Are you on the lookout for an easy and effective way to get rid of dandruff? Well, you're in luck. This helpful guide will not only show you how to get rid of dandruff, but how to prevent dandruff from coming back again. Just follow these five simple steps and your scalp and hair will be clean and clear in no time.
1. UNDERSTAND WHAT CAUSES DANDRUFF
The first step to getting rid of dandruff is understanding where it comes from. The cause of dandruff has been linked to a build-up of Malassezia on the scalp.
Malassezia is a yeast-like fungus that grows in oily areas of the scalp. When the scalp’s natural defences becomes compromised, irritants produced by malassezia penetrate the scalp barrier and cause it to produce and shed more skin cells than usual. The greyish yellow flakes we associate with dandruff are these skin cells falling from the scalp.
2. KEEP YOUR SCALP HYDRATED
A dry and dehydrated scalp can make your dandruff symptoms much worse than they already are and lead to itchiness and further flaking. Keep your scalp hydrated and itch free by drinking plenty of water so that your body can replenish any lost moisture.
Extreme weather can dry out your scalp, so avoid wearing hats and caps in the summer and make sure to keep your head warm in the winter. Over styling your hair can also lead to dryness, so refrain from overusing hair dryers, curling irons and straighteners that can cause heat damage and dry out the scalp.
3. KEEP YOUR SCALP FREE OF ANY EXCESS OILS
The scalp produces a natural oil called sebum that provides a natural layer of protection essential to keeping it hydrated and staving off dryness. However, too much sebum on the scalp can make your hair greasy and lead to outbreaks of dandruff.
An oily scalp can be easily avoided by reducing the amount of hair products you use when styling your hair and making sure to rinse the scalp well when shampooing. This helps to eliminate the build-up of residues that might cause even more oiliness or make the hair appear greasy.
4. TRY NATURAL HOME REMEDIES
Home remedies can be a very effective and natural way to rid yourself of dandruff. An apple cider vinegar rinse is a quick and easy remedy for dandruff that can actually reduce the presence of malassezia fungus on the scalp.
Mix about half a cup of warm water and half a cup of apple cider vinegar in a cup and pour it over your hair. Gently scrub and massage the mixture onto your scalp for several minutes before thoroughly rinsing it out with clean water. The natural fungicides in the vinegar will help clear your scalp of any yeast and bacteria.
5. WASH YOUR SCALP AND HAIR WITH ANTI-DANRUFF SHAMPOO
The most important step to getting rid of dandruff, and making sure it doesn’t come back, is using an anti-dandruff shampoo. Anti-dandruff shampoos are readily available at most pharmacies and shops and are great because they not only treat the symptoms of dandruff but keep them from coming back with regular use.
For effective, all over anti-dandruff treatment try using CLEAR Complete Soft Care Shampoo, which is specially formulated with a healthy blend of ten nutrients and botanical actives. With regular usage, it nourishes your hair and repairs the scalp’s natural protection barrier, leaving your hair soft, healthy and free of visible flakes.
There you have it, five simple steps to keep your scalp dandruff free. If you’re suffering from dandruff, try these steps today and it won’t be long until you’re feeling cool, confident and flake free.