The Truth About Dandruff
Updated: Mar 1, 2020
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Myth: Dandruff is caused by dry scalp. WRONG! Dandruff (Pityriasis) is the excessive production of oily skin cells. Dandruff results when larger clumps of shed skin cells and oil become visible in the hair and on the shoulders.
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Dandruff is the result of a naturally occurring fungus called Malassezia. The fungus can increase due to hormones, age, stress, and poor hygiene. Most people believe oiling the scalp helps prevent dandruff. This is not true. To combat dandruff it is recommended to use specialized shampoos that include ingredients like pyrithione zinc and selenium sulfide. These ingredients can be found in products like Head and Shoulders , Mizani, and As I Am .
Some natural remedies I've heard include aloe vera gel, tea tree oil, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, and jojoba oil. If you are not sure if you are experiencing dry scalp or dandruff I highly recommend seeing a dermatologist. In my experience clients that had dandruff and used Design Essentials Peppermint and Aloe gel or Head and Shoulders Daily Scalp Elixir Treatment have seen great results. My favorite part about these products is their easy application to the scalp, especially when wearing protective styles.
Dry Scalp occurs when the scalp does not have enough oil for the skin to feel lubricated. Like other forms of dry skin, this can cause itching, flaking, and irritation. It can also cause the hair to look dry, since oil from the scalp helps condition the hair.
People with dry skin are more prone to dry scalp. A dry scalp can also be caused by how frequently (or infrequently) you shampoo. "If you shampoo too often, you could dry out your scalp, but if you shampoo too infrequently, your skin's natural oil can build up, making your head feel flaky or itchy. To treat dry scalp deep condition your hair weekly ideally with a hair steamer and moisturize your hair daily with a leave in conditioning spray.
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