During the summer months, I don’t have an issue with dandruff but in the winter I have to be more careful about wearing black. I wondered is dandruff seasonal?
I asked Katrina, my hairdresser, about it and her answer was yes and no. It isn’t seasonal as such, it has more to do with the temperature of the water we use to wash our hair.
According to Katrina, “Dandruff is just dry skin like anywhere else on your body but the hair traps the flakes and it can’t get away. In the winter, we use hotter water and this dries the skin more so you end up with more dandruff.”
People with oilier hair and hence less dry skin have less dandruff but are likely to use hotter water and wash their hair more frequently. Hormones can also affect the amount of dandruff a person has. People with thick hair also tend to get more dandruff for two reasons – extra hair traps more flakes and there is also less airflow around the scalp.
To help with this type of dandruff you can try massaging your scalp. Massage stimulates the skin and increases blood flow and the secretion of natural oils which will moisturise your scalp. Using cooler water will also help.
For some people, dandruff is more than just dry skin. More serious forms of dandruff are caused by fungal infections, psoriasis or dermatitis. To deal with these issues you will need to use medicated shampoos. These shampoos can strip the colour from your hair so Katrina recommends you use them every second wash.
There are plenty of fancy treatments around but more natural ones include massaging small amounts of tea-tree oil or coconut oil into your scalp to improve hydration.
Here are a few websites that give you some ideas of how to deal with dandruff.
Nine home remedies to get rid of dandruff https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/ways-to-treat-dandruff
If you’d prefer a more medical approach have a look at the video and information provided by the American Academy of Dermatology.
PS I warned you the Sunday Post was going to be a lucky dip of ideas!