Missing wearing your fave black top? Dandruff can be an embarrassing problem, with a flaky scalp giving you away. But we've got some tips and tricks to keep it under control so you can go back to feel confident of your glowing locks.
Dandruff is caused by an excess shedding of skin cells, often caused an imbalance of yeast on the scalp and an overproduction of oil. Learn more about the causes of dandruff here.
But what's the best way to get rid of dandruff? You'll want to keep your scalp clear, clean and free of excess oils, products and skin cells. Here's how.
1. Find your ideal hair wash schedule
Everyone's different when it comes to the perfect hair wash schedule, and your hair type can make a big difference in ideal frequency. You'll want to make sure you're washing often enough to keep your scalp clear of build up.
Letting oil build up on your scalp can quickly make the situation worse. This gives the perfect environment for yeast to thrive, causing the overproduction of new skin cells.
2. Use a scalp massager
Not only does a scalp massager feel oh-so-good. It also assists your shampoo in gentle exfoliation. Use it to work your shampoo into your roots to deeply cleanse your scalp and clear away excess skin, oils, and products. Make sure you look for a scalp massager with gentle silicone bristles. Hard bristles could irritate your scalp and worsen your condition.
3. Find the right shampoo
There's plenty of shampoos on the market get rid of flakes. Drugstore shampoos will ease symptoms for many. But if you're finding you have a persistent case of dandruff, it might be best to speak to your doctor who will be able to give you a medicated shampoo. Look out for specific shampoo ingredients including salicylic acid or tea tree oil.
4. Limit products on the scalp
Dry shampoo can be a lifesaver, but it's not a lifesaver for your scalp. Leaving residue that coats your scalp it can worsen your condition quickly. We recommend using it sparingly and washing it out as soon as possible. It's also key to keep conditioner use to mid-lengths to ends only.
5. Keep a healthy lifestyle
Your diet can have a huge effect on your scalp health. Eating a diet rich in zinc, B vitamins and healthy fats makes your scalp happy. It can also help with stress levels, a key cause of those pesky flakes.