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How to remove dandruff from afro hair?

Asked by nailpolishfanatic (6617points) July 15th, 2010

I’ve had cornrows now since last sunday, they are like freaking itchy, when I scratch, it’s all white stuff = dandruff. I once tried using head and shoulders, it works well and all that but once you stop using it you are in trouble! The dandruff that I had was much worse that the one before. I want to take out the cornrows and wash it with shampoo, the shampoo I use is smooth and sleek by Delon (In a big green bottle) and then just use some conditioner. What is I use garniers 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner?
Is that better?
Also hwo should I maintain my hair? Sometimes I really have difficulties maintaing and styling it. Also how can I keep it soft? it’s really think.
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MyNewtBoobs's avatar

Head and Shoulders is the weakest of all shampoos especially made for dandruff. Try Selsun Blue (the ones that aren’t see-through), and if that doesn’t work, try Nizoral – the OTC amount of what’s in prescription dandruff shampoo. Remember to let it be on your scalp for at least 3 minutes before you wash it off.

nailpolishfanatic's avatar

@papayalily I’ll see and start looking for these shampoos but for now since I want to wash my hair now, I can just use the shampoo that I have right?

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

@Thesexier Vinegar can be a good short-term solution to dandruff – it doesn’t get rid of it, but it’ll ease the itching for a bit. 2-in-1 shampoo/conditioner is really only good for people with straight hair cut at most 2 inches from the scalp.

nailpolishfanatic's avatar

@papayalily , I don’t have vinegar…

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

@Thesexier Well you can wash it with the shampoo you have now, but it won’t help your dandruff any more than it did all the other times you used it.

nailpolishfanatic's avatar

@papayalily :(
Well I don’t have time today to look for the shampoo but maybe tomorrow:D

Pandora's avatar

dhs shampoo with zinc works wonders and won’t dry your hair. It may take a few shampoos before you see the result.
My daughter uses it for eczema and it has done a miracle on her scalp. I know its not the same thing but zinc is great for your skin and dandruff is simply another skin condition. What some people think is dandruff, often is really eczema anyway.

syz's avatar

Shampoos use a combination of ingredients to control dandruff. Salicylic acid removes dead skin cells from the scalp and decreases the rate at which these cells are created. Zinc pyrithione kills pityrospora. Selenium sulfide or Ketoconazole achieves the results of both salicylic acid and zinc pyrithione.[12]

Simply increasing usage with normal shampooing will remove flakes.[13] However, elimination of the fungus results in dramatic improvement. Regular shampooing with an anti-fungal product can reduce recurrence.[citation needed]

Soothing preparations may contain Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda),[14] and coal tar based products.[15]

The most common antifungal agents used are Zinc pyrithione,[16] Selenium sulfide and Ketoconazole[17] Other products used include Tea tree oil[18] and Piroctone olamine (Octopirox).[19]

Anti-fungal/anti-dandruff shampoos containing ketoconazole have been shown to be more effective than zinc pyrithione.[20] Although a 1981 study reported selenium sulfide as being the most effective of the tested shampoos at treating dandruff,[21] a 1999 comparative study concluded that ketoconazole was the most effective antifungal agent.[22] (Although ketoconazole had been approved by F.D.A. in 1981,[23] it was not approved for topical use in a shampoo until 1990,[24] and was therefore not included in the 1981 study.)


Pandora's avatar

@syz, Speaking from experience. Tea tree oil is extremely drying for your skin and hair. Of course with the other things you mentioned, it may help to minimize that but I won’t buy anything with tea tree oil any more. I find most of the time my skin gets drier. Now I only use the stuff for a cut that may be infected or a scab I may need for it to dry up quickly.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

@Pandora that’s funny because I stopped using shampoo with tea tree oil because it left my hair too greasy. Guess it’s different for everyone.

nailpolishfanatic's avatar

also in the shower as I was searching I found a Lucky superSoft Herbal Shampoo Normal hair
Can I use that maybe??

syz's avatar

@Thesexier You can use whatever you want, but if it’s not specifically for dandruff, it’s not likely to make any difference.

Pixilated's avatar

This is home remedy for dandruff my ant told me about. You beat 2 eggs with 2 table spoons of water until its fluffy, or at least well mixed. Then you coat your hair with it and stay in the sun until it dries. Once its dry, wash it off. This will remove the dandruff from your hair and leave it silky smooth. If you want to moisturize your hair further, I recommend a mayonnaise and olive oil mixture. This is what leaves my hair at its softest.

nailpolishfanatic's avatar

@Pixilated , thank you I will try it maybe this weekend:D
But do I put it on the scalp or just hair?

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

What kind of styling products do you use in your hair?

nailpolishfanatic's avatar

@TheOnlyNeffie , I use the shampoo that I mentioned, blue magic hair dress, and sometimes, coconut oil (but it leaves me with a lot of white stuff in my hair). Sometimes I also use hair fertilizer, but I can’t afford expensive stuff, since I live in Iceland there aren’t many shops or salons with black african hair stuff. Also I am just 16, I can’t buy online.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

@Thesexier alright then.. I wanted to be sure. Sometimes a combination of products can leave a buildup on the scalp and contribute to flaking. It doesn’t sound like that’s the problem. Since your hair is not permed, I do not think it’s dryness of the scalp causing your troubles. I do think that the recommendation above to try tea tree oil is a good idea. If you can not find tea tree oil in your area, would your parents be willing to buy it online for you?

nailpolishfanatic's avatar

@TheOnlyNeffie , could be but it’s just 26 days left and I move to Denmark were they are actually a lot of black people salons, so I will just buy there and go throw everything. Also in 2 weeks time I will be getting hair extensions braided in me, any help on how to keep it nice and for quite some time?

enlil's avatar

ok, if you’re not used to cornrows, then the itching is normal. That means your hair is growing. this is because of the tension caused by the braids, which causes an increased blood flow to the scalp thus the hair grows. The dandrufff is due to the fact that if you have never exposed the scalp before, your scalp needs to adjust. it’s drying out. continue to apply moisturizing agents to ease the drying. something like hair grease, or some like that. Vaseline works too. most hair greases are just that anyway. you could also look for the itch relief products used for dreads. I use the Rasta Lock and Twist stuff. has a lemon/lime smell. you’ll walk around smelling like lemon cookies, but the itch will be gone. by the way, you don’t need extensions. Fellas don’t get weaves. Keep doing the cornrows, you’ll find, in no time, you’ll have the length you’re looking for. Cornrows breed hair growth.

Crakdpot's avatar

Are you sure it’s dandruff and not just dry, flaky skin? Dandruff is from an over-production of sebum (the oils that lubricate your skin and hair) and is often accompanied by breakouts, especially on your forehead. It tends to be yellowish, while dry skin is usually white or pale gray/tan. It will also make your hair feel greasy, even without product buildup. They’re treated in totally different ways, so verify what you have. If it’s actually dry skin (which sounds probable, since if it’s the cornrows making it itch), then condition on the regular. If it’s actually dandruff, try the dandruff shampoos (I have the generic Head&Shoulders, and it works fine for me once a week) or a LITTLE bit of tea tree oil. The only thing with dandruff products is that you can’t over-use them. If you dry your scalp out too much (which is basically how they work), you risk it overcompensating and creating even more sebum, making the problem worse, not better. When in doubt, see a dermatologist.

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