Ugh, dandruff. The only thing you want to know about this embarrassing but super common condition is how to get rid of dandruff, right? Fair enough, but it’s also important to know what it is, because you have to know your enemy before you can defeat it.
The quest to get rid of dandruff can be a tricky one. The good news? There are a ton of ways to get rid of dandruff, most of which you can do yourself at home. The bad news? Since everyone is different and since dandruff can have a number of different causes, what works for a friend may not be the best way for you to get rid of dandruff, and you’ll probably have to try a few different methods and ingredients before you find what works best for you.
Here are some of the best ways to nix that irritating itching and embarrassing flaking for good!
Facts about dandruff:
*First off, up to 50 percent of people have to deal with dandruff at some point in their lives. You’re not alone!
*Dandruff is the result of a few factors. These include sebum (the same oil that gives you zits) and a certain type of fungus that grows on your scalp called Malassezia globosa. Dandruff often also worsens in the winter, though climate and sweating can trigger individual cases of it as well. Narrowing down the cause is an important factor in your effort to get rid of dandruff.
How to get rid of dandruff:
*Start by shampooing more often. If you wash your hair every other day, wash it every day instead. Sometimes you don’t have to change what products you use, you just need to use them more often.
*Switch to a dandruff shampoo. Different shampoos have different ingredients, and different ingredients work for different people and cases of dandruff. Some people respond best to pyrithione zinc (like in Head & Shoulders), while others show results from salicylic acid (found in brands like Denorex), selenium sulfide (like in Selsun Blue), coal tar (found in various shampoos including T-Gel), tea tree oil (like in certain salon brands), or ketoconazole (found in Nizoral). You may have to try a few different formulas or combinations before something will get rid of dandruff for you.
*Follow the directions on your dandruff shampoo carefully. Certain products need to be used daily, while others are best used every other day or once a week. Each product is different, so be sure to read your labels closely, otherwise you may risk overdrying your hair.
*Let your dandruff shampoo sink in for five to ten minutes. This will give the active ingredients a chance to work.
*You may have to alternate your dandruff shampoos. Sometimes if you’re using a shampoo for a while, it can start to lose its effectiveness. you may have to switch it up, whether it’s every other day or twice a week.
*Watch how your brush. Use firm strokes and start at the scalp and go outwards. This carries the oil away from your scalp (where it can lead to dandruff) and onto the hair shaft, which needs it to look shiny.
*If you’re still itchy and flaky, see a doc. A dermatologist can prescribe you a stronger medication to get rid of dandruff than you can get over the counter–and they may also be able to identify whether or not you have dandruff or something else that requires different treatment.
Have you ever had dandruff? Do you have a hard time trying to get rid of dandruff? How do you get rid of dandruff? Do you know any special remedies to get rid of dandruff? Tell us in the comments!