Dandruff and head lice may seem similar, but there are a few key differences that can help you tell one from the other.
How to spot head lice
Head lice and dandruff share similar symptoms, including an itchy and irritated scalp.
Head lice produce eggs called nits, which are a similar colour to dandruff flakes.
How to tell the difference between dandruff and nits:
- dandruff flakes will slide easily off hair fibres
- nits are adhered to the hair, unlike dandruff flakes
- dandruff can be found on the scalp and hair
- nits are only found on the hair fibres
- dandruff flakes can be a yellowish colour
- nits are teardrop-shaped
If you have head lice and nits, you will need to treat your hair with a specially medicated shampoo and manual combing.
The cause of dandruff
Dandruff is caused by a natural microbe called Malassezia globosa, which causes scalp irritation.
Your scalp then keeps rapidly shedding its outer layers, attempting to get rid of the irritation. The shedding is what causes flakes, tightness, dryness and itchiness.
If you’re suffering from an itchy scalp and appear to have flakes, you could be affected by dandruff.
How to treat dandruff
Our Itchy Scalp Shampoo with eucalyptus essence calms itchiness while working against dandruff. With regular use, your scalp and hair are comfortable and up to 100% flake free.1
For quick relief from itchy scalp, and extra moisture, use our Itchy Scalp 2-in-1 Shampoo plus Conditioner.
The formula with peppermint complex and tea tree essence instantly cools your scalp, while the conditioner moisturises and helps restore your hair’s natural, silky smoothness.
1. visible flakes from 2ft, with regular use