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Written by Floris, 2 years ago, 141 Comments

I’ve been struggling with an oily, itchy, dandruff-y scalp since I was about 30 and I almost can’t believe it. But after trying just about every anti-dandruff shampoo on the planet, I now got rid of my itchy, oily, head of hair by doing just about the opposite of what is the common belief you should do. How? I’ll explain.

First, what is dandruff and what is the cause of it?

About 50% of men in their twenties have dandruff. 2/3 of all people “suffer” from it at one point in their live. Dandruff usually presents itself as white flaky particles that, in bad cases, can become very noticeable. The flakes are dead skin cells that have been shed from your scalp.  A lot of people think dry skin is the cause of dandruff, but that’s not true – dry skin can cause some flaking, but the particles are usually too small to see. Most people with dandruff have oily skin, and latest research shows that the real culprit is probably a tiny fungus called malassezia globosa that needs fat (=oil!) to grow. Now, this isn’t anything nasty – every human being has this little bastard on its skin. It only becomes a problem when the fungus grows too rapidly, and our natural renewal of cells is disturbed. It causes skin-cells to renew too fast, and dandruff will start to show, because the skin cells bond with the oil on the surface of your scalp. Result: a formation of white flakes.

When looking for ways to get rid of this annoying flaking, you usually read things like: Wash your hair daily, massage shampoo in well and leave in for some minutes, use anti-dandruff shampoo (duh), and so on.
Anti-dandruff shampoo’s can contain a lot of ingredients that, according to the cosmetics companies, cure dandruff: Coal Tar extract, Salicylic Acid, Selenium Sulfide, Sulfur, Ketoconazole, and Zinc Pyrithione, of which the last one is probably best known: this is used in most normal drugstore shampoos like Head & Shoulders, Pantene, L’Oreal, and so on.  Well, while these  ingredients might keep the dandruff under control, it certainly won’t help you get rid of it forever. And it’s a lot of work to wash and style your hair daily! It can’t really be healthy either, putting all that stuff on your head time and time again.

Do you think your (grand)parents washed their hair every day? They didn’t. The hair-washing “epidemic” only started in the 70′s and was made up by some very smart marketing people with big $$$ in their eyes.

So called anti-dandruff-combAs you might notice, I was getting pretty desperate. I even bought an anti-dandruff comb in the US, that “leaves behind copper particles to kill the fungal infection”. Well, it did nothing for me except combing my hair (which it did and still does well), and I guess not for anybody else either. You see, companies are very good at making up stuff so they can make money on us silly believers. Because if you ask me, one of the biggest pranks the cosmetics industry pulled on us, is how they got us all addicted to shampoo.

Normal, healthy hair and scalp have a natural balance that is disturbed every time you wash them. Did you know that normal shampoos contain chemicals (mostly sulfates, like sodium lauryl sulfate) that are identical to the ones found in detergents you clean your kitchen with? They completely strip your hair and scalp  from its natural oils and destroy the balance. This makes you want to use conditioner and styling products – usually made with petrolatum and mineral oil – which act as a substitute for the oils you just rinsed out of your hair. But after washing, your body also starts making sebum (oil) like crazy to restore the natural balance. So what happens? Your hair will become very oily very fast again and within a day your scalp will be a great place  for… the fungus causing dandruff  to have a little party in. Hmmm…!

 So you wash your oily, itchy hair, stripping it from its oil, use all their fake-oily styling products, your hair becomes oily again very fast, you get flakes and itchiness, and then the whole circle starts again from the beginning: we have become addicted to shampooing our hair! When I realized that.. it made me think: what if I could break that cycle?

I decided to do an experiment.

1. I stopped using normal shampoo’s (containing aggressive ingredients) and anti-dandruff shampoo’s entirely and switched to using natural / organic shampoo’s without silicones, sulfates like sls, and other nasty chemicals, like Rahua.

Hair after cold rinse -> and after warm rinse

2. When washing my hair, I first make it wet with luke-warm water. Then I very gently massage in the natural/organic shampoo (don’t use your nails) so I don’t irritate the skin. Then, and this is very important: rinse out with cold water. As cold as you can handle. Cold water will close the cuticles of the hair and skin pores, which makes it much easier for them to keep out dirt or any harmful substances that may cause negative reactions like dandruff. Your hair will be softer, silkier, sleeker and shinier then after a warm water rinse – so you also need to use less or even no styling products.

3. I stopped washing my hair so often. I started with every other day. Then two times per week. Then even less. This was pretty hard in the beginning – my dandruff got worse and my hair got really oily. But just when I was about to give up, I noticed a radical change:  my itchiness was gone and my hair looked .. healthy! Apparently my scalp realized something had changed and didn’t need to produce so much oil anymore. Hooray!

Quote from a book written in 1955: to keep them healthy, wash your hair and scalp once every ten days.

4. I towel dry my hair with a clean towel, or a towel that I only used on my hair. This is to make sure no bacteria and stuff from hands or other parts of the body reach the hair. Do this very gently. Don’t rub, just pad and let the towel absord the water.

5. Styling – since I don’t strip my hair from its oils, I hardly need styling products.  Only if we go out and I want to look even more sexy then I already do (ugh), I use a little bit of Balm Balm with Tea Trea – this works great as a hair styling product!  Tea Tree has great antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiseptic qualities and thus will create a climate that’s not attractive for the fungus to grow in.

6. Last tip. Water contains minerals like calcium, and natural / organic, sulfate free shampoo’s are less good at removing these from your hair. So when you have water like this – very hard water like here in Berlin – you might start to notice your hair seems to slowly turn a bit…. grey!? OMG! You can pobably imagine Ingy teasing me non-stop when this started to happen. But, then I started to see small particles of calcium, which can be mistaken for dandruff. But I knew I wasn’t turning grey just yet!

Well, I’m glad to tell you, there is a very easy solution for this buildup of minerals. As you might know, sour liquids take very good care of getting rid of calcium – next to the water tap for example. (By the way, did you know we use Dr. Bronner lemon soap to clean the kitchen, floor and parts of the bathroom with? Mixed with water this makes a perfect, toxic free, cheap  household cleaner that is totally safe for children. Read more at this awesome blog: http://lisa.drbronner.com/) Anyway, I remembered my mom sometimes rinsed her hair with a vinegar mix when I was little… and I had another aha moment! So I went to the supermarket and bought some organic apple cider vinegar. I think it was 2 euro for a liter.. in Germany you can just get it even at Lidl! It works absolutely great. Once every two weeks or so, after shampooing, I simply make a little mix of 1/4 vinegar and 3/4 water, put it in my hair, leave it in for a minute, and rinse it out – with cold water of course. This makes hair look amazing: shiny and healthy – just the way we want it.

Good luck!

Most important sources:

My head
My mom
Wikipedia
www.ksmm.org/catImage/file_report/4-천영진.pdf

Update – I learned some more… and respond to a lot of similar mails and comments I got from readers.

I did a test and tried to see if I could “cause” a flare up by using normal, or even anti-dandruff shampoo. Turns out, yes I can! I washed my hair with head and shoulders and I have to admit, cleaning my hair and scalp vigorously like that felt pretty good. So two days later I did it again. And like clockwork, my scalp became itchy, redy and started flaking again. The first thing that came to mind was to use the H&S shampoo again, but I resisted and used my normal shampoo again. It took me almost a month to restore balance!

Some readers mailed me saying their scalp resonds badly to coca betaine. That’s no surprise really. People can indeed be sensitive to all sorts of surfactants. Coca betaine is a lot milder though compared to SLS and usually causes less problems. But I know there are people for who it’s the other way around.

I learned that even though I have my dandruff pretty much under control, I’m still sensitive to it. I am always trying to keep the balance so the complaints don’t come back. I managed to do this by using only Rahua’s voluminous shampoo, which after trying many shampoo’s, seems to work the best. It also contains citric acid (which is sour) – just enough to remove the minerals from my hair so there is no need for extra rinsing (I do not particularly enjoy the smell of vinegar in the morning). I agree it’s expensive for a shampoo but I only wash my hair once or twice a week, and use just a little bit. The trick is to leave it in for 2 to 5 minutes before rinsing it out so the surfactant can do it’s work. This way a little goes a long way and a bottle lasts me months.

Every now and then, I do feel that I might be loosing control and dandruff comes back a bit. What really helps then is using a shampoo containing 2.5% selenium sulfide, but no SLS. But I use this only once! This helps enough for months, because I certainly don’t want to use that stuff a lot, so after that I go back to my regular shampoo. I did this 3 times in the last year. (I also tried a 1% selenium sulfide shampoo but this did not help at all.) The difference between selenium sulfide and other active ingredients in anti-dandruff shampoo’s is that the selenium sulfide actually fights the cause of dandruff, the fungus, while other actives like Zinc Pyrithione (which head & shoulders uses) only clean the scalp really well. They remove the flakes, but that’s it! They do not fight the cause. So basically, they’re useless and you have to continue using them all the time. Anyway, this means that you can do a test: use a shampoo contaning selenium sulfide and if it helps, the cause of your dandruff is the fungus. If it doesn’t help, it’s something else, like irritated skin.

Knowing this, is the first step to getting back control because it can help you on your way to solve the problem!

 

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  1. sahasra nayakDecember 29, 2012, 08:07

    Hi Jack, I have seen your message about dandruff, me too have the same problem and Am from India, I dont know what to do for this oily, itchy dandruff. will you please guide me for preventing of oily, itchy scalp. I have used all types of shampoos, but it still constant. there is no any change in my hair. And there is a lot of hair loss. What remedies should I take for my hair. Did really tea tree oil works for this problems. I will be waiting for your reply. after shampooing am not getting any satisfaction, after some hours it becomes dusty, itchy. Im getting irritation with this hairfall & dandruff. I will be waiting for your reply Jack. Bye………

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    • FlorisFebruary 11, 2013, 21:25

      Hi Shasra,

      I’m sorry to hear you are having such problems. The only thing I can suggest, is what I wrote in my article. Try washing less, and with less aggressive shampoo. Even though your dandruff will become worse, hopefully your scalp will find the correct balance again and stop producing so much oil.

