Dandruff can be very persistent, even to the extent that it can make a person lose their confidence. However, with the right products and proper care you can end it once and for all.
The skin on your face and body constantly renews itself. Dead cells shed in almost microscopic particles. The skin on the scalp renews itself also and in a scalp affected with dandruff this process occurs much faster. Instead of lasting for about three weeks, cell renewal occurs every fourteen days, and in the worst cases it occurs once a week. The result is a greater amount of dead tissue on the surface of the scalp which can be seen with naked eye.
There Are Two Types of Dandruff
Depending on the type of skin on the scalp, dandruff can be divided into dry or oily.
You can recognize dry dandruff if it falls very quickly and can be seen on the shoulders on darker clothes, if there are small, white flakes that can be seen on the hair roots, around the forehead and on the back of the head. This type of dandruff is easily cured or prevented with a suitable treatment.
If dandruff clings to the scalp, if the flakes are bigger and the skin on your scalp itches, then it must be oily dandruff. Avoid scratching and scrubbing the scalp cause that way you could damage your skin and cause an infection. This type of dandruff is much harder to get rid off, it sticks close to the skin thus closing the pores and it can cause hair fall. The only consolation is the fact that it won’t show as much and won’t fall over your shoulders, because of the oil.
What Causes Dandruff?
There are many internal and external factors that can cause dandruff. Here are the few most common:
Hormonal disorders: puberty, a menstrual cycle irregularity and menopausal difficulties can stimulate the appearance of dandruff. Dandruff rarely appears with children, and it usually decreases at an older age.
Stress: The skin on the scalp is also susceptible to everyday stress, as the skin on the rest of your body. If you are tense all the time, it could have a bad effect on the cell renewal and create an environment for the appearance of dandruff. This is also one of the reasons why dandruff “mysteriously” disappears while we are on vacation.
Wrong hair care routine: hair care products that are too aggressive can cause a contraction of the blood vessels. Thus the sebaceous glands produce more sebum and the dandruff increases. On the other hand, if the hair care products are too mild than they don’t get rid of the dead cells effectively and this is also a cause for the appearance of dandruff.
Other: very dry skin, unbalanced diet, dirt, irritation from too many styling products, etc.
How To Get Rid of Dandruff
The best and fastest way to get rid of dandruff is to properly use a combination of anti-dandruff shampoo and special anti-dandruff treatment. Thanks to the active ingredients with antifungal effect, these products heal the scalp, and the salicylic acid stimulates the quick shedding of the gathered dandruff at the roots of the hair.
Shampooing: You shouldn’t wash your hair every day, hoping to remove the upper layer of dandruff by rubbing. This can only be done by special shampoos because, not only do they wash the hair, they also remove the dead cells from the surface of the scalp and get rid of the extra fungus.
Before washing, dampen your hair considerably, in order not to apply too much shampoo. Then rub in the shampoo till it foams, rubbing from the back of the head upwards. Rinse properly and then repeat the procedure, this time leaving the product on your hair from 2 to 5 minutes. Finish off with a throughout rinsing. During shampooing use the opportunity to properly massage the scalp with gentle circular movements of your fingers against the skin, being careful not to scrape it. The most you should wash your hair is three times a week, in order not to irritate the scalp surface.
Recommended Anti-Dandruff Products
For All Hair Types
Head & Shoulders Classic Clean Dandruff Shampoo
With regular use the Head & Shoulders Classic Clean Dandruff Shampoo is guaranteed to help you get rid of dandruff for good. Proof for this are all the satisfied consumers who love this product and buy it regularly. It is pH balanced and gentle enough to calm itchy scalp and relieve irritation, but it will also clean your hair and scalp very well leaving you with soft, dandruff free hair. For best results it is recommended to use it twice a week.
For Greasy Hair
Therapro Mediceuticals Solv-X Oily Scalp and Hair Treatment Shampoo
If you have greasy hair affected with dandruff and the skin on your scalp itches from time to time or regularly, than Mediceuticals Solv-X Oily Scalp and Hair Treatment Shampoo is the perfect solution for you. It is antiallergenic and very gentle but it will completely remove any dirt and oil build up from the hair and scalp. With its anti inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal properties it will provide immediate results in terms of fresh, perfectly cleaned hair, calmed scalp and less dandruff and over time it will significantly reduce oil production on your scalp and help you get rid of dandruff completely.
For Dry Hair
Maple Holistics Sage Anti-Dandruff Shampoo
Maple Holistics Sage Anti-Dandruff Shampoo is a natural shampoo made only with organic ingredients and completely paraben and sulfate free. With ingredients like Rosemary, Tea tree, Jojoba and Argan Oils and with anti-inflammatory and anti-septic properties it will moisturize and smooth the scalp, stimulate cell renewal, promote hair growth, enhance shine and reduce the shedding of dead skin cells. Everyone who tired it loved its effectiveness and its subtle, fresh scent. It is recommended to leave it on your head for a few minutes before you rinse it, in order for the ingredients to be absorbed and do their work.
Quick Tips to Get Rid of Dandruff
» Don’t let the dandruff spread. Act as soon as you notice the first flakes.
» If dandruff appears occasionally and in small amounts alternate washing your hair with a regular and a special shampoo.
» During shampooing massage your scalp gently with circular movements, without too much scrubbing.
» If you have a lot of dandruff, but it is periodical pick a special anti-dandruff shampoo for dry or oily hair, depending on your hair type. Wash your hair with it for at least two weeks, two to three times a week.
» If you have a lot of dandruff all the time, it is better to use a special anti-dandruff shampoo with permanent action. Combine it with a gel or a lotion, depending on whether you feel itching or not. Do this combined treatment twice a week, at least during a period of three weeks.
After each treatment the skin on your scalp will be more balanced, and this is the state we need to keep. To prevent the dandruff from reoccurring, occasionally wash your hair with the special anti-dandruff shampoo that helped you get rid of it in the first place.
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