I have a confession to make: even though I'm a beauty editor and supposedly have my entire beauty routine together (false), I have serious scalp issues. Hiding underneath my gorgeous Afro is a dandruff-laden epidermis. I know what it's like to fear wearing black clothing or braided hairstyles, knowing those white flakes may be revealed. There have been numerous occasions when I got caught brushing my shoulders off — and I mean dandruff, not the dance move. My flaky scalp especially seems to flare up during the colder months thanks to dry indoor air.
At first, I thought I could ease the itching with at-home remedies like tea tree oil and apple cider vinegar, but then I spotted the Head & Shoulders in my grandparents' shower. So, I realized, having a scaly scalp runs in the family (thanks dad!). My situation required professional intervention.
I talked to Elizabeth Cunnane Phillips, a trichologist at the Philip Kingsley Clinic, to get the answers to my dandruff questions. After a few months of product testing and with help from my dermatologist, I can honestly report the itch is gone. No more running home to have a good scalp scratch or clearing the bathroom vanity of flakes for me! Keep scrolling to shop the top antidandruff shampoos on the market now (including my favorite from Phyto), and get the dish on how to fix the itch.