Up to 50% of the population is affected to some degree with dandruff. While dandruff may be caused by dry skin, eczema, psoriasis, oily skin, or by scalp-irritating hair care products, the most common cause is the scalp-dwelling fungus, Malassezia globosa. This fungus irritates the scalp causing excessive shedding of immature skin cells. Normally it takes 30 days to make and shed skin cells but with dandruff the skin cells can shed in just 2 to 7 days.
Supplements and Food Connection
Based on results from a small double-blind, placebo-control trial, taking probiotics achieved reductions in dandruff, along with less itching, and greasiness, and a decline in scalp Malassezia yeast.
Livestrong notes that a high-sugar diet may use up much of our body’s B vitamins and cause dandruff. They also note that an omega-3s deficiency may result in dandruff.
The same healthy diet that nourishes our skin and body improves the health of our scalp and reduces dandruff. Make sure to supplement your healthy diet with Vitality Essential Nutrition Pack, which includes the probiotic Florify and CardiOmega EPA.
The Melaleuca Wellness Guide adds that using harsh detergents, soaps, and chemical-laden shampoos may challenge normal skin bacteria. It recommends instead to shampoo with Melaleuca Original Shampoo once or twice a day while dandruff is present. Leave the Melaleuca Original Shampoo on the scalp for at least three minutes before rinsing. It contains an abundance of healing T36-C5 Melaleuca Oil and works particularly well in the treatment of common scalp conditions such as dandruff. It is gentle enough to be used every day by everyone in the family. Since this shampoo contains conditioner, do not use an extra conditioner, as it could be a scalp irritant.
Tea tree oil with its well-known anti-fungal properties is a natural choice for scalp conditions. Researchers investigated the use of a 5% tea tree oil shampoo on 126 patients. The study concluded that five percent tea tree oil appears to be effective and well tolerated in the treatment of dandruff.
~ Richard M Barry
The Melaleuca Wellness Guide
Widely recognized as the definitive resource for the many questions about uses of Melaleuca products, The Melaleuca Wellness Guide features over 200 health solutions, over 150 cleaning solutions, and over 215 suggestions for cats, dogs, horses, and farm animals.
Many Melaleuca Marketing Executives have found that when they make sure their new customers have The Melaleuca Wellness Guide, they are happier with their choice to switch stores. Using The Melaleuca Wellness Guide helps people understand the many applications for Melaleuca products. Understanding of the products helps create product-centered organizations which have higher average order size and retention rates.
Original Shampoo Reviews
The people below will receive a free copy of The Melaleuca Wellness Guide for submitting their stories.
My 5-yr. old son has had problems with build-up on his scalp (like cradle cap). We simply changed his shampoo and started using Melaleuca's Original Shampoo regularly. His scalp problem immediately cleared up...no more problems...and as an added bonus, his hair smells great. Love the way Melaleuca products solve everyday problems!
My story begins with a trip to the dermatologist in 2002. The reason for my visit was that I felt something was wrong with my scalp. My scalp became very itchy and inflamed. As I would scratch my head to relieve the itch, I noticed white scaly patches of scalp would fall to the ground around me. It looked like a mini snow storm. There were times that my scalp was so red and inflamed that it hurt to even touch it, let alone scratch it to relieve the itchiness. Excessive itching lead to a bleeding condition, and it was not too uncommon to wake up in the morning with dried blood and hair that was matted. After a year or more of dealing with this condition, I decided that I was tired of this. So, I made an appointment with a dermatologist. Upon examination I was diagnosed with a condition called Seborrheic Dermatitis, a psoriatic-like condition of white patches on the scalp. Though not a painful condition, it is an embarrassing one to deal with. I was prescribed Nizorol, and several medicated shampoos to treat the condition. The one that I had the most success with was a coal tar shampoo. Though I had finally found some relief, my hair smelled like tar all the time. This product was pricey to use, but it was a price I was willing to pay. In June of 2013, I was introduced to a great product that gave me great treatment results, without making my hair smell like tar all the time. I began using the Melaleuca Original Shampoo. When I first heard of the Melaleuca product I was skeptical, but I felt that I needed to try something else that was cheaper and perhaps better than what I was using. The results that I have enjoyed the past three years because of my deciding to use the Melaleuca Original Shampoo have been life changing. No longer do I find myself constantly scratching my scalp to the point of bleeding, and I don't have near the flaking that I once had. The white patches are not nearly as many. In fact they are minimal, and they are not as thick as they once were. I can attribute my results to the antiseptic properties of the Melaleuca Oil (Tea Tree Oil) that is in the Melaleuca Original Shampoo. To those who read my story, that have the same condition as I do, I would say to you give the Melaleuca Original Shampoo a serious try. If you don't experience results that meet your expectations, send the product back for a full refund of your money back, no questions asked. This product has changed my life, and I know it will change yours as well.
