Dandruff is one of those things that can be downright embarrassing to deal with. It causes flakes, dryness, irritation and makes you feel like you’re not washing your hair properly. When it isn’t caused by a lack of hygiene at all, it’s just something that happens. It’s been linked with genetics, diet and some people have scalp conditions.
Over the years I’ve tried many different things to battle the scaley monster and I now feel like I’m at a point where I have a routine that finally works. Spoiler alert, it’s not Head and Shoulders shampoo.
FIND THE RIGHT SHAMPOO FOR YOU!!
Now I know quite a few people have many different opinions on this, some believe using medicated shampoos (which helps a lot of people), and some use over the counter dandruff shampoo’s like Head and Shoulders. I’ve honestly tried them all and it hasn’t worked. the only thing that has helped is one specific shampoo.
I first ditched sulfates as my scalp used to physically hurt alongside have flakes and build up, and the holy grail shampoo that has worked to keep my scalp at bay is from Shea Moisture. I wish this was sponsored but it isn’t. Their Jamaican Black Castor Oil shampoo has been winning for me, not only is it free of sulfates but it has lovely ingredients like peppermint oil, apple cider vinegar and castor oil.
I noticed the change over time, but I knew it was helping because I could wear my hair out in curls for more than 2 days without worrying about flakes appearing on my hairline.
OIL YOUR SCALP!!
Now depending on your hair type you may or may not be familiar with the idea of oiling your scalp. People with curly and kinky hair will know the importance of oiling your scalp, as hair growth can only really flourish when your scalp health is 10/10.
If your hair is on the finer or straighter side you might benefit from oiling your scalp before you shampoo it, as having oils linger can lead to a lot of greasy hair throughout the day. If your hair is curly or kinky you can get away with putting oils on your scalp whenever you want, as long as you don’t overdo it.
There are loads of lovely mixes of oils out on the internet and I’ve personally tried many, but what works at the moment is very simple. I just mix jojoba oil, Jamaican black castor oil and tea tree oil.
The measurements for this simple concoction, I use more jojoba oil, so essentially two thirds, and the last third is castor oil, with 2-4 drops of tea tree oil.
MASSAGE YOUR SCALP!!
If you’ve ever had a scalp massage then you know, not only is it an amazing way to feel like you’re at the spa, but it’s very good for the health of your scalp. It improves blood circulation, it can relieve headaches and because it’s so relaxing it can actually help with your mindfulness. Just remember not to go too hard, and you should be good to go! Incorporate this in your routine by giving yourself a massage before you wash your hair.
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