Dandruff and other scalp conditions can affect your daily life and cause physical, mental, and emotional irritation. Here are some tried and true ways to avoid dandruff and scalp buildup to help you feel like yourself again.
Address the Cause
Dandruff is a common skin condition that affects the scalp. It is caused by an overgrowth of yeast-like fungus called Malassezia, which results in the accumulation of dead skin cells and flakes on the scalp. Several factors can contribute to dandruff, including:
1. Swapping hair tools: Dandruff is a scalp infection and a lot of times it starts with sharing hair tools with someone else who has it. Using someone else's brush, banana clip or curling iron can pass the fungus from them to you. So to avoid dandruff, don't swap hair tools with anyone.
2. A constantly alkaline scalp: Most people think that people get dandruff from not cleaning their hair and scalp properly. This can happen, but is not always the case. If you only wash your hair with shampoo, which is alkaline, and never use conditioner, which is acidic, your scalp might be too alkaline. Excessive alkalinity makes the body vulnerable to infections. To avoid dandruff, use hair conditioner after you wash or an apple cider vinegar rinse to balance your hair and scalp. Or use a pH balanced shampoo.
3. Oily scalp: Unfortunately, Malassezia feeds on hair sebum. When your scalp produces too much oil, your dandruff can get worse. You'll notice that the flakes are large and greasy. Oily scalps are alkaline scalps, so to avoid dandruff, do an apple cider vinegar rinse to help balance your scalp.
4. Skin conditions: Certain skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema can cause dandruff.
Scalp buildup can be dandruff, product buildup, or the scalp's sensitivity to the products you're using.
To avoid scalp buildup, you can follow these tips:
● Wash your hair regularly with a gentle, fragrance free and sulfate free shampoo. Sulfates are very harsh cleansers and can irritate the scalp. Fragrances are irritating to many people and if your scalp is sensitive, they can cause extra skin cells to form on the scalp, as a way of protecting itself.
● Avoid using hair products that contain harsh chemicals. So avoid perms, straighteners and coloring treatments if you have a sensitive scalp. It's also possible that you're sensitive to an ingredient in a product that you're using on your scalp. So avoid serums and hair oils for a while, [or] anything on your scalp that you're not rinsing out, to see if the problem resolves.
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