Dandruff Help!

Updated on June 03, 2007
D.G. asks from Omaha, NE
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My 10 year old daughter has dandruff pretty bad. I've tried a couple of different types of shampoos, but nothing seems to work. Sometimes I don't think she rinses everything out while showering, even though she promises she does, and I think this contributes to it. Anyone know of a product that works well for this problem? It's only been a problem over the last few months, but very irritating. Thanks!

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Thanks for all the responses. We tried a few of the suggestions given and found that the Neutrogena shampoo worked the best. Thanks again!

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A.S.

answers from Iowa City on

Have you tried T-Gel or Selsun Blue? THose are two of the better ones for otc. You may want to help her since you won't want it to get in her eyes. If you live in a cold environment that may have something to do with her extra dry scalp.

If this doesn't help you may want to consult a derm. She may psorsis or something in that family. It appears like dandruff but, really isn't and a dandruff shampoo may not be enough.

Best of luck.
A.

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D.B.

answers from Iowa City on

If it's dry scalp/skin, try supplementing her diet with Vit E & Flaxseed oil caplets. Flaxseed also comes combined with Borage & Fish oils. All these are very good for the skin, and heart too. The Flaxseed oil doesn't taste very good, so if she can't take the pill form, buy bulk & mix it in other food like salad dressing or peanut butter. My daughter gets bad eczema in the winter, so I mix the oil into her peanut butter (she's 2 - not old enough for swallowing big pills). It helps.

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S.P.

answers from Great Falls on

My 11 year old had the same problem. I found out the baby shampoo caused his scalp to dry out. Also, he takes showers now instead of a bath and I still make sure he rinses his head thoroughly. Sometimes I put just a little tiny bit of conditioner in his hair. I don't rinse it out. If you just use a little bit it won't hurt him to leave it in. When I say a little bit, I mean a little, tiny, tiny amount. Don't rub it into the scalp completely, let it just sit on the hair. It helps with tangles too. Good Luck. Oh, we just use Sauve.

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J.M.

answers from Des Moines on

if it's happens primarily the worst during the cold months it sound like it could be dry scalp. A friend of mine had an issue with super dry skin during the winter, including her scalp, She found at a salon a shampoo that included a moisturizer, and she also found home-made recipe that used either baking soda/powder. I don't remember off hand what that was though.

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A.G.

answers from Lincoln on

I would agree with Natalie. Anything with tea tree oil in it will help it or solve the problem. I use Melaleuca Naturals shampoo--this is the only one that has gotten rid of it! It took about a month, but all dandruff is gone now. You have to be a member of Melaleuca in order to get this shampoo, so just message me if you want the information

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B.F.

answers from Des Moines on

I have had a dandruff problem since I was in my teens and did not find anything that was really good to treat it until recently. I use Neutrogena T-Gel daily care with conditionre added right ot it. I would also suggest that you help your daughter wash her hair-maybe in the kitchen sink-as I will assume she doesn't want you in the shower with her. That way you will be able to ensure that all of the soap is rinsed out and also give her pointers on how to make sure all of it is rinsed out. If she still has problems then I would take her to see a dermatologist to see about her scalp.

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A.B.

answers from Lincoln on

The last suggestion is what I would tell you to do also. But if she is using conditioner I would stop that for a few months. Next time that she gets her hair cut I would ask that person. I know that my brother used NEXIUM and he says that really has helped him.

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N.C.

answers from Des Moines on

I used to work with ALL Redken products at an old salon I was employed at. What I found really helped was, Solv It. I am not sure if they still carry this or not. Also, Cleanse by Grund. THis stuff is awesome period. Scrub it it really well and let it sit for about 15 minutes and rinse. Do this as often or as little as you want. Tea Tree, by Paul MItchell (I work with this daily) helps really well and has a pleasing smell. The whole family can really use this too. If you want something over the counter, Sea Breeze. Squirt it all over your daughter's head, scrub scrub scrub, and rinse REALLY well. Make sure you are conditioning well (hair only, not scalp) for this can be an extremely drying process. She may also just have a dry scalp, there is a big difference, and people can sometimes confuse the two because they look similar. But the Tea Tree covers both issues well. Good luck!

