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How to Combat Dandruff

Avatar • Nov 27, 2011

Click here for part 1: The causes of dandruff.

via MayoClinic.com

If you’ve shampooed faithfully for several weeks and there’s still a dusting of dandruff on your shoulders, talk to your doctor or dermatologist. You may need a prescription-strength shampoo or treatment with a steroid lotion.

In addition to regular shampooing, you can take steps to reduce your risk of developing dandruff:

Learn to manage stress

Stress affects your overall health, making you susceptible to a number of conditions and diseases. It can even help trigger dandruff or worsen existing symptoms.

Shampoo often

If you tend to have an oily scalp, daily shampooing may help prevent dandruff.
Cut back on styling products. Hair sprays, styling gels, mousses and hair waxes can all build up on your hair and scalp, making them oilier.

Eat a healthy diet

A diet that provides enough zinc, B vitamins and certain types of fats may help prevent dandruff.

Get a little sun

Sunlight may be good for dandruff. But because exposure to ultraviolet light damages your skin and increases your risk of skin cancer, don’t sunbathe. Instead, just spend a little time outdoors. And be sure to wear sunscreen on your face and body.

One alternative therapy that seems to reduce dandruff is daily shampooing with tea tree oil. Tea tree oil, which comes from the leaves of the Australian tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia), has been used for centuries as an antiseptic, antibiotic and antifungal agent. It’s now included in a number of shampoos found in natural foods stores. The oil may cause allergic reactions in some people.

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Shampooing often (every 5–7 days) as well as doing the ocassional coconut oil/tea tree EO/peppermint EO scalp pre-poo helps keep the flakes away. I also don’t co-wash or grease/oil my scalp.

In addition, Shea Moisture African Black Soap Shampoo is great for the scalp–It has lot’s of natural ingredients that promote scalp health (tea tree EO, neem oil, etc) as well as salicylic acid. If you try it, make sure to pre-poo beforehand and focus on the scalp–it’s a clarifying shampoo and can be a bit drying on the strands.

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ACV rinses help as well. I usually use a water/ACV/tea tree EO/peppermint EO mix.

Godiva
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Godiva

That has been the only thing that has worked for me!! ACV is effective and CHEAP!

KB
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I shampoo with Aveda Scalp Benefits shampoo every 7–10 days. Every night I spray my hair and scalp with a mix of aloe vera juice, rosewater, sweet almond oil, along with tea tree, rosemary, and peppermint essential oils. I think keeping my scalp clean and the daily spritzing has really helped. I do co-wash occasionally but I keep it to a minimum– once a week in the summer and rarely in the winter just to get the sweat off my scalp without drying my hair, since I attend hot yoga 2–3x a week. The Aveda shampoo is sulfate-free but shampooing… Read more »

Jack
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Jack

I agree with mangomadness, not greasing or putting other products on my scalp help with my dandruff. That’s one of the reasons why I stay away from mineral oil and petrolatum containing products.

Sophie Ann
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Sophie Ann

Daily shampooing really does not sound appealing. We all know how much Afro-hair gets dry so easily, and the drier it gets, the easier it breaks off. I would love a method that does not involve washing so often.

Starr
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I rinse with a rosemary tea rinse that I make by boiling/seeping fresh rosemary leaves. Whenever I feel an itch, I rinse with that and use it as a daily spray. The biggest thing for me was realizing that my scalp needed to be rinsed at least 2x a week.

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Ayo

I have a condition called sebhorrheic dermatitis of the scalp and it is the worst in the winter. I went to a dermatologist and was prescribed a steroid oil that does help with the flaking and itching, however it costs an arm and a leg, and it causes me to break out leaving my face so greasy and it weighs down my hair. Looking online I have read about vinegar rinses that help as well as using sulfate free shampoos and conditioner. I have bought a shampoo over the counter that helps deal with the condition I have, and I… Read more »

Ce Ce
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Ce Ce

I also have seborrhea dermatitis and I have dealt with the condition for over 4 years now. I did go to the dermatologist but I found that the prescribed cortesteroid cream did not help. I tried the prescribed shampoos and even rotated over the counter shampoos. My scalp was more irritated than ever. The prescribed shampoos and creams dried out my hair. My hair just would not grow. Then, one day I was shopping in Target and I discovered Shea Moisture Deep Cleansing African Black soap shampoo and conditioner. My scalp improved by 100% This was 2 summers ago and… Read more »

Ayo
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Ayo

Thank you so much! I was just diagnosed with the condition in March…and it has been rough. I will definitely check out target for the products you mentioned!

Mel
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Mel

+1

Thank you for the extra info.

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MrsCottonCurls

I’ve suffered with dandruff all my life (my dad & sister have it as well) and since going natural 4 years ago, nothing has changed. It has gotten a little better, especially in the summer months, but I’m still not happy. I wash my hair with Giovanni 50:50 or Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa every Sunday and sometimes I co-wash midweek if needed. But I’m definitely going to try the tea tree & peppermint EO prepoo described by mangomadness and the daily hair spritz with tea tree/peppermint/rosemary EO described by KB. Thanks for the info ladies!
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jeleane
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jeleane

I use ORIGINAL tgel shampoo wash weekly sometimes biweekly had dandruff problems at young age when natural and now with a perm I grease my scalp with rosemary mint grease been good so far

babs
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babs

I was just dx with seborrhic dermatitis by dermotologist. He rx’ d me some generic nizoral 1× wkly & triamcinolone lotion to my scalp area every 2 days. The itching seems to have stopped some & i have not noticed any of the oily flaky stuff… so wish me luck. Noticed that these posts are 2 years old…its now 2013..anybody still out there??

LaMetria Dunn
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LaMetria Dunn

I was diagnosed with scalp psoriasis about 3 years ago and i find that Neutrogena Scalp build-up shampoo helps! Everything i was prescribed dried my hair out or just didnt work, i just recently started using Shea Moisture African black soap line and i do like it but i feel that its not strong enough especially now since it is cold out. I also started doing the ACV rinse which i really found helpful and as well as using Tea tree oil…not the hollywood beauty kind. This condition is really stressful at times but it can always be a lot… Read more »

Darlyn
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Darlyn

Ever since I’ve started washing my hair with baking soda and apple cider vinegar, I haven’t had any dandruff.

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