No-poo for a dandruffy head?

My whole family has pretty bad dandruff so I think it's genetic somehow. I've been told by a few people that the no-poo thing might be a really good transition for me, but how will I treat my dandruff without dandruff shampoo?

I'm currently using Neem & Shea Butter Scalp Recovery Shampoo
Neem (Azadirachta indica) Leaf Extract (Aqueous), African Black Soap (Saponified Shea (Butyrosperum parkii) Butter and Virgin Palm Kernel (Elaeis guineensis) Oil), Decyl Polyglucose, Vegetable Glycerin, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Essential Oils of rosemary, Lavender and Tea Tree.

Would it be okay to keep using this shampoo? I try to only use it about once a week.

I'm also using Herbal Essences Toustle Me Softly conditioner. I know the shampoo is supposed to be bad but is the conditioner also bad? And/or is there a different conditioner I should be using?

I have really dry eastern-european/jewish hair, 2C and I'm trying to grow it out past my shoulders for the first time in my life. (It has been so damaged in the past that that has been its terminal length.)


  • KeihsKeihs Registered Users Posts: 435 Curl Neophyte
    I'm not sure what no-poo method you're trying but I don't see anything wrong with the shampoo you're using. I thought that the whole point of no-poo was to avoid sulfates, but I don't see any in your shampoo. So I guess that could be classified as sulfate-free.

    Though, I think that the herbal essence tousle me softly has silicones which is a no-no, especially since you don't have a sulfate in your shampoo to get rid of build up. So, I recommend to change to a silicone free one and clarify with a different shampoo that actually has a sulfate, or even coco betaine (which can also remove silicones, but much gentler than sulfates) to remove silicones and get a fresh start.

    Also, a different no-poo method is the baking soda and vinegar rinse version. Though, you don't have to do the baking soda part, but I heard that vinegar can help remove dandruff. Though I don't have dandruff, I use that method sometimes and it doesn't seem as bad. The baking soda can be drying (but you can just stick to your shampoo) so I adjust and lessen the ratio of baking soda to water. I love the vinegar rinse because it makes my hair shinier and the smell disappears when it dries. I also infuse it with herbs that make it smell better, that I actually want the smell to remain! Weird, I know. But thats just my experience.

    Or you can try co-washing, which I've also tried. Lots of people use suave or vo5, because it's cheap and has different scents, but I don't think they have any benefits to dandruff other than an alternative to shampoo. Unless, you can find a co-washing approved conditioner for dandruff, you could try that. Do you have a Trader Joe's nearby? I think their Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner can help with dandruff and cleansing though, so I recommend that. I think they only cost $2-$5, so it's pretty cheap. It has natural ingredients and no silicones, so it's a plus. I think some of it's ingredients can also help with dandruff. Plus, it's tingly. ;)

    Hope I helped.
  • SeeJay19SeeJay19 Registered Users Posts: 11
    Don't use baking soda on your head its to harsh. You can try a sugar scrub by mixing sugar and conditioner together. Don't let it sit too long or the sugar too long or it will dissolve!:hockey: Try coconut oil or a little bit of tree oil (its strong) lavender oil rosemary oil all treat dandruff because there ant-fungal. The apple cider vinegar rinse should work too. Make sure its diluted!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    3C Hair
    Goal: Bra strap length curls!
    No Poo, Finger comb, protective styles, and no heat for ten months!
  • seamelody14seamelody14 Registered Users Posts: 282 Curl Neophyte
    No-poo does not make my scalp happy. Prell fixes all my hair and scalp issues.
    high porosity (from coloring)

    Shampoo: Mop Top Gentle Shampoo
    Co-wash: Chistophe Robin Lemon Cleansing Cream
    RO: CJ strengthening, Kenra moisturizing
    LI: Jessicurl Aloeba
    DT: CJ rehab, Christophe Robin Prickly Pear Mask
    PT: SS protein treatment, Ouidad 12 minute
    Stylers: Jessicurl RR, SS Firm Hold Gel
    Oils: caudalie, sweet almond

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