Dandruff – An Unsightly Men’s Problem

Dandruff a Real Problem

Everyone hates dandruff. It is annoying and unsightly. If you love to wear dark colors it has you brushing your shoulders all the time. There are several causes of dandruff dry skin, fungus, and yeast all increase the flake production on your scalp.

Those horrid visible flakes that shed from the scalp on a continual basis can be treated. Over the counter, prescriptions and homemade remedies are all available. Most of these will help and dandruff usually responds to these remedies.

Mild Dandruff

Mild dandruff can be treated with an over the counter shampoo designed for dandruff or dry scalp. Directions are on the bottle. Most should only be needed twice a week. That should keep the mild case at bay.

Medium Dandruff

Medium dandruff should be treated with the same over-the-counter shampoo but used every other day. The medicine in the dandruff shampoo needs time to work its magic. Try and leave the lather on the scalp for 10 minutes.

Bad Bad Dandruff

Bad bad dandruff suffers need to use the specialty shampoos (can be smelly). They contain ketoconazole, selenium sulfide and climbazole. They treat fungus and yeast. These being the cause of severe dandruff.

If one shampoo does not work try another. Not everyone responds to the same medication in the shampoos. You can alternate between them.

Other care techniques to treat the hair can also manage dandruff. Blow drying hair dries out the scalp so let your hair air dry.  Always brush your hair from the scalp out with a natural bristle brush. This distributes the oils throughout your hair.  It helps to prevent the build-up of natural oil on your scalp. And producing more flakes.

A healthy scalp is important to treating dandruff. Do not use ordinary soap on your scalp very irritating and drying. Once your dandruff has cleared up it’s important to only use any over-the-counter products occasionally. You will figure out the correct amount of usage to keep dandruff at bay. These products used on a healthy scalp will cause drying and start the problem all over again.

If your dandruff does not get better with over-the-counter shampoos or its only in patches and really thick call your dermatologist. Psoriasis and seborrheic derimatitis are conditions of the scalp that mimic dandruff. These all need to be treated by a doctor.

Homemade Remedies for Dandruff


Crush two aspirins into a fine powder and add to the amount of shampoo you use in one setting. Leave it set on the scalp for a minute or two. Rinse and wash again with a mild shampoo. Baby shampoo always a good one.

Baking soda

Wet your hair and take a handful of baking soda and rub it into your scalp and hair. Give it a good rub to make sure it gets in the scalp. Rinse and go. You do not need to use shampoo. Use the baking soda every time you wash your hair. This helps with the oil. If it dries your hair out more than normal do now worry your scalp will produce the right amount of oils in a week to keep your hair soft and flake-free.


Yes, lemons right out of the produce section of your local grocery store. Squeeze two tablespoons of lemons into a cup and pour them over your scalp. Massage in.  Put another tablespoon in a cup of water and rinse your hair with it. Sure smells nice and helps with the flaking and itching caused by dandruff.


Good old fashion Listerine. Make sure its alcohol-based. Wash as usual, pour a few caps full of mouthwash on your scalp. No need to massage into scalp, or leave on for any length of time.  It’s a little tingly. Rinse and condition. You are good to go.


To give your dandruff the heave-ho, follow up each shampoo with a rinse of 2 cups apple cider vinegar mixed with 2 cups cold water. You can also fight dandruff by applying 3 tablespoons vinegar onto your hair and massaging into your scalp before you shampoo. Wait a few minutes, then rinse it out and wash as usual. You will smell like a salad bar but it goes away pretty quickly. This is the best one yet for dry itchy scalp problems as well.

Some of the shampoos do leave your hair a little smelly. Most are OK but some are YUCK. Especially the shampoo with tar in it for the real severe dandruff. Here are a few ideas to help make your hair smell nice.

In a clean spray bottle. Put 1 cup of water, ¼ cup white vinegar, 10 drops of any scented oil. Lavender is too girly. Lemon and Vanilla are good. Cinnamon will make your co-workers want a cookie. There are a ton of oils you can smell at the health food store or Whole Foods. Use one. Shake it all up. Spray it on your hair before you rinse when in the shower Or spray some on your hands and lightly dab a teeny bit in your hair.

Orange Juice

Just pour some in your hair before you rinse. You will smell like a Florida orchard.


Good old dryer sheet. Just rub it in your dry hair. Boy does this one work after you have been in a greasy eating establishment. Or next to a smoker on the outside patio.


Several of the escorts tried some of these and said they worked. Yeah!