Annoying, embarrassing, problematic – however you see it, dandruff is a pain. If you’re dealing with flakes, here are a few tips to help you get a grip on dandruff.

Make sure it is, actually, dandruff

The main symptom of dandruff – those annoying flakes – can easily be confused with other scalp conditions like dry scalp and psoriasis. Dandruff usually comes with other symptoms like itchiness, yellowish flaking and greasy scalp build-up, but if you’re not sure, you might want to see a dermatologist. It’s important to know that dandruff is actually caused by the overproduction of oil and not from the scalp being dry.

Try a natural remedy

For mild dandruff, a natural treatment might be enough to control your symptoms. Aspirin contains salicylic acid, so crush some aspirin and add it to your normal shampoo; tea tree oil is a natural antibacterial agent so adding that to your shampoo could help, too. You could also try scrubbing your scalp with salt to get rid of flakes before shampooing your hair.

Look for a good medicated shampoo

For those with a more serious case of dandruff, a strong medicated shampoo can work wonders. Look for ingredients like ketoconazole and coal tar. All of these are available over the counter with brands like Head & Shoulders, Nizoral, Neutrogena, and Paul Mitchell.

Don’t stress

While stress doesn’t directly cause dandruff, it can aggravate itchiness and dryness. Try exercise, meditation, deep breathing, or whatever else it takes to keep your stress levels under control.

Shampoo everyday

You might think that shampooing your hair less often will help with dandruff, but the opposite is true. Because dandruff is caused by an overproduction of oil, washing your hair everyday for a few weeks will help clear the oil build-up and get your symptoms under control. Don’t forget to brush your hair several times a day to help distribute the oil through your hair.

Byline: Gina