What Is Dandruff?
What causes dandruff?
Dandruff is a common scalp condition that causes small, white flakes of dead skin to appear in hair and on shoulders. It can be annoyingly itchy, and your scalp can appear red and irritated, scaly or crusty.
The causes vary and include a number of theories. As dandruff often begins around puberty and decreases in middle age, one theory is that it is triggered by hormones. Another is that it is linked to fungal conditions such as excessive yeast. Dandruff can simply be seen as dry skin on your scalp or along with more troublesome conditions such as seborrheic dermatitis, eczema, or psoriasis. Some people with sensitivities to ingredients in hair products experience dandruff. Dandruff doesn’t just occur in people with dry hair or skin, it can also be present in oily hair.
Dandruff is an unsightly, embarrassing condition but it can be treated and prevented once you identify the cause.
How can you get rid of dandruff quickly?
While the presence of dandruff doesn’t necessarily indicate a lack of hygiene, regular brushing and frequent washing with a natural, harsh chemical-free shampoo & conditioner can help to keep it under control.
Brushing stimulates the scalp by increasing blood flow, helping to remove dead skin cells which can otherwise build up, forming flakes of skin. Contrary to popular belief, brushing is good for both dry and oily hair. Those with oily hair sometimes shy away from regular brushing and washing for fear of stimulating oil production. In fact, brushing and washing regularly with a chemical-free, moisture-infused shampoo can help to remove dandruff, prevent oil build-up, regulate oil production and distribute oil away from the scalp.
Sometimes dandruff can quickly disappear when you change to haircare products which don’t contain harsh synthetic chemicals and known skin irritants such as Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) – a common source of skin irritation. Choosing natural, synthetic-free haircare products is especially important if you have sensitive skin.
Can you get rid of dandruff permanently?
Detecting the underlying cause of your dandruff means you can find the right solution in order to permanently get rid of dandruff. This doesn’t, however, have to present a challenge! Simply changing to shampoos and conditioners which are sulphate free, pH balanced, suitable for all skin types and free from non-plant derived ingredients may assist in reducing & controlling the problem.
Haircare products such as Natural Instinct’s which contain no chemical nasties such as PEGS, Parabens, Mineral Oils, Propylene Glycol, Sulphates (SLS) and Silicones, artificial fragrances and colours are perfect for helping to keep your hair and scalp in good health.
To reduce & control dandruff look to the Natural Instinct Anti-Dandruff range, which contains a mix of naturally powerful ingredients that are highly moisture-infusing and gentle on your hair & scalp. Some harsh product cannot be used frequently as they are irritants to the skin, whereas this Natural Instinct duo can be used daily due to its naturally gentle & nourishing formula.
A simple and easy change to your haircare regime could be all you need to control the symptoms of dandruff without the use of harsh chemicals and skin irritants.
Which Natural Instinct products are best for controlling dandruff?
Infused with nourishing natural ingredients such as Tea Tree Oil, Thyme & a 100% eco-cert ingredient with antimicrobial properties, work to provide immediate hydration – without harsh chemical nasties which can irritate and inflame scalp and skin conditions, resulting in dandruff.
Botanic ingredients, Sweet Almond Oil & Soybean Biolipid Complex, quickly absorb into the hair and scalp increasing moisture levels and circulation, encouraging strong, healthy hair. These powerful natural ingredients combine to minimise dryness – a major symptom of dandruff.
If you suffer from the tricky combination of oily hair and dandruff, regular washing will prevent the build-up of oil in the hair and remove the accumulation of excess dead skin cells. The plant-derived ingredients in Natural Instinct’s haircare products won’t strip your hair of its natural oils or cause over-stimulation of oil production, so your hair can shine with a healthy lustre – minus the oil and dreaded white flakes.