Dandruff is an unpleasant hair condition that is more than just unattractive. It also can be extremely uncomfortable and causes intense itchiness of the scalp.
You can combat dandruff by being aware of and preventing the situations that cause it. Taking better care of your hair and scalp can quickly get rid of the condition.
The following are six mistakes you need to avoid that could cause dandruff if you're not careful.
1. Using the Wrong Shampoo
If your scalp is prone to developing dandruff, you might want to find a more gentle shampoo that will moisturize your scalp as it washes your hair.
Specially formulated dandruff shampoos won't just prevent dandruff from developing by keeping the scalp moist, they'll also effectively clarify existing dandruff to revitalize a damaged scalp and restore a healthy moisture balance to the skin.
2. Failing to Wash Enough
While being too harsh when shampooing can cause dandruff, failing to wash the hair enough can also cause the same problem.
Your skin constantly sheds dead skin cells everywhere on your body. Your scalp is no exception. If you don't wash your hair and scalp periodically, dandruff will appear and cause irritation as dead skin cells build up in your hair.
Give your hair a thorough washing if you notice dandruff developing a few days after your last shampooing.
3. Not Protecting Your Scalp
Some individuals experience dandruff only during the winter months. If you experience wintertime dandruff, you may be able to avoid it by protecting your scalp from cold temperatures with a hat.
Temperatures are lower, and the air is dryer during the winter. Those who spend a lot of time outdoors are likely to notice dryer skin both on their scalp and on other areas of the body if they do not protect their skin during the winter.
4. Eating a Poor Diet
The quality of your diet is important in determining the condition of your hair and scalp. Eating too much of certain nutrients and not enough of others may trigger dandruff development.
For example, eating excessively high quantities of saturated and trans fats in your diet can increase oil production in the glands on your scalp. This can worsen dandruff because it will speed up the shedding of dead skin cells on the scalp. Also, not getting enough vitamin A and B vitamins can be bad for the skin and create dandruff issues.
Evaluate your diet if you're dealing with dandruff. Make sure you're consuming adequate amounts of vitamin A and B vitamins while staying away from saturated fats.
5. Blow Drying or Curling Hair Excessively
Blow drying your hair can easily dry out your scalp if you do it for too long or too frequently.
When you have the time, allow your hair to air dry after you've washed it. This will help the scalp to retain its natural moisture, so that dry skin doesn't build up in your hair.
6. Being Stressed Out
Stress is known to be a possible cause of dandruff. Stress can weaken your immune system. Your immune system is important for fighting off some of the Malassezia yeast in your scalp that can cause and aggravate dandruff conditions.
Malassezia yeast should naturally be present on your scalp, but healthy skin and immune cells in the scalp that prevent yeast cells from becoming over-abundant should control it. Dandruff caused by yeast growth on the scalp is known as seborrheic dermatitis.
If you notice dandruff after periods of intense stress, you can combat it by giving yourself some more downtime and participating in stress-reducing activities like exercise.
Detour Salon can give you more helpful tips on how you can get rid of dandruff and improve the overall condition of your hair. Contact Detour Salon for a variety of different styling services and hair care products.