      Concerning hair loss: this has nothing to do with dandruff as far as I know.. and I’m afraid there is not much you can do about it.

      Concerning tea tree: this can definitely help, since the fungus really doesn’t like it.

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    • Renatc T. TupasMay 2, 2014, 08:07

      Hi Sashara, after sufferring more than 40 years of very itchy scalp and dundruff using almost every brand of shampoos, i tried using 6% salicylic acid solution applied with cotton ball directly to the entire scalp after bathing using mild shampoo my dundruff was gone after 1 week and no trace of flake is visible on my scalp anymore. 100% cured like magic!.I just want to share my luck, regards.

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  2. EmmaFebruary 11, 2013, 21:17

    I’m just wondering : on the days you don’t shampoo, do you still rinse your hair with water? Or do you not get it wet until you wash again?

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    • FlorisFebruary 11, 2013, 21:26

      Hi Emma,

      I keep it dry, unless I look really crazy when I get out of bed (for the Seinfeld fans, my hair can become very Krameresque after a wild night).
      Then I make a just a little bit wet, comb and style with my fingers… that’s it. Hope this helps!
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  3. Aynghel De ShananFebruary 12, 2013, 02:51

    Dear Jack,

    Its 4:40 Am here in Dubai, UAE but still im so awake :(. It happens that I’m so stress plus my dandruff adding my tension its been 8 years now hence then i have tried everything to get rid of my dandruff but still its becoming more and more and now its start with white circle with flakes all over my head. I’m so interested to follow your instruction but i want to ask about the organic shampoo that you are referring for ? any specific brand and where can i buy it here in Dubai? One more thing i dont think that mine is cause by oily because my scalf is very dry ? I use to apply an ointment but i stop it and it comeback again, Your response would help me solving my problem an i appreciate it.

    I like your blog its helpful.

    I’ll be waiting for your reply…. Bye

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    • FlorisFebruary 25, 2013, 20:28

      Hi Aynghel,

      I’m very sorry to hear that. Let’s see what we can do about it.

      When I’m talking about organic shampoo, I use the one from Rahua, which is very gentle and excellent for a dry / sensitive scalp: http://amazingy.com/en/rahua-organic-natural-shampoo-conditioner-voluminizer.html

      There is a normal one and one called voluminous. The normal one is a bit more gentle, but the voluminous cleans a bit better, which is important if you have hard water (with lots of calcium). The citric acid in it will take care of that.

      However, since you have such a bad case of dandruff, I’d try a strong medicated shampoo containing selenium sulfide (2 to 2,5%) first. Use this every other day or so to see if this solves your danruff problem. If it does, you know the cause is the fungus I wrote about. I wouldn’t want to use this forever though, since this is pretty nasty stuff. So when the dandruff is gone, you can switch to a very gentle, organic shampoo and try the things in my article (rinse with cold water, etc)

      Of course, when someone is really sensitive for the yeast fungus that irritates your skin and causes it to start flaking, dandruff can come back occasionaly. This usually happens when you are stressed, tired, or simply feeling a bit under the weather, or with changes of the season. I have this too. Usually it goes away again and I don’t have to do anything about it. But about twice a year I use a medicated shampoo just to keep things under control.

      P.S. could you tell me more about this ointment? I’m curious to hear what this was.
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    • Audra Nicole NorrisNovember 29, 2013, 10:18

      This article is great. I have recently been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, fun fun!! And dandruff has been a problem for years. I believe that yeast fungus is the cause of many ailments we see today! Like gastrointestinal problems, acne, arthritis, and many more. We take too many antibiotics, steroids, and eat too much sugar. Diet and natural products have helped me fight many uncomfortable ailments, and has kept dandruff and my skin clear. (Honey water is great for morning face washing, and mixed with purified water can be used as a hair rinse, many essential oils are anti fungal, like patchouli and of course tea tree) good luck everyone! Eat less sugar and more fresh veggies and remember to look at life as a gift and this will lessen stressful situations. Godspeed!!

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  4. aislingFebruary 22, 2013, 11:11

    Hey! This is one of the best posts I’ve read on dandruff. Thanks a million for the detailed information! I’m going to start with your tips, starting with ditching my regular and anti-D shampoos and switching back to the organic one I was using before!
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  5. Faisal KhanApril 10, 2013, 07:58

    hie floris
    i am facing an itchy scalp aswell as grey hair problem . i am only 25yrs old and have around 30% of my hair grey. i have a totally dry hair texture and so i have lots of oil in my hair on a routein (and ma head absorbs that aswell without giving it a wet look). now this dandruff and grey hair has to be stopped so i started to apply lemon and curd on ma hair and got this new shampoo called tresemme for dry and rough hair. Please help me out from these hair issues.

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    • FlorisApril 12, 2013, 10:54

      Hi Faisal,

      I’m sorry to hear you are having such problems with your hair. Concerning the grey hair: there is not much you can do about this, as this is genetic. The only thing I can think of is colouring your hair, or to accept that you’re turning grey on a fairly young age.

      Concerning the dryness and dandruff: I’d advice to use a much more gentle shampoo – it might not seem to work in the beginning, or make things even worse. But goal is to find your scalp’s skin balance again. By using aggressive shampoo’s containing surfactant like SLS, which can destroy balance because it removes all oil from your skin.

      Using less aggressive shampoo, and/or washing less, will cause the sebum glands to excrete oil at a slower rate, resulting in a less greasy scalp, which can result in less or no more dandruff – as explained in my article.
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  6. Ethan Allen OdinsonApril 13, 2013, 03:28

    How long did it take for you to get your scalp dandruff free? I just started doing this today and the flakes have gotten bigger so…any help would be great.

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      • SunilMay 4, 2013, 16:54

        Hi Floris,

        Your article seems giving me some hope. (thanks for sharing the experience)
        I am one of the culprit, having similar problem.

        I live in India, consulted with Doctor as well for this problem. he has given me a shampoo (Fluocinolone Acetonide) and skin allergy tablet (for itching).
        but as usual, its not working permanently.

        just having couple of questions, since I am about to follow your process
        - Having problem of hard water, what should I do?
        - I’m also planning to have cod liver oil capsules, heard its good for hair. your views?
        - Do I also need to have clean towel, pillow etc (more hygiene)

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        • FlorisMay 4, 2013, 18:27

          Hi Sunil, to answer your questions:

          1. Follow the last part of my article: rinse with vinegar/water mix to get the minerals out of your hair.
          2. I don’t know if this is good for your hair. But I do know a lot of those supplements contain loads of vitamin A (as retinol). I strongly advice you NOT to take these. I am planning to write a good article on vitamins and supplements this summer in which I will explain why.
          If you do want to take supplements, take vitamin K, D, B complex (make sure to get all 8 B vitamins), and Omega 3. Actually I recommend everybody to take these – although they won’t help you get rid of dandruff ;)
          3. Well, I’m not sure about a pillow. Actually I wouldn’t worry about that too much. I do however advice you to use a clean towel when drying your hair – don’t use the same towel you use on your body. Or, use a clean towel on your hair and after that dry your body.

          Hope this helps!

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          • SunilMay 8, 2013, 19:15

            Thanks Floris,

            I am waiting your next article on nutrition supplements :)

            Just one more query – can I use lemon juice instead of Vinegar?

          • FlorisMay 11, 2013, 09:07

            Yes that might work just, since they are both sour :)

            My nutrition article has been postponed for some time, I’m working on an article about sun protection at the moment which will be published earlier.

    • Renato T. TupasMay 2, 2014, 08:25

      Hi! Ethan,
      Follow this steps: Take a bath, shampoo your hair with little amount of any shampoo, tap your hair little dry, aplly with cotton ball to your entire scalp 6% salicylic acid solution morning and evenig. Your dundruff will gone and looks 100 % cured after a week, repeat as necessary . Cheers.

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  7. Janet MoakeApril 23, 2013, 15:23

    I was wondering if you have any options besides Rahua organic shampoo? Maybe some other brands??? I live in Texas, USA, and I was wondering if you have alternatives to other brands. I have tried every single dandruff shampoo out there and nothing has worked for years. My dandruff comes and goes, at some point I started using Tea Tree Lavender Mint shampoo by Paul Mitchell, but it didn’t work for long. Right now it is the worse it has been so far, I can’t take it anymore!!! Please what can I use that will help???. Going to the dermatologist didn’t work either. Please help!!!

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    • NicoleMay 1, 2013, 19:33

      I just wanted to say that I used have dandruff problems pretty much all of my adolescent/adult life, but it got really bad when I used a commercial shampoo. I switched back to my natural shampoo, Nature’s Gate Tea Tree Shampoo, and it has helped heal my poor scalp. Try it, it’s all natural & only about $8. Also I notice when I eat products with lots of yeast it can feel itchier. Things like pizza, bread, or very sugary bready foods like donuts. So I would cut out unhealthy foods. I really hope this helps. Oh, and don’t ever use conditioner on your scalp.

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    • NicoleMay 1, 2013, 19:40

      Oh, I forgot to mention my routine: first I brush my scalp gently over a couple times. Then I shampoo with small amount first just to clean up hair a bit, rinse out, then shampoo again but this time adding 4 drops pure peppermint oil (feels sooooo good!), massaging shampoo into scalp very gently & leave on for 3-5 min (think of it as gentle cleansing followed by medicating). Then rinse out very, very thoroughly. Then conditioner on ends. The peppermint helps balance the PH of the scalp. The shampoo used to add it in but they don’t anymore so I fixed that :) Another I’ve heard is good but haven’t tried is Bumble & Bumble Tonic shampoo.