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K.D.

answers from Fargo on

T-Gel shampoo has worked pretty well for me. Have her wash her hair and scrub her scalp while doing so. I believe you can buy a rubber brush to massage the scalp while doing this. Let the shampoo sit for a while and rinse. It doesn't smell that great, but it's worth a shot! My Grandpa, uncle and myself have psoriasis on the scalp and we all use this shampoo. Or you could try Paul Mitchell Tea Tree shampoo. This is also something I have found to work fairly well. Ask your hair stylist about it.
Good luck!
K.

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S.M.

answers from Davenport on

The preceding comments are all good. I had good luck with Pautl Mitchell Tea Tree Shampoo. The plastic massage brushes are great! You might try a 50-50 water and vinegar rinse if you think she's not rinsing well enough.

If this turns out not to be the problem, you may have to ask the doctor.

Good luck!

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J.M.

answers from Omaha on

Straight up Baking Soda diluted in water - like 1 tbsp per cup followed with some diluted apple cider vinegar. (Don't worry, her hair, surprisingly won't smell like vinegar.) Alternate this with regular shampoo. Her hair will be super-duper shiny too. Rinsing is of the utmost importance with this too.

It'll be fun though - it's like those volcano experiments from when you were a kid. She'll have a volcano on her head...!

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M.M.

answers from Great Falls on

I have found even "natural" shampoos can contain alcohols that totally dry out the scalp, so it is important to use something like TEA TREE OIL, that will help to heal, and does she use conditioner? That may help to keep the skin on here scalp more moist. I use Arbonne Intelligence with Tea tree for my dandruff, and IT WORKS! I'll send you a sample size for your daughter to try if you send my your address. Then you can see for yourself before you spend anything, we all spend way too much money of stuff that just ends up in the junk drawer anyway, right? Hope I can help.
~M. Malkin
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T.M.

answers from Rapid City on

Hi D.!!

I am a customer of a company called Melaleuca. They sell a hair care line that is out of this world. Their products are all environmentally safe and are so good for your body, hair, etc. I would really recommend these products to you.
We're all customers that are referred by other customers so please email me and I will be happy to get you more info on the fantastic products they have.
It could be that there's more to your daughter's scalp problems than just the shampoo. Melaleuca has products that are good for you inside and out. I would love to share this company with you. It's changed mine and my family's life. I'm so glad I found this company because the products are outstanding and not expensive like products I was finding in the health food store.
My email address is: [email protected]____.com
In the subject line please put: Melaleuca inquiry

God bless you!!!
T.

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L.B.

answers from Sioux Falls on

Aveno has a great shampoo that works wonders on my son's hair when he had those problems. Its an oatmeal based shampoo. Also I had to make sure his sculp could breath, but his is more of a cradle cap stuff then dandruff. But since it worked really well on it, I am positive it will help your child's head. It is only in the baby section. It is a baby shampoo, but there is no pictures on it, so your daughter shouldnt know that if she has a thing about using baby stuff. Mine did. lmbo Good Luck!

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J.

answers from Boise on

She needs essential fatty acids such as fish oil or flax seed oil. It will help tremendously!

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C.C.

answers from Des Moines on

Hi D.,
I was just reading some of your responses before I added my own and noticed that Tina M. suggested a solution that I was about to suggest. I work with a company called fourpointmoms that also partners with Melaleuca. Whether you request more information from me or Tina, I would highly reccomend using Melaleuca products. They are phenomenal and are delivered right to your door! Just send me a private message here on Mamasource and I'd be happy to answer any questions you might have.

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J.S.

answers from Omaha on

Like you said, it might be partly because of product build up...mix a little baking soda with shampoo and then do a repet shampoo with no baking soda, works every time!

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C.H.

answers from Lincoln on

I'd try Neutrogena (sp?). It works great. It make take several times of treating your daughters hair to get the full effect.

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