In a digital age where everything can be airbrushed to produce perfection, we never really know what lies behind the screen. I like to take care of myself and look good, both in RL and selfies, – less airbrushing for one thing! However, I have one problem that I thought I could never brush off – literally.
With natural black hair, most people have trouble with maintenance – I know I do. The goal is to have hair that is vibrant, healthy and full of bounce. But, if like me, you suffer from dandruff, that can be hard to achieve.
Dandruff? What is it?
We all have some sort of basic knowledge about dandruff. It’s itchy and sometimes a bit embarrassing – especially when you start brushing it off your shoulders. What many people believe in is that dandruff happens because of the number of times you wash your hair or that it gets worse in the summer.
But, in fact, dandruff is the dead skin cells from your scalp – if your scalp is dry, it’s going to flake. That’s why it’s important to treat dry scalp and hair. Though dandruff is not caused by bad hygiene, it is important to note that washing and brushing your hair can help in removing old skin flakes. Find out how to control and prevent dandruff in black hair!
How can I avoid getting dandruff?
The key to avoiding dandruff is to take care of your scalp, ensuring that the skin is as moisturized and supple as the skin on your face. There are several ways you can do this:
- Washing your hair daily is a big no-no. Dermatologists advise dandruff suffers not to wash your hair daily as that can strip both the hair and scalp’s natural oils, which will inevitably lead to irritation and damage.
- Make sure you avoid shampoos with Sodium Laureth Sulfate. SLS is known to be a harsh detergent that can cause hair to become coarse because it strips oils and fats from it.
- When blow-drying hair, make absolutely sure to keep the blow dryer away from the scalp. A good distance is about 5-6 inches.
- When you do wash, do it thoroughly. Black hair needs a lot of care using different products, so it’s very important to prevent product buildup on the scalp, and always ensure you rinse thoroughly.
How do I choose the right dandruff shampoo for my black hair?
It’s important to choose a shampoo that helps to relieve an itchy and flaky scalp, getting rid of shampoos that have been adding to the issue of your dry scalp! Look out for products that promote hydration and moisture. Also, shampoos with ingredients such as menthol and tea tree are good for moisturizing an uber dry scalp.
I’ve got your back and already narrowed down several products that I love, and hope that you will too:
What is so good about this product is that it is an all-natural and absolutely sulfate-free shampoo. It’s great for soothing your irritated scalp since it’s enriched with a mix of verbenone & antiseptic tea tree oil, leaving you feeling better cleansed and moisturized.
This shampoo is an absolute must-have in your shower. It’ll leave your scalp feeling clean and your hair soft to the touch. Use this shampoo along with the conditioner and you’ll notice a significant improvement in a month. Patience is needed for a completely re-hydrated scalp – magic doesn’t happen overnight.
A popular African-American hair care product, Virgin Hair Fertilizer Shampoo includes ingredients such as Jojoba Seed Oil (a great moisturizer and dandruff remedy that is rich in vitamins and minerals), Honey Extract, Aloe Vera Extract, and Tea Tree Oil. This product not only cleans your scalp and helps with dandruff, but it also strengthens brittle hair from root to tip.
You’ll soon be free of the embarrassment of checking your collar or shoulders for any sign of flakes. Smile for the camera!
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