If you’ve been following my journey you’ll know that I recently experienced a bad case of dandruff, and when I say “bad” case, I mean the kind of dandruff that makes you want to squirm, the kind you do certain styles in order to hide the issue and avoid other styles in case it might reveal a whole different story you don’t want anyone to know about.
As annoying as dandruff can be, it’s one situation that most people encounter at some point or another. However, I’ve also learnt that even though it’s so common, it doesn’t stop anyone from harbouring feelings of embarrassment and helplessness so obviously the quicker you can deal with it, the better for the health of your scalp, and let’s not forget, your sanity as well. So if dandruff is something you happen to be experiencing or even if you know it’s something you’re prone to every now and again, here are a few products that have worked for me and are worth giving a try.
Selsun contains selenium sulphide which is a chemical compound consisting of selenium and sulphur. This compound works as an active anti-infective ingredient that gets rid of dandruff, flaking and itching. As far as I know there are two types of Selsun shampoo – Selsun 2.5 and Selsun blue. If you have just a touch of dandruff, Selsun blue should do the job, however, if you have a lot of dandruff, Selsun 2.5 – in the grey and yellow packaging – is the one you’ll need. Used twice a week for two weeks (four washes), it should remedy the situation soon enough.
When applying the product, I suggest leaving it on the scalp for ten to fifteen minutes under a shower cap rather than rinsing it out immediately, just so you let it do its job. This product is a tried and trusted one for me, I’ve used it on more than one occasion even before I went natural, however, I must mention that it can be quite harsh on the hair and causes dryness so there are two options when using this particular shampoo – either coat the strands of your hair with oil or conditioner before applying the product or go without and just condition the heck out of your hair right afterwards.
Aloe vera juice and apple cider vinegar
Aloe vera juice and apple cider vinegar are both known for having anti-bacterial properties, balancing the PH of the scalp, treating fungus and reducing build up. It is not by mistake that I placed them together…they’re great on their own, however, put together they’re a bomb formula like no other. Mix 250ml of water, 2 ½ tablespoons of aloe vera juice and 2 ½ tablespoons of ACV in a spritz bottle and spray the mixture onto your scalp, making sure to leave it on for 40-50 minutes before rinsing it out. I personally use it while detangling my hair as well as it provides just the right amount of slip.
Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil is known as one of the best antifungal agents when it comes to treating scalp conditions such as dandruff, dry scalp and cradle cap. It kills bacteria, unclogs hair follicles and regulates excess oils on the scalp. This is one essential oil you don’t want to use if you’ve been scratching your scalp non-stop as it will cause a burning sensation which later leads to scabs on the scalp and only makes a frustrating situation even more uncomfortable. It’s also best not to use it on its own as it can be drying, rather pair it with other anti-bacterial carrier oils like coconut oil, castor oil, grapeseed oil, jojoba oil or sweet almond oil.
When it comes to treating the scalp, it’s always best to try out as many remedies as you can before calling it quits or resorting to dire measures. However, if dandruff still persists after trying these products out, it’s best to consult a dermatologist who can treat the cause. Wishing you a happy, healthy fro and scalp!