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4 things you may be doing to your hair that cause dandruff

Hair Stylist & Model- Photo Credit Jonell Whitt via Steed Media
Photo credit Jonell Whitt for Steed Media

Dandruff can be embarrassing. No one wants to see the telltale white flakes that signal a dandruff problem. However, many peoplesuffer from it without knowing why or how to cure it. We caught up with a couple of master cosmetologists at the Bronner Bros. International Beauty Show to get their expert opinions on what can be causing the little white flakes.

Rolling out spoke with Maggie, owner of Maggie’s Weaving Studio in Atlanta, to break down the hair habits that may be causing dandruff:

  • “Shampooing your natural hair with water that is too hot. Hot water naturally dries out the scalp. The same way any other area on the body would when it is exposed to heat. Wash your hair with cold to warm water in order to prevent this.”
  • “Harsh shampoos and conditioners. Some shampoos and conditioners may strip your hair of its natural oils that are produced, causing dryness. Make sure you are purchasing shampoos and conditioners with natural oil ingredients such as coconut oil and Moroccan oil.”
    Scalp Therapy products- Photo Credit Jonell Whitt via Steed Media
    Scalp therapy products (Photo credit: Jonell Whitt for Steed Media)
  • “Lack of water. Anything you put into your body comes out. Making sure your body is hydrated ensures that your hair is also nourished.”
  • “Foreign substances such as braiding hair and weave. Any foreign substance can shift the hair’s natural PH. Especially, synthetic weave. Its synthetic properties conflicts with your hair’s natural PH.”
Hair Model- Photo Credit Jonell Whitt via Steed Media
Hair models (Photo credit: Jonell Whitt for Steed Media)

If you want to avoid dandruff, you must pay attention to the things you are putting in your body. Water allows your entire body to get the hydration and moisture that it needs in order to operate. Not getting enough water intake can be seen throughout your body, from your hair to your skin.

Gwen Carson, owner of Healthy Stylz in Richardson, Texas, says, “Our body is like an ecosystem. What you put in, you get out. It all works in unison; it’s a cycle.”

What are your thoughts? Are you plagued by dry scalp?

By guest writer, Markendia Geffrard

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