Dandruff is a well known problem for a great many people around the world. If you are a sufferer you are probably well aware of the embarrassment it can cause, and you are likely looking for ways to reduce the problem. You may think that you can get rid of it by washing your hair, but sadly this is not a solution!
Over washing your hair can actually exacerbate the problem, as it can stimulate the scalp to produce more oil, thus making more dandruff. If you wash your hair with anything other than a really gentle shampoo, this can also make the problem worse.
As a dandruff sufferer, your best bet is to wash your hair less frequently, with a shampoo that is designed for your particular problem. If you want to know how to get rid of dandruff without washing hair, then read on!
What Causes Dandruff?
These telltale flakes are caused, not by poor hygiene (whatever the school bullies may have had you believe) but by many things that are usually out of our control.
- It can be the skin on your scalp producing too much oil, which then dries into those little white flecks we all know and, erm, don’t love!
- Dandruff can also be caused by skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema, naturally dry skin, or a sensitivity to shampoo and hair products.
- The weather can also affect your scalp, and many people find the problem gets worse in the colder parts of the year.
- Stress is also a big factor, and while this is not something that can be controlled, you can manage it with mindfulness techniques such as meditating, yoga, or even a good regular chat with a friend.
- There is no evidence that hair dryers or some other hair care devices could be the culprits.
How To Get Rid Of Dandruff Without Shampoo
Getting rid of dandruff can be achieved by using anti dandruff shampoos – these are made to control the excess production of oil in the scalp, so they are ideal for controlling your itchy problem. If you want to avoid washing your hair however, there are many other techniques that you can try.
1. Invest in a good hair brush
Having a good, stiff bristled brush is a god send for your scalp. It cleans out all the dead skin cells and invigorates the skin of the scalp, making future dandruff less likely.
2. Look at your diet
Certain foods have properties that can help control dandruff; opt for diet that is rich in Zinc, Vitamin B and plenty of Omegas and good fats (think avocados and nuts, not crisps and fries!)
3. Coconut oil
Coconut oil is a fantastic ingredient that will work wonders for your flaky scalp. Simply warm a tablespoon (or two, depending on the length of your hair) between your hands, then rub it well into your hair, concentrating on the roots and the scalp.
Let the mixture sit for a few minutes then wash out with a cool rinse. Coconut oil is antifungal, nourishing and deeply moisturising, so this treatment should work wonders.
4. Essential oils
Essential oils can be extremely useful in the fight against dandruff. Go for a rinse with Tea Tree as this is a powerful antiseptic and antifungal which can really help.
Jojoba is another good one, as is Neem – this one has been used for centuries as a cleaning agent for hair. Oils are natural and non inflammatory, but make sure you do a patch test before you cover your whole head with them!
5. Give your hair a deep moisturising treatment
You can use a hot oil mask, an over the counter moisturising product, or a home made hair mask using egg yolks and olive oil.
6. Try exfoliating your scalp
Stimulating the scalp will help it regulate its oil production, so giving it a really good massage should work wonders for it, and has the added bonus of making your hair look shinier and healthier too.
7. Avoid touching hair
Another very simple tip is to avoid touching your hair too much. Running your fingers through your locks will transfer oil from your fingers to your hair, making the problem worse.
Try an up-do, or spritz your hair with spray so it stays in place (but remember that too much product can add to a dandruff problem).
8. Cider vinegar
Cider vinegar is a great product for your hair, as it has antimicrobial and antifungal properties. A rinse with diluted cider vinegar can work wonders for your dandruff problem, and you don’t have to worry about the smell – this dissipates very quickly once the hair is dry.
If you can’t get rid of your dandruff but you want to go out and not worry about it, try wearing your hair up in a ponytail or another up do. This won’t remove the problem, but it will certainly make it look less noticeable.
Washing your hair won’t make your dandruff go away – in fact in most cases this will make it return with a vengeance. Try some of the tips above, and hopefully you will be able to leave the house safe in the knowledge that a bit of shoulder snow is not about to ruin your day.