I have always had dandruff problems--since I can remember actively taking care of my hair actually. Head and shoulders didn't do anything, I've been using an expensive (but I get it for free) dandruff shampoo from DC Labs that kills the itch on the scalp and soothes it so that it doesn't flake off as much by rubbing it during the day. It's a pretty extensive treatment plan that I use.
However, I noticed something when I attempted to switch to all-natural shampoos.. I had about a good 3 months there where I was only using solid shampoo bars, and occasionally rubbing some body lotion directly onto my scalp whenever it felt itchy and/or dry and letting oils hydrate my ends.
My dandruff went down significantly. Within the first month, my scalp had not changed on its itchiness, and I noticed an actual 'increase' in dandruff. As the silicon was flaking out of my hair (because it isn't getting constant coats to keep it on) and being washed out of my hair, I was getting flakes of silicon out of my entire head. Talk about yuck.
After that all washed away though, I noticed my hair was unruly.. but that my scalp stopped itching. The flakes stopped happening. Of course, I still had some dandruff from my actual scalp sloughing off dead skin, but the extent of it wasn't noticeable at all.. A thorough scrubbing of my scalp would clean it away, and a bit of lotion rubbed in when the hair dried kept my scalp from overproducing oil.
I switched back to using regular shampoo/conditioner due to needing to identify something else, but the dandruff came back within a couple weeks of going back to regular shampoo and conditioner.
I think that the silicon itself was aggravating my scalp, so on top of making it overproduce oils it was flaking off at the roots naturally as the new hair grows in, creating all these flakes of 'dandruff' that are supposedly coming from my scalp.
My question is, has anyone else noticed this? Anyone who has switched to no-shampoo methods, or more natural methods of washing the hair.. did you have problems with dandruff that went away when you switched to these methods?
Anyone currently suffering from dandruff problems.. would you be willing to cut out conditioners for a while (read: approximately 3 months) to post results on if this helped at all?