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      • FlorisMay 4, 2013, 18:13

        Thanks for the great tips Nicole. It would be better for everyone to leave whitebread and sugar alone, so even if it doesn’t help against dandruff, at least it will be good for the rest of the body! :D

        I like the fact that you mention peppermint oil. This should indeed feel as a relieve if your scalp is acting up. This shampoo: http://amazingy.com/en/organic-natural-hair-care-products/shampoo/luxsit-enlight-shampoo-organic-natural-normal-oily-hair.html also contains peppermint. It’s great and my wife’s favorite. In fact even if you are looking for simply an alternative to conventional shampoo but don’t find natural shampoo’s cleaning well enough, this one is a winner.

        I really like it too but have to watch out while using it though, as it cleanses a bit too well for my scalp. I like mixing a little bit of it with my organic shampoo though when I feel I need it.
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    • FlorisMay 4, 2013, 18:53

      Hi Janet,

      Sure, there are plenty of nice organic shampoos out there. Nicole here already names one.
      You could also checkout Acure Organics – which is not available in the EU -, ILA, Dr. Alkaitis, Luxsit, and so on.

      Best!

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    • AllisonMarch 24, 2014, 18:21

      Try Tea Tree Shampoo/conditioner from Trader Joe’s, you probably have one nearby :) All natural and cheaper than most all-natural brands.

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      • FlorisMarch 28, 2014, 20:58

        Thanks for the tip Allison, I’d love to try it, even though it contains C12-14 olefin sulfonate which can be just as irritating to the skin as sodium lauryl sulfate.

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  8. Sarah PhotogirlApril 26, 2013, 21:29

    Hi there Floris

    What a great and interesting article you have written. I was wondering however if you have any tips for someone who is trying to not use ANY shampoo at all. Have you tried washing your hair only in water, allowing your hair to clean itself? I am trying but I find my hair feels greasy and I have plenty of tiny particles of Dandruff which isn’t pleasant. I’ve been doing it for 8 weeks now so I was hoping my hair would naturally start to sort itself out. I will try rinsing with cold water though – that I haven’t been doing.

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    • FlorisMay 4, 2013, 18:08

      Hi Sarah,

      I have tried that actually, and while after about 5, 6 weeks it went better, I still felt the need to wash it occasionally. So the whole no-poo movement, it’s not really for me I guess.

      You could try rinsing with the vinegar / water mix I talk about at the end of my post. This will at least take out the minerals that probably have been building up, and is sometimes being confused with dandruff.

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      • Sarah PhotogirlMay 4, 2013, 21:13

        Hey firstly thanks for your reply :)

        I think I am starting to agree with you – the no-shampoo thing just doesn’t feel quite right (and I’ve managed it for around 9 weeks now) I did believe that your hair naturally started to clean and balance itself if you didn’t constantly strip it with shampoos which is why I worried that using shampoo even occasionally would mess up my hairs own balance.Do you feel that this is not the case and that you can just use shampoo a lot less rather than not at all?

        ‘Styling – since I don’t strip my hair from it’s oils, I hardly need styling products.’

        This comment confused me as you ARE still using a shampoo albeit a natural one. Could you explain further?

        Finally would you tell me simply what your routine is now. For example do you wash your hair once a week with natural shampoo and then rinse with vinegar every other wash avoiding conditioners entirely. Also when you shampoo – do you do so quickly so that the soaps aren’t in your hair stripping it of its natural oils too long?

        Thanks again for your time in replying to these posts :)

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        • FlorisMay 11, 2013, 09:32

          Hi Sarah,

          While the no-shampoo wasn’t really bad either, I got really bad mineral buildup until the point someone asked if I was turning grey! Now, except for some very mean hairs in my beard that remind me 40 is not far away, that’s not the case (not just yet – my “lovely” wife says).
          The vinegar rinse did help take care of that but even so… I still went out quite a lot at the time, and in Berlin clubs the smoking ban is mostly ignored and I hate smelling like smoke. So I started to wash my hair again, but with only mild shampoo’s.

          My point is: the natural shampoo I use simply doesn’t clean as well as normal shampoo’s. It only contains one surfactant (coconut betaine, aka coco betaine or cocamidopropyl betaine) which is a lot milder than SLS, and it’s not as high up in the ingredient list either. So even though my hair and scalp do get cleaned, it’s not where near as clean as had I washed it with a normal shampoo. And this means I don’t or hardly have to use oily styling products.

          For everyone that’s interested, after some testing, the one I prefer and use once or twice per week is Rahua Voluminous Shampoo. Now it’s quite expensive so what I do is not use too much of it, but I do leave it in for a minute or 2, and then rinse it out.

          Hope this clears things up a bit again!

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  9. FlorisMay 27, 2013, 20:18

    Hi all, I wrote a little update with some stuff I learned…..! (see end of article)

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    • John WestingMay 31, 2013, 21:46

      Hi Floris, I just read the update to your article. I did have one question, you said “I do not particularly enjoy the smell of vinegar in the morning”. So do you still occasionally wash your hair with the “1/4 vinegar and 3/4 water” solution and use the citric acid shampoo to remove the vinegar smell, or do you no longer use the vinegar solution and only use the shampoo?

      I read your article several weeks ago, and have read others similar to it, but not as informational as yours. I’ve been trying the no-shampoo routine for about 4 weeks. I first started with washing my hair in water daily, and then washed in water every other day. Now I go 3 to 5 days without washing, and only use water when I do, I haven’t used vinegar or anything else though. I stopped wearing hair gel daily, but occasionally still do it for events like bachelor parties and weddings. My flakiness is really bad at this point, it hasn’t really changed, if anything it’s worse. I spend about 10 minutes every morning and night combing out the flakes! I don’t know why I’m even still trying, I honestly still believe it will work. I have no other skin conditions, I’m perfectly healthy, why would I have excess flakiness on my scalp but no where else? The cause has to be shampoo.

      I’ve had dandruff now for about 11 years straight, I remember dealing with it when I was sophomore in college, now I’m 30. I remember once as a kid, I’m guessing between 12 and 14, getting either dandruff or psoriasis, large chunks of skin were coming off my scalp. My mom got me a prescription of coal tar shampoo and washed my hair with it, and made me leave it in for 30 minutes before rinsing. She did this I’m guessing for 4 or 5 days straight, and after that I didn’t have dandruff for years, until my college years. I guess the dandruff got smarter cuz now the coal tar shampoo doesn’t work lol. I’ve used the highest percent solution Neutrogena coal tar shampoo, and see improvements when I use it, but my dandruff always comes back. When I used the the coal tar shampoo more recently I tried using it daily, and leaving it in for 5 minutes at a time. I still haven’t tried what I did when I was kid, i.e. leaving the shampoo in for 30 minutes at a time. My scalp feels awful though when I use the coal tar shampoo, I feel like my hair will all fall out if I continue to use it!

      I’ve tried so many other things too: pure vinegar left in for 30 minutes at a time, lemon juice daily, anti-fungal foot cream, H&S, and every other kind of anti-dandruff shampoo, lost cause. I now have faith in the routines you suggested, even though I haven’t seen improvements yet. Honestly I will probably stick to it for a few months even if it doesn’t work. Not washing my hair hasn’t been as bad as I expected. My hair doesn’t smell bad, it doesn’t look greasy, it has more volume, and when I wash it out with water it actually feels nice and soft.

      Do you have any suggestions for me? Should I try vinegar and/or the citric acid shampoo? Use cold water instead of hot? I want to wait a few more weeks before I start using shampoo again, and then I will try an SF shampoo like you recommended in your update.

      Dandruff sucks. It’s like an annoying co-worker that wants nothing else but to talk to u when you have a million things to do, eh leave me alone!

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  10. Vikram SinghMay 31, 2013, 11:53

    Hi Floris,

    A big thanks for writing this up! I am gonna try this out starting today. Before that I just wanted to ask couple of things, if you don’t mind.

    My situation is very similar. I feel recently I have started losing hair at a rapid rate. Apart from all that itchy, flaky dandruff, I get boils on my scalp which are painful.

    Physician has advised me to use Ketoconazole based medicated shampoo (these are the ones we get here from pharmacies and not consumer shops) twice a week and avoid any other type of rinsing agent on hair. I read online that Ketoconazole helps remove Malassezia furfur. Now at many places it is mentioned that dandruff is caused by its kin M. globosa I am little confused if this is all going in the right direction. I am still to get any relief after 3 months of use.

    The water here is hard too. Somehow I think it is connected to water and climate too. 10 years ago, I was living in another part of India, and I had dense hair with very little dandruff.

    Seeing this, would you suggest me to take exactly same steps as you have taken or should I try some modifications? I will obviously stop using Ketoconazole once I start tracing your steps.

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    • FlorisJune 30, 2013, 12:59

      Hi Vikram,

      If the ketoconazole still doesn’t after after 3 months, stop using it. It should have helped within a week if it was a fungus that ketoconazole can kill. (for anyone else that this shampoo did help: use it for about 3 weeks to make sure you killed all the little buggers).

      If I were you I’d do the following:
      1. Wash with a 2,5% selenium sulfide shampoo 3 days in a row (to make sure malassezia globosa is almost entirely gone).
      2. Then Go my route and try using less aggressive products to see if the dandruff stays away. Don’t forget the cold water, ad if your water is hard, the vinegar rinse, the remove minerals from your hair.

      Hope this helps!

