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Old 08-24-2009, 06:53 PM   #1
 
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Default CG-friendly dandruff conditioner?

So, I've been mostly CG for over a year, but I still haven't solved the dandruff issue. I know for some going CG helps dandruff, but for me it definitely makes it worse! Tea tree oil did nothing for me. For a while I used a sulfate-free dandruff shampoo I found online called Zeal, but it was still too drying. Lately I've been using brown sugar scrubs, which work, but I have to do them every day to keep the dandruff under control. It's a pain, and I think all that scrubbing is making my hair frizzier.

Before I was CG, Head & Shoulders shampoo with pyrithione zinc always cleared it up easily. They make a conditioner with pyrithione zinc too, but it has silicones. I'm thinking if I could find a CG-friendly co-wash with pyrithione zinc, I'd be all set--does anyone know of one? Or for that matter, have any other possible solutions?

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Old 08-24-2009, 07:06 PM   #2
 
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I had the same issue, and sorry if this isn't any help for you, but I made an herbal shampoo and the specific kinds of herbs helped with my dandruff. I used sage, rosemary, basil, and mint if you want to try that- I poured boiling water over the herbs that I put in teabags, and then I put the teabags in the water and let them sit there for 10 minutes. Then I mixed that with peppermint castile soap (which is a bit drying, but it's also clarifying and not bad if you use a good conditioner). It was about 1/3 castile soap to 2/3 herbal water. Sorry if this was no help, but thought I'd give it a shot!
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Old 08-30-2009, 01:39 PM   #3
 
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Try an apple cider vinegar rinse. That clears the flakes for me.
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Old 08-30-2009, 02:28 PM   #4
 
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Are you sure it is dandruff? Many people confuse a dry, flaky scalp with dandruff. Either way brown sugar scrubs, lemon aid rinse, ACV rinse and tea tree oil help. My sister used found that Burt's Bees Super Shiny Grapefruit and Sugar Beet shampoo helped.

Another thing, even if it is dandruff, dandruff shampoos just make it worse in the long run. My sister used to use it, and it worked for a while, but quit working after about 6 months or so.
I have never seen one that is free of SLS and/or SLES and those are just too rough for anyone. Even straight haired people.
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Apple Cider Vinegar works great for my dandruff, apparently it has anti-fungal properties. I dilute it with mostly water, put in a spray bottle, and spray the ACV rinse on my scalp.

Also henna and certain ayurvedic herbs are good for dandruff. http://hennaforhair.com
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Old 09-02-2009, 04:31 PM   #6
 
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Although tea tree oil did nothing for me when I tried it before, lately I've been adding lots to my co-wash (like 10-15 drops rather than just a few) and letting it sit on my scalp for as long as possible while I shave my legs, etc. I also rub a few drops on any spots that are itchy at all when I go to bed, then rinse out in the morning. So far so good!
After lots of searching, though, I did manage to find a CG-friendly leave-in with pyrithione zinc. Not quite as convenient as a co-wash, but I'll try using it overnight if the tea tree oil doesn't work out.
this is it: http://www.texasbeautysupplies.com/oc20443.html
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Old 09-02-2009, 05:40 PM   #7
 
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I recently discovered a sulfate-free, cone-free dandruff shampoo that contains 1% pyrithione zinc:

http://www.noflakes.com

I'm on my free trial right now and it seems to work pretty well. It lathers a lot for a sulfate-free shampoo, so I only need a little. It contains sodium cocoyl isethionate, which admittedly I haven't checked the CGness of. I haven't tried the conditioner, and since they don't list all the ingredients on the website, I'm not sure how CG it is.
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