A flaky scalp can become an irritating problem regardless of the season. Dandruff is so much more than just flakes that look bad on black clothes. It can cause patches that itch, scab, and in severe cases, even bleed.
Luckily, no matter how severe your dandruff issue is, there are still effective options to try. Hair specialists from Ayam Beauty Care suggest paying attention to various aspects of your everyday life to get rid of dandruff effectively.
Here are eight tips for getting rid of dandruff:
Change Your Diet
Poor nutrition often leads to dandruff, according to dermatologists. Food rich in carbs causes glycogen buildup in our skin, which happens to be yeast’s favorite treat. Moreover, food that triggers acne also supposedly causes dandruff. Dairy and sugary foods stimulate excess oil production in the sebum glands, leading to oily skin and scalp.
If you’re prone to dandruff, you may want to consider laying off the sweets and carbs in general.
We already know stress impacts many aspects of our well-being. Continuous stress can affect any part of your body and trigger many conditions, from chronic illnesses to mental health. While pressure on its own doesn’t directly cause dandruff, it can cause other symptoms that lead to dandruff. Dryness and itching are common in people who lean stressful lifestyles.
If you sustain high levels of stress for an extended period, your immune system will weaken which will suppress your body’s ability to fight various skin conditions and fungal infections that lead to dandruff.
Meditation, yoga, self-pampering, aromatherapy, and deep breathing are effective stress-reducing techniques you should try.
Wash Your Hair More Often
We are in the age of dry shampoo, enabling you to extend your salon blowout to up to two weeks, as some people report. The concept of letting natural oils sit on your scalp for a long time may work, but only if you don’t use any products that mix with the sebum and create a thick coat.
If you spray dry shampoo on to delay washing your hair, make sure to clean it out the following day at the latest. Built-up products get mixed with accumulated dead skin cells and oils and create an ideal surrounding for yeast to dwell.
People prone to dandruff should wash their hair at least twice per week.
Use a Special Shampoo
Specific elements like zinc and sulfur reduce dandruff and using specialized shampoos that contain these elements is an essential step to take.
There are various anti-dandruff shampoos out there, created for different dandruff problems. According to dermatologists, shampoos with salicylic acid are usually enough to treat a simple case of a dry, flaky scalp. If there’s also redness and irritation, it’s best to try shampoos that contain zinc pyrithione (the stuff Head & Shoulders has), selenium sulfide, and ketoconazole. Products that contain tea tree oil will help cure inflammation.
Wash The Scalp Only
As efficient as they may be in fighting yeast infections, anti-dandruff shampoos can dry your scalp and hair. To avoid this, you should apply the shampoo only to your scalp and avoid spreading it onto your strands.
Once you apply the shampoo to your scalp, make sure to massage it in for at least five minutes, so the active ingredients have time to do their thing.
Massage but Don’t Scratch
Massaging the scalp with anti-dandruff shampoo is essential, but doing it without scratching is crucial. A dry scalp is itchy, and the urge to scratch is understandable, even when you aren’t washing your hair. Try to resist scratching, especially if you have sharp nails.
Scratching can cause scalp wounds that are sometimes microscopic but can still lead to infection. Instead of scratching, give your scalp a gentle massage to help the ingredients penetrate your skin.
Use Tea Tree Oil
People have been treating various ailments with tea tree oil throughout history. From acne to psoriasis, tea tree oil fights different conditions with its anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. According to several studies, it’s successful at fighting the particular strain of fungus that causes dandruff.
However, keep in mind that tea tree oil is very potent and can cause irritation, especially if you have sensitive skin. It’s best to dilute it by mixing it with coconut oil before massaging it to your scalp.
Try Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a powerful natural remedy that fights off a wide array of issues. It increases weight loss, improves insulin sensitivity, cleanses your skin, detoxifies your gut, makes your hair shine, and, yes, helps get rid of dandruff.
Its acidity stimulates the shedding of the dead skin from your scalp. It also balances the pH of your skin which helps reduce fungus growth and fights dandruff. While there aren’t many scientific studies to support the claims yet, thousands of people swear by apple cider vinegar for many issues, including an itchy scalp and dandruff.
Anika Sachdev is a freelance writer, who writes about fashion and lifestyle. She is currently pursuing her diploma in Fashion Design from iNIFD. She enjoys styling, making fashion illustrations and is a big fan of the work of Coco Chanel. Based in Mumbai, she likes to draw and listen to Bollywood music in her free time. For any questions, feedback or concerns, please email [email protected]