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Dealing with dandruff can be a drag; the itchiness, the flakes, the constant shoulder-checking. You are not alone; half of the population experiences dandruff. It can be a lot to deal with – but there can be relief! With a few simple steps, you can say goodbye to excess flakes and hello to your favorite black tees again.

A Few Simple Steps to Get Rid of Dandruff at Home:

Step 1: Find an Effective Anti-Dandruff Shampoo

Dandruff is a chronic condition that can be maintained using an anti-dandruff shampoo with every wash. One of the fastest, most effective ways to control dry scalp, itch associated with dandruff and flakes is using a formulation with zinc pyrithione (ZPT) as an active ingredient. Find one that works for you based on your concerns:

  • Head & Shoulders Apple Cider Vinegar Dandruff Shampoo is a great alternative to using straight apple cider vinegar as a solution, and it’s less acidic. Plus, you get the clarifying and restorative benefits without the smell!

  • Instead of applying tea tree oil to relieve your itchy scalp, try Head & Shoulders Tea Tree Oil Anti-Dandruff Shampoo. It helps hydrate and cool your scalp while offering up to 100% dandruff protection*.
    *visible flakes; with regular use

  • Incorporating aloe vera into your hair washing routine is another way to help moisturize an itchy scalp, but it won’t do much to treat the cause of dandruff. Instead, try Head & Shoulders Aloe Vera Dandruff Shampoo to help hydrate your scalp and rinse away unwanted flakes.

Step 2: Wash Your Hair More Often

It may sound counterintuitive, but excess oils that accumulate from infrequent hair washing can cause yeast levels to rise on your scalp. This can lead to dead scalp skin cells, flakes, and other symptoms of dandruff. This can be prevented by washing your hair more often using your anti-dandruff shampoo.

Step 3: Gently Exfoliate Your Scalp

Slough off stubborn flakes by incorporating a scalp scrub to your hair washing routine. Add this step before your anti-dandruff shampoo to gently exfoliate your scalp and remove dead scalp skin cells and build-up. New to scalp scrub? Check out our step-by-step guide. We recommend Head & Shoulders Deep Scalp Cleanse or Deep Scalp Hydration Shampoos, which deeply cleanse oily scalps and cleanse strands without stripping.

If oily skin is causing your dandruff, it may be time to fight fire with fire – or in this case, oil with oil. Adding an oil-based treatment to your routine can help balance excessive oil production. The oils in the product help draw out your scalp’s natural oils, making it easier to rinse away.

Step 4: De-Stress

Stress can make certain skin conditions like dandruff worse. While stress itself doesn’t cause dandruff, studies have shown that it can aggravate existing symptoms, so practice self-care, like taking a relaxing bath while you try out a hair mask.

We hope these simple steps will give you the results you’re looking for. While you’re testing out some options to see what works best, don’t forget to check out more of our tips to keep your hair looking and feeling healthy.

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