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Getting Rid of Dandruff in Your Hair: A Product Review on KeraCare Dry and Itchy Scalp Shampoo and Conditioner

Updated on June 6, 2012

I have really thick hair and I found out that I have a big problem. Dandruff.

I used Avlon's KeraCare 3-step System to get my dandruff under control.

What Is Dandruff?

Dandruff is an accumulation of dead skin. In most instances, dandruff is found at the base of hair on the head but it can easily spread to the eyebrows, beard, mustache, and other parts of the body where hair may grow. Apart from developing in areas where there is hair, dandruff also occurs on areas of the skin where there are large oil build-ups. For example, it may form behind the ears, around your nose and in the folds of skin.

Dandruff is caused by a quick turnover of skin cells. When old skin cells die, new ones are formed and the old ones are pushed to the top. They will usually just fall out or remain in the hair until it is washed away and they are not usually noticeable. With dandruff however, The skin cells are being replaced so quickly that the dead cells quickly accumulate on the scalp and are clearly visible.

How Did I do It?

To get rid of this accumulation of dead cells, all you need to do is wash the flakes out often, preferably with a product that will not make your hair too oily or leave your hair too dry. Avlon's KeraCare Dry and Itchy Scalp Products helped me to get rid of my dandruff while leaving my hair feeling like it just had a million dollar massage. Of course that could be because of the tingling sensation and amazing smell.

It would be nearly impossible for me to wash my hair every single day, which is what most experts on dandruff control would instruct you to do. If I did that I might as well have postponed all my plans and come to terms with not having to do anything else until I got rid of my dandruff.

Instead of washing my hair every single day, I washed it every weekend if I could and every two weeks when I could not manage to do it every weekend.

Step 1: KeraCare Dry & itchy Scalp Anti-Dandruff Moisturizing Shampoo

What the bottle says you are to do:

The directions on the bottle says you are to shake before use, apply to wet hair and leave it in for five minutes.

I did it a bit differently but I still got what the product promised. It made my scalp itch less and flake less and it made my hair feel and look amazingly clean and healthy. It also doesn't make my hair tangled.

What I did:

  • Before I used this shampoo, I used a regular shampoo to get rid of the excess dead skin that had accumulated on the scalp. You know the drill, lather, rinse,... wait, do not repeat.
  • Leaving the KeraCare Shampoo on my hair for too long made it too dry as I had to use more of it to get my required results on my scalp. To prevent this, I parted my hair into sections and applied the shampoo directly to my scalp and not directly on my hair. That way the shampoo could work more on my scalp and spend less time romancing my hair.
  • Now that most of the shampoo is on my scalp and not on my hair, I waited for it to work. While waiting I got treated to an amazing tingling massage of my scalp and a very sweet-smelling aroma filled the room. Ah, yes, it was that good.
  • After five minutes I rinsed it out. (It might be a bit cold).

Step 2: KeraCare Dry and Itchy Scalp Anti-Dandruff Moisturuzing Conditioner

After rinsing out the KeraCare shampoo, I applied the Avlon KeraCare Dry and Itchy Scalp Anti-Dandruff Moisturizing Conditioner. It is quite a contrast to the shampoo. the conditioner does not smell as sweet as the shampoo. It has a strong minty fresh smell (that I love), and it does not tingle. It has a cool soothing feeling that relaxes you as it moisturizes and conditions your hair.

Leave the conditioner in for 15-20 minutes and cover it with a plastic cap.

The KeraCare conditioner made my hair easy to comb, detangled my hair and relieved the itching.

Step 3: KeraCare Dry and Itchy Scalp Glossifier

Using a ton of oil on your scalp when you have dandruff does not solve the problem. Having dandruff is different from a simple dry scalp. Using oils-based products on your scalp will only hide the flakes for a while then they will show up when you least expect them to a few hours later.They do more harm than good when you are dealing with dandruff.

The KeraCare Glossifier helps to slow down the itching and flaking. It does not have a lot of oils in it so it does not weigh down the hair or make it gunky. It also helps to get rid of the flakes that are already on the scalp.

