Aspirin for a dandruff shampoo?
The idea behind a shampoo for dandruff with aspirin is that it has a similar active ingredient to other anti-dandruff shampoos like Neutrogena T-Gel:
It’s a DIY anti-dandruff shampoo method.
Is it as effective as a regular anti-dandruff shampoo?
Conventional dandruff shampoos will be more effective. There’s no doubt about that.
The real question is if aspirin shampoo is effective too. You’ll have to try it yourself to see. There’s no science behind it. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t work though.
A lot of folks like to add aspirin to a small amount of a natural dandruff shampoo.
Its use is met with mixed reviews. Some folks have great success and others not so much. My opinion on it is to buy an anti-dandruff shampoo outright. I think you would be better off that way.
I’d recommend going for an anti-dandruff shampoo called Nizoral which has ketoconazole as the active ingredient instead of salicylic acid.
How does aspirin shampoo work?
The form of salicylic acid in aspirin is a modified version called acetylsalicylic acid. It has a few different properties. They aren’t exactly the same thing. But, that’s the main reason it’s sometimes labeled as a super cure.
Salicylic acid treats dandruff. That much is confirmed. Acetylsalicylic acid is not but, since they are both derived from Salicin (white willow bark) we’d like to think it works.
Does it have to be aspirin?
Although I’d recommend just going for a dandruff shampoo, If you’re going to use aspirin to make your own, please note that you can’t use other headache medicines in the same way. They have different ingredients and will not work. It needs to be aspirin.
Just a side note, this might be common sense but, if you’re allergic to aspirin DO NOT apply it to your skin.
How to make it
Crush up 2 aspirin tablets and mix it into a small amount of shampoo
White willow bark is a dandruff-fighting remedy too. Salicin can be extracted from it. Both aspirin and salicylic acid are derivatives of salicin.