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A Quick Tip About Dandruff

Who knew that you’re likely to get dandruff when your hair is oily? I thought it was something that occurred in dry or dirty hair with an unhealthy scalp. Yet, according to Dr. David Kingsley (Ph.D. and trichologist), you can help reduce unsightly flakes by soaking a cotton ball in mint mouthwash and rubbing it on the affected areas. Do this when your hair is dry to absorb white specks and even some of the oil.

It is also a good idea to use a dandruff shampoo once a week until your scalp calms down and re-balances. I never would have thought about this, but hey, why not try it? Do you have any special dandruff-stopping tricks to share?


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DCStar DCStar 9 years
Use a tea-tree oil shampoo and lightly scrub it into your scalp. Leave on for five minutes. This always helps me, but I have more of an irritated scalp rather than dandruff.
roxtarchic roxtarchic 9 years
tea tree oil & apple cider vinegar helped me... but just the first few times i've used it... neem oil seems to have helped me for a longer amount of time. I like aveda... didnt like the biolage scalp therapie (made me super greasy) and I'm going to have to give the seaweed a try!!!! i've found that for me... anything w/pyrithicone zinc makes me a grease bomb... and a rrrrrreally great shampoo is tea tree triple treat by giavanni (can get it in whole foods and online) it's an organic botanical line... i like it better than paul mitchell's tea tree... you get more of a tingle and it's really very cleaning w/out being stripping (i dont even need a conditioner sometimes)!
heineken67 heineken67 9 years
A blast from a cool blow dryer is a great way to get the flakes out when you're primping and don't have time to wash your hair. Might not work if you have a severe problem though.
mrsmiller mrsmiller 9 years
neutrogena t-gel shampoos always worked for me in the past.
vinigrette vinigrette 9 years
Tea tree oil works because it has anti-fungal properties. Most dandruff is caused by fungus.. I was surprised to learn that!
akroque91 akroque91 9 years
It's simple and quick. Thanx for the advice.
dukegirl dukegirl 9 years
I like these products: Dr. Hauschka's Neem Hair Oil. Rene Furterer's Hair and Scalp Treatment (especially Complexe 5 used with Karite Oil) Rene Furterer's Melaleuca Deep-Cleansing Spray Sephora has some Rene Furterer About applying mint mouthwash with a cotton ball, I wonder if you could do the same thing with tea tree oil?
Arias101 Arias101 9 years
why mint?
janeeyrehead janeeyrehead 9 years
I've always had dandruff issues resulting from an oily scalp, but I've recently discovered Biolage's Scalptherapie line with mint and now can't live without it. I've also had good results from the Frederic Fekkai Apple Cider shampoo, and I've heard good things about the Paul Mitchell Tea Tree line. The mouthwash trick sounds odd, but if it works....
Bearwoman Bearwoman 9 years
Aveda, seaweed, neem oil and apple cider vinegar. Have to try these. Thanks guys! B.t.w. Head and Shoulders is all that has ever worked for me in the shampoo department and I hate it! It makes my scalp extra oily, learned just now that oiliness makes the dandruff worse, and my ends become really dry and split. We're talking helmet hair for the first half of the day and butter hair for the second. Again: Thanks guys. I'll try your advice.
nals33 nals33 9 years
I'll have to try this one day. [Do you think Vanilla Mint will work alright??]
L0neLyHeArT L0neLyHeArT 9 years
Thanks for the suggestion, I have really bad and oily scalp. I'm going to have to try this.
luluroller luluroller 9 years
When I was younger I had embarrassing and terrible dandruff. At the time my mother's hairdresser was also a chemist and he told her to give me two kelp pills a day (yes, seaweed, but you can't taste it and you can get it in tablet form at any health food store). It completely eliminated my dandruff (I took them for 6 months or so) and now whenever I see any sign of itchy scalp I take them for two weeks or so and it TOTALLY WORKS.
foxie foxie 9 years
I've had dandruff my entire life. No shampoo (I've tried TONS) has ever made much of a difference. The only thing that seems to help me is soaking my scalp with apple cider vinegar for about 15 minutes before I shower.
chasingjamie chasingjamie 9 years
I have the worst dandruff ever that never seems to go away, and the boyfriend does too. We'll have to try this :)
meerkat meerkat 9 years
Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Special Shampoo and Scalp Treatment!
brittanyk brittanyk 9 years
Anytime I get dandruff I just use Head and Shoulders. Over the past couple years they've tried really hard to improve the line. They have a ton of different shampoos and conditioners that aren't just strictly for dandruff anymore.
roxtarchic roxtarchic 9 years
organic neem oil works wonders
erinflower erinflower 9 years
I have found that harsh shampoos irritate my scalp as well. I use burt's bees and have seen a huge improvement.
chancleta chancleta 9 years
scalp remedy by aveda? thanks for the advice!
scissorz scissorz 9 years
i love love love the scalp remedy by aveda -- it is a product you apply after the shower so it stays on your scalp all day long. a lot of dandruff shampoos will dry you out (like on your ends) so its not always the best choice. my boyfriend has psoriasis and scalp remedy is the only thing that will cure his scalp when it gets flakey!
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