For as long as I can remember, I have had dandruff. As a hereditary sufferer of eczema, dandruff has also haunted me on a regular basis. Both my parents get it regularly, and I can remember my mom giving me Aveeno oatmeal baths and dandruff shampoo soaks to cure my itchy head and skin.
As I got older, I experimented with different dandruff shampoos; everything from Head & Shoulders to Clear and even the hard-core clinical strength stuff. Usually, my clinical shampoo would work for the most part, but it wasn’t exactly the most gentle, and I was always hesitant to use it on my salon-colored hair.
The problem was never completely solved. The clinical-strength shampoo would lessen the dandruff, but it was never completely gone. When I would comb my hair after my shower, I’d notice a few small flakes around my hairline. I would sigh and settle with the fact that at least the big flakes were gone.
However, I was at my wit’s end earlier this summer. After a fun fishing trip in Charleston, SC, my scalp had gotten pretty sunburned, leading to some additional flaking that was even worse than my normal flakes. Soon, I noticed big giant flakes, about the diameter of peas (!) coming out from the crown of my head. And they weren’t just floating loosely: many of them were still attached to my skin, like big scales waiting to be stubbornly pulled off. Being a brunette they were extremely noticeable and extremely disgusting.
Humiliated and furious, I frantically searched Amazon, Pinterest, and blogs for a solution. After a few nights’ worth of browsing for an hour or so, I found something new to try: a shampoo brush.
This little tool is currently $3.40 on Amazon and has single-handedly become my sole dandruff cure. I wash my hair every other day and use it every time I am washing my hair. I put the shampoo on my scalp with my hands first, then wet the brush and get to work. I work in sections and move the brush around on my scalp, gently but firmly, in small half-circles (the movement I use is probably best likened to polishing a tooth or coin with a brush).
The first time I used the shampoo brush, those giant scaly flakes were 100% gone. I usually could always feel some scaly flakes (which I’m guessing is seborrheic dermatitis), no matter what shampoo I used near my neck. Those were completely gone. The most visible dandruff around my hairline was 100% gone.
I am flabbergasted that a fix was so simple and cheap. If only I had done more research years ago– I could’ve saved myself tons of embarrassment. Now I’m sharing my story to help save you or your family embarrassment too! This is no permanent cure for dandruff, but this shampoo brush has helped me completely control my dandruff problem. Hopefully it will help you too!
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