What causes dandruff and how to get rid of it?


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Dandruff is a common scalp condition and, although not dangerous, it can become a burden. If you’re struggling with this issue and are in search of a solution, you’ve come to the right place. Read on as we explain the causes behind and how to get rid of dandruff with our best scalp treatments!


What does dandruff look like?

Dandruff typically looks like patches of white or light yellow flakes in your hair that can sometimes make your scalp feel scaly, greasy and irritated. These flakes are dead skin cells that come loose from the scalp quicker than usual. In severe cases, dandruff can also cause red or yellow bumps to develop along the hairline. If you’re unsure if you have dandruff, you can always book a free Hair & Scalp Check with one of our experts to get a definite answer.


What causes dandruff?

There are several reasons that can lead to the development of dandruff. Some of the most common factors are:

  1. • You’re struggling with seborrheic dermatitis, a skin disease that causes itchiness and flakiness;
  2. • You have a yeast-like fungus called Malassezia, that accelerates the cell renewal process and leads to more dead skin cells;
  3. • You’re not shampooing enough and more build up is accumulating on your scalp;
  4. • You’re shampooing too much and stripping your hair and scalp of their natural oils;
  5. • You’re having an allergic reaction to a hair care product.


How to get rid of dandruff?

The first step in removing dandruff is adjusting your usual hair care routine to include the right treatments:


Suitable to all hair types, our scalp solutions™ balancing shampoo is formulated with a nurturing blend of ingredients like burdock root to nourish the scalp, echinacea to strengthen the hair follicles and sage to cleanse excess oil and prevent clogged follicles. This natural shampoo for dandruff gently cleanses your hair down to the root, removing any excess sebum and build-up that would otherwise lead to those annoying white flakes to keep developing.


Developed with the same ingredients, our scalp solutions™ replenishing conditioner balances and nourishes the hair and scalp, no matter what your hair type is. For the best results, apply this after your shampoo, and remember to rinse it with plenty of warm (not hot!) water, after massaging it thoroughly into your scalp and hair.


Another solution for dandruff is our invati advanced™ thickening foam, which instantly plumps each hair strand, for thicker, healthier hair. Supercharged with rice protein to strengthen the building blocks of your hair, and amla to reinvigorate the scalp and prevent dandruff and dryness, this foam’s efficacy is undeniable.


Our best dry scalp treatments

Developed with an innovative blend of tangerine peel and Japanese knotweed, our invati advanced™ scalp revitalizer penetrates the scalp to support hair’s natural keratin, improving your hair’s overall health and appearance. As a scalp care product, this spray for hair loss can be used as an additional dandruff treatment in your routine. Not only will it help lift the hair at the root for a thicker, fuller look, but also invigorate the scalp with turmeric, a hair-loving ingredient that eliminates build-up to prevent clogged pores.


Perfect for anyone looking to repair their scalp barrier, our scalp solutions overnight scalp renewal serum helps defend against the visible signs of premature scalp ageing and improves scalp hydration and barrier strength. Simply apply directly to the scalp at bedtime and massage in.


How to prevent dandruff?

On top of incorporating dandruff treatments into your hair and scalp care routine, there are certain habits in your daily life that, once adjusted, can also help prevent this issue:


Get some vitamin D - Enjoying some sun rays can help combat the fungus that causes dandruff, as long as you do it safely.


Change your diet - We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: what you eat has a big impact on the health and appearance of your hair. For treating dandruff, steer away from unhealthy fats that lead to more oil production and make sure you’re getting enough vitamin B, as a deficiency of this nutrient might be the reason behind the bothersome white flakes.


Reduce your stress levels - Stress itself doesn’t cause dandruff, but if you’re struggling with itchiness and discomfort, it certainly doesn’t help. If you feel constantly stressed out, try to find an activity that helps you relieve tension, as it’s beneficial for not only your scalp health but for your overall wellbeing!


The white flakes, the greasiness, the itchiness...iIt's all frustrating but also treatable! If you’ve been wondering how to get rid of dandruff, now you have the answer. Find the best dandruff treatments from ourscalp solutions range at Aveda!