I wrote this post earlier, but it didn’t get saved! *grumble* >.< But here is my second attempt:
So I’ve been on a hunt to find an effective and non-toxic way to get rid of dandruff. It has not been an easy task! I tried a number of products earlier, but unfortunately I did not find the “right one*. Here is a list of a few more products I tried:
1. Herbal Essences Cleansing Conditioner
I have described this cleansing conditioner in an earlier post- it’s a conditioner that lightly cleanses so you can avoid using shampoo daily, which strips away natural oils. I was really excited to try this- it smelled good and felt very nice and rich and creamy. Unfortunately, it made my dandruff 10x worse. Turns out it has zinc pyrithione in it, which is an anti-dandruff compound. However, it can also make scalps more itchy and make dandruff worse, which is what happened to me.
2. Jellua Squid Ink Active Shampoo and Repair Treatment Cream
I mentioned this duo in an earlier post. It was recommend to me by a hairstylist for treating dandruff. Jellua is a Korean company, and they use squid ink these products, giving the shampoo and conditioner/cream a dark brown color. While I thought this duo worked fairly well, I felt it was too pricey and the conditioner/cream contains methylparaben (a paraben), which I would prefer not to have in any of my hair or body products.
3. Shikai Henna Gold Shampoo
I have been using this product for a long time. It highlights hair using clear (colorless) henna. I use it generally in the summer to brighten up my highlights. Henna is supposedly good for the scalp and hair, and I have found that it keeps my scalp relatively happy (it doesn’t make anything worse, that’s for sure). On the EWG Skin Deep cosmetics database, they have the old formulation listed, which had a lot of possibly toxic/irritating ingredients. The current formulation does not contain these ingredients.
4. Acure Pure Mint + Echinacea Stem Cell Conditioner
This conditioner really helped calm my scalp and seemed to get my dandruff to die down. I love the way this conditioner makes my hair feel. It has a minty smell and my hair feel light and voluminous (it is a volumizing conditioner, after all). My only complaint is that my hair is a little hard to brush after using it. But overall, I am happy with this product. I may try their other products- they also have a Moroccan organ oil shampoo and conditioner duo.
I searched the internet for more natural anti-dandruff products, and found 2 other recommendations.
1. Pharmaceutical Specialties Free & Clear Shampoo
2. Lavera Anti-Dandruff Shampoo, Organic Cornflower and Sage
I haven’t tried them yet, but I might?