A bane of our existence for sure, dandruff and dry scalp is one of the most annoying scalp conditions that a large number of us suffer from. No, there isn’t a cure for it, but here’s everything you need to know about dandruff.
It’s a very common condition—as challenging and embarrassing as it is, dandruff according to MayoClinic.com is a common condition that causes dryness of the scalp, causing the skin of your scalp to flake. Fortunately, dandruff isn’t contagious, but it does require additional attention, and can be a bit awkward and difficult to handle. Be aware that skin flaking can occur in other areas of the skin besides your scalp, such as your eyebrows and your mustache and/or beard.
Dandruff can be caused by various things, such as overuse of shampoo or even weather-related dryness that can sometimes cause flaking from dandruff. According to Senior Stylist at Devachan, Mia Emilio, dryness can be compared to dandruff as they have many similarities, but a quick remedy for dry scalp is keeping your scalp moisturized and hydrated. How to achieve this? By simply using products that don’t dry out your scalp or hair more than it already is. “100 percent get off of sulfates. They’re just drying out an already dry scalp and hair.” Mia suggests using No-Poo or Low-Poo and scrubbing your scalp at least once or twice a week and adding in a day of co-washing to really help moisturize your scalp.
Treatments over the counter exist—but for severe cases, you should see your doctor first. All hair types, and skin types are different. While one product may work for you, or your friends and family, it may not work for everyone else. Check with your health provider to find the best remedy for your dandruff. You may be able to use over the counter products, but if your dandruff is severe, your doctor may be able to prescribe something that works better for you! And yes, you can still care for your curls while using medicated prescriptions from your doctor.
Dandruff is in no way, shape, or form a reflection of your personal hygiene. Contrary to what we may have believed in our younger years, a number of things can cause dandruff, including stress and dryer climates. Mia suggests avoiding scratching your scalp to minimize the appearance of flakes, discomfort and irritation.
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