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Any shampoo/treatment tips for itchy, flakey scalp?
Hi For the first time in my life I've developed dandruff, particularly on the crown of my head. It's also quite itchy. I only wash my hair once or twice a week (it's curly and is best with a bit of grease) but I wonder if it's getting too greasy and causing the dandruff? Does anyone have any tips? Anyone found any products particularly useful?
I use Eucerin shampoo, which is expensive but it does work. I'm allergic to cocomidopropyl betaine, an ingredient which is in almost every shampoo/shower gel/handwash on the market - it's apparently quite a common allergy, and stopping using anything with it in, whilst a right PITA, does seem to have made a difference.
Another vote for T-Gel - not expensive, can pick it up anywhere (including supermarket). Doesn't smell particularly nice but I find if I just use periodically - say once a week then it keeps the itchiness at bay and I can use a normal shampoo the rest of the time.
I would actually try vosene (dont know if that's correct spelling..) it's cheap and it works a treat! Smells a bit funny but once you've dried it smells fine! It's been going for thousands if years too so obvious they're doing something right!
It's worth checking to see if you have psoriasis. DH thought he had awful dandruff for years. Met me, dragged him off to med bod and found he has psoriasis.
He finds most shampoos make it worse, as well as anything coal tar based (unusual, as that's usually meant to help). He finds Oilatum shampoo the best thing. Plus reducing his intake of dairy/red meat/citrus/wine/beer helps.
I had this here recommended by a hairdresser. A leave in lotion, you put it on after you've washedyou hair in a normal shampoo of your choice. I thought at first it didn't work, but kept using it for a few weeks. It does work. Fancy that.
Normal dandruff shampoos strip your scalp off apparently. Not v.good for you.
The Philip Kinglsey one just smells like a very mild shampoo smell, its nice and as snail says it definitely doesn't smell like creosote / coal tar or carbolic soap. I've tried others and always end up going back to this one.
It might not be dandruff. I sometimes get this when I use gels or mousses, or a shampoo that doesn't agree. Dandruff is a different condition all together, one which can respond to things like t-gel. Best to try and find something mild and non-irritating to begin with, maybe avoid 'products.' I find Dead Sea shampoo plus the Dead Sea Mud conditioner/scalp treatment clear mine up - takes a few washes, but it then keeps it clear (fingers crossed). Might be worth trying before the £££ ones.
I find good old head and shoulders has done wonders for my scalp, used to always be flaky and started using hubby's H&S by mistake (had run out of my posh shampoo ;) ) and have been using its since as helped so much!