How To Get Rid of Dandruff: A Simple 4-Step Routine
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If you’ve tried every dandruff remedy you could find on the internet and still find yourself dusting your shoulders—it might be time to implement a dandruff-fighting hair care routine that tackles this (flaky) issue right at the roots. We hope you’re ready to leave your DIYs behind because we’re spilling all the tea (tree)!
Let's get into it...
What causes dandruff?
Dandruff is the condition in which dead skin cells start building and clustering on the scalp. This is caused due to an overproduction of sebum (oil) and a fungus called Malassezia furfur that lives on our scalp. These fungi thrive on oily scalps; they feed on excess sebum which results in dead skin cells clumping together to form the white flakes we call dandruff. Eventually, these white flakes fall off.
However, it is important to note that flaking is a symptom of both dandruff and a dry scalp. To find the right treatment, you will need to identify which condition you are dealing with. You can learn about the differences between dandruff and a dry scalp here.
What’s the best way to deal with dandruff?
To treat dandruff, you will need an anti-dandruff formula that is targeted towards its root cause, which is Malassezia furfur. Our Tea Tree Range is loaded with science-backed dandruff fighters that help treat existing dandruff and curtail the formation of new dandruff. Some of the power-packed ingredients include:
- Piroctone olamine to control the growth of the Malassezia fungus
- Tea tree oil which has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties to reduce itchiness and soothe the scalp
- Willow bark extract (natural source of salicylic acid) to regulate the scalp’s sebum production
- Brahmi, an excellent antioxidant to help keep the hair lustrous and glossy
The 4-Step Anti-Dandruff Routine
While most of us follow an elaborate routine for our skin, we don’t quite do the same for our hair. The truth is, we need to give our hair and scalp just as much attention if our focus is health and strength from root to tip. While a simple oil-shampoo-condition routine does the job of cleansing and conditioning your hair, you will need a much more sophisticated approach if you’re dealing with a recurring condition like dandruff.
Here’s the 4-step routine we swear by...
Step 1: Treat with a scalp scrub
Why a scalp scrub you ask? Well, just like face and body scrubs, scalp scrubs help remove dead skin cells along with excess oil and product buildup that tends to block hair follicles. Our Tea Tree Buildup Control Scalp Scrub is loaded with an intelligent mix of shikakai, brahmi, walnut and coconut shell powder that works to gently exfoliate the scalp, physically dislodge and remove white flakes and get rid of styling product buildup.
Note: This scalp scrub is meant to be used weekly.
Step 2: Cleanse with an anti-dandruff shampoo
The Tea Tree Dandruff Control Shampoo is enriched with safe, gentle, and naturally derived anti-dandruff actives like propanediol caprylate and piroctone olamine. Cleansing with this anti-dandruff shampoo allows for Malassezia to be tackled at the roots. Besides this, it also reduces itchiness and soothes the scalp.
Step 3: Nourish with a dandruff-fighting conditioner
The Tea Tree Dandruff Clear Conditioner combines tea tree oil and natural emollients to remove dandruff from the hair strands and keep it soft, nourished and hydrated. This conditioner instantly detangles, smoothens, and renews worn-out locks.
Step 4: Prevent dandruff from reappearing with a hard-working scalp serum
A leave on scalp serum is an effective way to provide targeted action against dandruff. Our Tea Tree Dandruff Fighting Scalp Serum will not only treat and prevent dandruff from recurring but will also inhibit the growth of dandruff causing Malassezia. To achieve the best results, you can use this serum daily for at least 4 weeks.
Note: Rinsing after each application is not required.
Q1. Is my dry scalp causing dandruff?
A dry scalp and dandruff are two distinct scalp conditions that require different treatments. Drying on the scalp is caused by a lack of moisture, whereas dandruff is caused due to a fungus known as Malassezia furfur. Learn more about the difference between the two here.
Q2. Should I wash my hair less often because I have dandruff?
This is a common myth! However, to get rid of buildup and rinse away the flakes you should make it a point to wash your hair at least twice or thrice a week.
Q3. Can I use styling products if I have dandruff?
Styling products are used on hair lengths and not the scalp, so you can use them even if you are dealing with dandruff. Just make sure to exfoliate your scalp once a week with a scalp scrub to prevent buildup.
Q4. I have yellow flakes. Is that normal?
While yellow flakes are common, it could be a sign that you are dealing with a much more intense form of dandruff. Therefore, we recommend consulting your dermatologist for an appropriate diagnosis.