It can be uncomfortable when you spot a few white specks in your strands, but the good news is, they can be tamed. Before you run to the pharmacy and grab every dandruff product on the shelf, you need to find out what is actually causing your scalp to be flaky - because it might not be dandruff. If your scalp is in serious need of help, read on to find out what could be causing your scalp flakiness and how to get her back to having good hair days.
WHAT CAUSES A DRY, FLAKY SCALP?
When you spot flakes in your hair, most babes instantly think its dandruff. But there could be many different reasons why those flakes have appeared. Instead of seborrheic dermatitis (dandruff’s technical name), your scalp could be flaky suffering from eczema, psoriasis, allergies or simply hair and styling products you’ve been using. Every scalp is unique, so each one should be treated differently depending on what it’s going through – just like your skin.
Dandruff is caused by an overproduction of oil on the scalp. This excess oil can stop dead skin cells from shedding on their own because they stick to the oil on your strands. So, if your hair is flaky and your scalp feels like an oil slick, dandruff could be the culprit. But if your scalp is dry as a bone, your flakes might not be dandruff-related at all (eek!).
If you’re tousling your tresses and seeing flake fall from your mane, have a look at your current hair care routine and the ingredients in those products. Dry shampoo - aka the holy grail of hair products can actually cause flakes to appear on the scalp if it’s being used too often. Not washing your hair regularly can cause natural oil to build on your roots and if you have excess oil on your scalp, there’s a good chance you’ll have a lot of dead skin sticking to your strands (gross, we know).
Babes with red, scaly scalps that also feel dry, could be dealing with psoriasis. This condition usually requires a prescription from a doctor or dermatologist to control. So if you’re already doing everything you can to keep your scalp healthy, but have noticed redness near your roots, seeking medical attention could help you find out if psoriasis is the problem.
HOW TO GET YOUR SCALP BACK ON TRACK
Dealing with dandruff? Unfortunately, those pesky flakes can’t be cured completely, but they can be controlled. The first thing you need to do is add an anti-dandruff shampoo to your cart, pick ones like our Dandruff Repair Shampoo that contains flake busting Zinc Pyrithione and soothing Peppermint Oil. The targeted actives Zinc Pyrithione and Peppermint Essential Oil work together to soothe and whisk away flakes while gently cleansing the scalp.
Noticed that your scalp becomes flakier and drier between washes, or after you’ve doused your hair with dry shampoo? Consider washing your strands more often and switching your regular dry shampoo to a product that is a lighter formula and contains all-natural ingredients. Our Dry Shampoo + Styling Powder is a perfect addition to every babe’s shelfie because it’s not only easy on your scalp, it also uses hero ingredients like Bamboo Powder, Arrowroot Powder, Silica Powder and Kaoline Clay to absorb excess oil. Plus, it's all-natural and very fine. It won't stick to your scalp and block hair follicles like most other Dry Shampoo.