Dandruff – not the most pleasant topic to talk about. Yet, a large number of people at least once in their lives have to deal with them. Personally, I do suffer from itchy scalp and during winter it gets worse.
Why does dandruff happen? There are plenty of reasons, such as overactive yeast living on our scalps, genetics, hormones, inflammation, stress, environment, wrong hair products and the list goes on.
They can be described as “white flakes” that appear as dead skin cells shed from the scalp. People with very healthy scalp will shed some skin cells, however, some of us shed more, which results in dandruff.
Why is it important to treat dandruff? Dandruff doesn’t make our scalp and hair follicles happy, which means hair follicles are not able to produce healthy hair. Suffering from itchy, dry scalp results in unhealthy, slow hair growth. Every time someone asks me how to grow strong long hair my answer is to look after your scalp.
How to treat dandruff? There are specific ingredients you can find in shampoos that should help with itchy dry scalp
Zinc pyriothine: Anti-fungal, reduces itching and appearance of dandruff. However, zinc pyriothine can also increase greasiness. Therefore, people with itchy and oily hair should probably stay away from this ingredient
Salicylic acid – removes flakes, work against itching
Tea tree oil, rosemary oil, peppermint oil, lemongrass – anti-fungal, anti-septic, promote healing
The ingredients below are probably the best for those who suffer from psoriasis, eczema or very dry skin. However, I am not a clinician, but these are my suggestions according to the published scientific literature
Tar, Selenium disulphide, Sulfur, Ketaconazole – slow down the proliferation of skin cells, anti-fungal, results in fewer dandruff
My experience with itchy scalp? During autumn and winter, my scalp tends to get more sensitive and produce more dandruff. Therefore, I choose Head&Shoulders because zinc pyriothine works very well for me. In addition, I also get dry/flaky eyebrows and applying a small amount of shampoo also helps.
In spring and summer scalp situation is much better. Recently, I have been using Label M shampoo and I am loving it! The lemongrass in the shampoo works well in preventing any itchy feeling.
Overall, a healthy scalp is the key to healthy hair. Choose the right products, gently massage our scalp during hair wash and your HAIR will Thank You.
Let me know if you have any tips and tricks how to look at your scalp and hair!