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  11. Sanjay GunasekaranJune 20, 2013, 06:39

    Hi Mr Floris, This is Sanjay and I am from India, I am 21 years old. I too have itchy scalp, Irritating dandruff. Each and every time when it starts itching me, my head irritates me a lot and I feel like to throw my head away. I used to take head bath daily. Only at the time of taking bath, my head stops irritating then again it starts and it is going worse nowadays. What is the solution for this? and what kind of shampoo should I use for it? Can U name any one of the shampoo?. O feel happy if you help me. Waiting for your reply. thank you…….

    Reply
    • FlorisJune 30, 2013, 12:52

      Hi Sanjay,

      All the info you need should be in my article! Please read it from start to finish and you will see :)

      Thanks!

      Reply
  12. TV KennedyJune 30, 2013, 12:48

    Hi, I had heard about a vinegar rinse awhile ago so I gave it a try — you’re right, it works wonderfully, especially when combined with a cold water rinse. I use regular white vinegar with water and then add a few drops of almond extract — I don’t know why it works but it gets rid of the overwhelmingly astringent vinegar smell.

    Thanks for the informative article. I’m going to have to find a new shampoo; I’ll be sure to read the label this time.

    Reply
    • FlorisJune 30, 2013, 12:53

      Glad to hear it helped!

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  13. Prateek BadjatyaJuly 9, 2013, 20:21

    hello mr floris i’m glad to read an amazing article i’m from india and i’m suffering from the same problem about san year ago i came across a hair oil named nuzen it worked on the same principals as you stated in the above article the company asked to not to wash hairs for around a week in starting and than twice a week and the use of chemical based shampoos were prohibited i got completely rid of dandruff problem and the oil production was also normal and hairs felt healthy but after around half an year i again started using chemical based shampoos unknowingly that it would again cause dandruff and due to your article i’m enlightened with the exact cause of the dandruff m thinking of using that oil again should i use it or must i go with ur treatment only and also im a sports person so deal with lots of sweat than too should i wash my hairs or not is sweat connected with dandruff.

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  14. ChrisJuly 14, 2013, 15:10

    I’ve had horrible dandruff or dry scalp my entire life. I’ve tried all the natural and commercial dandruff shampoos to no avail. They always made the problem worse. I’ve recently begun eliminating soap from my body and face cleaning routine. The results on my skin have been amazing. No need for lotion anymore. Our skin when treated properly moisturises itself. Cleansers kill all the good bacteria that is naturally on our skin. Our scalp is the same.

    I’ve been using the no poo shampoo method, washing my hair with conditioner only and the results were heading in the right direction. I decided to begin washing my hair with only water. Well, the dry scalp/dandruff condition is practically gone.

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  15. Nikko BellicJuly 23, 2013, 07:58

    This is one of the most detailed articles i have read. It seems legit so im gonna try it out. I have Pretty bad dandruff and its really annoying. Like you said, Head and shoulders doesn’t really get rid of it completely. Thank you sooooooo much for the article man! Helps alot! You gave me better information then my own docter! :D

    Reply
    • FlorisJuly 23, 2013, 10:00

      Hey Nikko,

      I’m glad you like it! And hope it will help you :)

      Reply
  16. stellaAugust 2, 2013, 17:47

    Makes perfect sense. It got me wondering…what about our skin? I shower everyday and use soap on my body, then no wonder I have to use lotion afterwards. Should I try using soap less often while I try using shampoo less often?

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  17. PJ HariAugust 2, 2013, 20:52

    Hi Floris,
    Firstly i want to say thank you for writing us such great article.
    I am from India,Male/25 years.Once upon a time i was having very thick n huge amount of hair.Then after when i stopped using any oil for hair protection upto more than 5 years…it started damaging(dandruff,hair fall,formation of dirt).
    I Think the reasons for my Hair loss are -
    From my earlier stages,i used to have head bath very rarely – once a week or 2 weeks.For such reasons i spoiled my hair myself.And second other main reason i think of for my hair loss is Stress,Pressure.

    Present condition of My hair -
    It was very dirty,Greasy..and very very Thinned hair.when i rub my hand on head,i get minimum 10 hair strings.And there was a very huge hair loss now.Even my father doesnt have such kinda issues(whether if to worry cos of hereditory).I was very much worried of my hair loss.And i think that is because of mainly heavy dandruff,dirt,Grease and lack of no solution to remove those three.

    I request you to please mention me which product(shampoo or oil or etc) do i use to be solved from that greasy scalp n dandruff n dirt and to make hair thicker.Please do mention products that are available in India.And you said to use shampoo containing 2.5% selenium sulfide.Pls can u mention some Products that contain 2.5% selenium sulfide(that are available in India)…and pls let me know in detail about…What should be done first…and then what..next what procedure..

    Thank You.

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  18. Alex GrimaldiAugust 5, 2013, 19:05

    Excellent!
    You’re right on target about the cosmetic industry specifically so called hair care products. They are very harsh on the scalp and hair.
    The body is a wonderful machine born balanced and tuned naturally, until we fall prey to marketing and social peer pressure to use products that advertise themselves the “cure” to your problems. When in fact keep you in a cycle of dependency and generate revenue for these companies.
    Letting the body take care of itself is easy enough but it takes little time and self discipline. Unfortunately we live in an instant society that has no time or patience for self healing.
    Anyway good post – I my scalp is healthy by not shampooing often and using natural ingredients.

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  19. Joseph TaylorAugust 7, 2013, 21:12

    Hey my name Is Joseph I been having this problem for awhile i can’t get rid of it I’m trying everything I get made fun of with my family saying it’s snowing and I’m a skater and when i skate my hair starts to itch like crazy!! when I’m around something that is hot or have heat My hair starts to icth and it’s destroying me looking in the mirrior and all i see is white flakes on my shoulder it sucks i hate it so much :( Please help please!

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  20. Cynthia LalondeAugust 23, 2013, 06:13

    Hi Floris !

    That’s a really great article and you’re the one who made me realize that SLS and chemicals in general are not a good mix with dandruff (even Lush’s shampoo bars has them). I would really like to follow your advice, but I have a problem. I have long, big, curly hair and it’s very fine. That means that after two days it really doesn’t look good. I can’t brush it when it’s not wet because, then I get an afro. So … do you think I can not wash often, but brush under water every other day (so that it looks presentable) ? Having straight hair would be much easier!

    Also, I study everyday and work in a clothing store, so I have to be decent (meaning no greasy and flaky looking hair). You said it would get worse and look greasy before it gets better (in around 5 weeks). Is it really noticeable and awful or is it bearable ?

    Thanks a lot for your help :)

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  21. Hari Krishnan M SAugust 25, 2013, 09:20

    Hi Floris,
    I live in India.
    Read your article from start to end. An excellent article, Kudos!
    I’m also having this problem of itching scalp and dandruff. The particles (flakes) are so tiny. I usually apply oil on my head before taking bath and I take batch daily. Now that I have decided to follow your method, should I discontinue the use of oil completely (ref : ” a tiny fungus called malassezia globosa that needs fat (=oil!) to grow”). I use a natural shampoo. Waiting eagerly for your reply.
    Regards,
    Hari

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  22. Joshua James MyersSeptember 22, 2013, 09:43

    Hey, thanks a bunch for the article! One quick question; what would you suggest to someone that has a heavy workout schedule? I am finding the notion of leaving my hair to marinate in my own sweat all week a little gross! Thanks for your time.

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    • FlorisSeptember 22, 2013, 09:49

      Haha yes I can totally imagine. What I do is wash it with just a little bit of shampoo. Anyway, once balance is back and you have found a gentle shampoo that works, washing more often won’t hurt at all.
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  23. Channel ClaySeptember 22, 2013, 18:21

    Hi. My hair has been really itchy and full of dandruff lately, even though I just get it done at the hair salon. When I washed it myself, I noticed I still had dandruff flakes. Any products that you recommend for treating this?

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    • FlorisSeptember 23, 2013, 09:57

      Hi there! Unfortunately most hair salons use very aggressive products which can be the cause of dandruff because it destroys your scalps natural balance.. I’d advice you to read my article completely and start using less aggressive shampoo’s so hopefully your scalp will return to it’s natural balance.
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  24. Surega SKNSeptember 27, 2013, 16:13

    Hi Floris

    I have been dealing with oily scalp lately. I have recently bought a balancing shampoo, clarifying shampoo, I even tried switching to a organic shampoo (the brand is called live clean) but nothing has helped for me. When I did switch to the organic brand, I felt as if there was built up and my hair was still dirty like I could feel the grease. When my hair is not oily, it is either dry. I honestly don’t know what to do anymore because I have invested in so many different shampoos and things. I am also frustrated because I can’t find a balance, my hair is either dry (when its dry, I don’t have flakes or anything so it’s not that bad) or oily. What do you suggest I do? Should I go back to using the organic shampoo and using a clarifying shampoo to get rid of the build up? Should I use a light conditioner at all?

    Thanks

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  25. Cathy SappSeptember 30, 2013, 15:55

    Have you ever tried a natural homemade shampoo?

    Reply
    • FlorisOctober 1, 2013, 21:26

      Hi Cathy,

      No, I haven’t! I did try some “tablets” that I could have made myself – they were a bit like a block of soap, and they worked pretty well!

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  26. AnonymousOctober 2, 2013, 20:39

    Hi there Floris, nice article! In addition to all the types of organic and natural shampoos and remedies you’ve mentioned, I was curious what you thought of pure coconut oil. I was told it can treat dryness, and is naturally anti-fungus. I believed adding some form of oil would be soothing to the scalp, but now that you mentioned the dreaded “malassezia globosa,” I’m not sure if it will feed on the coconut “oil.” Maybe putting the coconut oil on the scalp, wrapping a towel, and letting it soak in overnight, then rinsing out won’t hurt, just once every other week? What do you think?

