1 May 2018

Review: The Best Hair Care Routine that Cure Dandruff and Itchy Scalp

I have been struggling with itchy scalp and dandruff issues for over 8 years. I have tried many ways from diluted apple cider vinegar, dandruff shampoo, and scalp conditioner to scalp scrub but none really works in the long run. I still suffer from itchiness, inflammation and dandruff whenever I am sweating or just a few hours after shampooing. My dandruff is much mitigated after I started using Nizoral Shampoo.

Below I’m gonna share with you guys six products I used in the past one year that helps:

  • Innisfree Eco Beauty Tool Paddle Hair Brush
  • Lador Tea Tree Scalp Clinic Hair Pack
  • Lador Triplex Natural Shampoo
  • Nizoral Dandruff Shampoo
  • Panasonic Nanocare Hair Dryer Pink EH-NA45
  • Vmax Sensibalance Scalp Mask

Innisfree Eco Beauty Tool Paddle Hair Brush

I bought this at RM20-30 at Innisfree store. It is a soft brush made of wood, rubber and plastic that can help to massage your scalp, promote blood circulation in your head and soothe any itchiness or irritation that you have on your scalp. Its soft, round ends also give a gentler massaging experience and is likely to scratch your scalp when combing. My favourite hair massaging tool at the moment! It is very useful when your hair follicles feel oily and congested. You should also use this to “scratch” your scalp when it is itchy, instead of using your own nails!

Lador Tea Tree Scalp Clinic Hair Pack

I finished using at least 6 tubes of this scalp and hair mask. It is basically a hair treatment, hair mask, scalp mask, and hair conditioner at one. You can apply it on your scalp then smooth it over to your hair. Leave it on for 5 minutes before rinsing it off. Your scalp and hair will feel moisturized, nourished and conditioned for the next 1-2 days. I usually bought mine from Qoo10 BeautyNet for RM35-40 each. A tube can last you for 2 months if you use it once every two days. My holy grail scalp and hair mask since 2016!

Lador Triplex Natural Shampoo

The shampoo that I am using right now. I was half way through this before switching over to Nizoral, and now continue using it after I finished my Nizoral. This is a mild hair shampoo with tea tree extract and many other skin-loving ingredients. It is easy to rinse hence will not leave behind any chemical residues that will irritate my scalp. I like how gentle yet effective this is at cleansing my scalp and hair, although I don’t find it impressive. I like the Innisfree Zero Shampoo better, but that one gives me more dandruff when I was on my second bottle so I had to let that one go. My next target would be the Innisfree Dandruff Shampoo which feels as gentler as this Lador one, with better scent and is more accessible.

Nizoral Dandruff Shampoo

This is my holy grail medicated dandruff shampoo. I think it is a lot more effective than Selsun Blue. It has this active ingredient called ketoconazole that can kill fungi and bacteria. I see results within 1-2 weeks of using it. And my dandruff is almost gone after I finish the entire bottle. It is not harsh either. I love it a lot and will keep repurchasing!

Panasonic Nanocare Hair Dryer Pink EH-NA45

My most beloved Panasonic hair dryer has been following me for the past 3-4 years. I researched about the importance of using a good hair dryer and bought this at Harvey Norman for about RM200+. It significantly reduces itchiness, inflammation and dryness on my scalp ever since I started using it. Of course, those problems keep coming back everytime I change shampoo or when my body isn’t feeling well. You can tell when a hair dryer is ruining or hair or making it better. This nano care one definitely voluminizes my hair and makes my scalp itch-free and healthier for longer!

Vmax Sensibalance Scalp Mask

Actually I am no longer using this but I want to talk about it since it was once my scalp saver. I bought this after I went to a therapy session with Yum Nam Hair Care and the sales personnel there told me my scalp problem comes from excessive shredding of dead skin cells. I was told to pay RM2,000 - 3,000 for 10 deep-cleansing sessions with them. I was skeptical, so I thought of buying a scalp mask and trying it out before committing to something so expensive. I bought this Scalp Mask from a locally manufactured brand Vmax. It works… for the first 2 months. It significantly reduces my dandruff, especially the day after using it. I was really happy with the result. But the problem comes back again when the weather changes and my body isn’t acting normal again a few months later. I know The Body Shop is coming out with something similar for their green tea line so you can grab that one if you are interested in hair scrub.


I think all my misery comes from the fact that I like to lay on my bed reading books while my hair is still wet. That explains why only the back of my head is affected, not my entire scalp. I didn’t go to see doctor (I have phobia seeing doctor) on the issue. I just did my own research and experiment, in the hope of finding the best cure for my scalp problems. After years and years of trials and errors, I finally went to a free trial session with Yum Nam but that was not helpful either. I never thought one day my problem can be easily cured by a simple over-the-counter anti-fungal shampoo!

Anyhow, to sum things up.

Things that will work if you have itchy, inflamed and dandruff scalp and you don’t know why:
  • A proper and “non-drying” nano care hair dryer 
  • Don’t wash your hair everyday
  • Sleep earlier, eat better and have more rest
  • Use a hair scrub (the result may be temporarily)
  • Use medicated dandruff shampoo (not normal Selsun Blue you can see in Watson’s and Guardian)
  • Use a moisturizing hair and scalp mask (the result is only temporarily)
  • Comb your hair more with a gentle massaging tool (to promote blood circulation)
  • Don’t keep it wet for any longer than 5 minutes
  • Cleanse and rinse off all your chemicals thoroughly 

Things that will NOT work if you have itchy, inflamed and dandruff scalp and you don’t know why:
  • Diluted apple cider vinegar (doesn’t work for me)
  • Selsun Blue over-the-counter normal dandruff shampoo
  • Normal Anti-dandruff shampoo (not in the long-run)
  • Scratch it with your nails (it will worsen the infection)
  • Wash it every day (the rationale is similar to asking someone with oily skin to wash their face every 3-4 hours)

Hope these help! Good luck finding your perfect scalp remedies! And don't forget to consult doctor when things get too bad.

[Disclaimer] Products are purchased with my own money. All copyright of contents and images in this article is strictly mine.
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