Natural hair comes with many benefits, but not without its own set of challenges. One thing that is often overlooked is dandruff. It can be a frustrating problem, and if it’s left unchecked, it can lead to other complications like scalp infections, hair loss and itchiness. This article will explore what causes dandruff in natural hair and how you can remove it!

What Is Dandruff?

Dandruff is defined as “white flaky scales that accumulate on the scalp and fall off easily. It can be caused by seborrheic dermatitis, an inflammatory reaction resulting from irritation of the skin.”

Many women will experience a type of dandruff known as ‘shedding’ during the natural hair journey. Shedding is expected during the initial stages of transitioning or in the early stages of your wild hair journey. However, it’s important to note that excessive shedding may indicate a different problem, such as postpartum alopecia (hair loss after giving birth).

What Does Dandruff Look Like?

If you have dandruff, chances are you know what it looks like already: tiny white or yellow flakes that accumulate on your scalp, hair and clothes. Because of its colour, it’s sometimes referred to as ‘white flakes’ or even ‘snow’.

What Causes Dandruff In Natural Hair?

So, what causes dandruff in natural hair? Well, several factors could be causing it:

1. Poor Nutrition: Your diet plays a massive role in how healthy (or not) your hair is. It is possible to have good nutrition but still experience dandruff. It is because there are other things such as stress, illness and hormones that can also affect the health of your hair.

2. Dry scalp – if you’re not using a sulphate free shampoo, this could exacerbate the problem. Sulfates strip away your natural oils, leaving your scalp dehydrated. You might be wondering why you should use a sulphate free shampoo when sulfates cause dryness? It’s because not all shampoos are created equal.

Some sulfate-free shampoos have moisturizing properties that can offset the dryness caused by the sulfates.

3. Scalp Infection – if you’re using products with heavy fragrance, then this could be causing an infection on your scalp (even if they’re sulfate-free). Nearly all fragrances contain phthalates which are harmful to your health and especially problematic for those who deal with dandruff or other scalp conditions such as eczema or psoriasis.

4. Build-Up Of Products & Oils – it takes time to develop the habit of using quality products that work with your hair’s needs. If you’re not consistent, then it may be the reason for dandruff. For those who experience shedding, this build-up of the unnecessary product (or just too much) on your scalp can irritate and even lead to an infection if left untreated.

5. Stress – there’s no denying that stress is a factor in everything (even this). If you’re under a lot of stress, then it can manifest in your scalp as dandruff. It’s a good idea to maintain a healthy balance in your life to avoid unnecessary stress.

6. Onion Juice – this remedy has been around for decades, and it works! If you’re dealing with dandruff, then try rinsing your hair with onion juice before shampooing. It will help remove the flakes, ease inflammation of the scalp and even prevent infections from occurring due to its antiseptic properties.

7. Listerine: Most commercial dandruff treatments contain active ingredients that can harm your hair and even cause further scalp problems. On the other hand, Listerine is all-natural (made with herbal extracts), so it’s very gentle on the scalp yet very effective at fighting dandruff and relieving inflammation in your skin.

How To Remove Dandruff From Natural Hair

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1. Dry Shampoo: Dry shampoo is a staple for natural hair because it helps extend the life of your wash and go while absorbing excess oil between washes (which prevents clogging up your pores).

There are several brands of dry shampoos available, but you want to make sure you’re using a sulfate-free one. It will help ensure that your scalp doesn’t become dehydrated, which can be a common cause of dandruff.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is another remedy you can try to remove dandruff from natural hair. It works by balancing the pH levels in your scalp and cleaning out any product build-up that could be irritating and, ultimately, dandruff.

To use ACV, dilute it with equal water before applying it to your hair and scalp. Allow it to soak into your locks for about 10 minutes before rinsing thoroughly with warm water (don’t forget to condition afterwards).

You may want to test this solution on a small part of your scalp first to know what kind of reaction you might have. ACV is made with the same pH levels as your hair’s natural oils so that it won’t disrupt the balance of your scalp.

3. Listerine – you can use Listerine as a preventative measure to reduce instances of flaking due to its antiseptic properties or even treat current outbreaks utilizing this solution.

Mix 1 cup lukewarm water, one teaspoon Listerine (original flavour only) and two tablespoons apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle. Shake well before applying to your scalp, and allow it to soak into your locks for 10 minutes before shampooing thoroughly (condition if needed).

After a few uses, you should notice an improvement, but be sure that you’re following up with a quality product that will moisturize your hair without causing more problems.

4. Moisturizing Conditioner – it’s recommended that you stick to using only water-based products when dealing with dandruff in your hair. It is because oil and water don’t mix, which can lead to further clogged pores, leading to a variety of scalp issues (including those caused by dandruff).

Water-based moisturizers will help moisturize your strands without disrupting the balance of your skin and fighting against the symptoms of dandruff.

5. Oils – Numerous oils have been shown to help combat dandruff, and those listed below are some of the most beneficial:

6. Coconut Oil: Coconut oil is a natural moisturizer and contains lauric acid, killing certain types of fungus. It’s also rich in Vitamin E, which helps protect your skin from free radicals (they’re responsible for premature ageing). Apply coconut oil on your scalp before heading to bed every night to promote hair growth or keep it in your regimen as a preventative measure.

7. Almond Oil – this works great for moisturizing dry, flaky scalps. It’s best used before bed or left in overnight and washed out in the morning. Around 2-3 drops will typically do the trick.

8. Avocado Oil – this is made with fatty acids and vitamin E, which help repair dandruff problems. You can mix it in your moisturizer for added benefits or apply it to your scalp as a leave-in conditioner to promote growth and reduce flaking.

9. Castor Oil: Castor oil has been used for medicinal purposes since ancient times, so you know that its natural properties effectively fight against fungus, bacteria and inflammation (that all contribute to dandruff).

Apply castor oil directly on your scalp after shampooing before heading out for the day, or cover your hair up (with a bonnet) overnight. It will also help promote hair growth over time but be patient because results may take a while to notice.

10. Olive Oil: Olive oil is another excellent solution for dandruff. It’s filled with antioxidants that are great at preventing premature ageing and free radical damage, which can lead to various scalp problems (including dandruff). This oil can be used as a deep treatment, overnight hair mask or even as a moisturizer in your everyday regimen. Just about 2-3 drops will do the trick!

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Many home remedies work great for fighting dandruff on natural hair. These include tea tree oil, lemons, vinegar/water mixtures and coconut milk, to name a few. Be sure to test out each one, so you know what works best for you and your hair.

Dandruff can be very frustrating and challenging to get rid of, but you shouldn’t be discouraged. It’s always worth the effort. The pros outweigh the cons when it comes to caring for your natural hair, and dandruff is just a minor setback that will indeed be overcome in no time!

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