Ever wear a dark top and then brush your hair only to see little white flakes dotting your outfit? Shake the flake with several easy-to-use and inexpensive remedies. Dandruff is caused by an inflammatory scalp condition with a number of possible causes, including the common yeast Pityrosporum ovale, a malassezia fungus. Cold weather only exacerbates the problem. There are no cures for dandruff, but you can control dandruff and put an end to those embarrassing “uh oh” moments with by using a drugstore anti-dandruff shampoo every time you wash your hair (which should be at least three to five times a week). Make sure that the anti-dandruff shampoo has at least one of the following ingredients: zinc pyrithione, selenium sulfide, sulfur, salicylic acid or tar. Here are some popular, effective products that you can find at your local big box retailer, drugstore or online:
up & up™ Dandruff Shampoo at Target contains selenium sulfide (1%) to relieve the itching and flaking associated with dandruff and it also has menthol to provide a cooling sensation. The product sells for just $5.59 and Target has free shipping on all items, no minimum purchase required.
CVS Anti-Dandruff Shampoo has selenium sulfide (1%) to provide maximum medicated control and menthol for a cooling sensation. The shampoo retails for $7.99 for 11 fluid ounces.
Head & Shoulders 2in1 Dandruff Shampoo + Conditioner Green Apple is pH balanced for everyday use and it fights dry, itchy scalp while leaving your hair with the sweet scent of green apple. The product retails online for just $1.
Neutrogena T/Sal Therapeutic Shampoo, Scalp Build-up Control contains maximum strength salicylic acid (3%) that breaks down and helps prevent flakes and scalp build-up. The shampoo is alcohol-free, fragrance-free, color-free and preservative-free and it sells for $5.94 for 4.5 fluid ounces at Wal-mart and $5.99 at Drugstore.com.
Biotique Flame of the Forest Oil to prevent Dandruff and Hair-loss uses nature’s “dandruff controller,” oil from the flame of the forest tree, and extracts of hibiscus to give your hair shine and body. The product retails online at Amazon for $3.83 + $3.99 shipping for 120 ml.
Rite Aid Shampoo, Dandruff, Medicated Formula contains selenium sulfide (1%), and is designed to provide relief from the flaking and itching associated with dandruff and prevent dandruff from re-occurring, and it costs $7.49 for 11 fluid ounces.
Once you’ve purchased an anti-dandruff shampoo, here’s how to use it:
- Step into a warm shower.
- Shake the shampoo container before using the product.
- Apply a quarter-sized amount of the anti-dandruff shampoo to your palm.
- Work the shampoo through your hair, focusing on the scalp area.
- Let the shampoo sit on your hair for five minutes so that it has enough time to properly work.
- Thoroughly rinse the product out.
Expect it to take at least two to four weeks before your dandruff problem is under control and once that happens, you’ll need to use an anti-dandruff shampoo just once a week.