Is it really Dandruff? How do you know? What Should you do?

No one likes to see white flakes or deal with an itching scalp. We are quick to assume its dandruff but is it really? Unless a doctor diagnosed it as dandruff, how can anyone be sure that he/she is suffering from dandruff? Maybe you are suffering from something else?

Our skin regenerates itself every month. The new cells travel from the bottom of the skin layer to the top in a month and the dead cells are shed. These are so microscopic and small in quantity that we don't notice this shedding of cells. Many conditions can cause these cells to not shed properly and build up on the scalp.

One of the most popular products for people to go out and buy when they think they have dandruff is Tea Tree shampoo or oil. For many this will work but not for all. If this is not working you may need to switch to a medicated shampoo prescribed by your physician or dermatologist once they have properly diagnosed your skin condition.

If it is dry scalp, try changing shampoos to a moisturizing shampoo or washing less often. Dry scalp tends to act up more in the winter months when it is cold out and we are running our heaters more. Or if you are using a shampoo that is drying to the skin. Allowing your natural oils to heal your scalp by not washing as often and using a hydrating shampoo will help dry scalp.

Shampoo is really more for your scalp then your hair. Yes, it is important not to use a shampoo that will strip your color, so keep that in mind if you are put on a medicated shampoo and discuss this concern with your Dr. If you are not needing a medicated shampoo then switching to a hydrating shampoo recommended by your stylist/barber is your next best move, because your stylist/barber specializes in hair. Both Jack Winn Quench and Hydrate shampoos will hydrate a dry scalp and protect your color. The "Hydrate" shampoo is designed for finer hair and won't weigh it down.

Though as hairstylists we are educated in what certain scalp conditions look like and how to treat them, we are not your doctor or Dermatologist and cannot diagnose. Your Dermatologist is the best source if you want to be 100% certain what is going on with your scalp, as the skin is what they specialize in. If you do not have a Dermatologist, then ask your current physician to refer you to one.


This article is only for informative purposes. This article is not intended to be a medical advise and it is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your doctor for your medical concerns. Please follow any tip given in this article only after consulting your doctor. The author is not liable for any outcome or damage resulting from information obtained from this article.

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