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Dandruff 101: Dandruff Causes and Prevention

What is Dandruff? And Dandruff Scalp

Dandruff is a common chronic scalp condition marked by flaking of the skin on your scalp. Specifically, it is a type of fungus that lives on the scalp, but can be easily controlled with the right treatment and products. Read on to learn more about the causes and about treatment and prevention.

Causes of Dandruff

1. Seborrheic Dermatitis

People with seborrheic dermatitis have oily skin and are more likely prone to the symptoms. Those who have this typically have red skin and are oily on the scalp, ears, and nose.

2. Yeast

Those who are more prone to yeast have a higher chance of developing symptoms, which is typically worse during the winter months.  Specifically, the yeast is called malassezia and aggravates the scalp by causing excessive skin cell growth.

3. Dry Skin

People with dry skin are also more likely to develop dandruff., but the two are not the same.  Actually it is too much oil that is the root of dandruff and the more oil you apply can give rise to just stickier flakes.

4. Shampooing and Hair Products

Shampooing too much can cause irritation on the scalp and produce a red, itchy scalp, which brings about dandruff.  

5. Not Enough Hair Brushing

Brushing the hair regularly reduces the risk because the skin is normally shedding off.  However, harsh or improper removal of scales can cause more irritation.

6. Diet

Not consuming enough foods, zinc, or vitamins can also cause increase the chances of giving you flakes.  It's important that on your journey to a cleaner and greener planet you are also taking the appropriate time to nourish your inside.

7. Age

As we grow older, flakes are more likely to flare up and can last the rest of ones life.  And, as you grow older your hormones change, making your scalp more susceptible to dandruff.

Symptoms of Dandruff

1.  Flakes

The most obvious sign is flakes, which typically appear as your irritated scalp sheds skin cells faster than usual and a direct result from the dandruff fungus.  Here are Love Beauty and Planet we recommend trying one of our products specifically designed to give dry and flakely hair that needed moisture it so crave.  

2 Itching

Those with the flakes frequently itch their head; sometimes, even before the condition arrives.  

3. Redness

Like any part on your body if the scalp is irritated it will appear red and be an early indicator of dandruff.

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How to Treat Dandruff

For Normal Hair or Dandruff for Color Treated Hair

We recommend trying our Love Beauty and Planet Tea Tree Oil and Vetiver Shampoo which can be used as a dandruff shampoo and Tea Tree Oil and Vetiver Conditioner which can be used as a dandruff conditioner. Derived from the Australian Tea Tree, the Tea Tree ingredient has been used for many years and has been known to help keep dandruff under control. All of our shampoos though are actually safe for colored hair.

Dandruff for Thinning Hair

We recommend trying our Love Beauty and Planet Coconut Oil and Ylang Ylang Shampoo and Coconut Oil and Ylang Ylang Conditioner. These hair products, infused with Coconut Oil, are known to visibly help split ends and repair hair and help keep dandruff for thinning hair at a minimum (also known as dandruff shampoo for thinning hair). We also recommend shampooing regularly to help clean flakes and sebum from the scalp, clarifying the skin to create the ideal scenario for hair growth.

Dandruff for Black Hair & Dandruff Shampoo for Black Hair

Black hair is often curly or coiled, which can make it more dry and fragile. Choose a moisturizing shampoo like Love Beauty and Planet Sulfate-Free Shea Butter and Sandalwood Shampoo that works and is specially designed for the African American hair care needs. And, then use it frequently. The more you use it—the healthier your skin can become. Between washes, use leave-on treatments with anti-dandruff ingredients that nourish your hair and scalp. They fight the causes of flaking and itch without wrecking your style, better than ordinary oils or creams. And, avoid things that can dry out your scalp.

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