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Attacking Dandruff

Dandruff is your enemy. Those flakes appearing on your shoulders of your favorite little black dress or dark colored sweater are the ugly symptoms. Itchy scalp can also be an uncomfortable symptom that there’s a dandruff enemy on the attack. There’s no doubt about it, dandruff is an enemy that must be conquered and that’s what this post is all about.

Know Your Enemy

Before you decide on what weapons to use to conquer dandruff, you must know what’s causing it. According to the Mayo Clinic, the most common cause of dandruff is dry skin; unfortunately that’s just one of several causes of dandruff. Let’s look at each one.

Dry skin

Oily skin (seborrhoeic dermatitis)

Eczema (atopic dermatitis)


Malassezia fungus

Not shampooing often enough



Slaying the enemy: Dandruff

There are essential oils that can help rid you of your dandruff. You can either add them to your shampoo at the rate of 3 drops per ½ cup of shampoo or, better yet make your own shampoo that will include the oils you need. In the post Super Easy Homemade Shampoo [1], I’ve included recipes for oily, dry and normal hair types. Choose the formula that most closely matches your hair type and substitute the following anti dandruff essential oils in place of those recommended in the recipes.

In addition to the treatment to your hair, get that stress under control. Additional lifestyle changes also include a diet low in saturated fats (make sure you’re getting enough of those Omega-3 and Omega-6 fats), and sugars. If you’ve got a sweet tooth and a weak will like I do, take extra vitamin B’s to compensate.


To defeat the enemy will take some time regardless of what antidandruff shampoo you use, so be patient. In the meantime, wear lighter colored clothing and stay calm. You might want to give your hair an aloe vera gel treatment for an added boost. You can find out how to do that on the post “Aloe Vera Gel for Hair [2],” If the dandruff doesn’t respond within a few weeks of treatment, it may be time to visit a good dermatologist.

Now go have fun and relax.

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Don’t Have Time for a Spa Day? Think Again [4]

Quiet Your Mind – An Enhanced Spa Day Experience [5]

Vitamin Facts – Shhhh It’s a Secret [6]