Effective Tips to Treat and Prevent Dandruff

tips for dandruff care and preventionYou put on your best dark-colored suit coat and head out the door for an important meeting. After all, you want to look your best and make a good first impression. When you get to your destination, you take one last look in the mirror and panic – There’s a dusting of tiny white flakes on your suit coat which is not the image you want to project.

A perpetual misconception about dandruff is that it’s caused by poor hygiene, but this isn’t the case. The white flakes can become more noticeable with fewer washings, but there isn’t currently a definitive “cause” of the scalp condition.  It’s a common problem that affects an estimated 50 million Americans. And while some people are more likely to develop dandruff than others, there are some effective ways to treat it and prevent it.

Follow these simple tips to manage dandruff:

  1. Choose a shampoo for your condition. Different active ingredients are meant to treat different types of dandruff. Coal tar is best for mild or moderate psoriasis, while salicylic acid is an exfoliant and zinc pyrithione works as an anti-fungal treatment. Be aware that coal tar can cause discoloration in lighter hair colors. If one type of shampoo doesn’t work, try another. If it gets worse or isn’t manageable with any of these products, be sure to contact a licensed dermatologist.
  2. Limit the use of hair-styling products. Most hair-styling products like gel, mousse, and hair spray are alcohol-based, and they can dry out your hair and your scalp. Limit the amount or frequency of these products you use to style your hair. Or you can also ask your stylist about non-alcohol-based options.
  3. Wash your hair daily. Unless you’re miles from civilization without running water, washing your hair can easily become a daily habit. When you wash your hair thoroughly on a regular basis, it helps exfoliate your scalp, limit flaking, and improve the overall health of your hair. Be sure to alternate with an anti-dandruff shampoo a couple of times a week to keep itching and flaking to a minimum.
  4. Eat healthy fats. Some health professionals believe a lack of omega-3 fatty acids may be linked to dandruff. Eating more healthy fats like fish, vegetable oils, and some leafy-green vegetables like spinach and kale. Taking omega-3 fatty acid supplement can also help you get enough of this in your diet to help prevent dandruff.
  5. Stress less. That might be easier said than done, but too much stress can compromise your health and may trigger dandruff. Make time for healthy activities that help you relax like taking a walk, yoga or meditation, reading, or simply chilling out with friends. You’ll feel better and possibly keep dandruff from becoming a problem.

These five tips can help you deal with dandruff if you have it, and prevent it if you don’t. Some people will need to go a step farther and consult a medical professional, as the cause of the itching and scalp irritation may be something medical, like psoriasis, eczema or a fungal infection, but most people should easily be able to manage their scalp care as outlined above.

If you’re wanting to keep your hair looking good and your scalp healthy, check out our hair cut and styling packages or come in for a soothing scalp treatment. Call the salon today at 515.224.4849 or schedule an appointment online!