It is a common misconception that if we see flakes on our scalp that it is dandruff. This is usually not the case.
If the scalp has very small flakes, is a bit itchy and feels tight then you probably just have a dry scalp.
Cold weather Product build-up Central heating Over washing (this can lead to loss of natural oils) Wrong cleansing products Hair treatments designed for a dry scalp Only wash hair when it's needed Don't overload products (especially on the scalp) Use moisture based products Scalp massages
Causes of a dry scalp:
Treatment for a dry scalp:
Over washing (this can lead to loss of natural oils)
Wrong cleansing products
Hair treatments designed for a dry scalp
Only wash hair when it's needed
Don't overload products (especially on the scalp)
Use moisture based products
Having a very oily scalp and hair can be one of the most annoying things, and especially annoying to those who have long hair, as it can need washing on a daily basis in order to look clean.
The cause of an oily scalp is down to an over-production of oil from the sebaceous glands. It is sometimes accompanied with oily skin on the face too.
The way to control the oil is to try not to stimulate these glands.
Things to try:
Use a light shampoo for oily or fine hair
Use conditioner mainly on the ends of your hair and not the roots
Try not to use too much moisture based product on your hair
Try not to use hot water when washing your hair, instead use luke warm
Give hair a cool rinse after conditioning to close the pores on your scalp
Try not too mess with, touch or brush your hair too much
Don't overload styling products in your hair
Dry shampoo's can be great for a freshen up in between washes
Psoriasis is one of the more harsher scalp problems as there isn't, as of yet a cure for it.
It is caused by the white blood cells, which are there to keep us healthy, attacking the healthy skin. An over production of skin cells occur and build up to produce thick scaly sores on the skin.
This can be very embarrassing, as the skin sheds and get caught in the hair leaving the flakes visible through the hair.
Psoriasis can be very itchy and sore and certain things can trigger it off and make it worse.
These can be:
There are lots of different ways to treat scalp psoriasis, including:
Over the counter creams
Specialist shampoos and conditioners
You can consult with a doctor, the pharmacist, a dermatologist, or even at the hair salon, to find the best treatment for you.
Dandruff - also known as pityriasis, can be a very embarrassing problem to anyone who has ever suffered with it.
Symptoms include large flakes of dead skin cells lifted away from the scalp, sometimes visible on the shoulders where it has fallen, accompanied with oiliness and sometimes an odour.
As it is a contagious infection it will require treatment from the pharmacist or doctor.
If left untreated dandruff can lead to hair loss.