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Find out what can cause a dandruff flare-up and how to get rid of it.

While dandruff itself is caused by sensitivity to the oleic acid produced by a naturally occurring microbe that breaks down scalp oils,there are plenty of other factors that can make it worse.


1. Hormonal changes
Hormones control oil production, so hormonal changes may increase the amount of sebum on the scalp and therefore cause a dandruffflare-up. This is most likely to happen during puberty.

2. Stress
High levels of stress can contribute to dandruff by causing temporary hormonal changes.

3. Hair styling
Many of us use some form of hair products like gels and sprays, but build-up of certain products can aggravate the scalp and again contribute to a dandruff flare-up.

4. Weather
Different temperatures and weather conditions might make your hair and scalp drier, greasier or itchier, thereby aggravating a dandruffproblem.

5. Pollution
Dirt from our surroundings clings to our hair and skin and can build up, irritating the scalp and provoking dandruff. Use Head &Shoulders Nourishing Hair & Scalp Care Shampoo for a deep clean and long-lasting protection against dandruff.

6. Wearing a hat
Hats can create a warm, humid microclimate around your scalp – the perfect environment for dandruff-causing microbes to thrive! Protectyour hair and scalp by using Head & Shoulders Classic Clean 2-in-1 every time you wash your hair.

7. Changing your shampoo
There’s no cure for dandruff, so if you stop using your anti-dandruff shampoo, the symptoms will return. Keep using Head & Shoulders and your head will stay dandruff free!¹

While these things don’t cause dandruff, they can make it appear worse. So, use Head & Shoulders every time you wash your hair for beautiful, flake-free hair.¹

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¹ visible flakes, with regular use

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