RT Cunningham


How to Get Rid of Common Dandruff

common dandruff Common dandruff is nothing more than flakes of dead skin from a dry scalp.

It’s nothing to be ashamed of as it affects roughly half of the population.

There are other causes of dandruff but I won’t be getting into those types today.

I’m focusing on treating common dandruff (and not any other type), which can be accomplished much the same way as treating the cradle cap on babies.

One Common Dandruff Treatment

The simplest way to combat common dandruff is to keep the scalp moist. Ironically, the shampoo we use to clean our hair can remove the natural oils that keep the skin of the scalp moist. For some people, hair conditioner can offset that condition. For others, we need a little more help.

Writing from experience, using baby oil to remove dandruff is an extremely effective treatment for some people. Until I started using this treatment, I always had issues with excessive dandruff. My younger son’s dandruff is more visible than my own because he has dark brown hair while I have graying blond hair. He treats his dandruff problem the same way I do.

The procedure is simple:

  1. Massage baby oil into your hair and scalp until your hair is fairly wet.
  2. Remove patches of dry skin by massaging, not by scraping.
  3. Let the baby oil soak for about 30 minutes.
  4. Wash your hair and scalp with a mild shampoo.
  5. Let your hair dry and comb out any remaining flakes.
  6. Wait at least a day before repeating.

This procedure helps to keep my dandruff in check. It isn’t a cure because there isn’t a cure for common dandruff. A dry scalp condition can reappear after disappearing and can be caused by more things than I can possibly list.

The “No Poo” Movement

There are those who believe that using any kind of shampoo strips away the natural oils (called sebum) from the scalp, causing the scalp to produce even more sebum. Some dandruff is dried and flaking sebum as opposed to dry skin. This effect can be reversed by using no shampoo at all, but the time it takes varies from person to person.

I wash my hair with shampoo because my hair gets dirty, not because I like using shampoo. It gets dirty faster when I’m in the tropics than anywhere else. If I could get away with not shampooing my hair to prevent as much common dandruff as possible, I would certainly avoid shampooing my hair.

Photo Attribution: By Hmochoa95 [GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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By RT Cunningham
January 3, 2014