Dandruff is annoying – and it’s not exactly the hottest hair accessory. Those little flakes not only look bad, they often go hand-in-hand with an itchy scalp and hair that quickly looks greasy. Some cell turnover of the skin on your scalp is normal. Generally, these skin cells are so small that they’re basically invisible. However, hormone fluctuations or other imbalances of the scalp can lead to larger, more visible flakes. Need first aid for your flaky scalp? Try special anti-dandruff shampoo. Read on to discover how it works and what scalp conditions it can help with.
Stop oily dandruff with anti-dandruff shampoo
Generally, there are two types of dandruff: Oily and dry. Oily dandruff feels sticky, appears yellowish and is caused by an overproduction of sebum. These oily flakes of skin can stick to the scalp, making it itchy. What’s to blame? Usually a yeast fungus. This is always present on the scalp, but an overgrowth of it can cause an imbalance on your scalp. An anti-dandruff shampoo can help diminish fungus and bring your scalp back into balance. How? Special antibacterial ingredients help to calm your scalp and prevent new dandruff, and simultaneously alleviate scalp irritation. Allow the shampoo to work on your scalp for a while before rinsing. Tip: Continue to use an anti-dandruff shampoo – alternate with your regular shampoo – as a preventative measure, even when the dandruff has disappeared.
This haircare routine can rid you of dry dandruff
Dry dandruff is accompanied by a dry, sensitive scalp. What’s to blame? Often dry air, caused by heating or air conditioning. When you’ve got dry dandruff, hair care looks a little different than it does for oily dandruff. Anti-dandruff shampoos are not necessarily the right choice. Important: Shampoo should be mild and moisturize the scalp to avoid drying it out.
Use only lukewarm water to wash your hair, as hot water can be even more drying. Tip: In addition to a very mild shampoo, a special hair lotion applied directly to the scalp after washing can help with acute dry dandruff. Until the scalp calms down, you should avoid heat styling, which can also dry out the scalp. Better: Allow the hair to air dry after washing.