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I have to chime in here about a miracle product my friend recently told me about: this scalp massager from amazon. You use it to shampoo in the shower and it not only feels amazing, removes buildup and promotes hair growth but also prevents your nails from chipping (used to happen to me all the time when I used my fingers to shampoo). HIGHLY recommend!
Try using a silicone scalp brush in the shower while applying shampoo. I had the same problem as you before I started using the brush, now my hair looks cleaner for longer. Good luck! Here is an example of what I use: [link]
The type on dandruff you have influences the solution.
>I've read that dandruff are oilier yellowish and larger in size, while what I have is white and powdery.
The oilier yellow dandruff is from not showering or shampooing enough or product buildup. What you have sounds like dry itchy scalp.
First thought is try using a pre poo treatment or a gentler shampoo for a bit (like giovanni 50:50 hydrating clarifying balanced shampoo) and see if the issue is you are stripping your scalp. If you notice oily roots and buildup on your hair happens really quickly and that is why you clarify all of the time, try lighter or less products.
I use shampoo at least once a week, but I have chosen very specific shampoos like the giovanni 50:50 one and nymn royal honey & kalahari desert melon shampoo because to me they both have gentler cleansers. My hair feels cleansed, but not stripped.
Another option is Am i Am dry itchy scalp cowash that ive heard is amazing for people with dry scalp issues (there are also shampoo and conditioner options). It has an active ingredient made for people with your type of dandruff and dry scalp.
The scalp is skin too, so if you are using a strong cleanser you want to moisturize properly after.
Lastly, invest in a shampoo brush like this one. Best thing I ever bought. Feels amazing on the scalp.
Honestly, you might want to think of asking your stylist or even your doctor. Neither of which I am, but although I don’t think it sounds serious you want to rule out any medical reasons before you follow suggestions from strangers on the internet.
For me, this scalp massager has done wonders for my scalp. The nubs are soft and cut through my thick hair to get the shampoo down to my scalp. Working in small circles, I make sure to pick up the brush off my scalp and place it in the next section of my head to avoid breaking up the curls and tangling my hair.
You can find the same at Sally’s Beauty Supply or probably at a big box store as well.
I got one of those recently after someone else recommended them and it’s really helped me with getting shampoo all over my scalp through my thick hair. I got this one off amazon but theres tons of them around, they all work similarly.
I bought mine on Amazon for a few bucks (unfortunately the brand I have does not make them anymore; I've had mine for about 5 years or so).
This is the closest one I could find to the one I have:
Hair Shampoo Brush, HEETA Scalp Care Hair Brush with Soft Silicone Scalp Massager (Black) [link]
I use this in the shower while I shampoo for my dandruff! The first time I used it, I saw a LOT of flakes when I got out of the shower. By the second or third time using this, it cleared up my scalp completely. I use a lot of product in my hair, so my scalp had a lot of dandruff and build up. I use to get small pimple-like bumps on my scalp too and I dont get them anymore
The one that I got from here amazon said it was silicone however wasn't it was like mold hard rubber tips and they weren't malable Because it was hard I felt like it inflamed my scalp and caused some surface damage.
The one I got at Ulta,The diane scalp massager, which now that see isn't more but actually less, has silicone tips. Super soft and bendable and are actually hollow. This is day two of using it to stimulate and massage oil into my scalp and my scalp feels more massaged than rubbed too hard.
I have similar issues and really really thick long hair. What has helped my scalp tremendously is a shampoo brush to massage my scalp while shampooing. Then split my hair in two sections (just some on the left, some on the right). I apply a good moisturizing conditioner and use a a paddle brush too brush it through each of the sections to ensure good distribution of the conditioner. Let it sit as long as possible during a shower. I started using a towel specifically for hair- it’s microfiber I think?- and a good leave-in conditioner. It’s a lot of experimenting with products but the brushing on the scalp and the brushing conditioner through the lengths helped me a ton.
Here’s the brush I use for shampooing: Hair Shampoo Brush, Heeta Scalp Care Hair Brush with Soft Silicone Scalp Massager (Black) [link]
I use a silicone scalp massager when I co-wash or condition
(similar you this one: [link])
And I found it helps reduce dandruff for me. Plus it feels great.
