Before I take the time to tell you how to get rid of common dandruff, here’s a related question: If coconut oil is made from coconuts, is baby oil made from babies?
Some humor aside, we only need to treat our scalps like we treat the scalps of babies. I’m talking about “cradle cap” (or as my wife likes to say, cradle crap). Instructions for all non-babies to follow.
If you suffer from the heartbreak of eczema, seborrhea, psoriasis, or even an invasion of a species in the process of rapid Evolution
requiring the active ingredient of selenium sulfate to defeat, then by all means buy the “Head & Shoulders Intensive Treatment” dandruff shampoo.
For the rest of us, any brand of baby oil will get rid of common dandruff. You know, the kind that’s nothing more than flakes from a dry scalp? The procedure is simple:
- Massage baby oil into hair and scalp until hair is fairly wet.
- Remove patches of dry skin by massaging, not by scraping.
- Let baby oil soak for about 30 minutes.
- Wash hair and scalp with almost any non-medicinal shampoo.
- Let dry and comb.
- Repeat if necessary.
This procedure helps to keep dandruff to an absolute minimum, but it isn’t a cure. There is no cure. Dry scalp conditions can and will reappear from time to time. Just use baby oil to once again get rid of common dandruff.
After spending several years in the high humidity of the Philippines, being in the low humidity of Arizona while on vacation caused me to use the baby oil routine every week. My scalp dried horribly and I flaked like no other person I’ve ever seen.
[Originally published in January, 2008 and updated for 2013]