Anyone who has experienced dandruff knows just how annoying the constant itching and flaking can be, but what actually is dandruff? Dandruff is often created by a mixture of oil and yeast, more oil on the skin tends to produce larger levels of yeast. This then causes the itchy, flakey scalp otherwise known as dandruff. So how can you get rid of it? The following outlines 4 tips to help you combat dandruff and an itchy scalp.
- Exfoliate Your Scalp. It may sound strange but just like exfoliating your skin, exfoliating your scalp helps remove the top layer of dry, dead skin. When you are experiencing an itchy scalp, it is important to remove the dead skin that builds on the scalp to cause flaking. Exfoliating your scalp can be done with products that contain salicylic acid, found in acne combating products. You may also scrub your scalp with a product that contains granules that dissolve. Fyab’s Hair Vitality Shampoo and Conditioner works to exfoliate and hydrate in promoting scalp health and vitality.
- Watch What You Eat. As previously mentioned, dandruff is caused by excess oil on the scalp. Your diet is a large part of the oil production in your body, meaning it is important to monitor what you eat so it does not agitate your scalp. Experts claim that high-carb foods can lead to higher glycogen in the skin, resulting in more yeast. Sugar and dairy can also be linked to larger oil production and maintaining a healthier diet that avoids these foods may present noticeable benefits inside and out.
- Wash Your Hair More. Although recent claims state that washing your hair less often is healthier in maintaining your scalps natural oils, less hair washing may just add to the problem for those dealing with dandruff and itchy scalps. It may seem easier to skip the wash and reach for a dry shampoo, however this may cause more dirt and oil to accumulate. Washing your hair more often can ensure your natural oils are not sitting on your scalp for too long, leading to excess dead skin build up. You may notice a difference in your scalp if you start washing your hair at least three times a week. Scared you’ll dry out your strands? Fyab’s Hair Vitality Shampoo is gently formulated to be paired with more frequent washes.
- Try Apple-Cider Vinegar. Although there isn’t strong evidence linking apple cider vinegar to combatting dandruff, this nourishing ingredient has been recently incorporated in various hair care products and could help with scalp health as well. Apple cider vinegar has recently become a popular ingredient in hair masks and toners for its nourishing vitamin C and B properties. However, apple cider vinegar has also been known to exfoliate the scalp, making it beneficial in removing oil build up. Apple-cider vinegar also contains anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties that can help combat high yeast levels on the skin and overall soothe the scalp. Applying some directly onto your scalp or through a hair care product may help promote a healthier scalp and soothe itchiness that can lead to flaky fall-out.