Dandruff and dry scalp (they are not the same thing) can compromise your confidence. With an abundance of over-the-counter solutions it can be hard to determine the right products to treat and minimize excess flakes. Read on to discover 9 expert tips to keep your scalp looking and feeling its best.
1. Dry Scalp and Dandruff Are Very Different: Dry scalp is caused by loss of moisture from the skin (Think loose, white powdery flakes as characteristics) while dandruff is a condition where flakes and patches of scalp skin (typically more yellowish in color) cling to the scalp.
2. Beware of Chemical Treatments: Most chemical processes debilitate the scalp by breaking down the natural oils that protect it, causing further irritation. Over-shampooing can also contribute to discomfort. With proper hair care that includes regular conditioning and even a mask once a week, you can nourish the scalp and follicles.
3. Discover The Cause of Your Flakes: Dandruff can be caused by many things such as to improper nutrition (internal) or by excess use of styling irons, over-processing of the hair, cold weather, stress and anxiety (externally).
4. Use Oils Sparingly: Topical oils can provide relief for dry scalp if used moderately. However, products containing ingredients like tea tree oil can provide relief. An apple cider vinegar rinse once a week is also helpful, as well as, massaging the scalp with olive, jojoba or coconut oils pre-shampoo.
5. Daily Shampooing Doesn’t Always Help: It’s best to shampoo hair, roughly two to three times per week to avoid removing natural oils which cause the scalp [moisture levels] to be unbalanced. You can also extend the length of time in between shampoos with a scalp spray to help absorb excess oil and create body.
6. Conditioner Does More Than Pamper Strands: Conditioner is a must, and it must be applied generously to the scalp. Scalp is skin, just like the skin on our face and body – it’s an extension of it, so treat it with the same care, detail and attention.
7. Select Your Products Wisely: Use shampoos which contain zinc – a natural scalp regulator – and a combination of healthy, organic oils and extracts such as jojoba, sunflower, flaxseed, papaya and sage. Water soluble products rinse off easier and create less buildup on the scalp.
8. Switch Up Your Routine Seasonally: Scalps tend to be drier during winter months – it is a natural reaction to cold and dry indoor heating. Masks are the single most effective products that help minimize flakes. They deliver an intense hydrating boost.
9. Know When To Seek Professional Help: If the issue is simply a dry scalp, a well-trained stylist can recommend the proper shampoo and condition combo to help minimize flakes. There is no permanent cure for dandruff but it is definitely controllable when taking the proper measures. If your scalp continues to be constantly itchy and irritated, by all means make an appointment with a dermatologist.