4 Pro Tips to Treat Dandruff & Flaky Scalps at Home
Did you know that your scalp condition can affect the overall health of your hair? Just as how you would take care of the skin on your face, your scalp needs its special care too. A healthy scalp promotes optimal hair growth. This is why the scalp should be free from signs of dirt, redness, irritation, or production of too much sebum–aka oil. Understanding your scalp condition may help prevent common scalp problems from developing, but if your scalp has signs of dry flakes or dandruff then special care is needed. Dandruff is a common skin condition that causes flakes and itchiness on the scalp, and while it isn’t infectious, it can cause inconvenience and embarrassment to many as flakes visibly fall on hair, clothes, and the surroundings. There are numerous ways on how dandruff can be managed. Treating your scalp with an affordable dandruff treatment can even start at home!
Why Does Dandruff Occur?
Dandruff happens due to a combination of factors such as genes, allergies, and imbalance of skin microbes. Experts also believed that it is driven by an overgrowth of microorganisms that are found on the scalp. Having dandruff is not directly related to hygiene in the same way that it is not limited to just dry scalp. Any hair or skin type has its own shedding cycle but those with dandruff tend to have excessive shedding and build up.
If you have been frustrated long enough with dandruff, it’s never too late to deal with it. Here are some steps you can add to your daily routine to help manage your dandruff better!
Coconut Oil Treatment
Coconut oil is rich in essential vitamins, proteins, lauric acid, and fatty acids. Combined with antimicrobial properties, coconut oil penetrates easily onto the scalp to help deliver skin moisture and hydration. Its conditioning property is also believed to prevent split ends, and because of these benefits, coconut oil is also often used as a natural remedy to relieve dry scalps that can cause dandruff.
You can use coconut oil to eliminate dandruff by making a simple coconut oil hair mask with two tablespoons (tbsp.) of warm unrefined coconut oil. Apply this to damp hair, making sure it covers all areas. Leave it for an hour for deep conditioning and wash thoroughly to avoid clogging your pores.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil has long been used as a dandruff home remedy because of its known antifungal and antibacterial properties. Its diluted form also improves healthy hair growth by stimulating the blood flow of the scalp area and unclogging pores to help prevent dead skin build-up that is seen to be linked to dandruff. Before you reach for a bottle of tea tree oil, remember to do a patch test, as not all skin types react well to the oil, and you can find yourself with skin irritation and itching. For the best results, we recommend mixing 3-4 drops of tea tree oil with a light carrier oil such as grapeseed oil or olive oil!
Shampooing the right way
Hygiene might not be a major factor in treating dandruff, but small daily practices can help manage your scalp condition better. When you don’t wash your hair the right way, or if you are not using the right shampoo, there is a big chance that you might not be able to get rid of flakes and improve your scalp health. Head & Shoulders Supreme Moisture Shampoo is an effective dandruff treatment that also effectively soothes scalp redness and irritation, promoting a much healthier scalp condition. This product has a luxurious Argan Crème formula that contains argan oil, which is known as a natural ingredient for hair and skin moisturization.
The formula locks water and moisturizes, improves dryness and dullness, leaving hair 10x more moisturized, and glossy soft. It deeply nourishes from roots to tips, resulting in softer hair from the first wash. We recommend coupling it with the Head & Shoulders Supreme Moisture Conditioner for better results.
Wash your hair more often
Are you experiencing patches of dandruff and inflamed skin? This may be caused by a skin condition called seborrheic dermatitis, and it affects areas that are usually oily, like the scalp. Dandruff is a mixture of oil and yeast, and the only way we prevent the accumulation of both on the scalp is when you wash your hair more often.
Will washing your hair more often dry it out? It can. So, choose a gentler shampoo on the scalp.
The Head & Shoulders Smooth & Silky Shampoo is rich and creamy, with extra moisturizers and gentle pH balanced formula, suitable for daily use. It controls frizz for 24 hours while also leaving hair intensely moisturized and 100% flake-free* with long-lasting dandruff protection.
Dealing with dandruff can be frustrating and embarrassing. But fortunately, there are plenty of affordable dandruff treatments to help reduce the symptoms and improve scalp health. Head & Shoulders products have powerful dandruff-eliminating ingredients formulated to treat people with different hair and scalp conditions. As the world's No.1 shampoo*, Head & Shoulders gives you the confidence you need for a healthy scalp with 100% dandruff-free hair.**
*P&G Calculation based on Nielsen syndicated total country database for the Shampoo category of July 2018-June 2019
**No visible flakes with regular use