I love the KeraCare Anti-Dandruff products because they are affordable, easy to use and they actually work. Some products are so hard to use that they actually state that they are to be used only by professionals. When you are trying to get rid of dandruff, visiting a salon everyday, every other day, or every week may add up to more than you can manage.

Using KeraCare to get my dandruff under control was affordable, stress-free, and I got the results I wanted.


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    • Loi-Renee profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Jamaica

      Thank you for reading and commenting AlanBR. What I thought was dandruff in my hair was actually eczema but with a lot of research I've found ways to manage it without spending too much money. I haven't been able to find the Made from Earth Peppermint Conditioner so I made a moisturizing spritz using peppermint essence, aloe vera, vitamin E and water.

      Sometimes I add a bit of the peppermint n my regular conditioner and that works as well. It smells amazing and it helps hair growth.

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      6 years ago

      As someone who has suffered with dandruff for years, I can honestly say that I have tried every product out there. After having numerous failures, I finally switched to Head and Shoulder's. While this worked most of the time, it didn't help with the itching and scratching. Instead I was left with the occasional flake and annoyance. The solution was using PEPPERMINT! Do your research - peppermint oil fights dandruff! I settled on the Made from Earth Peppermint Conditioner (because it has a pure peppermint oil in it), and it works wonders. I have been using it for 6 months now and have not seen 1 flake at all.

      More importantly for me, though, is that the itching is gone, almost instantly. I can't believe I've been missing this for years. I highly recommend this to any guy who is looking for a way out of it all. No more flakes, no more itching, just pure clean and refreshed hair. The Made from Earth Conditioner has peppermint oil in it, so its exactly what you need to get rid of the dandruff.

      Just as an added bonus, it has a great smell that lasts (my girlfriend loves the smell hours later). Highly recommended!

    • Loi-Renee profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Jamaica

      Hi Jo,

      I've heard about Optimum but I've never gotten the chance to try it. Its been a while now since you posted your comment, have you tried Keracare line? How is it working for you?

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      6 years ago

      I used to use Optimum Dandruff Shampoo and Conditioner and it was a life saver. Unfortunately, they discontinued the line, so I was left with an extremely itchy scalp and nothing that would help. I used prescription shampoo that didn't work either and am convinced that it has something to do with the fact that I used regular conditioner after the shampoo. Anyway, I just bought the Keracare line and am excited to give it a try. Will let you know how it goes.

    • Loi-Renee profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Jamaica

      Hi Moonlake. I was doing some research and I found out that dandruff can be caused by allergies, eczema, or triggered by the weather.

      I hope it works for you.Thanks for stopping by.

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      7 years ago from America

      I get dandruff so bad in the winter. It's fine when summer comes. Might try this. Good Hub.

    • Loi-Renee profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Jamaica

      Thanks Cardisa.

      It was my hairdresser that introduced me to KeraCare as well.

      I've never tried Mane&Tail before but I heard it is good.

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      Carolee Samuda 

      7 years ago from Jamaica

      Hi Loi, great hub!

      Washing the hair everyday will dry pout the hair and make the problem worse so once or twice per week is fine. I use to use the KeraCare system when I live in Kingston. My hairdresser had recommended it (not for dandruff)but because it agreed with my hair. Now I use Mane&Tail which are not sold in the

      KeraCare is really a great product.

    • Loi-Renee profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Jamaica

      Hi Emma. I have chemically treated hair so I can't wash my hair everyday but when I use these products they work wonders for the itching. I hope it works just as well for you.

      Thanks for stopping by.

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      Emma Kisby 

      7 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      Great hub. I have dermatitis - a form of dandruff and have prescription shampoo from my doctor. I can only use it a couple of times a week as it's steroid, but as I wash my hair every day, a shampoo like this could be a nice compliment. The conditioner alone sounds like a real treat - especially as I know what it's like to have an itchy scalp.


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