    Just a bit more info… I recently started using Wen (Mango Pineapple & Tea Tree) conditioning cleanser, washing in warm and rinsing in cold water. I only need to wash my hair but a few times a week (thank goodness). I also have learned to massage my scalp more, it naturally removes dead skin better than scraping. I too have used the vinegar rinse, but now I know WHY my hair needed it! I have hard water! I have been putting essential oils of lavender and peppermint on the really itchy parts, and it seems to relieve the symptoms. Do you use essential oils? What do you think about them in general?

    I also agree with the comments regarding starch and yeast contributing to scalp (skin) problems. When I am on a very mild ketogenic diet, most of my skin problems reduce significantly. However, as you mentioned, things can get out of balance from time to time, but at least we know how to manage it. It’s nice to know there are others out there who know what we are going through.

    Thanks for the info. I look forward to seeing what you have to say.

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  27. MrSamTheSpam .October 3, 2013, 04:55

    Hello Floris,

    My dandruff started since 8th grade and it was a pain to deal, it was also one of my most embarrassing year of my life, because a lot of people noticed my dandruff and started to judge me. Since 8th grade I used some anti-dandruff shampoo and I didnt think that it made much of a difference. This summer before my 10th grade of high school started my dandruff went away. I used organic shampoos, conditioners, massaged my scalp well, washed it well and dried it well, also kept my hair pretty short. But now my dandruff came back, I even did the same thing as I did that caused my dandruff to go away. Do you know why is that? And any tips to get rid of it again? (Sorry for my horrible grammar)

    Reply
    • FlorisOctober 6, 2013, 18:55

      Hi Sam,

      It could be many things, from hormones to your diet or stress. Did you start eating differently maybe? Or did you have a lot of stress lately?

      Reply
  28. Roxanne McAdamsOctober 3, 2013, 07:35

    Hi, would you recommend using Dry Shampoo on those days when you dont wash your hair? Thanks

    Reply
    • FlorisOctober 6, 2013, 18:51

      Hi Roxanne,

      Sure, I don’t see a problem there, if they are your thing, go for it.

      Reply
  29. ShannonOctober 4, 2013, 16:16

    Hi Floris,

    Thank you for this article it was super helpful. My question for you is, what about conditioner? Do you use it, or since the natural oils are more balanced using Rahua would it make hair to oily/greasy? Normally I would use conditioner to add moisture back when using “normal” shampoo since it strips so much out of your hair and also to combat frizz and fly aways. Do you find you need to use a conditioner with your hair regimen? Or would the excess oil possibly make or influence a case of oily dandruff to return?

    –Shannon

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    • FlorisOctober 6, 2013, 18:50

      Hi Shannon,

      To test I have tried both Rahua and Luxsit conditioners 3 or 4 times after washing, and they didn’t influence the “dandruff situation” as far as I noticed. However, I never really use(d) conditioner as they tend to make my hair sleek and I don’t like that.

      I guess if you need conditioner to get the look you like, the only thing you can do is try.

      Hope this helps!

      Floris

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  30. Angel DLVOctober 11, 2013, 11:53

    Hi, My dandruff started since i was 3rd grade and now I am in 7th grade. My hair is really dry and sometimes it becomes really itchy. I keep on scratching my head to remove the dandruff and I think I have lack of hair growth. I want to bring back my old hair. How can i get rid of my dandruff and my hair growth

    Reply
    • FlorisOctober 16, 2013, 08:29

      Hi Angel, did you read my article? :)

      Reply
  31. Raman KahlonOctober 13, 2013, 12:44

    Hey Floris. I’m trying to grow out my hair (am a guy) and i’m finding im getting dandruff much more often than when i had shorter hair. Have you experienced the same thing?
    A few other questions: What is your take on conditioning? and would any organic/natural shampoo, like maybe herbal essence, be okay?

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    • FlorisOctober 16, 2013, 08:32

      Hi Ramon,

      Hmm, it shouldn’t really matter, but I guess dandruff is more visible in long hair. Or maybe because less hair gets to your scalp when your hair is longer, it gets worse. That sounds plausible actually.

      I don’t condition my hair myself as I don’t see the need. Please see my answer to Shannon for more info.

      Hope this helps!

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  32. victorOctober 15, 2013, 04:40

    hi floris, just wondering what is Balm Balm with Tea Trea ?
    And where can I get some
    in the Toronto area ?
    tks..

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    • FlorisOctober 16, 2013, 08:28

      It’s a simple balm in a jar, for on the skin, hair, lips, etc. You can click on the word Tea Tree in my article and then it will pop-up. For resellers, visit balm balm at balmbalm.com where they have a list of stockists, they will probaby have some webshops shipping to you.

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  33. victorOctober 16, 2013, 04:16

    Hi Floris, I have another question for you..

    where can I find shampoo containing 2.5% selenium sulfide, but no SLS. ?

    only one I can find is Selsun Blue 2.5 selenium sulfide , but is has laureth sulfate …

    tks again

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    • FlorisOctober 16, 2013, 08:23

      Hi Victor,

      Here in Europe you can buy at it the pharmacy. I don’t know where you could get it in the US or Canada unfortunately.
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  34. Abhinav KashyapOctober 16, 2013, 11:02

    Hey Floris,

    I’ve got skin flakes in my scalp for ages. I’m a bit unsure whether it is dandruff or dry scalp since none of the dermatologists I have been to have specifically told me whether it is dandruff or dry scalp. I was advised to use a medicated shampoo and a gel to get rid of it. The gel has ketoconazole and the shampoo has salicylic acid and ketoconazole. I’ve been using them three times a week (Mon, Wed and Fri) for around 2-3 weeks now and while the flakes have reduced, I’m wondering if it is simply because I wash my hair every other day as opposed to any effect of the treatments. I suspect this because today I was combing my hair out after a shower and I found some large wet flakes in the comb. What would you recommend? Should I carry on with the medication for a bit longer or should I stop and let my scalp get back to normal? The water here is not too hard. If at some point I stop the medication, how long does it normally take for the scalp to normalise? Also, does the flaking increase during the period when the scalp is healing?

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    • FlorisOctober 22, 2013, 16:00

      Hi Abhinav,

      Ketoconazole can work wonders against some funghi and I think this definitely has to do with your dandruff becoming less. Of course you don’t want to use this all your life though. So you could try my method while slowly using less and less of the ketoconazole treatment. It could be that the fungi will feel less at home in the “new” environment and you will be able to manage it without medication.

      Reply
  35. Andrew IllingworthOctober 22, 2013, 14:39

    How long into your SLS-free shamppoing regimen before you noticed your dandruff started to subside?

    Reply
    • FlorisOctober 22, 2013, 15:54

      Hi Andrew,

      It was after about 5, 6 weeks that I started to see my scalp was normalizing itself.

      Reply
      • Andrew IllingworthOctober 23, 2013, 07:45

        Thanks for the speedy response Floris.

        One more thing … I just want to understand the science behind this.

        This whole regimen is based on simply based on not applying chemicals (or hot water) that strips the hair of its natural oils and upsets the pH balance … Its just about moisturising your hair until your scalp realises it doesn’t need to produce so much sebum …. essentially resetting itself …. Is this right? (makes sense, dermatologists are so full of shit)

        I have short hair – my dandruff isn’t that noticeable – nonetheless I want to break the dandruff cycle.

        Would a weekly cold-water wash with a sulfate-free conditioner do the trick or does it have to be SLS-free shampoo?

        Furthermore (sorry), what the exact science behind the apple cider vinegar wash? removing dead skin and flakes?

        Thanks.

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        • FlorisOctober 23, 2013, 09:15

          Glad to help Andrew. Your first point is almost spot on, but I wouldn’t call it upsetting the pH balance (more about that here: http://amazingy.com/magazine/ph-skin-acid-protective-mantle/). it’s not even about moisturizing your hair or scalp, it’s more about not stripping it from it’s oils with every wash, which is exactly what SLS does in an extremely aggressive way. Therefore I’d advice not to use anything with sls on your hair, or body for that matter.

          The cold water rinse is only good for one thing: closing cuticles. The cold rinse should be done after rinsing out regular conditioner and before adding leave-in stuff like leave-inconditioners.

          Apple cider vinegar does not much, if anything against dandruff. What it does do is clear your hair of any minerals, like calcium… making your hair shiny like never before.
          I think some people mixed up mineral buildup in their hair with dandruff, which might be the reason why so many people seem to think it’s a solution for dandruff… which it unfortunately isn’t.
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          • Andrew IllingworthOctober 26, 2013, 01:48

            Hey Floris.

            Right …. so I’ve just done a little bit of research and it turns out ‘Dandruff’ and ‘Dry Scalp’ are two different things. This is probably not news to you, lol.

            Dandruff is caused by the too much oil feeding that bacteria you mentioned leading to accelerated skin generation … dandruff is characterised by yellowish-whitish flakes (literally a form of oily dead skin as you mentioned) and itchyness. Was this your issue?

            Dry scalp is apparently less serious small white flakes from having an undermoisturised scalp.

            Either way removing SLS from shampooing and moisturising is the best solution for both – it seems the recovery process is just alot longer for dandruff.

            I think I might have dry scalp. Can you sort of explain what your flakes looked like?

  36. JamesOctober 24, 2013, 21:03

    Thanks for the great article. I completely stopped using shampoo and conditioner all together and just rinse with water once a day. I have been doing this for about 6 months now and my hair has looked and felt great. There is no need for me to use any type of styling product on my hair and I don’t have as many crazy hair days as I did when I was shampooing every day. Within the last month I have started getting dandruff and now it is getting pretty bad. I was hoping it would go away but now it’s getting to the point that I will have to do something. I really don’t want to start down the road of using these anti dandruff shampoos everyday like have been doing pretty much my whole life. I’m struggling to find an answer here, I will try to find some of this organic shampoo hopefully it will do the trick.

