In and of itself, dandruff is completely normal. It happens on every head, every day. Scalp skin renews itself every four weeks. Generally, dandruff flakes are so small that they go unnoticed. It’s only when overactive sebum production joins forces with these flakes (making them stick together, and stick to hair) that they become visible – and troublesome. This overproduction of oil can be caused by stress, or a hormonal change (for example, pregnancy). If an excessive amount of sebum is produced, it can make your scalp itchy and your hair appear greasy soon after washing. On a bad hair day like this, styling hair is no fun. Let’s put a stop to it! Follow our five tips to help remedy this hair emergency:
- Wash oily hair with special shampoo
Clarifying shampoos designed for oily hair help regain the scalp’s balance and eliminate excess oil, soothing the scalp and reducing itching. Clarifying shampoo should be used two to three times a week. Tip: If you wash your hair daily, switch between an oil-fighting shampoo and a very mild shampoo. This will keep your scalp from drying out and becoming more irritated. Those trying to prevent dandruff and greasy hair from occurring in the first place can use a clarifying shampoo once a week.
- Wash oily, flaky hair the right way
Brush hair before washing. This will release dandruff flakes from the scalp and untangle hair. Wash hair using lukewarm water. Give anti-dandruff shampoo time to work in your hair before rinsing it out. For extra care, you can still use a hair mask or conditioner. However: Only apply these to ends and lengths – not the roots!
- Dry oily, flaky hair the right way
Heat generated by blow drying can further irritate the scalp. But you probably don’t want to leave the house with wet hair! If you can’t avoid using a hairdryer, always dry on a cold or low setting. Tip: Hang your head upside down when blow drying – this is gentler on the scalp. And: As often as possible, try to let hair dry naturally.
- Use styling products in moderation
To avoid making the hair even more greasy, use styling products such as hair wax sparingly, as these can further weigh down hair. And don’t apply to the roots – just the lengths and ends. Excessive hairspray can also make hair greasy and the scalp itchy. A few sprays will suffice. Also, exercise caution when using hair oils: These are for dry ends only!
- Emergency help for greasy hair
Your hair is already looking less than fresh in the afternoon – but you’re going out tonight! No problem. Dry shampoo to the rescue! Although dry shampoo can’t replace a proper shampooing routine, it can temporarily refresh hair by absorbing excess oil. Spray dry shampoo onto greasy areas from about 8 inches away. Let it sit briefly, work it through with your fingers, then brush out.