Struggling with dandruff? Guess what you are not the only one! Well, maybe you are if you are the last one to read this blog post. As everyone else already followed my tips and got rid of dandruff. So, better hurry up! Read this post, get the right shampoo against dandruff that actually works and brings back the beauty of your scalp. Oh and that anti-dandruff shampoo actually works. Tested on my hair!
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I must admit, I was thinking for a while whether I should even post this blog post. Sharing I got dandruff myself too and moreover admitting that my favourite Balmain Hair Couture products might not be as magical as I believed for last few years, was not easy. Especially not after I have been praising all those products in my previous posts. And actually love it so much.
Ps. I wrote about Balmain Hair Couture products in this blog post here where I shared what to do if you want your hair to grow faster. And how to stop hair fallout.
But as dandruff seems to be a real problem, so many of you are dealing with it right now, and I got rid of it, successfully, within 2 weeks, I decided to share this post anyway. Besides knowing you are not the only one in this, will help you too. Yes, dandruff can happen to a girl with great hair too!
FIRST IT WAS SNOW NOW IT’S DANDRUFF FLAKES
I had to deal with dandruff two years ago. Honestly, I’m happy I was not the only one having dandruff back then. I don’t know about you, but I actually felt so ashamed when I had to admit my scalp and hair is full of white dandruff flakes. Especially when dandruff has this bad connotation among people here.
Besides getting dandruff, all the sudden was a bit of a shock to me. I mean I hadn’t had dandruff since I was a little girl. I remember getting it then after using that horrendous Johnson’s Baby Shampoo that made my scalp dry and my hair looking like hay. You know what I mean? Not mentioning how itchy my scalp was and that dreadful dandruff flakes everywhere.
Luckily, this time the situation wasn’t looking that horrible. I mean I had big dandruff flakes all over my scalp, and my dermatologist said my scalp is very dry, but at least my hair looked more or less normal. And my scalp wasn’t itchy, irritated or red at all. It was just full of giant dandruff flakes.
WHY EVERYONE HAS DANDRUFF THIS SEASON AND WHY I GOT DANDRUFF TWO YEARS AGO TOO
Anyway, as said getting dandruff was a bit of a sock to me. But after such a long winter and months of dry air, heating, and bad food, I guess all those macarons, les petits gâteaux were bad for me afterwards. Also, after lacking everything in my blood, getting a dry scalp shouldn’t be surprising at all. Still, you know, I didn’t see dandruff coming out of my scalp.
And yes, if you were asking yourself the same question, WTF are dandruff flakes doing in your hair and clothes, you can blame it on the long winter. I mean if everyone has it then it’s probably not your scalp. Nor some sort of infection. So there is nothing to be ashamed about. IT’s like you had dry skin on your body or face. Besides, remember your friends have it too. But hiding it under the bucket hat. Don’t say you thought everyone was wearing bucket hats and hair pins solely for fashion this season?
HOW TO GET DANDRUFF OUT OF YOUR HAIR
As said, I got rid of dandruff fast. After seeing my dermatologist and getting the dandruff shampoo, it took me more or less 2 weeks to get rid of dandruff. Once and for all I hope. Not sure if 2 weeks is long or quick, though. But after a month of seeing my scalp peeling off as big dandruff flakes, wait what flakes? I should write cereals instead. Seriously! Whatsoever after a month, 2 weeks didn’t seem that long at all.
So, how did I get rid of dandruff? I went to see my dermatologist first, to see what exactly is going on on my scalp. She took a thorough look at my scalp and confirmed my scalp is dry and I had dandruff. She gave me these 3 tips then.
TIPS FOR GETTING RID OF DANDRUFF FAST
Again, not sure if 2 weeks is fast. Also not sure if the anti-dandruff shampoo I used is the best out there. But it looks the most extravagant for sure. Plus it helped me.
Oh, and I add one more tip to the 3 tips my dermatologist gave me.
#1 GO TO DERMATOLOGIST
Obviously, I had to add this tip. Not only I wouldn’t get to know the other 3 tips, but it’s really important to see a dermatologist first. As casual and common dandruff might seem, it’s important to let a dermatologist check your scalp first. You know you can’t save the problem if you don’t know the cause of dandruff. Even if, a consult with a dermatologist will help you chose the right anti-dandruff shampoo easier. Because using one is essential.
Ps. You can find my dermatologist at Inštitut za Dermatologijo. And mention I’m sending you.
