”A friend of a friend of mine told me she’d shaved her head, and that her dandruff had gone away”
Does this sound familiar?
Have you ever heard of someone shaving their head to get rid of dandruff and wondered if it would work for you? Many people ask themselves if shaving their head would lead to no more dandruff. In fact, it’s so commonly asked, you can find it on forums chats, reddit, Yahoo answers and more.
Nobody really gives any answers – just a lot of guessing and hypothesizing. No definitive answer has been given. Thus, I opted to do a little research for myself and address the question with a definitive answer. You see, I shaved my head several years ago to see what kind of impact it would have on my scalp and the ongoing dandruff problem.
What Is Dandruff?
Before you can successfully eliminate your dandruff problem (and before you go shaving off your hair), you need to first understand what dandruff is.
Here’s a short but sweet explanation of what dandruff actually is: it’s not a hair issue; it’s an issue with the skin shedding dead cells. If you decide to shave your head in order to eliminate this problem, you’ll still suffer with the condition.
The best thing you can do is approach the problem in an entirely different way.
According to the Mayo Clinic, dry skin is the biggest culprit behind scalp flakiness. And, if your skin itchy and flaky, then you probably have dandruff.
So, is shaving your head the way to get rid of dandruff? If you have a dried out scalp, your dandruff problem is still going to be a problem. You can get rid of your dandruff issue, but addressing the dried scalp is the only way you can effectively do this.
You should understand though that shaving your head will help in applying the anti-dandruff products.
When Should You Shave Your Head?
The answer to that questions depends on what you decide. You can combine your going bald with a cause like shaving your head for cancer… or something similar. And, just maintain the look.
4 Helpful Tips To Know Before You Shave Your Hair
There are several things you should know before you go through with shaving your head to ensure you’re on the road to recovery with your dandruff problem.
- Be sure your scalp is in great shape. If your scalp is inflamed, it may be infected or have some type of irritation to it.
- If the scalp is extremely sensitive, you need to calm it down. If it’s greasy and red, apply a mild anti-dandruff shampoo and then put conditioner on it.
- When you use anti-dandruff shampoo, make sure you gently scrub your scalp using your fingertips to eliminate as many flakes as you can. Do this two more times in week.
- If you see improvement with your scalp, it’s time to go and shave your head.
Special Note: If you try shaving with an inflamed scalp, you could be in a significant amount of pain.
Razor vs Balding Clippers: Which Type Should You Use?
In order to avoid irritation as much as you can, make sure you use balding clippers. Balding clippers are ideal over razors because it won’t lead to ingrown hairs or irritation – a real issue for people with curly hair. They also cut quicker than a razor does and you don’t have to prepare your head like you would with a razor.
What are balding clippers? They’re actually hair clippers that can cut closely to your scalp. One of the best balding clippers on the market is the Wahl Balding Clipper. It’s got a powerful motor, is extremely precise and cuts very close to the scalp. It won’t easily overheat and will last for years.
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Recipes and Products That Will Help Keep Dandruff At Bay
If you want a dandruff-free scalp, there are several do-it-yourself recipes you can try. One such recipes combines the following ingredients:
- Jojoba Oil
- Pine Tar Soap
Never directly use an anti-dandruff shampoo or other similar product on your scalp. A good soap to consider using for your dandruff problem is Granda’s Pine Tar Soap, which has been available for about 100 years. It’s totally natural and has a vegetable oil base. There are thousands of reviews about its success on handling dandruff problems.
Apply pure jojoba oil onto your scalp after you step out of the shower. Never wash your hair more than once a day. And, when it comes to washing and shaving your scalp, it’s better to wait up to three days before you do it again.
The jojoba oil will balance out the production of sebum, ensuring the skin doesn’t generate an excessive amount or not enough oil and keeps the pores from being clogged. You only need enough oil to moisturize the scalp each time you shower. If you notice your skin dries out rather quickly, apply the oil each morning… even when you don’t wash your hair.
What Does It All Mean?
If you browse popular health-marketing blogs, forums or chat rooms, you’re going to see a plethora of misinformation and myths circulating about how you can live a life free of dandruff. Really, when it all boils down to it, the method you go for depends on your choice and your choice alone.
- If you’d rather use an anti-dandruff shampoo, go ahead.
- If you opt to shave your head, just make sure it’s properly moisturized.
The simple truth of the matter is that shaving alone is not going to make the dandruff problem go poof! However, it can significantly reduce the problem, allowing you to manage it.
This post was posted on 09 Nov 2015 by Roy Patton