Dandruff not going away? Maybe you’ve tried everything, but the stubborn white flakes seem to be calling your scalp home. It’s bothersome and can be discouraging, but don’t worry. When this flaky problem doesn’t seem to end, it’s a good idea to reexamine your hair care regimen before giving up. Read on as we tell you the do’s and don’ts in busting dandruff, and how to find your way to a fresher scalp.
Do’s and Don’ts When Dealing With Dandruff
DO: Know the difference between dandruff and dry scalp.
The two conditions are closely linked cousins, but not necessarily co-dependent. To set them apart, look at the condition your scalp is in: dry scalp is only one sign of a dandruff-prone scalp, and it can be also triggered by an oily scalp.
DO: Use an anti-dandruff shampoo regularly.
Dandruff may worsen without proper care. But don’t panic, you’re not doomed to be plagued by these pesky white flakes for the rest of your life. Use a quality anti-dandruff shampoo is a good start in dealing with this hair and scalp concern.
Editor’s tip: Don’t know which shampoo to get? Try CLEAR Ice Cool Menthol Anti-Dandruff Shampoo to protect your scalp against white flakes while giving it that cool, shower-fresh feeling. It’s also unisex, so it’s a great shampoo for couples, too!
DON’T: Think dandruff is contagious.
It’s a myth that we’ve all heard in school and somehow still believe until this day. However, it’s no truer than the idea that pigs can fly. The misconception likely stems from a false understanding that Malassezia, a dandruff-triggering fungus, is infectious.
News: It isn’t. In fact, we ALL have the microbe on our scalps, so just about anybody is susceptible to dandruff. Malassezia is part of the scalp’s normal skin flora and only causes dandruff when the scalp’s natural barrier is weakened.
Editor’s tip: Use CLEAR Cool Sport Menthol Anti-Dandruff Shampoo for Men to help activate your scalp’s natural protective layer so you can prevent the occurrence of these pesky flakes.
DON’T: Scratch your scalp.
Scratching an irritated scalp may worsen its inflammation and damage the skin. Even while shampooing, we often lather and scrub too hard. Make sure to avoid being too abrasive and massage the scalp gently during every shower.
DON’T: Leave your hair wet.
Sleeping with damp hair spells bad news for your scalp. Wet strands of hair are more vulnerable to damage and breakage and collect sweat and dirt more easily in the scalp which can lead to itchiness and flaking.
It’s not worth saving a few minutes of your time for long-lasting damage to your hair and scalp. Set your blow dryer on low heat and, from a safe distance of about six inches, dry your hair after washing and before bed every night. Stick a reminder on your mirror if you need to get the habit in gear!
With these do’s and don’ts in mind, rev up your dandruff-fighting game and you’ll be flake-free* and feeling fresh in no time.
*no visible flakes with regular use
^associated with dandruff