Date: Sun, 24 Sep 1995 12:06:01 -0400
From: Joanna Bartlett <AzureOtter.AOL.COM>
Subject: dandruff

A plea for help as this is driving me nuts:

I would appreciate any info anyone may have on how to control/get rid of/remedy dandruff.

I've tried using the commercial products (Selsun blue, Head and Shoulders, Scalpicin, even the Neutrogena products) and not only do they not work that well, but they seem to damage my hair. It's down past the middle of my back now, with a strong temdency for split ends as I abused it quite severely a couple of years ago.

My head starts to itch and flake the second day after I wash it (if I wash it at night, which i usually do,, other wise it's the next day). It's really really annoying (it's doing it right now), and I also don't much care for having snow all over my shoulders. <smile>

So, in conclusion, any help will be appreciated. I have heard of something that will help.. like wetting your hair and heating up 4 tablespoons of Olive oil and spreading that on your scalp, or making a tea of Basil and rinsing your hair with that (at least, i think it was basil ...)

From: Karyn Siegel Maier <HerbalMuse.AOL.COM>

If you have very long hair, as I do, you should consider washing it no more than 2-3 times a week...less if your hair is on the dry side. Overwashing not only damages and breaks long hair, it creates a dry scalp.

Here's a good treatment for dandruff:

To a 1/4 cup water, add 1 tbls. apple cider vinegar, and 5-7 drops of one or more of the following essential oils: carrot, sage, thyme, rosemary, basil, laveder, cypress. Rub this mixture into the scalp (not the hair) before going to bed at night. Wash or rinse in the morning.

From: Mike Yurche <MJ.ECC.BITNET>

According to the book, Natural Prescriptions by Robert M. Giller, it is suggested to follow a yeast-free diet for about a month to see if it reduces your dandruff symptoms.

This means giving up many popular foods, which include:

- All sugars and sweets
- All foods and beverages that contain yeast, such as bread and other baked goods, cheese, vinegar, soy sauce, fermented condiments such as olives and pickles, and all wines and alcoholic drinks.

While this may help - it won't happen overnight. It may take about a month to see results. In the meantime, use an antidandruff shampoo with zinc pyrithione (ZPT) as the active ingredient.

From: Ari Solovyova <asolovyo.INDIANA.EDU>

Don't use any commercial shampoo. Use castile soap or egg (rub it in your scalp, leave there for an hour, covered with a bag or a towel, then rinse with vinegar water). Here are three good old remedies for dandruff (rub in your scalp, and leave there for at least 1 hour): grated onions or garlic; burdock root decoction; rosemary oil.