) Mostly i noticed not washing hair frequently enough was a major cause of extra dead skin cells that mixed with sebum and caused dandruff.

Apple Cider Vinegar on May 20, 2014 @ 03:29 pm

I had heard of this before and forgot all about it. Apple Cider vinegar is fantastic for so many things. I too get that yellow-white buildup on my scalp after sweating, I used to use a product called Sea Breeze, but haven't been able to find it in years. It was fabulous, after shampooing you spritzed some into your hair, massaged it into the scalp and your "dandruff" problem was solved plus your hair felt so smooth and shiny. I will now try your Apple Cider vinegar cure. Thank you for the heads up!

Kate Russell
dont work :( on May 26, 2014 @ 08:40 am

the shampo's actually don't work on my type of hairs :(

Best way to get rid of dandruff on Jun 11, 2014 @ 04:42 pm

COCONUT OIL, rubbing it into your scalp will help hydrate it and prevent dandruff :)

Treat dandruff naturally on Jun 25, 2014 @ 12:56 am

Hi there,nobody likes dry itchy scalp.its just so irritating.You can make a mixture of greek yogurt or just plain yogurt and brown sugar and apply it on your scalp generously.leave it for 20 mins and wash with water first and use any shampoo & can also apply hot coconut oil and then use hot towel for 20 mins to steam.wash afterwards.I hope these tips will be helpful.

Thanks Deepika82 on Jun 25, 2014 @ 10:16 am

I like your hints, had heard about the yogurt but was unsure how exactly to use it. I for one will give it a try, it should also condition the hair at the same time. Thanks a bunch.

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