Okay, so nobody really likes to talk about this because it is kind of embarrassing. I’ll be the first one to say it though: I get dandruff. This problem is a lot more widespread than some of us think: many of us “suffer” (I use the term lightly… we aren’t really suffering) with itchy scalps and white flakes. I thought I’d share my top tips for dealing with dandruff. Before I start though, keep in mind that these are MY tips and that I’m not a doctor. While these tips work for me, they may not work the same for you.
1. Use an anti-dandruff shampoo, but don’t overdo it.
The biggest “secret” is to use a dandruff shampoo. I really enjoy the Head and Shoulders brand: you can’t go wrong there. I also like the Garnier Fructis Anti-Dandruff line (the 2-in-1 and the Clean & Fresh). I use it three times a week to help take care of flakes and itchiness. I have found that using it too much makes you immune to its effects. When I was younger, I just used Head and Shoulders every day, and I still found my dandruff returning. Three times a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) is a good schedule for me.
There’s nothing special about the way in which I message it into my hair. I put some into my hand, start at the scalp, and work my way to the ends of my hair.
2. Keep track of shampoos (and other products) that make it worse.
There are some shampoos out there that will make your dandruff worse. Why? I wish I knew. I wish I could tell you what ingredients to look for, but I can’t. All I know is that there are shampoos out there that bring about dandruff even though I use the anti-dandruff shampoo. I recommend keeping a list on paper or in your phone. Otherwise, you will forget. After that, steer clear of that shampoo like it is the plague.
Also, be aware that it could be something else in your haircare routine. Try not to change too many things at once. I know it is unavoidable sometimes, but try to only switch one product at a time. That way, you’ll know exactly what the problem product is.
3. Avoid putting conditioner on your scalp.
For me, anything extra that I add to my scalp tends to cause it to make more dandruff. I can’t tell you why, but it definitely happens.
4. Don’t scratch!
Not only is gross for other people to watch, it damages your scalp. I’ve found that it even makes more flakes! I know it is hard, so lightly comb your hair with your fingers. It satisfies the urge to scratch without any damage.
I hope that is helpful! Let me know how you deal.
I’m not affiliated with any brands mentioned.