Also, I know some people consider dry brushing hair to be bad because it can cause breakage, but I find it helps spread the oil at my roots to the rest of my hair, and it helps my scalp feel healthier, too.
Massage your scalp in the shower with shampoo!
This has helped me with that and that's not even why I got it. I just wanted a healthy scalp but it makes sense. 😁😊 Pst, in case you didn't click the link, it's a scalp massager for administering shampoo.
Sounds like scalp psoriasis. I have it and I am still battling it regularly. Get a scalp shower scrubber (I have this one - $5 on Amazon
Tea tree oil helps with the flare up especially around my face / hair line. It’s a huge insecurity of mine because I feel like people can see it but tea tree oil, and washing my hair more often has helped tremendously.
Paul Mitchell’s tea tree line is great and so is the lavender and mint.
Lately I’ve been using the Shea moisture Jamaican black castor oil line (especially the masque) and it has restored my hair amazingly. And it keeps my flare ups manageable. I hardly have anything on my hairline as of now.
My skin dries up like a desert every fall when the humidity drops. Moisturizer immediately after showering helps. For my scalp, a shampoo brush has been great for stimulating necessary scalp oil production, plus it feels amaaaaaaazing to use.
I use a scalp brush in the shower. I apply the shampoo, scrub, and then let it sit for 5m.
I have psoriasis and this helps me a lot. Massage the treatment into the scalp with fingers, let it sit and then use this brush as well after the skin softens.
It might be easier to use a oil and get a scalp massager like this one from Amazon. I use this one for my scalp but just be gentle. It’s meant to massage not to aggressively scrub. I’ve definitely done it too hard and irritated my skin. Use light-medium pressure and go in slow circles after you’ve applied the oil.
Some popular oils are argan oil, jojoba oil, and squalane oil.
If this makes your beard look too oily, do it in the PM and just wash it off in the AM.
There are some natural things that you can try like scalp massage ( Hair Shampoo Brush, Heeta Scalp Care Hair Brush with Soft Silicone Scalp Massager (Black) [link]
pumpkin seed oil it -essential oils that stimulate (because your hair doesn't appear to be breaking ) Using sulfate free shampoo .
Once you start using things like Rogaine you need to keep using it to keep the benefits , it works , Finasteride from my observation takes like a year but it really works . I would speak to a hairdresser and a doctor to rule out medical like thyroid or skin conditions , and to help choose your path if your going to start anything like this since it's a big commitment and takes time .
I’ve had oily hair for a really long time. i also have extremely hard water. i also was very insecure about this and had people that would make comments about it in high school. I’m now 18 and finally have found some things that I’ve noticed really really helped (I still use it) was using a clarifying shampoo ( giovanni tea tree triple treat) and specifically Olaplex no.3. I could go almost a week after using this with dry hair. Also another thing that will for sure work is the Neutrogena anti residue gentle clarifying shampoo. i think you should look into this, it’s very cheap and can be picked up at a local cvs or something. This stuff is crazy amazing and clarifies so much and you only need a little bit. It should only be used once a week because it will literally strip you of all your oils if used to much. Another thing you should invest in is a scalp massager. Fairly cheap as well. This is to make sure that everything is being lathered well into the scalp. I use this one here. Good luck!!:) <3
You can use conditioner or you can use a special conditioner that has some cleansing properties (as I am a coconut cowash is really popular and good for all hair types). You condition after too. Also for itchy scalp get a rubber nubby scalp shampoo scrubber (it won't knot your hair)
Also add 2 TBS RAW apple cider vinegar to an 8 oz spray bottle. Put it on stream and very last thing spritz 15-20 x against scalp. I leave it in (smell leaves in minutes) some people rinse. Balances your scalp ph and gives shine. Takes a few weeks to see change. It actual softens my hair
I have been having a similar issue. I got this little thing a couple weeks ago and don’t have issues when I use it. Hair Shampoo Brush, Heeta Scalp Care Hair Brush with Soft Silicone Scalp Massager (Black) [link]
I've had seborrheic dermatitis on and off the past few years. I use shampoo and conditioner geared towards curly hair, but I started using this brush when I shampoo my hair in the shower. It cleared up 99% of my dandruff.
