I’ll keep this short, looking for advice:
I have really bad dandruff and it’s embarrassing that it constantly gets on my shirt collar and shoulders. Constantly brushing it off at work. I’ve tried head and shoulders and that didn’t work, all the home remedies I’ve read about have people advocating for and against so I’m always conflicted on what to do, anyone have any solid advice? Mid 20’s male medium-short hair. I have thick hair btw but I’d ideally like to stop the flaking of the scalp not shave my head. :(
I’ll keep this short, looking for advice:
- I had a fungal infection called sebborheic dernatitis. Dermatologist gave me an over the counter shampoo and it worked.
- So here is the thing. You do not need to wash your hair every day. Fuck, you probably don't need to wash it with shampoo more often than once every couple of weeks. Everyday shampoo and conditioner nonese is marketing brainwashing you were conditioned to believe. Your head gets oily because you wash it every day, drying out your scalp which then needs to suplement oil to keep your nugget's skin balance. Throw all of that shit away and let your skin recover. Wash it with warm (not hot) water. Occasionally use the simplest soap you can buy like vanicream. Do you have any other skin problems? What do you eat?
- See a dermatologist. That is probably your best shot at a solution. My husband had a similar issue around that age. For him it helped to keep his hair short and completely cleared up after we moved to a dryer climate.
- Intuit cLAY64Sounds like paralysis by analysis. My advice, your hair will react differently than others. Set up a controlled experiment, use a spreadsheet to track and then start running through the list of remedies to see what works for you. It’ll take some time to show results so give each test 2 weeks to 1 month.
My personal recommendation is coconut oil. But just try and see what works.
- New / Eng javaislifemoreGo to dr ask for prescription grade anti dandruff works good but will dry out your hair
- One thing I don’t understand is if I spend one night with a comb and my nails scratching and I remove a LARGE amount of dead skin, it never seems to stop in that one sitting, I’ll take a shower and the next day it’s as if it has “reloaded” extremely demoralizing.
- The RealReal RealBougieHi OP,
Real talk from someone who has gone through this for years due to hormonal changes and also have thick hair.
Many of the suggestions above stink. Literally. Tea tree is irritating. Any coal tar extract shampoo might work for a while but has a really unappealing odor. Nizoral works initially but then fails. Others - same thing rinse and repeat. you can get in a terrible cycle of using something until it fails and then switching to the next. It’s a lot of work.
Dermatologist will prescribe an unscented shampoo with 2% ketoconazole. This will seriously work and cost about $10 per small bottle if you have insurance. Sometimes you can find shampoos on Amazon with it.
BUT... if you want to skip all the experiments and time wasting...
Here’s the next best thing to a physician’s advice... go to SEPHORA and find all the serums and shampoo made by the brand Living Proof. This is the godsend... smells good and will fix your issues. The serum and leave-in is moisturizing for thick hair so your scalp will not dry out and fall apart. They cost more but last and repair better.
Hope this helps. I wish they produced these products years ago!!
- I hear sheep dung helps. If you are hell bent on not seeing a doctor, might as well try it
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- Uber ysgrvh/(ghAny shampoo with Apple cider vinegar. eg: Shea Moisture Sheamoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil
- Houzz MerT45Try applying curd atleast once a week. And take a shower about 20-30 minutes after that. The advantage here is that it will help keep your hair soft and get rid of dandruff as well.
Try doing this for about 4 weeks and you will start seeing results. Another way is to use a diluted mixture of lemon juice and water (2:3) and apply it before shower for 20 mins.
- Amazon hermitI m in a similar boat. Went to a derm and got diagnosed with sebherric dermatitis. You can only manage it as there is no cure for it. What helped me was to keep my hair short and regularly moisturize my scalp with cetaphil. That did the trick. No annoying flakes for the last 8 months!
- GoDaddy / Data Zeus09moreDon’t go with random choices, see a physician - he/she is the best resource about next steps. I had this problem recently and I’m recovered from it now after visiting my physician and following what she recommended. Btw, Selsen blue worked for me (had to wash hair daily for a week)