The key to ditching dandruff is dealing with its main causes – but how much do you really know about the common condition that leads to flakes in your hair? Less than you realise, perhaps…
Dandruff is one of the biggest scalp and hair issues around, but just because it's common doesn’t mean it’s always completely understood.
Below scalp expert Kelly Morell looks at some of the more unexpected reasons behind what causes dandruff, and offers her advice for stopping it in its tracks.
An oily scalp
It seems obvious that dryness can lead to flakes – so how can a greasy scalp do the same?
Because grease is often due to an overproduction of oil (or sebum) in the hair follicles, and excess oil is prone to clumping and falling off in flakes.
Both over- or under-washing can lead to an overproduction of sebum, so finding a cleansing schedule that works for your hair type is important for fending off flakes.
City dwellers, this one’s for you. Chemicals in the air can wreak havoc with the skin on your scalp, leading to irritation and flakes.
Outside of investing in a sprawling country estate to escape to, one of the best ways to fight the impact of pollution on your hair is with a targeted product that has been formulated to protect and soothe your scalp specifically – like Head & Shoulders new DERMA&PURE range.
Its formula shields against oxidative stressors like the environment, to protect and relieve the scalp from both the early and invisible signs of dandruff to stop it before it even starts.
Stress affects everything from your sleep to your patience levels – but did you know it takes a toll on your scalp, too?
While stress doesn't actually cause dandruff, it can seriously aggravate it. By weakening your immune system’s ability to regulate the naturally occurring microbes that live on your scalp, stress can lead to dryness, flakes and itchiness.
Managing your stressors is essential for the health of your scalp.
Whether it’s regular blow-drying or a daily date with your curling tongs, too much heat can dry out your scalp and leave a mark in the form of flakes.
Embracing the natural dry look at least a couple of days a week will give your scalp a chance to recover and reduce overall irritation.
Zinc, B vitamins and fats all play a crucial role in the health of your scalp, so be sure to fill your plate with a variety of fruits, vegetables and lean meats like fish and poultry to keep your hair and scalp happy and flake-free.
Unique causes aren’t the only surprising thing about dandruff – here Kelly discusses some of the more unexpected signs you have the condition.