Itchy scalp and white flakes falling on your shoulders, dandruff can be quite a menace – and a stubborn one at that – it can leave you feeling uncomfortable and dent your sense of confidence. This persistent condition can be managed, and eventually eliminated, with the right hair care routine. But first, it is important to understand what causes dandruff. While the condition can be triggered by a variety of factors, more often than not the underlying cause is dryness. So, working on nourishing your scalp should be the focus of your hair care routine. Here are a few simple steps with which you can prevent your scalp from flaking and shun dandruff for good.
Deep hydration is the most natural way to counter dryness. If you have a persistent dandruff problem, oiling your hair must be an inalienable part of your routine. Ideally, you should apply oil to the roots, massage the scalp generously, then spread it out to the tips and leave it overnight before every wash. Even if you miss oiling your hair the night before, doing so an hour or 30 minutes before shampoo is still a whole lot better than not nourishing them at all. A hair oil with anti-dandruff properties like the Botanic Tea Tree & Neem Oil can help you get rid of dandruff-riddled hair sooner.
Not washing your hair often enough for the fear of making your scalp drier is a rookie mistake. The build-up of sweat, grime, and dirt only aggravates the problem. The answer lies in using the right kind of products – a mild shampoo that is designed to hydrate and cleanse at the same time. My personal favourite is the Toni & Guy For Dry Hair Cleanse Shampoo. Having grappled with dandruff and dry, frizzy curls for years, I haven’t looked back since I chanced upon this fantastic product. If you prefer all-natural herbal products, the Biotique Bio Margosa Anti Dandruff Shampoo & Conditioner is another effective formula for treating dandruff and itchy scalp.
Since nourishment is the basic need of dandruff-prone scalp, you must never skip conditioning your hair after shampoo. However, most hair conditioners are not designed to be applied on the scalp and wrong application may worsen your dandruff woes. It is important to read the label thoroughly when choosing a conditioner. If you are going the Toni & Guy for the shampoo, I strongly recommend pairing it up with the Toni & Guy For Dry Hair Conditioner that penetrates into the hair fiber and scalp to moisturise them from within. The L’Oreal Paris 6 Oil Nourish Hair Conditioner can be applied all the way from the scalp to tips is also a great choice for giving your scalp and hair the much-needed nourishment.
In addition to oiling and conditioning, topping up your hair nourishment regime with a deep-conditioning treatment also helps in banishing dandruff. Apply a rich hair mask like the Kaya Root Regen Deep Conditioning Hair Masque to shampooed, conditioned and towel-dried hair at least once a week to transform its vitality.
Just like your face, your hair needs the protection to keep it manageable and healthy looking until the next wash. While almost all serums treat frizzy, dry and rough hair, you need to include a specially formulated product like the Dr Batras Anti Dandruff Hair Serum in your hair care regime for combating dandruff effectively.
Staying consistent with this hair care routine even after the problem of dandruff alleviates is the key to stopping those nasty white flakes from striking back.