We’ve all been there. You’re wearing a cute black dress, having a blast, and then you look down and spot the telltale white flakes on your shoulders. Now what?
You may be able to get through the evening by pulling your hair into a ponytail, putting on a light-colored sweater or jacket, and insisting it “really is chilly in here.” But a long-term solution requires some changes. We need to talk about your hair care routine.
If you’re developing dandruff, your scalp is reacting to something. Both dry air and conditions like eczema and psoriasis can cause dandruff. But so can irritating ingredients in your shampoo, conditioner, and styling products.
Don’t worry. We’ve got your back. Here are 5 tips for decreasing dandruff with natural ingredients.
Soothe With Aloe Vera
Just as you’d slather on some aloe vera after spending a bit too long in the sun, aloe is pretty awesome for soothing an irritated scalp and helping rid your hair of dandruff.
Aloe reduces inflammation, so even if your dandruff is rooted in eczema or psoriasis, using aloe can help. It’s also antibacterial and antifungal, so including aloe helps keep infections at bay.
And aloe has even been found to be effective against the particular types of fungi that cause dandruff and hair loss.
Increase Moisture With Shea Butter
When your scalp lacks moisture, some of that dry skin sheds as dandruff. Shea butter seals moisture into your scalp to help battle the dryness. And it’s also anti-inflammatory, so it’s a good choice to combat irritation.
Plus, shea butter is safe to use on all hair types. You won’t have to worry about your scalp reacting to it and producing more dandruff.
Banish Dandruff With Bamboo
Bamboo is an excellent choice to combat dandruff. This fast-growing grass does an incredible job of washing away product buildup and removing dead skin cells.
And since bamboo has both antioxidant and anti-irritant qualities, it will soothe and restore your scalp at the same time.
Calm Your Scalp With Cocoa Butter
We don’t know about you, but we are always looking for reasons to add a little more (ethically produced) chocolate to our lives. What’s not to love about cocoa butter? It’s soothing, full of vitamins, and smells amazing.
And it does a pretty good job of decreasing dandruff, too. Think about it. When your skin is dry and flaky in the winter, you probably reach for lotion that contains cocoa butter. Why not do the same for your scalp? It deserves cocoa, too.
Restore With Rice Bran Oil
Rice bran oil is an ingredient that doesn’t get enough attention. It may not be top-of-mind when you think about ingredients to soothe skin irritation, but maybe it should be.
Rice bran oil is chock-full of vitamin E. It replenishes your scalp’s natural oils and acts as an antioxidant to protect your skin from further damage. And rice bran oil even helps protect your scalp from UV rays. Pretty awesome, right?
If you have dandruff, you’re not alone. Do your best to eliminate ingredients that exacerbate your dandruff, and try these tips to give you a healthy, happy scalp.
You can find the above ingredients in all our shampoo and conditioner bars. We recommend Hidden Waterfall for a truly quenching experience.