It's Snowing! How to Get Rid of Dandruff and STOP the Flakes!
Did you know that dandruff is the number one complaint heard by hairdressers? This fact isn't really surprising considering that just about everyone has dandruff to some degree (unfortunately, some just have it worse than others). Dandruff (and dry scalp) are considered to be forms of dermatitis and can lead to bouts of itching and scratching. Not fun. You are more likely to develop dandruff during the fall and winter months due to the fact that you are inside more and your scalp and skin are exposed to dry, warm air (who hasn't dealt with itchy, dry, winter skin…Yuck!).
If you have dandruff then you should wash your hair often. Doctors agree that washing your hair on a daily basis will help to control the flakes! Start off with a mild, non-medicated shampoo. Before lathering up, dilute the shampoo with water (us e the same amount of water as shampoo – equal parts).By doing this you can help tame the oils found in your hair and scalp without causing irritation. If the non-medicated shampoo that you are using doesn't seem to do the trick, don't worry, there are MANY other options!
Try a Medicated Dandruff Shampoo!
Neutrogena T-Gel Daily Control Dandruff Shampoo
I simply LOVE Neutrogena products. They always seem to work…no frills…no fuss! Neutrogena T-Gel Daily Control Dandruff Shampoo provides everyday daily control. Enriched with vitamin e, this dandruff shampoo controls flaking, has a fresh scent and is gentle on the hair (which is important if you are going to use it every day). Neutrogena T-Gel Shampoo is recommended by dermatologists and contains 1% Pyrithione Zinc (which is a proven dandruff fighter!).
Nizoral Anti-Dandruff Shampoo
Nizoral Anti-Dandruff Shampoo is another winner when it comes to fighting dandruff and its symptoms (scaling, flaking, and itching). This shampoo contains AD Ketoconazole (which is one of the most prescribed ingredients when it comes to fighting dandruff and other skin conditions). It is important to note that this shampoo should only be used two times per week and is only for individuals twelve years of age or older. As with any dandruff shampoo, you should read all of the instructions before using and if you have any questions or concerns do not hesitate to contact the product manufacturer or better yet, a health care professional.
Herbal Essences Shampoo Anti-Dandruff – No Flakin' Way!
No Flakin' Way…that cracks me up! For those of you that have a mild case of dandruff and don't have a lot of money to spend on expensive dandruff shampoos why not give Herbal Essences Anti-Dandruff Shampoo a try? This shampoo contains the dandruff fighting ingredient pyrithione zinc which helps to eliminate tightness, itching, dryness and flaking. Perfect! Made with a fresh blend of cucumber, fruit and lemongrass, this anti-dandruff shampoo is gentle on the scalp and leaves your hair not only flake free…but bouncy and clean as well.
Lather, Rinse, Repeat!
Dandruff can be very embarrassing not to mention annoying (itch, scratch, itch, scratch). Thankfully, there are MANY powerful dandruff shampoos on the market made to fight your flakey problem. It is important to note that you should always lather TWICE when shampooing with any dandruff shampoo. If you have time, you should allow the lather to sit on your scalp for several minutes so that it can penetrate and do its job. Of course, be sure to rinse thoroughly as shampoo that is left behind can in fact…cause more itching and scratching…yikes! Over time, if you have tried several different over-the-counter dandruff shampoos and none of them seem to be working…make an appointment to see your doctor (you should also pay the doctor a visit if you have severe scaling, scalp irritation that lasts for a few days or longer and red patches). If your problem is severe enough…he may recommend a prescription strength shampoo. Good luck and here's to healthy, shiny, bouncy, FLAKE FREE hair!