SheaMoisture's Dandruff Shampoo?

I bought SheaMoisture's African black soap deep cleansing shampoo last December and tried it twice.

I have scalp issues and I really thought the shampoo was going to help me out in fighting that battle. BUT, it sucks! (for me).

Both times after I used the shampoo, my scalp looked worse! There were more flakes than before I shampooed.

Confused, I went to search for an explaination and found an article on Moptop Maven's blog explaining that dandruff shampoos makes scalp problems worse because they coat the scalp to make it look better, but then the scalp dries out because of that coating.

I was pissed! Did anyone else find out (the hard way) that dandruff shampoos can make things worse?
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I'm actually a huge fan of this stuff. It worked for my dandruff . . . I used to have a flaky itchy scalp to the point where I thought I was going to scratch it until it bled, I tried this shampoo and it worked so well for me. I co wash with the conditioner that's paired with it as well.

It worked better for me than the Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle, which only provided temporary relief.
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Last edited by pprMACHEheart; 02-03-2011 at 01:29 PM.
Actually, this shampoo made things immensely better for me as well. The thing is, the salicylic (sp?) acid and the black soap concentrate do a great job dissolving the plaque that builds up on my scalp. The first time I used it, I couldn't believe the stuff it lifted up (That's probably the "more flakes" you experienced. Happened to me the first time, then I shampooed again and it was gone.). Over time, it has stopped that from happening because my scalp stays clean.
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I tried this shampoo and I love it. It helped clear up my scalp issues. Maybe you're allergic to the ingredients in the shampoo...
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I've tried all the shampoos from the shea mositure line. All of them left my hair feeling dry and tangled except for the one you mentioned in your post. I was just looking for a good shampoo besides my jessi curl gentle lather poo which MUST remain in my rotation. I always pre-poo with an oil mixture before I shampoo my hair. What if you try a pre-poo beforehand? I leave it on for about 30-45 minutes. I know others leave it on overnight. Ever since I started this regimen I have no scalp issues. I don't credit the shampoo for having less scalp issues but more the pre-poo oil that I use on my scalp. There are plently of moisturizing poos out there but most of the dandruff shampoos on the market for example your head and shoulders, nizoral among others worsen the situation because they have sulfates and a varying percentage in salicylic acid and zero moisturizing properties mixed in. But the shea mositure one has great ingredients, sorry it didn't work out for you. Hopefully you can find a poo that works for you. HTH
I've started using Neutrogena T-Gel (well the walmart equivalent lol) and it works pretty well I also follow it up with SheaMoisture's Dry Scalp Elixir (spray) and that seems to be doing the trick when used on damp hair after I rinse out my DC.
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Wow! So at least I know it's me...not the shampoo. Everything won't work for everyone.

I have decided to give it another try though, whenever I get around to it, to see if maybe it's because of another product I was using, or maybe like someone suggested, I may be allergic to something in it.

In the meantime washing with an Apple Cider Vinegar and water mix and using Sulfur8 has been working great for me! So im not completely hopeless

Thanks for the feedback ladies! I'm happy the product's working for you guys.
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Are you sure it's actually dandruff and just not dry scalp? A lot of people confuse the two and use anti-dandruff products which can make the problem worse. Not to say you don't know your own hair. I just wanted to ask

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