If you’ve suddenly started to notice a few pesky white flakes on your pillow each morning, you may be confused as to their cause and how you can get rid of them. The good news it may not be as difficult as you think. Read on to discover how to tackle dandruff effectively and leave your scalp feeling fresh and healthy.
Contrary to popular belief, dandruff can actually affect anyone - no matter whether you have a dry or oily scalp. Like acne, dandruff is caused by a disturbance in the PH balance of the skin which can be affected by medical conditions, hormonal changes, or even something as simple as a change of hair products or just not washing your hair enough.
Like every other skin condition, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution and you may need to try a few different methods to see how your scalp reacts. First things first, give your scalp a break and ditch all unnecessary styling products for the time being including heat protection serums, mousses and sea salt sprays. Use gentle shampoos and conditioners during this time, preferably with anti-dandruff formulas.
Switching to an anti-dandruff shampoo will also ensure you’re cleansing your scalp in the correct way, leaving the scalp feeling soothed and nourished. Vichy’s Dercos range, for example, is designed to specifically eliminate visible signs of dandruff while soothing the scalp, leaving the hair soft and shiny. Choose from three shampoos that address specific concerns such as a sensitive scalp, normal to oily hair and dry hair. You should expect to see results right from the first application until 6 weeks after the recommended treatment period.
For an extra intensive cleanse, try Dercos’ Anti-Dandruff Scrub shampoo. The first of its kind, it removes stubborn flakes glued on the scalp with a safe formulation enriched with Octopirox, Salicylic Acid, Niacinamide, LHA and Apricot Seed Powder that helps aid exfoliation. Use daily, applying directly to the scalp before massaging in and extending to the lengths of the hair. Rinse off thoroughly after three minutes.
Once you’ve found the perfect shampoo for you, you may want to also think about the way you wash your hair. While this may seem obvious, dandruff can be caused by a build-up of product in the scalp and from not rinsing the hair thoroughly enough in the shower. Combat this by paying extra attention to rinsing, ensuring there are no suds left in the hair or scalp. You can also use a shower-friendly brush or comb to ensure you’re being as thorough as possible.
You may also find that leaving your hair wet before bed makes dandruff worse. This is because sleeping with damp hair is thought to cause fungus to grow, which in turn creates dandruff. Eliminate this as a cause by blow drying your hair before bed time or simply switching your daily hair wash to the morning.
Now you have the basic steps in place, you should start to see an immediate improvement in the health of your scalp. For more information on Vichy’s Anti-Dandruff range, visit https://www.vichy.co.uk/dercos.
This article is intended as general information only. You should seek advice from a professional before altering your diet, changing your exercise regime or starting any new course of conduct.