I guarantee that you’ve had dandruff at least once in your life. Sadly, many of us have had it more that once and seem to battle it on and off. Get to the root of the problem and stop dandruff from ever coming back again!
Seborrheic dermatitis, or dandruff is a very common affliction. The brunt of the blame lies squarely on the harsh synthetic ingredients found in most conventional hair care products AND our obsession with over-shampooing our hair.
An overly-dry or oily scalp provides the perfect environment for dandruff to thrive. This is often caused by over-shampooing with cleansers containing Sodium Laural/Laureth Sulphates, PEGs, artificial fragrances and parabens. These synthetic, cheap and potentially harmful ingredients* contribute to inflammatory and compromised skin conditions which in turn can lead to dandruff.
Poor diet and hygiene can also cause dandruff by encouraging fungal and bacteria growth on our scalp.
Fight off the flakes with these 4 easy and natural steps:
Shampoo less. Our obsession with squeaky clean hair has become a bad habit for many of us. Try using a dry shampoo between washings or ‘shampoo’ your hair with only conditioner. Make sure to rinse thoroughly with this practice.
Only use natural and organic shampoos and hair care products. Look for shampoos that contains tea tree oil, lavender oil, zinc, sage and aloe. DIY: add a few drops of lavender or tea tree oil to your favorite organic shampoo . And remember, steer clear of synthetic, chemically laden ingredients will only worsen the problem.
Try a natural pre-shampoo treatment. Massage your scalp with coconut oil for 5 minutes before you shampoo your hair. Coconut oil contains naturally occurring antimicrobials and fungicides that help quash fungal and yeast growth.
Rinse your hair with Apple Cider Vinegar. ACV naturally balances your scalp and hair’s pH. Shampoos and soaps make the skin and scalp more alkaline which can compromise its ability to fight off fungus, a leading cause of dandruff. ACV’s pH of 2.5-3 can rebalance the scalp. Mix one part ACV with 2 parts distilled water. In the shower, pour the mixture all over wet hair and massage in for a few minutes. Rinse well and condition Added Bonus: ACV removes excess oil, water contaminants and product build-up leaving your hair soft and silky.