How to combat winter dandruff

Last week I was brushing my hair. I had some fluff in my hair that I was trying to brush away. After brushing a few times, it turned out that I had more fluff in my hair. Weird, where did they suddenly come from?

And then I knew, it wasn’t fluff but dandruff. Winter dandruff to be precise. Every winter I suffer from dandruff. Suddenly it’s there and I have to fight them to get rid of them, argh!

Luckily I always get rid of them very quickly. But here are some tips, if it also bothering you.

Why dandruff gets worse in winter

If you have dandruff in winter, it has to do with a dry, itchy scalp. That’s because of the dry, cold air and an excess of Malassezia fungus.

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How to treat dandruff

The first step is to switch to an anti-dandruff shampoo. But if you want to get rid permanently, you have to do more. Here are 10 tips:

  1. Air dry your hair
    A blowdryer can strip the moisture of your scalp. This causes flakes.
  2. Exfoliate your scalp
    An exfoliating mask removes dead skin cells and soothes your scalp at the same time.
  3. Don’t use styling products containing alcohol
    Hair sprays and other styling products that contain alcohol, can dry out your scalp further.
  4. Change your diet
    Some foods can trigger dandruff, like dairy, sugar and spicy food. Remove these products from your meals to see if it affects your scalp. For some people this can work.
  5. Stay hydrated
    When you drink too little water, it dehydrates your skin and scalp. This will give you dandruff. Drink enough water in a day to avoid this.
  6. Brush your hair
    When you brush your hair, you stimulate your scalp. This is good for your blood circulation and you spread the natural oils over your scalp. This keeps your scalp and hair healthy.
  7. Use oils
    Use an oil before washing your hair. Warm the oil a little and massage it on your scalp. Then wash it with a mild shampoo.
    Tip: use coconut oil for hydration and tea tree oil against dandruff.
  8. Relax!
    Stress makes any condition worse, including dandruff. Reduce your stress by exercising a lot, getting enough sleep and eating healthy.
  9. Be careful with hair treatments
    Coloring your hair, perms, or other chemical products can further activate an itchy scalp. It’s therefor preferable not to do these treatments in winter to prevent a dry scalp.
  10. Use a humidifier
    A humidifier increases the humidity in the house and thus also your skin. Make sure you clean the humidifier every 2-3 days. Otherwise it becomes a breeding ground for bacteria that can cause infections and allergies.

Followed the tips but still no results after months? Or has it worsened? Go to a dermatologist. A dermatologist can give you a stronger remedy, especially if there are underlying problems, like eczema.

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