#2 START USING ANTI-DANDRUFF SHAMPOO
When my dermatologist said, I should start using anti-dandruff shampoo I was like oh no, not the anti-dandruff shampoo. As using one would mean I have to embrace the fact that I have dandruff. Ha, I guess you finally figured out that dandruff is hurting my self-confidence. In short, I don’t want to have it.
Still, even though I didn’t like the idea of washing my hair with an anti-dandruff shampoo, I decided to say goodbye to the shampoo, conditioner and the masque I was using then and got myself the anti-dandruff shampoo.
I must admit, finding a right shampoo was a legit nightmare to me. Even though my dermatologist told me what kind of shampoo I need, finding the right shampoo wasn’t easy. I even got wrong with the first shampoo. And no that first shampoo wasn’t Head & Shoulders nor Vichy. I learned my lesson about these two long ago. When I had dandruff as a little girl.
Honestly, I can’t help myself not wondering how come people still use Head & Shoulders shampoo. I mean it’s so aggressive and turns your hair in frizzy hay in no time. Not mentioning what it does to the hair ends. Also styling your hair becomes mission impossible.
Anyway, back to the first shampoo I tried. The one that didn’t do much for my hair. I used SACHAJUAN scalp shampoo. I liked how clean and soft my hair felt. But it didn’t bring enough moister for my scalp. Perhaps because I wasn’t using Sachajuan’s conditioner as well.
THE BEST DANDRUFF SHAMPOO
Luckily, my second choice was the right one. I got the newest anti-dandruff shampoo from Oribe, and it actually worked.
You can shop Oribe shampoo, conditioner and leave-on treatment from the widget below. Just click on the items and a link will take you to the store. Ps. I added three shampoos actually, one from Net-a-Porter, other from Amazon and third from Nordstrom as this shampoo keep running out of stock. But I’m sure there should be one left for you in one of these three stores.
#3 WASH YOUR HAIR MORE OFTEN
I must admit, I was surprised to hear my dermatologist saying this. Not sure why, but I guess that grandmother’s tales, I thought washing my hair more would make my hair even drier. Omg, I can’t believe how stupid I was. I would never think this of the skin on my face. When it comes to the face and body, everyone can tell washing more often and using a cream after washing makes your skin softer. Well, guess what? It’s the same with your hair.
In short, the rule for washing your hair when you have dandruff is, wash before your hair starts itching you. And if it doesn’t itch you at all, as it didn’t itch me, then … then I don’t know what to say. I tend to wash my hair when it gets dirty. But now I simply don’t know when it’s the right time. I just was my hair before it could get dirty. But not every day. Nor every other day. Call me lazy, but I guess one extra wash is enough. And I am doing it right. Or maybe it’s solely the shampoo. Anyway, I did get dandruff flakes out of my hair.
#4 CHANGE THE HAIRCARE PRODUCTS YOU ARE CURRENTLY USING
Finally, you need to change almost all haircare products you use to get rid of dandruff permanently.
Clearly, the hair products you are currently using aren’t the one your hair needs right now. Thinking better this makes sense. I mean we use different creams and makeup during the year as our skin needs more moisture in between seasons. Yes, you read right. What we use in between the seasons is actually more important than during the winter. At least in my case. I noticed my skin needs more moisture in fall and spring than in winter.
Hence the need of using more moisturizing haircare products in spring shouldn’t be surprising at all. Still saying goodbye for now to all those Balmain hair products I have been using for the last few years wasn’t easy at all.
Whatsoever, I must admit, I really hate being so loyal. Believe me, nothing good can come up from being loyal to one thing or brand for too long. Yet I always need something really bad to happen to end my loyalty and admit I was wrong for trusting that one thing that long. In this case, I had to get dandruff to stop using Balmain.
Well not that I had any choice as Balmain doesn’t have an anti-dandruff shampoo at all. Not wondering why though. You didn’t think Parisians have dandruff, did you? No French women have perfect dandruff free hair.
So what haircare products I use now? Sharing them all here.
MORE BEAUTY AND MORE HAIR. LITERALLY!
Like I said, you can find all about the haircare products I use now here. Having dandruff, plus losing your hair like insane this season? Then be sure to read these two posts as well. First on how to stop the hair fallout at once (here), and second how to grow your hair fast (here). By the way, what do you think about dandruff? Do you think one should feel ashamed of having dandruff flakes all over her hair and clothes? Ps. Do you have any other tips for getting rid of dandruff?