Hello Winter! you may or may not know that I am one of those strange humans that loves winter. I know, I know…the cold, the snow, the short days… not so fun. but it is a great time to slow down a little. Some times we all need a little help slowing down. But this weather does also bring up a pesky problem, those little white flakes in our scalp! Most of us are currently or have in the past have dealt with this little annoyance. Lets talk about it.
Dandruff or Dry Scalp?
Although these both have the same main symptoms, they are different conditions. In dry scalp, the skin gets irritated and flakes off. With dandruff, the cause is too much oil on the scalp. That excess oil causes skin cells to build up and then shed. Knowing which of these conditions you have can help you get the right treatment and banish those flakes for good.
– Smaller, dry flakes
You get dry scalp when you skin has to little MOISTURE. The skin on your scalp becomes irritated and flakes off.
Dry scalp can also be triggered by factors like these:
– Cold, dry air
– Contact dermatitis cause buy a reaction to products you apply
to your scalp (shampoo, gels, hairspray)
– Older age
– Don’t use products that dry out your scalp
– Get scalp nice and clean
– Don’t shampoo too often
– Turn your hot water down as low as you can when washing
– Moisturize your scalp (let conditioner sit on scalp or come in and get a treatment)
– Oily, large flakes yellow or white
The main cause of dandruff is seborrheic dermatitits, a condition that turns the skin oily, red and scaly. Often a fungus called malassezia triggers dandruff. Don’t freak out. This fungus lives on the scalp. Yet some people have too much of it, and it cause the skin cells to multiply quicker.
Certain factors can cause malassezia to multiply, including:
– for mild dandruff Wash your hair thoroughly with a gently
shampoo (Balancing Wash Kevin Murphy is our favorite)
– keep scalp clean with shampooing, brushing and
– for more severe dandruff use a dandruff shampoo
That is the basic break down. For more questions or product recommendations shoot us an email, message us on social media or ask us the next time your in. January and February Hot oil treatments are $15 added to any service and a great way to add some much needed moisture to the scalp. Have a great week friends!
Queen of Mavens