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Dandruff—which the Mayo Clinic describes as the flaking of skin on the scalp—is never fun to deal with (something you surely picked up on from that description). Unfortunately, with the weather becoming colder, it can be unavoidable, and many people end up suffering from dry scalps and dry skin in the winter. Worried about flakes falling all over your black clothes? With the right hair care routine, you don’t have to be! Here, learn about the causes of dandruff and hair care products you can use—from dandruff shampoo to hair treatments—to help manage it.
We covered what dandruff is, but you surely want to know why it happens, too. According to the Mayo Clinic, a variety of factors can cause dandruff, including sensitivity to hair care products, not shampooing enough, shampooing too often, and dry skin. As the temperature falls and your skin becomes drier, this can lead to that annoying itchiness and noticeable white flakes. (That said, if you feel like your dandruff is caused by an underlying skin condition, you should see your dermatologist.)
Is having dandruff and having a dry scalp one and the same? Not quite. Your scalp, just like your skin, can be dry without there being flakes. With that said, a dry scalp can progress into dandruff. If you notice your scalp getting dry, you can still follow the tips we’re sharing for managing dandruff.
Suffering from dandruff? While we can’t tell you how to snap your fingers and get rid of dandruff, we can help you deal with a scaly scalp. Take these five tips into consideration to help manage dry, flaky skin on your scalp.
When it comes to managing dandruff, the right products can make all the difference. The L’Oréal Paris EverFresh Antidandruff Shampoo is formulated with one percent pyrithione zinc—an antibacterial and antifungal agent. According to the Mayo Clinic, it can be paired with the conditioner from the same hair care system to help stop the itching, irritation, and flaking associated with dandruff. The shampoo is also free of sulfates, salts, and surfactants, which can dull your hair color if you have color-treated hair. Use as directed and apply the shampoo to wet hair by gently massaging it onto your scalp and hair, making sure to rinse thoroughly.
Keep your mane hydrated by following with the coordinating nourishing conditioner. The L’Oréal Paris EverFresh Balancing Conditioner is formulated with Indian lilac botanicals to help soothe the hair and scalp. When used with the coordinating shampoo, this duo helps to replenish your hair with moisture and restore balance for a healthy hair environment. Its formula is also free of sulfates, salts, and surfactants. Your hair will appear shiny and feel soft and manageable. After using our dandruff shampoo, apply this conditioner to wet hair, massaging gently. Leave it on for one to two minutes, then rinse.
In addition to an anti-dandruff shampoo and conditioner, a deep-conditioning treatment can help with dandruff too. The L’Oréal Paris EverPure 10-in-1 Elixir can help transform your hair’s vitality. The skin care-inspired treatment is formulated with Indian lilac and touts 10 benefits, including nourishing, hydrating, and smoothing your hair. Apply it to your towel-dried hair and scalp in sections, being careful to distribute it evenly. You don’t have to rinse it out—just style as per usual.
You know how important it is to exfoliate the skin on your face and body, right? Well, it turns out that your scalp could benefit from gentle exfoliation too. Here’s the deal: When you exfoliate, you help slough away dead skin cells that have emerged on the surface of your skin to reveal fresh, younger cells underneath. So, what does this have to do with your scalp? Your scalp is skin—and it can also experience a build-up of dead skin cells, dirt, and oil. Using an exfoliating treatment that’s specially formulated for your scalp can help loosen that buildup and slough away dead skin cells on the surface of your scalp.
We recommend the L’Oréal Paris EverFresh Micro-Exfoliating Scrub. Formulated with apricot seeds, the scalp scrub gently removes impurities, flakes, and buildup from dirt and excess oils that can cause hair to be weighed down. As a result, this scrub promotes a healthy-looking scalp. Use it in the shower before washing your hair with shampoo and conditioner by gently massaging it into your scalp and throughout wet hair.
Editor’s tip: Want to learn more about scalp scrubs and their benefits? Read our article, Why You Should Add a Scalp Scrub to Your Hair Care Routine, for everything you need to know.
As much as you rely on your hair styling products to achieve different styles, they may be doing your hair and scalp harm. According to the Mayo Clinic, hair styling products can cause buildup on your hair and scalp, making them oilier, and ultimately leading to dandruff. Instead of using so many products, minimize the amount to keep dandruff at bay.
However, If you can’t stay away from your styling products, dry shampoos can help. While you may think that dry shampoos dry out your hair and scalp, they actually rejuvenate your mane. Dry shampoos provide many benefits like adding volume and texture to your hair, providing the hair with nutrients, and most importantly, refreshing oily strands. We recommend using a dry shampoo like L’Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Clay Dry Shampoo. Formulated with three refined Indian clays, this dry shampoo instantly refreshes the hair for a clean and lightweight feel. Apply this dry shampoo directly on your oily roots and lightly through your hair. Brush through to work the product evenly through your hair from root to tip.
Next up: Want more beauty tips for beating the harsh effects of winter weather t? Head over to our article, 5 Must-Know Winter Skin Care Tips.
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