Hey YourNaturalHair team! I have a question. I’ve recently transitioned to natural and got a big chop about two months ago. I’m happy with my decision but not happy with the fact that I’m having a real problem with dandruff. I always had a bit of flaking but now I think since my hair is short, I can really see it. It’s driving me crazy. How do I get rid of dandruff?
You can treat the disease as much as you want with over the counter dandruff shampoos and prescription dandruff treatments, etc., but unless you get rid of the CAUSE of the dandruff, it will just come back!
Start with your diet. Investigate Omega-3 fats. We all get more than enough Omega-6 fats from eating meat and plant oils, but most people do not ingest enough Omega-3 fats. Normally dandruff indicates a low level of that vital fat. Omega-3 fats are found in flaxseed oil, walnut oil, and fish. If you don’t like fish and don’t eat nuts, you can use supplements. Most health food stores sell quality Omega-3 supplements in the form of krill oil, fish oil or flaxseed oil capsules.
In addition to that, keep in mind that everything you put on your scalp goes into your bloodstream, and can affect your overall health and internal hormone and blood balances. Don’t resort to using creams designed for your vagina or feet on your scalp no matter what you hear other people are doing online. Remember though that pretty much all shampoos and conditioners sold in mass market stores contain harmful chemicals that can create skin irritation, and contribute dry scalp, flaking and dandruff.
I don’t use shampoo at all myself, but if you don’t want to use clay washes, then buy organic or hand made products that do not contain parabens and sodium laureth, or lauryl sulfate which are known eye and skin irritants.
Look for shampoos and conditioners that contain natural antimicrobial and antifungal ingredients such as tea tree oil and grapefruit seed extract, or antioxidant vitamins (A, C and E) that act as natural preservatives, without dangerous side effects. Essential oils with known anti-fungal properties include cinnamon essential oil, clove essential oil, geranium oil, tea tree oil, garlic oil, myrrh. Apply a blend of geranium, cinnamon, clove and tea tree essential oils, which has been diluted with a carrier oil. To dilute the essential oils, mix 1 teaspoon of essential oil with 2 teaspoons of a neutral vegetable oil, such as grapeseed oil, castor oil or olive oil.
And if you really don’t want to be bothered with all of those separate purchases and mixing, our Green Goop provides the benefits of all the ingredients above plus 25 others that stimulate and support a healthy scalp environment to maximize hair growth and length. Find out more about Green Goop Hair and Scalp Pudding by clicking here.
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