Hey my loves! So, dandruff isn’t something that I get often, but just recently I got it really badly, and I wanted to tell you guys exactly how I managed to get rid of it super quickly. Dandruff, aka a flaky scalp, can feel a bit embarrassing as it’s so hard to hide, especially if you have dark hair like mine, it’s really obvious!
The thing is, dandruff is super common, and there are a ton of things that can cause it; from too much stress or new hair products to not washing your hair enough or the overgrowth of a yeast-like fungus. Dandruff is actually just dead skin cells that have clumped together due to a buildup of oils, and the result is a slightly itchy, flaky scalp. Some people are more prone to it than others, but most people will experience it at some point in their life.
How to get rid of dandruff:
Depending on how severe your dandruff is, getting rid of it could be as simple as brushing and washing your hair more often, which will help to control oil build-up. But, if your dandruff is on the flakier side, you may need to do more. Here are some of the things I’ve used to get rid of dandruff, which have always worked really well for me.
Baking soda: I love using kitchen ingredients to solve my beauty problems, and baking soda is a really quick and cheap way of getting rid of dandruff. Baking soda is a natural antiseptic and can help to remove the excess sebum build-up. Once your dandruff has disappeared completely, you can go back to just using your regular shampoo – I don’t recommend this for continual use.
How to: All you need to do is add around a tablespoon of baking soda to your shampoo, and massage into your scalp for a few minutes. You’ll see a difference after a couple of uses, and after doing this for one or two weeks, your dandruff should clear up completely.
If the dandruff keeps coming back, you should consider changing your shampoo and conditioner or consulting with a dermatologist.
Apple Cider Vinegar: Even when I don’t have dandruff, I love to do an apple cider vinegar rinse after I’ve conditioned my hair, as it clarifies hair and removes excess product buildup. ACV is packed with vitamins and amino acids and has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antifungal properties, which makes it an amazing ingredient for a ton of skin issues.
How to: To treat dandruff, I like to mix one part ACV with two parts water. Pour the mix over your scalp (make sure you don’t get it in your eyes!) and let it sit for five to ten minutes before you wash your hair. If it feels uncomfortable or stings at any point, wash it out immediately. I normally notice a slight tingling sensation at the very beginning, but it never burns or feels uncomfortable.
The drugstore shampoo: If natural DIYs aren’t your thing, I swear by Selsun Blue Dandruff shampoo, $10, for getting rid of dandruff in just a few washes. As well as myself, I’ve had a few people in the office try this, and it’s worked incredibly well – even on a really bad case of dandruff. It also makes my hair feel super soft afterward, so it doesn’t strip or compromise your hair in any way. Try washing your hair with this every other day (or once every three days) for two weeks, and if the dandruff persists, you should consult a doctor. Even when the dandruff goes, I recommend using this for a few washes afterward to make sure it doesn’t return.
Prevention: A healthy scalp means healthy hair, so I like to use the Sisley Revitalizing Fortifying Serum for Scalp, $158, which has a high concentration of plant-based extracts, proteins, minerals and vitamins that strengthen the hair follicle and improve hair density and shine. Ensuring you wash your hair often is also important.
I hope you guys found this helpful and it works to get rid of your dandruff – if however, none of these tricks help, then you should definitely consult a doctor or dermatologist. There are certain skin conditions that can be confused for dandruff, so if it’s is very itchy, extra flakey, or at all painful, it’s worth consulting your doctor. And darlings, always be mindful of risks in using non-conventional products on your scalp.
Don’t forget to check your shampoo and conditioner ingredients and test out new products to see which work best for your hair. We’re currently testing out natural, drugstore hair care brand HASK, which is free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, gluten & drying alcohol, plus they have a huge collection of different ranges to suit specific hair types. Let us know if you have any other questions about dandruff or haircare in the comments below.