Banish Dandruff From The Inside

Dandruff can have a real impact on your confidence. It can make you avoid black dresses, tops and jackets, and can make you very conscious of shaking your hair so that you don’t make it snow on your shoulders. You might feel embarrassed when friends notify you of some scalp flakes stuck in your hair and the itchy feeling in your scalp is hella frustrating! While dandruff is quite common, it’s nonetheless embarrassing at times, so let’s look at some ways that you can combat dandruff and get your carefree confidence back.

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Shedding cells on your scalp is normal and healthy, but when your scalp gets inflamed, the cells stick together forming clumps of visible flakes that make up dandruff. The scaling skin on the scalp is often itchy, causing you to scratch, cause sores and these then form crusty scabs, making your dandruff even worse.

Dandruff can be caused by dry skin, so keep hydrated and make sure you’re getting enough fluid. It can also be caused by not washing your hair enough or washing too much, so find the perfect balance that suits your scalp. Dandruff can also be caused by other skin conditions and health issues like eczema, or those with a weakened immune system.

One of the easiest ways to combat dandruff is to use an anti-dandruff shampoo regularly. Shampoos like Head & Shoulders and Neutrogena’s T/Gel are great ways to say goodbye to that shoulder snow.

However, there are other ways to help farewell those flakes and they include some simple lifestyle changes to work from within. Eating a healthy diet with plenty of zinc, Vitamin B and healthy oils can help combat dandruff from within. After all, you are what you eat – and what you put in your mouth really matters for your health.

Getting a little Vitamin D from the sun can also have a positive effect on your scalp condition, however, be careful not to spend too much time in the sun and always wear sunscreen with a high SPF to keep your body protected from skin cancer. Learning to manage your stress is not only good for your dandruff, but also for your overall health.

If you’re a big fan of multiple products on your hair, it may be time to reevaluate, as too many products can cause dandruff and it could be one of the said products that is irritating your scalp too.

For best results to get rid of your shoulder snow, combat your dandruff from the inside and use an anti-dandruff shampoo on the outside.

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June 28, 2015

The Best Shampoos For Dry Scalp

Anyone suffering from a dry scalp could tell you that picking up any old shampoo just isn’t in the cards. There are very few products on the market which are sensitive enough to use on a dry scalp every day without over-drying the rest of your hair. These shampoos are packed with essential vitamins which soothe an irritable scalp and put a stop to dandruff without over-treating the ends.

Clear Scalp & Hair Beauty Moisturising Dry Scalp Shampoo 350ml, $8.00

Shampoos and conditioners which have an added Nutrium 10 technology are important to look out for if you suffer from a dry or flaky scalp. A specialised blend of 10 unique vitamins and minerals help to nourish hair to create stronger strands and a clean scalp.

Hope’s Relief Formula 2 Scalp & Hair Conditioner 200ml, $17.99

Dealing with dandruff and an itchy scalp seems like a nightmare if you’re not using the correct products. This specialised conditioner uses 5 active herbal ingredients which feed the scalp and stop future dry patches when used in moderation. Safe enough to use for the rest of your hair, this conditioner should be applied to the scalp and washed off after 2-3 minutes.

Organix Hydrating Macadamia Dry Styling Oil 100ml, $20

Macadamia oil hydrates and strengthens hair and is concentrated enough to use on both the scalp and ends of your hair. The formula softens problem areas and leaves hair feeling smooth and shiny.

Apivita Nourishing & Repairing Hair Mask for Dry Deydrated Hair with Almond and Honey 150ml, $29.99

Hair masks are a fantastic way to treat your hair 2-3 times a month, since they are super-hydrating and work to repair both your scalp and ends. This mask is packed with an antioxidant called rosemary infusion which repairs hair and acts as both an antiseptic and anti-irritant. Leave on for 3-5 minutes then wash off with lukewarm water. Perfect for anyone with an itchy scalp.

Appelles Blackseed Shampoo with Rosemary, Ylang Ylang, and Lavandin Super 150ml, $16.95

The lightweight formula is gentle enough to use every single day and will clean and nourish a dry scalp and almost any hair type. Massage gently into the scalp to remove excess oil and dead skin cells then wash off with lukewarm water.

What products do you recommend to treat a dry scalp?

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By Felicia Sapountzis

June 15, 2014