How to get rid of dandruff?
Dandruff is a hair problem that can be very embarrassing. This is, even more, the case when the dandruff is apparent and when it’s accompanied by itching. If this problem concerns you, know that many people suffer from it as well. I myself have the issue from time to time. So, you might wonder where the dandruff comes from, and especially how to get rid of dandruff? Well, these are questions I’m going to answer through this article.
What is dandruff?
Dandruff is a small piece of scalp skin that falls off and spreads in your hair. There are two types of dandruff: dry and greasy.
Dry dandruff is often due to a dry scalp. They become dispersed in your hair and fall like snowflakes when you brush your hair. This type of dandruff is the most common and the easiest to treat.
Greasy dandruff clings to the scalp and, most of the time, forms small scaly patches around your hair roots. They are more difficult to treat and require a consultation with a dermatologist when the problem is major.
What are the causes of dandruff?
There are many factors behind dandruff, but some are much more common than others, especially when you have Afro natural hair. Here are the different causes – with their solution – to get rid of dandruff:
You apply hair lotion on the scalp
Applying moisturising hair lotion on your scalp will clog the pores of the scalp and will cause dandruff. Creams, lotions, and hair masks are made for your hair only.
Solution: Stop putting all these products on your scalp and apply them only on your hair.
Your scalp is dry all the time
When your scalp is constantly dry, it causes itchiness and contributes to the birth of dandruff.
Solution: You must be sure to moisturise your scalp regularly. To do this, apply a natural oil (preferably light) 2-3 times a week maximum. You can also mix your natural oil with a few drops of essential oil.
You don’t rinse your hair properly
By not rinsing your hair properly, you end up with product residues in your hair. These residues will then land on your scalp, clog its pores, and cause dandruff.
Solution: Make sure you always rinse your hair properly, even if it takes time and you are in a hurry.
You use a product that doesn’t work for your hair
When you use a product that doesn’t work for your hair, the product will only settle on your hair rather than penetrate it. Your hair will then be smothered by this product that will leave residues and cause dandruff.
Solution: Take the time to identify the product that doesn’t work for you and remove them from your hair routine. It’s important to always try a new product at a time, so you can see the results of this product on your hair.
You use products that are way too chemical
The use of aggressive products (especially those containing sulphate, mineral oils, parabens, silicone, and bad alcohols) will attack your scalp, cause irritation, or even hair loss and, therefore, generate dandruff.
Solution: Remove these products from your hair routine and favour natural products or with a less chemical composition.
You don’t use clarifying shampoo
Not using clarifying shampoo monthly will cause product build-up in your hair. So, you’ve understood now that these residues will clog the pores of your scalp and, therefore, cause dandruff.
Solution: Use a clarifying shampoo once a month and opt for a shampoo that doesn’t contain any harmful components (sulphate, mineral oils, etc.).
Stress will amplify an already existing dandruff problem.
Solution: Try to identify the cause of your stress and do your best to relax.
Some medical conditions can cause dandruff problems. These medical conditions can be of any kind.
Solution: Consult a doctor!!!
Which products to get rid of dandruff?
There is no magic recipe, but there are some effective products to get rid of dandruff:
- Shea Moisture Shampoo Black African Soap Deep Cleansing Shampoo (This is the shampoo I used to get a clean scalp on the photo).
- Apple cider vinegar
- Essential oils
- Lemon juice
- Honey (effective against itchiness)
- Certain natural oils, such as coconut oil, olive oil, or garlic
I invite you to research the products mentioned before using them.
So, do you also suffer from dandruff problems? Did you recognise yourself through the different causes mentioned in the article? What are your products to get rid of dandruff? Leave a comment in the section below.