Dandruff is a common scalp condition and, although not dangerous, it can become a burden. If you’re struggling with this issue and are in search of a solution, you’ve come to the right place. Read on as we explain the causes behind and how to get rid of dandruff with our best scalp treatments!
What does dandruff look like?
Dandruff typically looks like patches of white or light yellow flakes in your hair (or on your shoulders), that can sometimes make your scalp feel scaly, greasy and irritated. These flakes are dead skin cells that come loose from the scalp quicker than usual. In severe cases, dandruff can also cause red or yellow bumps to develop along the hairline.
Although dandruff is usually easy to recognise, it can sometimes be mistaken for dry scalp. The biggest difference is that if you have a dry scalp, there is no greasiness or irritation. Plus, the skin on the rest of your body will likely be dry as well. If you’re unsure, you can always book a free Hair & Scalp Check with one of our experts to get a definite answer.
What causes dandruff?
There are several reasons that can lead to the development of dandruff and, although it can be tricky to identify exactly which one is affecting you, it’s still useful to understand what causes dandruff. Some of the most common factors are:
- You’re struggling with seborrheic dermatitis, a skin disease that causes itchiness and flakiness;
- You have a yeast-like fungus called Malassezia, that accelerates the cell renewal process and leads to more dead skin cells (or, in other words, flakes);
- You’re not shampooing enough and more build up is accumulating on your scalp;
- You’re shampooing too much and stripping your hair and scalp of their natural oils;
- You’re having an allergic reaction to a hair care product.
How to get rid of dandruff: Our best scalp & dandruff treatments
Although dandruff isn’t a serious issue, it’s often frustrating, and even embarrassing. The good news is that treating dandruff isn’t complicated - in reality, a lot of it comes down to scalp care.
The first step is adjusting your usual hair care routine to include the right treatments:
scalp benefits™ balancing shampoo
Suitable to all hair types, our scalp benefits™ balancing shampoo is formulated with a nurturing blend of ingredients like burdock root to nourish the scalp, echinacea to strengthen the hair follicles and sage to cleanse excess oil and prevent clogged follicles.