agree that “virtually everyone” suffers from dandruff to some degree. So don’t feel bad, fellow nerds
. I have mild dandruff problems, and in my efforts to defeat that condition, stumbled upon a treasure trove
of a book called The Doctor’s Book of Home Remedies
. The tips and quotes below are derived from that book. I haven’t tried all of them, but have had some luck in banishing those unsightly
flakes of skin. I hope they work for you.
This is pretty self-explanatory. It is generally a good idea, even if you don’t suffer from dandruff.
Use dandruff shampoo.
There are different types of dandruff shampoo
– differentiated by their active ingredient
. The shampoos that contain selenium sulfide
or zinc pyrithione
slow down the multiplication
of scalp cells
and are reputed to produce the quickest result. Shampoos with salicylic acid
loosen dandruff flakes
so that they can be washed out easily. Antibacterial shampoos
, obviously, kill the bacteria on the scalp; this helps prevent infection
. And, finally, tar
-based shampoos slow down cell growth. The shampoo I use, which is a zinc pyrithione-based shampoo, doesn’t seem to be very effective
, but this is perhaps because my scalp has grown tolerant
to that particular type of shampoo (read on
Use tar-based formulas.
Lather with the shampoos, and then allow it to work by leaving it in for five to ten minutes. Tar shampoos, once infamous
for their objectionable odor, are apparently much more pleasant nowadays. Keep that in mind if the smell has put you off in the past. Quick note: if you have light-colored hair, (“blond
”) it probably isn’t a good idea to use a tar-based shampoo, inasmuch as they can leave a stain
A good strategy is to lather
your hair up as soon as you get in the shower and leave it in as you wash your body. After you’ve done that, rinse off, and then shampoo your hair again. I have found this to be temporarily
effective, but I think I need to switch shampoos. Another thing you can try is to lather up, and then put a shower cap
on. Most people don’t leave the shampoo in their hair long enough for it to do its work.
Change your shampoo every once in a while.
It’s a little known fact that your scalp can adapt
to the ingredients
found in your shampoo. It’s is a good idea, therefore, to change shampoos every few months.
For God’s sake, massage it in!
Make sure you actually TOUCH your scalp
when you’re shampooing. Massage
it gently with your fingertips. This helps loosen your flakes, and gets the shampoo to where it is needed – THE SCALP. You shouldn’t use your fingernails
– for obvious reasons.
The Thyme Treatment. Thyme
, apparently, has antiseptic
properties that help with your dandruff. Boil four tablespoons of dried thyme in two cups of water for ten minutes. Strain
it and let it cool. Pour half of it over your damp hair, making sure it gets to the scalp. Massage it in, but do not rinse. The remainder
can be used another day.
Don’t forget conditioner.
Dandruff shampoos aren’t great for your hair, so make sure you use conditioner
The Olive Oil Treatment.
This helps loosen dandruff flakes
. Heat a few ounces of olive oil
until it is warm. Wet your hair and apply the oil using a brush. Remember: you aren’t treating your hair, so try to get as much of the oil as possible onto the scalp. Leave it in for thirty minutes, and then wash it out using a dandruff shampoo.
Sunshine is good.
Try to pull yourself away from your PC
every once in a while and take a walk outside. “UV light has an anti-inflammatory
effect on scaly skin conditions.”
And, of course, realize that dandruff is, in part, caused by stress. Take it easy
. Kick back.
Thanks to CentrX and tribbel for the constructive critism. I have made some changes.