Dandruff is a common scalp problem faced by a lot of people worldwide, but that doesn’t mean you should accept it as part of your life and move on. You can blame genetics for a receding hairline, acne-prone skin, or even thin hair, but not dandruff. You are responsible for those embarrassing white flakes because dandruff is caused by unhealthy hair care and lifestyle habits.
Luckily, dandruff can be treated. If you’ve always had dandruff there are certain things that could be making matters worse. Below, we have listed all the habits that could worsen your dandruff problem.
Washing your hair too often
Our first reaction to most scalp problems is to wash them away. But that’s not the most ideal thing to do. In fact, it is one of the worst hair care habits. Shampooing your hair every day will strip away the natural oils that keep your scalp nourished and strong. When there is no oil, your scalp will get drier and make the dandruff worse.
Not using the right shampoo
Picking a anti-dandruff shampoo randomly from the hair care aisle won’t solve your problem. You need to understand that not all dandruff is the same. The most common type is ‘dry’ dandruff, which causes white flakes and sheds on your shoulder. It can be cleared by using a shampoo that nourishes and purifies the scalp like the Clear Anti Dandruff Nourishing Shampoo - Complete Active Care. Greasy dandruff, on the other hand, stays stuck to your scalp and the Clinic Plus Strong Scalp Anti-Dandruff Shampoo would be an ideal choice for this type of dandruff.
Using excessive styling products
Hairspray, gel, wax and other hair styling products may make your hair behave but these contain high levels of alcohol, which can be quite drying and irritating to the scalp. The drier your scalp gets, the flakier it becomes.
Rubbing scalp vigorously
Most people who suffer from dandruff rub their scalp vigorously in an attempt to get it off. This strips your fragile scalp skin and makes the problem worse. Instead, gently massage your scalp with your fingertips for best results.
Improper diet and lifestyle
An unhealthy diet of processed food, refined sugar, and junk food can cause inflammation and eventually lead to dandruff and flakes. Include fresh green vegetables and fruits along with foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids in your diet instead.
Written by Sanya Hamdani on Nov 01, 2019
Sanya Hamdani is a skincare enthusiast and lipstick hoarder, she truly believes no two red lipsticks look exactly alike. With a Master's degree in Communication & Journalism and 5+ years of digital writing experience up her sleeve, Sanya has some of the biggest beauty experts in the country on her speed dial. When she's not swatching products or writing about the latest trends in beauty, you will find her watching F.R.I.E.N.D.S. or cooking up a storm in the kitchen.