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  37. Krystel NacuaNovember 9, 2013, 08:49

    hey, I’ve been wondering if the itchiness I get when my scalp is wet/sweaty comes from having dandruff because I don’t see a lot of flakes, only bits of white dots.. but my scalp gets really itchy and it annoys me because it happens every after i do some walking or something tiring that causes my scalp to sweat. even taking a bath causes my scalp to get really itchy!!…help me please!!!

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    • FlorisDecember 18, 2013, 13:17

      Hi Krystel,

      Yes I know this feeling. I think the reason is that sweat is quite acidic (it has a low pH) and when yout skin is irritated (due to dandruff) it start itching. So the only thing you can do about it really is try to cure your dandruff problem.

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  38. Sanghamitra Nidhi DuttaNovember 9, 2013, 15:19

    Hi Floris,
    This year I lost the half of my original hair volume, and can’t still put a finger on the reason. I’m having sticky dandruff near my hairline (I guess this is where the scalp gets the most exposed during parting), and my hair’s thinned down enough to show my scalp. I’ve been using Nizoral, a ketoconazole based shampoo. So far I’ve not been getting any satisfactory results and I’m nearly desperate! I’m losing more than a hundred hairs everyday, with a bit of my scalp attached to the end.
    Please advise :(

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    • FlorisDecember 18, 2013, 13:23

      Hi Sanghamitra,

      I’m really sorry to hear that, I don’t think the dandruff and hair loss are connected. Are you eating enough and healthy?
      It could also be an auto-immune disease like Alopecia Areata. These can be triggered by all sorts of things, like hair dye, or allergies.

      I would advice you to see a doctor about this because this and I hope you will find the cause soon.

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  39. Arnab MukherjeeNovember 10, 2013, 22:35

    Hi Floris,

    I’ve a very bad hair condition. Its flakes everywhere. It seems my scalp skin is shedding off and it so dry. Please suggest some remedey.

    Thanks
    Arnab

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    • FlorisDecember 18, 2013, 12:35

      Hi Arnab,

      I suggest you read my article :)

      Reply
  40. Shane CoffeyNovember 25, 2013, 20:31

    Hey bro I read your article about this and its really an eyeopener. I’m from the U.S bjt I’m currently deployed in Afghanistan for 9 months and I’ve had this issue since I was 12. Just a few questions: how long did it take to get rid of the dandruff at first and what kind of shampoo did you use? Thanks.

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    • FlorisDecember 18, 2013, 12:34

      Hi Shane,

      It took about 5 or 6 weeks for my scalp to find back it’s balance. Dandruff started to become way less then as well and now, even when it does come back a little bit (some people just seem to sensitive to it) it has never become bad again and I can keep it under control, using the Rahua voluminous shampoo.

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  41. Aerin LinusDecember 5, 2013, 20:13

    Hello,

    I have dandruff problems. I already believe in not washing your hair too much, so I only wash it about once every week or 10 days. I don’t use shampoo because my hair becomes clean when I use water only, and I do not like the fluffiness that comes with using shampoo. Do you think that doing the water warm then cold would thing work for me without shampoo? Should I start to use a shampoo like the one you described or can I get rid of the dandruff by just using water like I usually do?

    Cheers and have a good day!

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    • FlorisDecember 18, 2013, 12:29

      Hi Aerin,

      If you are happy not using shampoo, I’d try sticking to that and try a cold rinse after the warm rinse for the reasons I mentioned in the post. You might also want to try the apple cider vinegar rinse every now & then to remove the minerals from your hair.

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  42. Denny DyneDecember 10, 2013, 01:39

    I’ve read your article and it has given me some renewed hope. I will go and try your method ASAP, my only question is with dry scalp because mine seems to be under moisturized, I keep my hair very short, basically wash and wear mentality.
    So my question to you would be what would i use to moisturize my scalp? I understand what to do for dandruff because of your article, but what about dry scalp?

    thanks

    Reply
    • FlorisDecember 18, 2013, 12:26

      Hi Denny,

      People with dandruff usually do not have a dry scalp, even if it appears so (see my article). However, if you have a really dry scalp, you could try argan oil (make sure you get a good product like Kahina’s), or an organic balm (I use the one with Tea Tree from Balm Balm) as styling product.

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      • Lily StemDecember 19, 2013, 09:22

        I m from india so its said here that you should oil your hair atleast twice a week , so is it ok to oil ur hair when u r having dandruff as u said that bacteria loves oil. so plz tell me is oiling good for ur hair or not.

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  43. Puneet KapoorDecember 18, 2013, 21:09

    Hey ,
    I am just fed up with my hair ! used to be so healthy…but from past 2 years my scalp has become full of dandruff sticked to my scalp ! keep on scratching my scalp half time and it ends up bleading ! my hair has also started thinning ! my hair is in a very bad condition ! No texture ! Totally dull and I am just 20 ! My mother says if I take care of my hair …it will grow back ! please help me!

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  44. zainaDecember 27, 2013, 07:22

    Hello.
    First of all thanks or this very detailed article and for sharing what has worked or you so far.

    My scalp gets very oily, but my hair is usually dry starting from the middle and my ends are very dry, so I tend to put coconut oil in it every now and then. My hair is very curly too, so it needs more moisture. You mentioned that using oils and other products will only repeat the cycle and not solve the problem, so would it be fine to just use the shampoo and then natural oils only where it’s dry i.e. on the ends? and about the conditioner? Can I use apple cider vinegar instead?

    I have been exploring the “no shampoo method” too which basically is about using baking soda and apple cider vinegar instead of shampoo and conditioner. Have you ever come across it/tried it? what is your opinion on it?

    Thank you very much

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  45. Andrew EmmaDecember 31, 2013, 20:22

    Great advice, thanks so much! What has been your experience with salicyclic acid-based shampoos? I had used a natural shampoo with this as the main ingredient for years, but while it worked for a day or so, if I didnt wash every other day I’d be so oily and flaky. Time to try your methods out, thanks again so much for your help!

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  46. Hema AlamJanuary 1, 2014, 05:31

    This is by far THE MOST HELPFUL article I’ve come across. A lot of other sources recomend popular dandruff shampoo’s like Head and Shoulders because they say they get rid of dandruff when they really don’t make much of a difference…well not to me at least…
    This really helped me understand why my dandruff got so bad and what I should do to get rid of it. I’ll definitely try out that organic shampoo.
    Can’t wait to read more of your articles-you’ve got a new fan! ^_^

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  47. Colin PetersJanuary 2, 2014, 13:58

    Hi Floris,
    I suffer quite severely from dandruff and even a couple of hours after washing my hair the flakes return and it gets quite embarrassing. I use T-Gel neutrogena anti dandruff shampoo which helped reduce the dandruff but didn’t totally eradicate it. The T-Gel shampoo in combination with another anti dandruff shampoo, Palmolive alternativley helped for a short while of about 2 weeks but the dandruff returned after i stopped using the T-Gel shampoo. Currently the dandruff is getting out of hand I believe i have a oily scalp with red irritations on my scalp. I read your article and was entrigued by the way you did this so how could you help me use your routine to help me with my dandruff. Hopefully i’ll here from you soon.

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  48. TimothyJanuary 5, 2014, 10:23

    Hello, I have a question about the article regarding the not washing as often tip…

    I wash my hair every day (yes using H&S although I plan on changing after this article). My hair is itchy, looks greasy, and has moderate dandruff. Now the reason I wash my hair everyday is that it feels awfully dirty whenever I go even a day without washing it. I can’t stand it. Will this become less of a problem with the shampoo mentioned? Also, I’m afraid I can’t avoid wetting my hair in the morning, as I move around a lot during sleep. So will that affect the recovery process at all?

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  49. BrittanyJanuary 10, 2014, 22:16

    Hi, I’ve been dealing with dandruff for the last 18 months. It coincided with the birth of my son, so for a while I thought it had something to do with insane hormones. In the meantime, I switched to a natural shampoo with no sulfates that contains tea tree and peppermint. The shampoo has worked great to prevent itching and burning, but the flaking is still bad! A couple of months ago, I started washing my hair only every other day (I’ve always been one of those people whose hair was terribly oily again 24 hours after washing.). My hair has finally gotten to the point that it doesn’t look like I haven’t bathed in weeks by washing it only every other day and I’m hoping to be able to start washing only every three days soon. A couple of weeks ago I also started to use a natural boar hair bristle brush to help distribute the oils from my scalp down the entire length of my hair – my hair is just past my waist in length. So, anyway, that is my situation. I’m going to try the Rahua shampoo you suggested. I wanted to know your thoughts on the conditioner, as well. Should I use it, or just rely on my scalp’s natural oils? Or maybe just on the ends? Any other thoughts and tips would be greatly appreciated. I really loved your article – it’s great to hear all of this from someone who used their own advice to cure their own dandruff. A lot of the advice on the internet is to get a chemical-laden dandruff shampoo and wash the hair every day or twice daily and it really felt wrong, especially since I don’t like to use any beauty products that contain harsh chemicals. So again, thank you.

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  50. Jeremy ScottJanuary 14, 2014, 04:44

    Hello Floris,

    I read the article and most of the comments.

    Here is my background. I have had dandruff on and off for like 2 years. I used to use vinegar(after a wash) to stop it but eventually that stopped working and it got worse.

    I moved the tea tree oil and would wash my hair 2x a week with that (I only washed my hair 2x a week and would use it every time)

    That did not work after ~2 months. On 1/1 I washed my hair with the recommended shampoo and then I stopped washing my hair hoping to reset it and restore the balance.

