My hubby should be nodding his head while reading this post. He is always seen swiping off big ugly disgusting pieces of dandruff off my shoulder. I have always experienced more hair problem than skin problem it seems. Probably its also because we often overlook the severity of having healthy hair. With the frequent hair treatment, re-bonding and coloring, it is even more important to take care of our scalp. Anyway, Its always embarrassing that my friends have to remind me about the flaky powdery dandruff. Most of the time, it can get VERY itchy, dry and uncomfortable.
What exactly is Dandruff?
Quoting from some of the readings:
Dandruff is a harmless, chronic condition that occurs when the scalp becomes dry or greasy and produces white flakes of dead skin that appear in the hair or on the shoulders.
Although it is harmless, dandruff can be embarrassing for those who have it. Dandruff usually starts between the ages of 10 and 20 and affects up to 40% of people over the age of 30.
Skin cells are formed continuously on the scalp, so the shedding of dead skin cells is a normal process. Sometimes with dandruff, however, skin cells are shed at a faster rate than normal. Oil from the scalp causes the skin cells to clump together and appear as white flakes.
Dandruff can be caused by a number of things, including dry skin; sensitivity to hair products; and skin conditions such as seborrheic dermatitis or eczema.
The overgrowth of a yeast-like fungus can also cause dandruff. This overgrowth can be caused by stress, hormones, too much oil on the scalp, or problems with the immune system
Well, I do not know what is the real cause for me. All are possible maybe. I guess I will need to go for regular salon scalp treatment to fix the problem. However, a good anti-dandruff shampoo is also necessary to at least alleviate the problem a little. Nothing literally works for me. Some friends recommended me a few brands to try and even bought some products for me. (They really cannot stand it anymore OMG!) While I appreciate their kind acts, it didn’t work and I have stopped using those. (Sorry dearies)
Loreal Elseve Phytoclear Anti-Dandruff 1 min Pre-shampoo
It was 1.5 months ago, I bought the Loreal Elseve Phytoclear Anti-Dandruff 1 min pre-shampoo from Robinson sales. I actually chanced upon an advert on this product months ago, however, I can’t seem to find it at any Watsons. All I always saw on the shelves were other loreal hair series. The thought of using a pre-shampoo intrigued me as I have never used some like that before. Maybe it’s logical to get rid of the impurities that are clogging the scalp before shampooing so that the scalp can ‘breath’ and hopefully get healthier.
This product is formulated with Tea Tree Essence. I was even more convinced. What can be so bad about Tea Tree right? It was said to be able to naturally eliminate dandruff-causing bacteria and rebalance scalp for long-lasting dandruff-free scalp and hair. It is also said to be formulated with apricot seed to gently exfoliate dead cells and impurities and deeply purify the scalp.
Product descriptions are always inviting. However, it means nothing if proven useless. So I used this product immediately on that day. Surprising, I found no big white flakes around my hair area even 2 days after. ( Usually, my dandruff will show up the next day and on the 2nd day the hubby will start picking inside my hair as if looking for gold). I was so happy with the first time-result. The hair stayed fluffy and soft for the next 2 days. However, I have not tried the shampoo yet because I have so many other brands at home so I thought to try out the pre-shampoo first before getting the entire series.
The instruction of use
On wet hair, before shampooing, apply the purifying scrub onto the scalp, section by section, until entirely covered.
Gently massage the scalp for 1 minute before rinsing thoroughly.
The frequency of use: Twice a week is sufficient for me
Smell: The use of tea-tree oil helps the product to smell refreshing, nothing chemical or artificial. It feels also cooling to the scalp.
Texture: It is gel-like with microbeads for the exfoliation works. It feels comfortable and with microbead helps to give a good impression of an extremely clean scalp
Phytoclear Anti-Dandruff Scalp Rebalancing Spray
Another item I bought from the series is the anti-dandruff rebalancing spray. Again, I have not used anything like that for the scalp previously. I was excited to use it.
According to the product description:
Our Phytoclear Anti-Dandruff Lotion is enriched with 3X more concentrated Tea Tree Essence, which helps to purify, rebalance scalp and fight itchiness for long-lasting dandruff-free scalp and hair.
It is the 1st scalp regulating spray to effectively fight dandruff relapse.
The company marketed it as the first dandruff prevention spray in the market. The spray is also infused with Tea Tree Essential Oil in the formula. It is a leave-in treatment that helps prevent dandruff from accumulating.
The instruction to use:
Simply spray evenly on the scalp at a 2 cm distance on the clean scalp, I usually use it after the shampoo right away. Use finger to massage scalp in a circular motion.
The frequency of use: Twice a week is sufficient for me
Smell: The same refreshing smell from the Tea-tree oil formula
Texture: Liquid form but feels a little oily to the feel but it gets absorbed easily and leaving a cooling feel to the scalp.
The entire PhytoClear range can be purchased at major supermarkets and pharmacy. Please check the pricing again because I can’t really remember the price and I got 20% discount from Robinsons sales.
Please let me know at the comment down below if you also have any scalp problem and what product did you use. Thanks for reading! Hope this short article helps.
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