A warning though: the first time I used it, it gave me more dandruff but I think it was the flakes that were still on my scalp. The more I used it, the less and less dandruff I had.
Space out the washing, also do yourselves a favor and buy a shampoo scalp scrubber. I have thicker hair, this was less than $8 on amazon and a total game changer:
Hair Scalp Massager, Heeta Scalp Shampoo Brush with Soft Silicon Brush Head Tourmaline Contained (Black) [link]
I had a similar problem (to be honest not to the degree you have) and started getting a rash on my arms and legs and was diagnosed with remicade induced eczema. I also now use neutrogena t sal. The dermatologist said to let the t sal sit on my scalp for an hour (you can use a shower cap if you want to roam around the house). What also really helped my scalp was a scalp massager, which I use when washing the shampoo out of my hair. Here’s a link to a $6 one I bought on amazon.
Hair Scalp Massager, Heeta Scalp... [link]
There are prescription strength shampoos dermatologists can prescribe so I’d recommend seeing one.
Best of luck!
If you have product buildup on your scalp, it will hinder hair growth. It could also cause you to lose hair. You need to use a clarifying shampoo with the deep conditioner. I use Neutrogena anti-residue shampoo with Aussie 3 minute deep conditioner mask. I also administer the shampoo (anytime I use shampoo) with a scalp massager. The one I ordered from Amazon.
Are you following the CGM?
I use Neutrogena anti-residue shampoo once a week with Aussie 3 minute deep conditioner.
I also use this everytime I shampoo. Remember that shampoo is for your scalp and only indirectly for your hair. Conditioner is specifically for your hair strands so keep it away from your scalp as best you can.
Are you using shampoos with sulfates and conditioners with silicones? This could be one reason why.
This helped me with my dry scalp. Ps, from what I understand, dandruff is on people with oily hair. I could be wrong but I remember watching a video by Manes by Mel on YouTube about it.
If you have dry scalp then you should only be using a clarifying shampoo followed by a deep conditioner every once a week or every other week. You should be using a deep conditioner every week though for sure.
You should definitely still shampoo your scalp. Any dermatologist would tell you this. You need to keep it clean so that hair can grow. I would invest in a salon grade shampoo that's formulated for colored hair. Also, get yourself a shampoo scalp scrubber. It does wonders for hair growth and keeping your hair healthy. Your scalp needs blood circulation to grow. The scrubber does this. Do the two things and your hair will grow healthy and you will achieve length again.
Of course you should continue to condition and use leave-in conditioner. DO NOT "CO-WASH". That's not actually dermatologist recommend. If your hair is brittle, use Olaplex#3 to restore it.
this is the scalp scrubber that I use and really does wonders and it feels good!
Is this even on your wash days? It could be you need to be scrubbing more with a low poo in the shower. I really like those sillicone brushes because they feel super nice, so I scrub my hair for long enough
Here’s the link to one I found on amazon that I think I similar or the same as mine
Can I suggest a shampoo brush? Has absolutely changed my life with my curly hair and I've heard nothing but good things from others. So easy to get to and effectively clean the scalp through thick and curly hair
Of course!! And thank you!!
Hair Shampoo Brush, Heeta Scalp Care Hair Brush with Soft Silicone Scalp Massager (Black) [link]
This is the one I purchased and it works so well for my scalp: [link] and I do not find it too hard. Best of luck!
You might try a more natural approach? It sounds like those ingredients just dont work with your chemistry. Think about Supplements,
topical oils and changing up your shampoo- no sulfates or silicones. AndDermarolling.
And an anti-inflammatory diet, like Lighty said couldnt hurt. Make sure your scalp is in great shape. Good Luck!
I'm sorry you're going through that - it sucks!
I had a very stressful few months this summer which caused me to lose enough hair to see bald spots on my scalp.
