Dry, flaky skin is almost always associated with cold, winter weather, but that’s not always true especially when it comes to your scalp. You can experience dandruff even during summer when the weather is hot and humid. In fact, this season can sometimes aggravate your dandruff problem.
Dandruff can be a year-round problem, but here are a few things that could trigger it during summer. Also find out ways to keep dandruff at bay throughout this season.
Causes of dandruff in summer
- Weather change
Malassezia globose is a dandruff-causing microbe that thrives in hot and humid conditions. Summer means excessive sweating, which creates the perfect environment for this microbe to cause a dandruff flare-up.
- The indoor messy bun
Lockdown or not, most people prefer staying indoors when the temperatures are soaring. That also means we’d probably find you with your hair tied up in a messy bun or ponytail. These hairstyles leave little to no room for your scalp to breathe, causing sweat build-up, and in turn can trigger dandruff.
Spending a lot of time in the kitchen or doing household chores can leave you hot and sweaty. When sweat mixes with dirt and product build-up, it can prove to be a major dandruff trigger.
Ways to combat dandruff in summer
- Wash hair at least thrice a week
It is a common assumption that frequently washing your hair leads to dry scalp that causes dandruff. In fact, it can be the opposite; the more oil accumulates on the scalp the itchier and flakier your scalp gets. Make it a habit to wash hair at least thrice a week during summer even if you are stuck at home because of the lockdown. Shampoo your hair frequently to keep build up and sweat at bay.
- Use an anti-dandruff shampoo
While washing your hair thrice a week is essential, it is also important to use the right product. Most people pick a shampoo that smells good or makes their hair soft, but there’s a reason why problem-specific shampoos exist. Be sure to avoid harsh anti-dandruff products though; instead use an anti-dandruff shampoo such as the Dove Dandruff Care Shampoo, which is formulated with micro moisture serum that not only leaves you with a flake-free scalp, but also protects your hair from frizziness. Complete your hair wash with the Dove Dandruff Care Conditioner for best results.
- Do a hot oil massage
A well-hydrated scalp is a healthy scalp. Massaging your scalp and hair regularly with warm oil can address many of your hair problems, including dandruff. Even during summer when your hair feels greasy it is good to apply warm coconut or olive oil to the scalp at least once a week to help combat dandruff.
Pro tip: While washing off the oil frōm your hair, do a neem rinse. All you have to do is steep two handfuls of neem leaves in two litres of hot water for a few hours. Once cool, use it as the last rinse.