The Thin Hair Diaries: Battling the Flakes, Part 1 | ❄Blogmas❄

by - 12/08/2015

Hello, my little snowflakes!

If there is one thing I hate the most about the winter time, it's dandruff. Those little flakes spotted around your head and showing up in your hair is definitely not a welcome sight and it can make your stressful life that much more stressful.

I've personally never had dandruff until this fall, when my living situation started getting even more out of control and the weather started getting chillier. I had to do my homework on this, since (as mentioned above) I've never, ever had dandruff before. It was a headache I've never had to deal with. Until now. It seems that 'dryness' is definitely not a cause for flakes on the scalp. This is going to sound terrifying, but dandruff is usually caused by a small growth of yeast (sometimes) and that feeds on any excess oil that the scalp produces.

Ugh, I know, I totally freaked out too. So here is where my journey starts. In the store. Searching for dandruff shampoos and conditioners. The first one I picked up was Head & Shoulders 2 in 1 dry scalp care with almond oil. Which I now know was a waste of money because as my research proved, dandruff has absolutely nothing to do with a dry scalp. This worked for a little while though, but eventually, I had to move onto something else.

Next up was like the almond oil's big brother. Still by Head & Shoulders, this one has peppermint and tea tree essence. It cools on contact, which was pretty neat the first time I used it. But it seemed like it only did it the first time and never cooled again. Once more, this worked for a little while before it basically just stopped working. This is when I did the 'WHY ME?!' arms throwing up in the air thing.

I did more research. On Pinterest. Maybe not the best place, but I FOUND something that I had never heard about before. This was and is my last stop before considering going to a dermatologist because the one thing I have read in my travels is that if you're using something and your flakes DON'T clear up in a week or two, it might not be dandruff. It could be psoriasis or skin inflammation, which means you need to see a derm. (Yikes!)

Neutrogena's T/Gel Therapeutic Shampoo has been a miracle worker. This is the heavy duty stuff and let me warn you, it doesn't smell pretty. The main ingredient in this is TAR. It may sound scary, but I haven't had much of an issue with flakes since using this. They do, however, come back when I don't use this all the time, but that might just mean I need something just a little bit stronger. Which means a derm visit. BUT for the moment, this is my lifesaver and I'm hoping it could help others who are having a similar problem.

Comment below if you have/had a similar problem and what worked for you!

Neutrogena T/Gel Therapeutic Shampoo

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