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Dandruff—which the Mayo Clinic describes as the flaking of skin on the scalp—is never fun (something you surely picked up on from that description). Unfortunately, with the weather becoming colder, it can become unavoidable, and many people tend to develop dry skin and scalps 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 what can cause dandruff and the hair care products you can use—from your shampoo to hair treatments—to help manage it.
According to 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 dandruff. (That said, if you feel like your dandruff is caused by an underlying skin condition, you should see your dermatologist.)
Have dandruff? Take these four tips into consideration to help manage a dry, flaky 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 Mayo Clinic—and 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 well.
Keep your mane hydrated by following with the coordinating nourishing conditioner. The L’Oréal Paris EverFresh Balancing Conditioner is formulated with Indian lilac and, when used with the coordinating shampoo, can help replenish 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 touchable 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 hair’s vitality. The skin care-inspired treatment is formulated with Indian lilac and touts 10 benefits, including nourishing, hydrating, and smoothing 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 a little gentle exfoliation too. Here’s the deal: When you exfoliate, you help slough away dead skin cells that have built up on the surface of your skin, revealing fresh, younger cells underneath. So, what does this have to do with your scalp? Your scalp is skin—and it can also experience a buildup of dead skin cells, dirt, and oil. Using an exfoliating treatment that’s specifically 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 build up from dirt and excess oils that can cause hair to be weighed down, promoting 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.
Want more beauty tips for beating the winter weather this season? Head over to our article, 7 Skin Care Products to Use on Dry Skin in Winter.