I have been struggling with an itchy scalp and dandruff for almost my entire adult life. I relied on anti-dandruff shampoo for over 10 years (on and off) to keep it under control! Upon diving into the science behind dandruff, I discovered that I was doing everything wrong. I was wrong about what causes it and I was definitely wrong about how to get rid of it. Through my research (and a little bit of trial and error), I finally learned how to get rid of my dandruff naturally and permanently. Buckle your seat-belt because these methods contradict most of the common beliefs out there about dandruff treatment!
What Really Causes Dandruff?
As I mentioned in my video, 20% of the people in the United States suffer from dandruff right now. Roughly 65% of the population will struggle with it at some point in their lifetime! Contrary to popular belief, dandruff is NOT caused by dry skin. The real cause is actually a fungus that feeds on oil. That is why most people with dandruff have oily hair. This fungus is not anything to worry about. We all have a healthy amount on our bodies. If you are suffering from dandruff, it just means that your natural balance has been affected. The solution is to restore it.
Why Traditional Treatments Don’t Work!
Using an anti-dandruff shampoo will remove the natural oils from your scalp that are essential to a maintaining that healthy balance. Your body will take notice and begin to produce even more oil to compensate. Complicating matters worse are the use of conditioners and styling products. They leave behind more oils to replace the natural ones that you just washed out. This cycle will lead to an oily breeding ground for the fungus that causes an itchy scalp and dandruff. Trust me; I blindly followed this routine for many years.
Anti-dandruff shampoos only work like a Band-Aid. They keep the fungus under control but they WON’T solve the underlying problems. Besides, the chemicals in these products are definitely not something that you want to expose your body to for an extended amount of time. It is simply not healthy.
How to Get Rid of Dandruff Permanently
Step 1: Use the correct shampoo
Stop using anti-dandruff shampoo immediately. Even normal shampoos contain harsh ingredients that are detrimental to the natural balance of your hair and scalp. The best thing you can do is switch to a proper organic shampoo. If you need a recommendation, here are the details about the one that I used to get rid of my dandruff quickly and permanently:
The product contains a combination of essential oils that:
- Treat for dandruff naturally at the source of the problem.
- Stimulate the healing mechanism of the skin to prevent a further buildup of dandruff scales
- Are rich in all-natural compounds Rosemary, Sage, Tea Tree, and Spikenard essential oils
- Activate the skin metabolism
- Have powerful anti-fungal properties
- Balance the sebum (oil) production of the hair glands
- Relieves scalp itching
- Are free of parabens, phthalates, fragrances and sulfates.
- Reduce dead skin cell shedding and stimulates cell renewal.
- I have also read that these exact ingredients are also commonly used to stop thinning hair and hair loss!
Mixing your own natural anti-dandruff shampoo
Here is a recipe for the DIY folks out there! The initial investment will be more expensive but in the long run, it will end up saving you money. At this stage of my life I just find it easier to buy the sage shampoo mentioned above. However, this is pretty fun project to do yourself (in a science experiment sort of way)!
Step 2: Reduce Shampooing Frequency
Stop washing your hair every day. Cut back to 3 times per week immediately. After a week or two, reduce it to 1-2 times per week. 2 times per week seems to be the optimal frequency for me. Give your body a little bit of time to adjust. Eventually, you will notice monumental improvements in the health and appearance of your hair and scalp.
Step 3: Take the Polar bear plunge?
Not quite. However, rinsing with cold water is a very simple yet effective way to fight dandruff and improve the health of your hair. I find it rather difficult to take an entire shower in cold water. Therefore, In the beginning of my shower, I indulge in hot steamy water. When it is time to wet my hair, I reduce it to cool. After lathering, I rinse my head in cold water. Make it as cold as you can tolerate. This will close the hair cuticles and skin pores, keeping out foreign materials that cause damage to your scalp and hair. You will also notice immediate improvements in the softness and shininess of your hair!
Step 4: Healthy styling products
In addition to getting rid of dandruff, this method will drastically improve the health and appearance of your hair. The less that natural oil is stripped from your hair, the less you will need styling products. However, many people will still require a quality styling product. These are the two that I would recommend. They are fantastic products on their own. They also happen to be the best selections for individuals that are prone to dandruff.
Natural DIY Recipe for the best anti-dandruff shampoo
This is a very simple process. The majority of the work involved is gathering the ingredients. To assist you in the process, here is a link to a shopping list that I compiled courtesy of Amazon.com. You can quickly select which items you want and get them at their lowest prices.
8 ounces of Dr. Woods Pure Castile Soap (with tea tree and rosemary)
5 drops of Sage Essential Oil
5 drops of Spikenard Essential Oil
½ tsp Jojoba oil
Mix the ingredients together and allow time for them to set. Piece of cake!
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