    I have good days and bad days. I have been wearing a loose hat (knit) for the entire time because the dandruff is VERY bad. ok so back to the bad days, I those days I get a very itchy scalp. What can I do to combat that? What can I do to get rid of these huge flakes too (do I just need to wait for the reset?)

    I want to keep not washing it but on the bad days it is very hard.

    Thanks.

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    • FlorisMay 1, 2014, 09:48

      Hey Jeremy,

      The not-washing method also didn’t work for me. I keep things in control by washing twice or three times a week, leaving the mild shampoo in for a minute or 2, and rinsing with cold water.

      I also still have good and bad days or weeks, but since I do this it’s never been bad like before.

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  51. Denny DyneJanuary 15, 2014, 17:15

    I like the Rahua’s voluminous shampoo, and the conditioner. I can’t get the Tea Trea from Balm Balm in Canada, but i’ve been using Goe Oil by Jao website: http://jaobrand.com/products/goeoil.
    It has natural products and I was wondering what your take on this product would be. I have the organic Argan oil, but to use on a daily basis…Goe oil works well.
    But as you mentioned, you might have to use a shampoo (Nizoral that has ketoconazole in it) that will kill the fungus that can causes the dandruff first, get a handle on it then proceed with the organic shampoos.
    What’s your thought?

    Thanks

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  52. Stephanie TanJanuary 22, 2014, 20:14

    Hi Jack

    You’re post has made me do a lot of research on how to deal with danruff. Just a question. Have you tried teetree organic shampoos? If so do they work and is there one you would recommend?

    Kind Regards

    Stephanie

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  53. ranuJanuary 23, 2014, 14:54

    Hey floris thanks a ton forgivng this beneficial advice.i hav a question tat will the hair oil like almond oil would work curing dandruff and should we use hairoil to control dandruff.even i hav ths dandruff problem since 3 years not able to find a permanent solution so plz plz plz help me out.and i use shikkakai its a herbal shampoo is it ok to use.and is it k to massage hair wit oil

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  54. Steve GJanuary 23, 2014, 15:44

    Hey Floris,

    I read your advice and I’m going to try it out to solve my dandruff issue. But before I begin, I have one question. I exercise on a regular basis and my hair tends to get wet as well from the sweat. Since I exercise 4-5 times a week, should I be washing my hair after every workout?

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    • rohit kumarMarch 12, 2014, 10:36

      Wash your hair with onion water. Get your tresses to be super sleek and shiny while supplementing them with nutrients by rinsing your hair with onion water. Cut up an onion and boil it in several cups of water. Allow the onion water to cool, strain out the onion, and pour it through your hair. Massage it into your scalp before rinsing the onion water out again.
      Rinse your hair with apple cider vinegar. Among the multitude of uses for apple cider vinegar is increasing hair growth through frequent rinsings. After you finish shampooing your hair in the shower, rinse it out with apple cider vinegar. Follow with your regular conditioner and rinse with warm water.
      Try a grapeseed oil massage. This lovely oil is often an ingredient in popular hair care products, and can be used on its own to increase hair growth. Pour some oil (room temperature or warm) onto your scalp and massage it in with your fingers. Allow it to set for up to an hour. Do this 2-3 nights a week for the best results.
      Add a bit of palm oil to your strands. Rather than focusing on the scalp, adding palm oil to the length of your strands will increase its vitality and prevent it from breaking. Thoroughly coat the ends and middle sections of your hair with palm oil, and allow it to soak in for 10 minutes. Rinse it out with your regular washing routine as you normally would. Doing this 2 times a week for several months will keep your hair stronger over time.
      Switch over to silk pillow covers. Pillowcases made from cotton or linen, although may feel soft, are rough enough to grab strands of hair and cause unnecessary breakage. Prevent this from happening by simply switching to a silk pillowcase. It will stop unwanted friction on your hair while you sleep, and is extra comfortable for heading to bed.
      Biotin is an inexpensive vitamin that helps renew the hair follicle and grow healthier roots which when taken long term, makes your hair grow longer and healthier faster
      Eat protein food. Especially green leafy vegetables and fruits
      Most importantly use Ayurvedic Kesh King Hair loss therapy regularly.

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  55. JohnJanuary 29, 2014, 23:08

    Hey Jack ,

    I been trying your method for 3 weeks now. I stopped washing my hair every day. For the first 2 weeks I only washed my hair every 2 days with the Rahua shampoo you suggested. It seemed to be clearing up a bit then I started washing every 3 days and it got a lot worse again. Any suggestions? You mentioned a apple vinegar rinse would I use that in between days of washing my hair or one of the days. Thanks

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  56. JeremyJanuary 30, 2014, 02:56

    Hey Floris,

    I have a few concerns. One is that I am a weight room supervisor and exercise very regularly. I work up a good sweat and my head usually gets drenched, to say the least. I have still been trying your ideas and I have only been washing my hair with an organic shampoo once or twice a week. However, I am wondering if I should rinse my hair with cold water when I have an after workout shower. I have been letting my hair stay dry, but should I change this?
    Also, I have very dry skin on my face, especially on the edge of my scalp and face. Is this connected to my dandruff problem on the areas close to my scalp? Will it matter if I use a face moisturizer?
    Either way, I love the article you have written and I am hoping with all my heart that it will work. I’m in it for as long as it takes. Thanks!

    Jeremy

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    • rohit kumarMarch 12, 2014, 10:34

      Before going to bed put oil in a small container. The quantity of the oil should be in proportion to the length and density of your hair so as to be applicable on your complete hair. Apply oil on the tip of your fingers and rub it gently on the base of your hair enabling it to penetrate in to the roots of your hair. Let the oil gradually seep into roots of your hair & nourish them for the whole night.Do not apply on your palms and rub it vigorously as it may uproot weak hair. Slow application and massage of hair only would yield better results. The oil may be removed in the morning with washing of hair with a mild shampoo which does not contain chemicals

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    • FlorisMay 1, 2014, 09:41

      Hi Jeremy,

      If you sweat so much, I’d wash my hair after the workout. When I sweat a lot this usually causes some itchiness too. Always cold rinse after washing.

      Have you tried a selenium sulfide shampoo yet to see if this makes the dandruff go away after using it about 3 times?

      Indeed, most probably the patches on your face and dandruff could very well be connected and have the same cause: a fungi or a combination of bacteria and fungi. Now there is nothing strange about this, everyone has these on their face, some people just seem to have less resistance to them in some times of their life (or some places, mostly hairlines and skin folds). I also have a little patch on a scar on my cheek, where my skin seems to have trouble keeping control. What really helps me is a cream containing 2% ketoconazole which I put on if it comes back. A corticosteroid hormone cream does nothing for me there.

      If it’s just dry skin you have, than a moisturiser or good oil with help, yes. I really like Dr. Alkaitis Soothing Gel, which is also a great after shave and has a nice fresh smell to it (that goes away quickly) so it’s very suitable for men. It’s also does’t look too girly! :)

      Let me know how you’re getting along!

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  57. rajuFebruary 9, 2014, 09:23

    I am from Newzealand. I am 29 years old and i am suffering from severe dandruff. I am having this problem from 4-5 years. I used to shave my hair to get rid of dandruff . Can you suggest me to take a medicated shampoo or organic one? I am seeing severe hair fall and patches on my head. I started taking saw plametto , omega 3-fatty pills and vitamin E capsules. Can you suggest me how to go ahead further to treat my scalp

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  58. Paul J MFebruary 9, 2014, 11:32

    HI great article

    My question is what if you don’t use shampoo. I stopped using shampoo about a year ago my hair feels great but I do have dandruff. I wash it in cold water only every day. I do use an anti dandruff conditioner occasionally which is slightly effective. . I’d still prefer to avoid shampoos so will try the apple cider vinegar rinse and maybe a tea tree rinse. Your thoughts?

    Paul

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  59. BrittanyMarch 1, 2014, 23:46

    I have used every shampoo there is from dandruff to natural shampoos and my scalp remains the same its so bad that i have build up in certain areas of my head nothing seems to work. Ive read your article and was hoping you had some advice for me or a product you recommend…

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    • FlorisMay 1, 2014, 09:56

      Hi Brittany,

      I’m sorry to hear that. Have you tried medicated shampoo which contains 2,5% selenium sulfide?

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  60. TeejMarch 7, 2014, 18:18

    Hi! I was wondering how often do you wash your hair after you got rid of the itch? Because I’m doing exactly what you wrote here. I washed my hair every other day, then every other 2 days, then once a week. Now that the itch is gone, I don’t know if I can wash my hair often. I’m worried that it will start itching again. Also, I haven’t tried using the apple cider vinegar. Did you use it when you were washing your hair less and trying to remove the itch?

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    • FlorisMay 1, 2014, 09:58

      Hi Teej! I was my hair twice to three times a week now. I used the apple cider vinegar to get rid of the minerals in my hair (that were not removed well enough by the shampoo I used at the time).

      I now use Rahua’s voluminous shampoo and don’t need to rinse with vinegar anymore – even though it’s still a good trick to get super shiny hair.

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  61. EmilyMarch 8, 2014, 16:35

    How long did it take for your hair to adjust to less washing?
    I wash my hair every day and when I don’t, my hair gets really oily, itchy and full of dandruff. I want to stop washing my hair so often because I literally can’t go one day without shampooing it because it gets so greasy, and I can’t stand the itchiness.
    I’ve started only shampooing every other day. I still shower every day (is that ok?) but I just wet my hair and condition the ends. I hope that once my hair gets used to that, I’ll decrease the amount of shampoo bit by bit.

    How long did it take your hair to get used to shampooing less?