I recently bought one of these and use it when I wash my hair, about 3x a week. The idea is that it stimulates the scalp and helps clear out dandruff, which allows the hair to grow better. It has helped a ton!
I also use a higher quality shampoo and condition... I really love this one. vs drug store brands.
And here is a hair care professional talking a bit about why you should avoid certain brands.
And I'm also looking at getting one of these shower heads.
The brush and shampoo, along with moving to a less stressful environment, have helped immensely. I'm not losing as much hair anymore, and am starting to see some regrowth. Do you think any of these could work for you, too?
A scalp brush (like this one) works wonders for really getting flakes out and it cleans super well (I use it with a low-poo).
This will help it grow.
It's a scalp massager used to administer shampoo while also getting blood flow the scalp. Blood flow will help with growth.
If you're not sure about technique beyond products what I like to use (easy and feels good) is this
How much shampoo and conditioner you use depends on your hair length. I like the pump bottles personally and you should also be aware some products leave residue which can damage your hair. I like these
Don't wash your hair every day unless you're doing really strenuous activity. Get a good lather with the shampoo. And with the conditioner, apply it, cover it all as if it's shampoo (it won't lather) and I keep mine on without rinsing it while I do other things (wash body, face, shave...).
You can also do hair masks/deep conditioner or hot oil treatments to improve its health. What I do instead of using gel (I have a mohawk) is I use a deep conditioner to style my hair. Stays up the same and way better for it.
I use this in the shower, not when applying
Not sure about shampoos, but a product that removes dead skin could be this:
Also I don't think shampoos would be very good at moisturizing since they are mostly soaps, so it would make more sense to me to use another product to return moisture to your scalp. Probably a gentle shampoo would be good to not strip all the natural oils.
I don’t have thick scales but this gets rid of my flakes and feels amazing!
Where can I get a simple scalp massager like this?
your scalp will go through an adjustment period, but once it realizes that it doesnt need to create constant oil (as shampoo and soap strip all oils) it will balance itself out. Another GREAT GREAT GREAT alternative to shampoo like this is something called Deva Curl "no-poo" cleanser. My wife has been using it for years and it has helped her very curly hair become absolutely gorgeous with those little ringlets that shes always wanted. Its pricey but you dont have to use it that often (shes down to twice a week, usually once a week these days lol) and your hair WILL thank you. I also highly recommend a hair shampoo brush because it will clean off all the skin and stuff from your scalp. Give it a shot! (follow the bottle directions though)
oh also, try not to run your fingers through your hair too much. that increases oil production/distribution.
This is truly the best I’ve ever seen my curls!
I had terrible dandruff for months and tried every kind of medicated shampoo, but it would not go away. Huge nasty flakes. And all the progress I had made the previous months was obliterated. My poor hair looked like flaky straw.
Doing some research I came across a YouTube video of a girl doing the CG Method where she explained that an apple cider vinegar rinse was needed every so often to destroy buildup. Lightbulb
I tried it as she said (1 part ACV and 2 parts water) and miraculously the dandruff was GONE. Poof! All in one wash. I was confused but so happy! So ever since then I’ve been working on rehabilitation and hydration. And this morning I was rewarded with this magical volume, shine and bounce!
Routine: Shea Moisture Hydrate + Repair Conditioner first to detangle; I use a wide tooth comb to get rid of knots (I know; wet combing leads to breakage; but my hair doesn’t like a dry combing). Rinse completely and shampoo with Shea Moisture Hydrate + Repair (smells heavenly btw); during this part I use this Scalp Massager softly brushing my scalp only in a front to back motion. I re-apply the same conditioner as before. I then put my hair up in a bun and cover with a plastic shower cap. I let the hot water hit the cap (heat opens up follicles and let’s moisture in!). I use this time to actually shower. Once done, I take my hair out and rinse with cool water to seal the moisture in. I wring softly and put it in a bun again. In my room I part my hair in sections from the bottom up and use Miss Jessie’s Leave in Condish (in place of gel - has a similar effect) which has been a huge game changer. I plop for 15 minutes. Then diffuse for 5 to 10 minutes on cool. I let it air dry the rest of the way. Then I scrunch out the crunch and pretend I’m in a metal band (shaking my head like crazy) to wake up the curls. And that’s it!
