Those pesky white flakes are enough to shake any woman’s confidence and let’s not even talk about how humiliating constantly having to itch your head in public is.
If snowfall from your hair is ruining your life then read on for a few tips on how to combat dandruff. Being one of the most common scalp conditions, you're not alone when it comes to these itchy flakes but here's how how you can banish them for good.
Dandruff is white, dry or oily flakes that can differ in size and is usually accompanied by an itchy scalp. Changes in seasons and climates can worsen the condition, especially in cooler months as there is less humidity in the air, causing dry skin and a dry scalp. If you feel like you’ve been in a constant battle with dandruff, then follow these tips to banish it for good.
Granted it gets cooler this time of the year but the weather gets drier too. This could lead to scaly patches or a bad bout of dandruff. So wash your hair every alternate day to minimise flakes using a mild clarifying shampoo, especially if you spend many hours outdoors or break a sweat while exercising. Kerastase Bain Exfoliant Hydratant does a dual role of getting rid of dandruff while clarifying your scalp
Another reason for this rather unpleasant breakout on your scalp could be if you have an oily scalp, thanks to overactive sebaceous glands that produce more oil than need. Oiling your hair, which is usually a good thing, can lead to fungal infections, making it worse for you. Use baby oil or a lightweight serum like Wella Professional Reflections Oil Therapy, if you’re usually used to a good champi session.
As you probably already know, dandruff is one of the key causes of hair fall. Get rid of both with this awesome tip if you don’t have a very oily scalp: coat your scalp with a generous layer of coconut oil and then, massage lemon juice on it. It doesn’t sting since you have already coated your hair with coconut oil. Remember, patience is a virtue, so do it a few times to see a significant change.
Antibacterial and antifungal in nature, this magic plant juice is not only good for skin but also for the hair. It also helps cut inflammation (yes our scalp gets worked up too), and is rich in vitamins A and C. You can try Kama Ayurveda Organic Aloe Vera Juice, or try it straight from the plant if that's what you like. P.S. This may sting a bit.
Most anti-dandruff shampoos contain zinc pyrithione which is essential for curbing those annoying flakes as well stopping hair fall caused by it. One of the most tried and tested formulas to combat dandruff, it actually helps you get rid of those unwelcomed flakes so that you can flip your hair every time you walk. Try Clear Complete Active Care Shampoo or Matrix Biolage Anti-Dandruff Shampoo. Another powerful ingredient that is great for combating dandruff is tea tree oil, a shampoo like Kiehl’s Tea Tree Oil Shampoo.
If blow drying and styling your mane is something you do often, chances are you also go heavy on sprays, mousses or serums. This means your scalp is clogged and has a lot of built up residue, which could also look like dandruff. It might also be why your hair looks more dull and lifeless rather than healthy and bouncy. Try a clarifying shampoo like Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo, which leaves your scalp squeaky clean without irritating it or just try a quick home remedy: add a teaspoon of baking soda to your shampoo, mix, apply and rinse.
Use a dandruff relief shampoo at the first sign of dandruff. It’s best to tackle it at the start before it gets worse.
Do not share brushes or combs with other people.
Clean your hair brushes regularly with a bit of shampoo and warm water.
Massage your scalp vigorously when shampooing to loosen the flakes and rinse them off.
Increase your intake of fresh fruits and cut down on sugary foods and caffeine.