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BLOW DRYING AND THE LINK TO DANDRUFF

Blow drying your hair regularly is an easy way to damage it. But what’s the link to dandruff?

The high heat of a blow dryer on your hair and scalp is not good for it. Your hair is covered in cuticles, a flexible armor that protects hair from harm while your scalp is a layer of skin just lie any other on your body.

Blow drying every day could cause damage to these key areas which are vital for healthy hair.

But blow drying has other consequences as well.

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Heat damage, dry scalp, and dandruff

When you blow dry your hair, you’re also heating up your scalp.

This causes your scalps natural moisture to evaporate quickly. Plus, you could also be damaging the scalp’s outer layer which acts as a defence to keep essential moisture in.

Do this enough, and you can end up with a dry scalp as well as some of these signs:

  • Irritation

  • Itchiness

  • Redness

If you’re prone to dandruff – and around 50% of people are – you may start to see flakes too as the scalp’s natural defences are compromised, opening the door to a dandruff flare-up.

Getting rid of dry scalp and dandruff

The first thing you need to do to get your scalp back to normal, is correct the way you’re drying your hair.

This doesn’t mean you need to throw away your dryer. Just keep a few things in mind:

  • Keep your dryer at a lower heat setting. It should feel comfortable on the back of your hand

  • Avoid drying on one spot too much, as this builds up heat

  • Use a heat protectant on your hair before blow drying

If you’ve experienced damage from blow drying, you should also choose the right shampoo to bring your hair and scalp back to health:

Damage Rescue 2-in-1 - helps to moisturize and repair damaged hair’s smoothness

Dry Scalp Care with Almond Oil Shampoo - as the name suggests, a hydrating shampoo that’s proven to treat dry scalp

And of course, because they’re Head & Shoulders shampoos, they fight dandruff with our active ingredient Pyrithione Zinc (ZPT). Use them regularly to help keep dandruff-prone scalp protected and healthy.

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