I'm not sure what exactly caused the itchiness of my scalp. I'm blaming the heater in my room. And the cold weather. In any case, I rarely have dandruff but it snuck up pretty quick. The itchiness was the worst part. So I took a trip over to my trusty Whole Foods and discovered Collective WellBeing. Not familiar with the brand, I thought I would give it a shot, considering I've had dandruff in the past and nothing truly worked. Collective WellBeing has an anti-dandruff shampoo I decided to put to the test. It seemed the most attractive out of the store's line-up.

Collective WellBeing is an all-natural brand that's also easy on the wallet (Flake Fighter is $12.50). The products are free of parabens, synthetic dyes, fragrances, sulfates and all the other stuff we try to avoid when necessary. So it made sense that the Collective WellBeing Flake Fighter Medicated Anti-Dandruff Shampoo would most likely produce results rather than worsen it. The last thing I want to do is put chemicals on an itchy scalp.

What's interesting about the shampoo is that the key ingredient is salicylic acid. Most other dandruff shampoos use zinc pyrithione, a chemical complex proven to fight dandruff. It's definitely not natural and probably not safe for your hair, even more so when it comes from the same bottle that includes sulfates and such (how the heck does Head & Shoulders manage to not go out of business with their bogus products!!). Salicylic acid is equally abrasive but at least it occurs naturally in the bark of the willow tree. Though it's known to irritate skin, it's mostly due to the fact that it helps shed dead skin cells faster and unclogs pores. With that said, the dandruff turns over more quickly.

To counteract the effects of this, there's tea tree oil, which is common in shampoos. Its a natural antiseptic that rebalances oiliness in the skin, not to mention a pretty big germ fighter. It's known to unblock clogged hair follicles and moisturize hair, additionally being a watchguard for bacteria. There's other oils here that help prevent dandruff and helps eliminate scalp itch like jojoba oil and sage leaf extract. The vitamin B5 seals in that moisture.

One thing I want to point out is that there's Sodium C14-16 olefin sulfonate in the Flake Fighter Anti-Dandruff Shampoo. While it's no sodium lauryl sulfate, it has been classified as having traces of Benzene, a carcinogen. So sure, this product is not perfect.

But it works.

After the first wash, my hair did not itch. I waited a few days (I don't wash every day, and you should not either!) and washed again. Again, my scalp felt great and problem seemed to be solved. Dandruff has mitigated to almost nothing. And the shampoo smells nice and fruity, in an organic way. So even if there's a few things we should watch out for, it worked for me. And I have bad history with dandruff shampoos (as in they never seem to work on my hair).