Did you know that Listerine® was marketed as an anti-dandruff product for 20 years?
It sounds strange now, but from the 1930s to the 1950s, Listerine® was marketed (very aggressively!) as a cure for dandruff.
There are still many fans who swear by it today, saying that it helps clear seborrheic dermatitis, soothes an inflamed and itchy scalp and leaves the scalp feeling healthier in general – all of which, of course, promote hair health too.
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Bizarre as it may sound, there are very good reasons why it may be effective.
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Listerine® contains menthol, thymol, eucalyptol and methyl salicylate. These ingredients have antiseptic and anti-fungal properties, both of which are good for keeping the scalp in great condition. Methyl salicylate also has an anti-inflammatory, cooling action wherever it’s applied – perfect for soothing an itchy scalp.
You can use Listerine as a final rinse after shampooing/conditioning…
…just mix 1/4 cup of Listerine with 1 cup of water and pour over the hair. In addition to the benefits mentioned above, it removes any remaining shampoo or build up of products from the hair.
But to address your itchy scalp/dandruff problems a little more directly, try a stronger solution.
Mix 1/2 cup of Listerine with 1/2 cup of water and apply to towel dried, clean hair, pouring it as close to the scalp as possible. Rub it in with your fingertips, leave it for about 5 minutes, then rinse thoroughly.
3 Important Points!
1. If available, use the traditional, orange colored Listerine in your hair for best results.
2. Take care if your hair is dry, because Listerine itself may have a drying effect. If your hair is brittle and liable to snap, you don’t want to make the problem worse! Coat the ends of your hair in conditioner to protect them, so the Listerine only reaches the scalp. Alternatively, use cotton wool pads to apply the Listerine directly to the problem areas on the scalp, rather than pouring it all over the hair.
3. DON’T try using Listerine on areas of broken or very irritated skin… it will sting!
If YOU have tried Listerine and find it effective at promoting scalp health and decreasing your hair loss, please tell us about your experiences – we’d love to hear from you!