Dandruff, aka a flaky scalp, can feel a bit embarrassing as it’s so hard to hide, especially if you have dark hair like mine, it’s really obvious!
The thing is, dandruff is super common, and there are a ton of things that can cause it; from too much stress or new hair products to not washing your hair enough or the overgrowth of a yeast-like fungus. Dandruff is actually just dead skin cells that have clumped together due to a buildup of oils, and the result is a slightly itchy, flaky scalp. Some people are more prone to it than others, but most people will experience it at some point in their life.
How to get rid of dandruff:
Depending on how severe your dandruff is, getting rid of it could be as simple as brushing and washing your hair more often, which will help to control oil build-up. But, if your dandruff is on the flakier side, you may need to do more. Here are some of the things I’ve used to get rid of dandruff, which have always worked really well for me.
Baking soda: I love using kitchen ingredients to solve my beauty problems, and baking soda is a really quick and cheap way of getting rid of dandruff. Baking soda is a natural antiseptic and can help to remove the excess sebum build-up. Once your dandruff has disappeared completely, you can go back to just using your regular shampoo – I don’t recommend this for continual use.
How to: All you need to do is add around a tablespoon of baking soda to your shampoo, and massage into your scalp for a few minutes. You’ll see a difference after a couple of uses, and after doing this for one or two weeks, your dandruff should clear up completely.
If the dandruff keeps coming back, you should consider changing your shampoo and conditioner or consulting with a dermatologist.
Apple Cider Vinegar: Even when I don’t have dandruff, I love to do an apple cider vinegar rinse after I’ve conditioned my hair, as it clarifies hair and removes excess product buildup. ACV is packed with vitamins and amino acids and has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antifungal properties, which makes it an amazing ingredient for a ton of skin issues.
How to: To treat dandruff, I like to mix one part ACV with two parts water. Pour the mix over your scalp (make sure you don’t get it in your eyes!) and let it sit for five to ten minutes before you wash your hair. If it feels uncomfortable or stings at any point, wash it out immediately. I normally notice a slight tingling sensation at the very beginning, but it never burns or feels uncomfortable.
The drugstore shampoo: If natural DIYs aren’t your thing, I swear by Dikson Every Green Purifying Shampoo. A complex of active ingredients based on ORGANIC ROSA MOSQUETA OIL* (*organically farmed), RICE PROTEIN and BURDOCK EXTRACT which, combined with the PIROCTONE OLAMINE, act from the very first application to eliminate dandruff and rebalance the scalp.
Prevention: A healthy scalp means healthy hair, so I like to use the Keiras Dermo-purifying Anti-dandruff Treatment.
Piroctone Olamine, a water-soluble antimicrobial agent, combats dandruff and excess sebum, preventing the formation of bacteria and fungi.With its descaling and deodorising action, Keiras Dermo-purifying Anti-dandruff Treatment leaves hair looking healthy and full of vitality.
How to use: distribute the contents of the vial over the scalp on to dry or towel-dried hair. Massage and dry as usual. Complete one whole treatment cycle.