My testimony for treatment of dandruff with Melaleuca's Original Shampoo actually goes to my father. At age 92, he is not quick to change anything, but he got pretty desperate. One day when I was visiting, he asked me if "that company" has anything to help dandruff. I looked it up in The Melaleuca Wellness Guide, and found the Original Shampoo takes care of dandruff, so he agreed to order it along with my mother's order. It is very concentrated so, seems like months later, he wanted Mom to order it again. Dad is now a Believer! By the way...my mother, also 92, has the blood pressure of a 15 year old, according to her doctor. She has taken Phytomega, along with Vitality Pack, ever since enrolling as a customer. Thank you, Melaleuca!
We always make sure we have the Melaleuca Original Shampoo in our home! I read in The Melaleuca Wellness Guide about how it was good for getting rid of fleas and treating lice, in addition to treating dandruff. Our daughter has dandruff and I didn't want her using the other harsh brands on the market. And we had an awful time trying to get rid of fleas that our cat brought in. So we ordered it and our daughter said it was too strong of a Tea Tree Oil smell, so she wouldn't use it. I held onto it just in case we ever had another problem with fleas. Well, a few months later, we had a worse problem...we found lice on one of our four children! I remembered it was also good for treating them even though we had never dealt with them before. I made a bath for our 10yr. old daughter, put 2 capfuls of Sol-U-Mel in, had her soak in it and then washed her hair with the Melaleuca Original Shampoo. After sitting for about 15 min. then washing it out, we washed it one more time to be sure, and then we rubbed T36-C5 into her scalp and then combed it. Totally nipped them in the bud the same day we discovered them! Killed the live lice, eggs and larvae and we never found another one on her or any of us. We were very surprised that our oldest daughter never got any because both girls have long hair and had been doing gymnastics in the basement the night before and were wrestling around, with their hair down. Then the oldest said, "Mom, I didn't get any because I have been shampooing with that Melaleuca Original Shampoo for the last two weeks and lice don't like it!" Amen!
My husband had miserable dandruff for many years. We tried the over the counter brands as we weren't aware of all the chemicals in them, but still had those nasty flakes. Then we became a Melaleuca customer and the Herbal Shampoo (like the Original, but better for oily hair) came in the Value Pack. He tried it once and no more dandruff. He has used it for over 20 years and never another flake. His hair is healthy and so is his scalp. I have helped other people get rid of dandruff with either the Melaleuca Original Shampoo or the Herbal depending on their hair type. One 12 year old was wearing caps to hide the dandruff; one use and no more dandruff. She cried she was so happy. I also have helped a family with head lice. They were devastated. Your suggested treatment got rid of it, and they won't be without the Melaleuca Original Shampoo for their kids. They don't ever want that again.
I could write a book on the Original Shampoo. I have been a Melaleuca customer since 1991 and have had amazing results with the Original Shampoo. When I first enrolled, my daughter was in the second grade in Central Florida. She continued to come home with head lice. After dousing her hair with Sol-U-Mel, combing out the nits, I washed with the Original Shampoo. I continued to use the shampoo on her hair and she never got them again. My husband had a bout with dandruff and after just one use, it cleared it up. Found a dog with the worse case of mange I had ever seen. After Spraying with Sol-U-Mel, I shampooed the dog in Original Shampoo. The skin cleared after several days of spraying with Sol-U-Mel and once a week shampooing. Within a couple of weeks, she was on her way to recovery.
The Melaleuca Original Shampoo is my son's favorite. For years he has tried prescription shampoos from his dermatologist, various home remedies, oils and treatments recommended by his barber to no avail. His scalp was so dry he wore hats a lot to hide the flaking of his scalp. I ordered the dandruff shampoo in November 2014 and within two weeks of him using it his scalp was not flaking and itching, and within a month he had a totally flake free scalp. I even tried a bit on our cat that has dry flaky skin and it worked wonderfully! Thank you Melaleuca for yet another great product!
The Original Melaleuca Shampoo is one of my all-time favorite products! About six years ago, I developed a severely itchy, scaly scalp. I was using Melaleuca Envia shampoo and conditioner at the time. I looked in The Melaleuca Wellness Guide and it recommended the Original Shampoo without conditioner. It worked! I have not used any other shampoo since then. Whenever I feel the condition return, I let the shampoo sit a few minutes before I rinse. I can actually feel it working! Marvelous product.
My Husband has had psoriasis on his scalp for over 25 years. He would go to a dermatologist and they would always order an antibiotic and tell him it was caused by stress. As soon as he would finish the medicine, the sores came back. I am a license cosmetologist and would buy many different shampoos to help with the condition but it never cured it completely. Once he started using the Melaleuca Original Shampoo every day, the sores went away totally. He LOVES the Melaleuca Original Shampoo.
I faced stage 4 oral cancer... My neck ended up being just totally burned with radiation. I used the Original Shampoo as my shampoo and body wash, because it had a mild disinfectant, and though I did not scrub my neck, I felt safe that the shampoo effectively rinsed off down my poor neck. I did not lose much hair, but the real benefit is I felt safely clean and fresh every day. I still use it along with other Melaleuca shampoos. Because of the radiation this was literally the only "cosmetic" I could use for 3 months, and it did make me feel I was doing all I could naturally to stay squeaky clean and not risk absorption of toxic additives. Thank you Melaleuca, I am 2.5 years in remission!