Hope you like it, and please ask any questions about my routine. I’m happy to pass along what I know.
this will help hair growth
Getting a shampoo brush (like this) helped me a LOT with build-up!
bought myself one of these bad boys and haven’t had a bad dandruff problem since :)
I purchased this one off of amazon. it feels like a nice e little massage every time I use it.
hello everyone!! so here is my routine (i’ll admit it’s pretty simple and mostly stolen from others on this subreddit so don’t credit me for this stuff!! just passing it along)
-First of all, this shampoo brush has been a game changer. So my basic understanding is that you really want to get those flakes off your scalp when you shampoo, but you also don’t want to scrub so hard that you scratch your scalp with your sharp nails which is why this brush is perfect. It does a fantastic job of massaging the scalp and just feels amazing. Don’t scrub too hard with it either!!
INITIAL SHAMPOO TREATMENT (2-3 weeks)
Okay so pretty much i’m alternating between three different shampoos:
- Monday, Wednesday, Saturday
- Right now I use this 3 times a week because it’s early on in my sebderm treatment. Pretty soon i’ll be reducing how much I use it once my sebderm is really more fully in control for a while. It’s pretty strong so you really shouldn’t use it daily which is why i’ll be switching up my routine soon. I’ll include what i’ll be changing my routine to at the bottom of this post.
- Tuesday, Friday, Sunday
- This has really become my favorite shampoo by a long shot. It’s gentle because it’s generally for babies but as you can see in the comments, great for adults too. Doesn’t strip the oils in your hair so I also highly recommend this on days you don’t want frizzy hair but feel like you should wash your hair.
- So while this has helped my scalp in the past a bit, I mostly still use it because I have a few bottles left over and it’s smart to switch up shampoos so you don’t become immune to one. Someone on this sub recommended the generic amazon brand of this shampoo which i’ll probably be trying soon once I run out of the name brand stuff.
Okay so, although I really want to nuke the shit out of my scalp, I know it’s not smart in the long term so i’m going to translation into a new routine pretty soon. The only new product i’ll be adding to my routine is:
- This is just a daily, not medicated version of the Dr. Eddie’s shampoo i’m using right now.
I’ll update if it changes but as of right now my projected routine will be:
-Tuesday: Dr. Eddie’s Daily Shampoo
-Wednesday: Dr. Eddie’s Medicated Shampoo
-Thursday: Dr. Eddie’s Daily Shampoo
-Friday: Dr. Eddie’s Medicated Shampoo
-Saturday; Dr. Eddie’s Daily Shampoo
I’m hoping even to only do this routine for just a bit if my sebderm is fully in control. My IDEAL routine will eventually be:
-Monday: Nizoral/T-gel (Switching back and forth between these)
-Tuesday: No Shampoo
-Wednesday: Dr. Eddie’s Medicated shampoo
-Thursday: Dr. Eddie’s Daily shampoo
-Friday: No shampoo
-Saturday: Dr. Eddie’s Daily shampoo
-Sunday: Dr. Eddie’s Medicated shampoo
Hope this helps! My sebderm and shedding isn’t completely gone yet, but it’s DRAMATICALLY improved. I honestly almost want to cry tears of joy when I run my hands through my hair without a BUNCH of hairs on my hands afterward. I’m also going to experimenting with tea tree oil on my scalp soon to retain moisture. DO NOT SLEEP ON THE SHAMPOO BRUSH!!! Let me know if ya have any questions!
I also just want to mention that this has been after a long journey of seeing several doctors who didn’t have a clue how to help, dermatologists who claimed to know how to help, and hair transplant specialists that had to assure me I most likely did not have male pattern baldness when I was freaking out that I might. Don’t give up! Treat your scalp well and eat well! Also avoid hairloss subreddits lol even if your hairloss IS genetic lol
I use a scalp massager when I wash my hair and I leave the ketoconozale shampoo on for about 5 minutes. I don’t put any product on my scalp at all.