The Step-By-Step Anti-Dandruff Guide
At a glance, the condition of a flaky scalp may seem harmless. But, if you stop to consider the fact that this is caused by a yeast-like fungus called malssezia eating away at your skin, then it becomes something you can't just ignore anymore. You need to act fast.
So, whether you have a small amount of flakes or a full-blown winter wonderland going on, make sure to check out these helpful tips to stop winter from coming to the Philippines:
1. Get an Anti-Dandruff Shampoo
If you have had dandruff for some time now, then that means the shampoo you're using isn't doing you any good. And if you thought all shampoos are the same, then you thought wrong. There are typically three kinds of shampoo variants available for men:
- Nourishing shampoo for dry hair
- Treatment shampoo for oily hair
- Anti-dandruff shampoo for itchy scalp
Anti-dandruff shampoos that address the flakes in the scalp are also effective for both dry and oily hair. Keep in mind that it takes at least 2 weeks of dandruff shampoo to see results.
2. Massage Your Scalp with Lukewarm Water and Rinse Away with Cold Water
After finding the shampoo suitable for your condition, it's time to apply it. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to do this correctly:
- Make sure to unclog your scalp's pores by getting your hair wet using water that is warm to the touch and massaging it for a minute or two.
- Once your scalp and hair are ready, spread a coin-sized amount of shampoo evenly in your palms and fingers. Massage the shampoo on your scalp and leave it for 1-2 minutes.
- When the lather bubbles start to disappear, then it means that your hair is ready for rinsing. Now, rinse with cold water. By doing so, you're actually locking in the nutrients and anti-dandruff properties from the shampoo.
The varying water temperature levels trick the body into absorb the shampooing benefits at 100%. In two weeks' time, you can shower without the warm water regimen.
3. Shampoo Once A Day
Some studies suggest that using shampoo daily is bad for the hair and scalp because it's unnatural. But, with the weather patterns and pollution we deal with daily, there is no denying how much we need it. So, to preserve the natural ability of the scalp and hair to naturally grow and produce the needed nutrients - simply use less shampoo.
People in countries with cooler climates can go without washing their hair for a couple of days. But, for tropical places like the Philippines, every other day is the max you can go without developing quite a stench on your head - especially with the insane heat we've been experiencing lately.
4. Dry It with a Separate Towel and Never Rub
For a more efficient and healthy way of drying hair out, simply pat it down with a towel. The key is to press it and let gravity do the rest. The towel should absorb the water without damaging a strand.
In addition, you should also use a separate towel for your hair. This keeps bacteria from other parts of the body from getting to your scalp.
5. What about Styling?
To all clay-heads, gel-heads, and moose-heads out there: stay calm. Styling products don't cause dandruff, though they can also encourage it. So, just go ahead. Put on your best hair styling product. But, be sure that at the end of the day, you're going to wash them off completely.
Anti-Dandruff shampoos have the added benefit of being able to effectively remove hair styling products from your hair and scalp. These shampoos directly clean your scalp of residue and oil, helping to remove your "product build-up" more effectively.
Good hygiene and health always starts from the inside and reflects on the outside. While there's no prevalent stigma against dudes who have dandruff, it's a big letdown and a "yuck" factor.