An itchy scalp is not something you want to experience at any point in time. While usually mild scalp itchiness can be caused due to dust and skipping a hair wash day, dandruff is one scalp condition that could just be waiting for its moment to take advantage of those factors and emerge on your scalp without showing any signs of going away. Anti-dandruff shampoos are what you’d ideally choose to rewind the whole situation, but sometimes you find that it doesn’t work and that could be frustrating.
Here are some reasons that can aggravate dandruff and make it stay on your scalp longer than it should despite using anti-dandruff hair care products.
You may be making these mistakes that encourage dandruff to stay.
When you have dandruff, you need to keep your scalp clean. For that, you need to make sure to maintain a regular hair wash schedule and not skip on hair washes. Accumulation of dirt from travelling or sweat on your scalp can cause existing dandruff to worsen. Even if you are trying to keep hair washing to a minimum, when you have dandruff, wash your hair at least twice a week.
Anti-dandruff shampoos are great to tackle dandruff. But, if you use it consecutively each wash, it can disrupt your scalp pH and cause dandruff to thrive. For this reason, you should alternate your anti-dandruff shampoo washes with a hair wash with your regular shampoo. This will create a balance and help your anti-dandruff shampoo to work more effectively. Your scalp and hair will remain nourished and dandruff will go away.
If you are following a regular intensive workout routine then you might want to be washing your hair whenever you feel like it. This is because sweat on your scalp creates an environment for dandruff to thrive and spread. Wash your hair with anti-dandruff shampoo every alternate time and throw in a nourishing sulphate-free shampoo wash to ensure the integrity of your hair and scalp is protected throughout your dandruff-fighting phase.
Using hair styling products can also cause dandruff and make the scalp condition harder to get rid of. Gels, pomades, creams and hairsprays can aggravate dandruff when they come in contact with the scalp. If you do use hair styling products, make sure to apply them at least two to three inches away from your scalp. Hair serums are a good choice to use to keep your hair looking great even without styling gels and creams.
Humidity in the air can make dandruff stay longer because high humidity levels mean more moisture in the air. Heat paired with humidity causes sweat even if you don’t work out regularly. It’s not like you can control the weather or anything but taking precautions like regular hair washes and using natural DIY hair mists to help with the dandruff situation.
Now that you’re aware of why dandruff can be more stubborn, you have a better chance of banishing it for good but remember that an itchy scalp and dandruff is a medical condition so if it does persist for long, show it to a dermatologist for a personalised treatment plan.
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