There are few things worse than looking down at your dark colored shirt only to find that it's full of dandruff. This isn't just annoying, but it can also be embarrassing. Dandruff is essentially dead skin that has flaked off from your scalp. Fortunately, this is a condition that is both treatable and preventable.
A common misconception is that dandruff is caused by dry skin. It's a well-known fact that washing strips the hair and scalp of oils. As a result, some people think they're combating dandruff by washing less frequently. Doing the opposite is often more successful.
With dandruff, infrequent washing allows more fungi and dead skin cells to build up on your scalp, making your dandruff worse. If you're only washing once a week, try adding at least two more washes a week to see if that offers improvement.
Change your Diet
Believe it or not, what you eat can influence your risk for dandruff. For example, following a diet that is rich in fatty oils and saturated fats can cause your body to produce P. ovale, the fungi that causes dandruff.
Additionally, a diet that consists of large amounts of sugar or spicy foods can make an existing case of dandruff, worse. Try to alter your diet so that you are not consuming high amounts of these foods to help improve your dandruff risk.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is a plant oil derived from the leaves of Australia's tea tree. In concentrated form, this oil is yellow and has a number of benefits, including dandruff treatment. Tea tree oil has natural antiseptic quality that can help eliminate the microorganisms that cause the formation of dandruff. A reduced presence of these microorganisms means a lower risk for dandruff.
Your hair stylist can also help you combat dandruff. One professional hair salon treatment is a scalp astringent. Just like you use an astringent on your face to remove dead skin cells, bacteria and harmful oils, an astringent can offer the same benefit to your scalp.
The astringent is applied just like a shampoo. It's massaged into your scalp and allowed to penetrate for several minutes before it's washed off. In addition to helping rid dandruff, it offers a cooling and relaxing sensation for your scalp as well.
With a little effort on your part, you can make a dry, flaky scalp a thing of the past.