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Who writes Beautiful Basics?

 My name is Kassie and I’m a chronically ill 28-year-old from a small town in Oregon. I have a passion for all things beauty and green living. I write about natural and organic beauty products as well as DIY beauty recipes and other odds and ends. I'm also an animal lover and believe beauty should be cruelty free. I'm a proud cat mommy and vegetarian.

I’m not an expert or a professional but I have learned a lot about beauty and skin care by experimenting and teaching myself. I like to keep my posts as positive as possible. I love testing out products but I only write about the ones I love. Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you enjoy!

I also have a blog that chronicles my life living with chronic illness.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Give dandruff the brush off - for good!

If you currently have or have ever had dandruff, you are not alone. Dandruff is extremely common and affects most people at some point in their lives. Some people have it consistently throughout their lives while it comes and goes for others. There are many causes including hormone fluctuations, changes in weather, poor diet, illness, bad hygiene, long-term stress and anxiety, a fungal infection, or even heredity. For many people, dandruff worsens in the winter due to extreme cold outdoors and intense heat inside. As you can see, dandruff can and does happen to anyone and everyone. It is said that more than half of the world's population is affected.

A lot of people think the dandruff is caused solely by a dry scalp, but that is not the case. Our skin is constantly regenerating and shedding, but when the cells die off prematurely or too quickly they pile up and cause dandruff. The normal life cycle of a skin cell is about a month long, but for dandruff sufferers it's around a week long. The cells then become large, oily clumps on the scalp – and dandruff is born!

Okay, enough science-y stuff! What you really want to know is how to naturally treat dandruff, right? Well you have come to the right place! There are hundreds of antidandruff shampoos and treatments on the market, but most of them are loaded with scary and dangerous chemicals and toxins. I have found some awesome treatments that seem to work well for me, and I want to share them with you. Yes, I have dandruff due to illness so I have tested these out! Shall we get started?

Did you know that Listerine mouth wash was originally created and sold for skin and scalp ailments? In the 1930's they advertised that their product could cure and prevent dandruff. I decided to test the theory that dandruff could be cured thanks to Listerine a few months ago, and I actually really love using it. Once or twice a month I cover my scalp with original Listerine and let it sit for as long as I can handle it, which is usually about an hour. I then rinse and condition my hair, without shampooing. I absolutely hate the smell, but rest assured the smell dissipates fairly quickly leaving you with shiny, soft and vibrant hair. As for my dandruff, it helps a small amount, but because I only have it because of my illness it doesn't completely go away. The results are worth it though, because it makes my hair incredibly silky. I'm truly amazed by how soft and shiny my hair is afterwards. If you can handle the smell, I highly recommend you try this out on your hair!

Aspirin is salicylic acid in a whole form. I think I've talked about how you can crush the pill up and create a face mask out if for acne before, so I'll skip going into detail about how amazing it is. Salicylic acid can be found in a lot of dandruff shampoos, so all you have to do is crush one up and mix it with your usually shampoo. Let it sit on your scalp for 5 minutes and rinse. Using this daily will help your scalp normalize.

Baking soda is incredible for so many uses, but especially for scalp problems. It is an amazing exfoliant that helps get rid of flakes and build up on your scalp. Just take a handful of baking soda, mix with water to form a paste and then rub into your wet hair and scalp. Avoid the delicate ends of your hair and focus only on the scalp. If you repeat this regularly it will help get rid of your flakey friends. *If you don't have dandruff, you can use this as well, to get rid of the stubborn styling product build up that happens when you use gels, hairspray, volumizers and whatever else you may use in your styling routine.

I'm a salty kind of girl. I can turn down any kind of sweet put in front of me, but I can never turn down chips, pretzels or any other salty treat so when I tried this next one out, I fell in love! Table salt can be used to help slough dandruff off of your scalp. Just take your salt shaker to the shower with you and sprinkle a liberal amount onto your dry scalp. Run the salt into your scalp - The salt helps to get rid of flakes and feels like a luxurious massage at the same time. Follow up with your regular washing routine.

Last but not least is apple cider vinegar. You guys know how much I love my homemade ACV facial toner, but I have yet to tell you how much I love using it on my hair and scalp. After shampooing try doing a vinegar rinse. Mix 2 cups of ACV with 2 cups water and pour over your hair and scalp after cleansing. The vinegar is PH balanced so it helps your scalp return to normal and leaves your hair extra bouncy, shiny, and healthy looking. Don't worry about smelling like an Easter egg because the smell goes away once your hair is dry. You can also run some straight vinegar into your scalp about an hour before you shower as a pre-shampoo dandruff treatment. I do this about once a week and I love the results. It keeps my scalp from itching and leaves my hair looking amazing. Trust me, you'll love this!

I hope these tips help you gain control over your itching, flaking scalp like they have helped me. If you have any home dandruff tips and tricks I'd love to hear them so leave your recipes as a comment and I'll be sure to check them out! See you tomorrow!

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What helped for me was switching to a non sulfate shampoo. :-)


Thank you for mentioning that! I forgot all about how important sulfate free shampoos are for a healthier sclap! =)

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