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    • FlorisMay 1, 2014, 09:55

      Hi Emily,

      It took about 6 weeks for my scalp to adjust fully. You can stil shower every day but make sure you don’t shower to warm – this tends to make you sweat which can lead to itchiness as well.

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  62. GertMarch 10, 2014, 15:50

    Very nice article, Ive tried alot of diffrent shampoos but nothing really works.

    Right now i am trying Esperanca Professional Dandruff Kit and i will keep everyone updated with it.

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  63. JessiMarch 15, 2014, 14:19

    I want to try this but I can’t stand the thought of…… *cringe” bed head….. it smells so bad…!

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    • FlorisMarch 28, 2014, 21:00

      Haha sorry but I have no idea what you mean!

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  64. LavrentiuMarch 19, 2014, 22:32

    Hi Floris,

    Was delighted to find your article and will soon try your method. I have been struggling with annoying hair pretty much since I hit puberty, when I was 13 or so.

    My problem is like this:
    - I have very thin and soft hair
    - I have greasy skin & hair but a dry scalp
    - It gets very itchy, especially if I don’t wash it more than one day
    - it is a huge pain to style in any way which is why for year I’ve been resorting to crew-cuts, i keep it short an cut it once every 6-7 weeks

    When it grow a little, most morning I wake up with my hair, especially on the right side which is the one I sleep on mostly looking as it a category 5 hurricane has just passed through :) I have to use water from the tap most morning to wet it down a bit, comb it and then dry it with a towel before I can leave for work, even though it’s short. (I normally shower before going to bed rather than in the mornings).

    I have been using H&S for a long time, more recently I have also tried Alpecin Dandruff Killer which was good in calming the irritation a bit but it didn’t help at all with the greasiness.

    I was thinking to start trying your method but since this Rahua shampoo it hard to find and a bit expensive , was consideing this one instead> BURT’S BEES BABY BEE SHAMPOO. It’s advertised as being sulphate-free as long as many other types of xxxx-free so hopefully will do the job ?

    Would be really grateful to hear your response

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    • FlorisMarch 29, 2014, 10:17

      Hi there! It sounds like you were at the point where I was: getting a bit desperate.
      I always wet my hair in the morning as well because, well, I don’t look like hurricane went through, but more like Cosmo Kramer. So don’t worry about that.

      I totally get the Rahua shampoo is expensive and of ourse you could try out Burt’s bee’s first. It contains some surfactants like lauryl glucoside which is pretty gentle so it might do the trick.

      Good luck and keep me posted on your progress!

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  65. adhi lakshmiMarch 24, 2014, 20:55

    I am in India . I have a very thin hair. I don’t know whether my scalp is oily or dry . I have dandruff for the past 12 years . Still it is continuing. Rahua brand is too costly to afford. I request you to suggest organic shampoos that is available in indian market. At the same time it should yeild good results similar to rahua. U had mentioned taking head baths have been in use only after 1970s. But in our culture we take head baths regularly to keep ourselves clean. I don’t know when it would have started. But would have started very very earlier than u mentioned. Will ur strategy work for me too in curing dandruff.

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    • FlorisMarch 29, 2014, 10:10

      Hi Adhi,
      Thanks for your comment and I’m sorry to hear about your dandruff problem. It certainly is annoying. I didn’t say the “western world” only started to shampoo in the late 70′s, I said they started to to it daily. Before it was very common to wash hair once, or twice a week, or even less. I can not tell if my strategy will work for you, you’ll have to try. Try washing your hair with a selenium sulfide shampoo 3 times in one week, and IF the dandruff is than gone, switch to a very gentle shampoo without sls and see if it stays away.

      Hope this helps.

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  66. NairMarch 24, 2014, 21:51

    Thanks for the great article and I’m planning to follow your way to get rid of dandruff which is a pain for me nowadays. I didn’t see you recommend to use a conditioner after the organic shampoo wash. Do we need to apply the conditioner after the shampoo?

    Thanks and have a great a day!!

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    • FlorisMarch 28, 2014, 20:48

      Hi Nair,

      I do not use conditioner, as I feel it makes my hair oily again quickly, meaning I have to wash it again sooner, which I don’t want :)

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  67. SouhailMarch 31, 2014, 23:04

    Dear Floris,
    I wanna thank u 1st for ur article ,
    My problem is a actually like urs , I’m trying to lower washing my hair , the problem is that I go to the gym 3 times a week so it’s not possible to not wash after sweating that much ..
    What should I do in that case
    Thanx xx

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    • FlorisApril 10, 2014, 10:18

      Hi Souhail – then I’d just wash my hair after going to the gym. 3 times a week with a gentle shampoo.

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  68. CT313April 5, 2014, 22:02

    This might be too late of a comment, but I’ve actually not used shampoo at all, purely because I’m too lazy, in several months and mainly I wash my hair with water and soap because it takes less effort and I don’t need to buy any products.
    After a while of not really bothering to take care of my hair I’ve noticed quite bad dandruff coming off when I bother to brush it – and am wondering if maybe I should start using shampoo/brush more to get rid of the problem?

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    • FlorisApril 10, 2014, 10:17

      Hmm yes I would advice you to occasionaly use shampoo.

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      • ParkerApril 26, 2014, 14:25

        Hey Floris,
        I use mustard oil once a week before washing my hair. I leave the oil for two or three hours and then wash my hair.What do you think about it? Is mustard oil better than argan oil?

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        • FlorisMay 1, 2014, 08:56

          Hi Parker,

          Mustard oil is great for hair as well. I wouldn’t call it better than argan, it’s just a matter of preference. I know a lot of blogs and people (and salesmen!) will say mustard oil will stimulate hair growth but even though it does probably stimulate the scalp a bit because it increases the blood circulation I don’t really believe this.

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  69. FlanniganApril 13, 2014, 22:08

    Dear Floris,

    What do you think of this?

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11485891

    I woke up with a scalp so itchy I was writhing on the floor in pain. I’ve had lesions and dandruff on my face and scalp for years. I found the above, as well as your suggested method, which I had tried once before. Slathered some honey water on my scalp and the itchiness is gone. Will keep using.

    Like me to keep you posted?

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    • FlorisMay 1, 2014, 09:16

      Very interesting! We are actually testing raw manuka honey (the most active, anti-bacterial honey there is) at the moment, which has many great benefits.

      So, yes please do keep me posted!

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  70. DylanApril 24, 2014, 09:30

    Also another Question Floris…
    I used Dr Woods Organic Tea Tree all in one soap/ shampoo with very cold water just on scalp trying to avoid my long hair as much as possible. (I have colored/ highlighted hair) and harsh shampoos can strip color. Is this product even right for what you are suggesting to try to achieve here…. or is it too harsh for hair especially color treated hair?

    Do ALL organic shampoos automatically contain NO SLS and the negative ingredients which you have discussed avoiding so as long as they are Organic? So there would be no need to check for harmful stripping ingredients (or SLS whatever that is) if Organic, correct? Or is the Tea Tree to harsh for washing or for color treated hair?

    Thanks so much!

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    • FlorisMay 1, 2014, 09:05

      Hi Dylan,

      I like those ingredients. They are very much like Dr. Bronners Soaps. I tried these for a while but they didn’t really work for my hair. It became very rigid. I think they will work better on (very) short hair..
      Also, soaps like these tend to not remove minerals from the hair, resulting in hair that will look dull and even a bit grey-ish. So make sure to do the vinegar rinse as described in the article.

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  71. DylanApril 24, 2014, 10:24

    Ok one more comment !! :-O

    First, got it! …(SLS=sodium lauryl sulfate).

    Next… I want to say for your readers… I have become allergic to chemical preservatives (Formaldehyde and others) that are in our Cosmeceuticals in the US which has created contact allergic dermatitis for me. I believe I am not the only one. I think that many of us are suffering from this which could be the reason for the peeling, flaking skin and itchiness.That being said after much study on this subject of harmful ingredients (Europe has better laws than we do in the US preventing usage of harmful chemicals in our cosmeceuticals). I have determined that chemicals in our products, drugs as medicine and GMO foods are the cause of many of our ailments today.

    Holistic, natural & Organic is healing and healthful for our bodies. Whenever I hear of a death 98% of the time I learn there were drugs involved. Whenever I hear of an ailment, 98% of the time a chemical/ pill/ OTC/ or prescription drugs were the culprit. Whenever there is an allergy more times than not it is due to the exposure to chemicals. If we just try to take away as much chemical exposure as possible and go back to Organic we can heal most things IMO…. & u are right about the shampooing as I have experienced stopping and starting with H&S and yes, re-starting usage does cause you to need it more… (terrible cycle) one which creates more of a need.

    Hopefully u can let me know what you think about the Dr Woods Tea Tree Shampoo and whether or not it is too harsh especially on very long highlighted/colored hair.

    Thanks again!

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  72. ArielleApril 30, 2014, 23:17

    This was a great read. I love when people do case studies and show actual results. I know that coconut oil is also very helpful in battling dry and itchy scalp, and you can easily make a coconut oil hair mask yourself for very little money

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    • FlorisMay 1, 2014, 08:35

      Thanks Arielle, I will have to try the coconut oil treatment myself someday. I heard people who it really helped, but also the opposite, where the coconut oil just caused more itchiness and dandruff.

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      • Renato T. TupasMay 2, 2014, 08:45

        Hi Floris,
        I suffered more than 40 years of this itchy scalp due to dandruff. I tried using so many brand of shampoos for a lot of hopeless years. No remedy for my stubborn dandruff.
        Then i tried this steps: Itake a bath using mild sampoo , tap my hair dry a little, wit9h cotton ball apply 6% salicylic acid solution to my entire scalp morning and evening. After a week my dandruff is gone and my scalp looks 100 % cured and my hair very shiny. Cheers, i just want to share.

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