You've noticed the first signs of those embarrassing white flakes on your shoulders.
Your scalp is itching.
In this article we're giving you the complete guide on men's dandruff and how to deal with it naturally.
- What is dandruff?
- How can a man tell if he has dandruff?
- How Can I Treat Dandruff?
- Chemicals found in dandruff products
- How can men naturally treat dandruff?
- Are there products that are made with natural ingredients that can help fight dandruff?
What Is Dandruff?
Dandruff is a condition that accelerates the rate at which dead skin cells on the scalp shed.
One of the main reasons for dandruff is Malassezia - a yeast-like fungus that lives on our scalps.
For people with dandruff, this fungus feeds on oils which then produces oleic acid.
During this process, skin cells regenerate rapidly, causing flakes.
The other reason believed to cause dandruff is oily skin, which can be the result of not washing your hair enough.
How Can A Man Tell If He Has Dandruff?
Did you know there is another condition that causes your scalp to flake?
It's called dry scalp and it's important to know which condition you have in order to treat it properly.
As you probably guessed - dry scalp gets its name from your scalp being dry. This is caused by a lack of oil.
This lack of oil causes, dryness, itching and flaking which is why it's common for men to automatically assume they have dandruff.
Some reasons for dry scalp include drier air during the winter, over-washing, using cheap detergent based shampoos, a build up of styling products in the hair/scalp that aren’t water soluble and even skin conditions like eczema.
Dry Scalp vs. Dandruff
There is a way to tell the difference so you can get the right treatment. It boils down to the appearance of the flakes.
Appearance of Dry Scalp Flakes: Small white flakes. Also common to have dry skin on your body.
Appearance of Dandruff Flakes: Oily looking flakes with a tint of yellow.
How Can I Treat Dandruff?
There are two ways to go about treating dandruff:
When we speak about chemicals we are referring to over-the-counter products such as dandruff shampoos.
These dandruff shampoos using take about 15 washes to show results.
The downside of dandruff shampoos is that over time there could be a loss of effectiveness and you may have to try different kinds to see what works.
If chemicals are a turn off, there are plenty of natural ingredients available.
Natural ingredients can be just as effective as dandruff shampoos. They also take about 2 weeks to show results.
The appeal of using natural ingredients is the there are no unnatural, harsh chemicals used in the process.
Chemicals Found In Dandruff Products (Avoid these!)
Before you buy any product, flip that bottle over. Do you see any of the following chemicals listed?
- Coal Tar
- Zinc Pyrithione
- Salicylic Acid
- Selenium Sulfide
If you care at all about your health, it would be smart to avoid these ingredients.
Your skin is a sponge, and anything you put on it goes straight into your blood stream.
Side effects associated with these chemicals include unpleasant smells, sensitivity to the sun, irritation, burning, and peeling of the scalp, dry scalp, tingling, change in hair texture, appearance of small bumps, and even hair loss.
How Can Men Naturally Treat Dandruff?
While dandruff is very difficult to cure, there are a number of ways to get it under control and treat it.
If you have dandruff, it is important to use ingredients that help control oil, soothe the scalp, and stop fungal growth in its tracks.
One way is to use natural ingredients that can help provide relief from the symptoms of dandruff without the harsh effects of chemicals.
Let's take a look at some natural ingredients that can help with dandruff!
Aloe Vera is a succulent plant that grows in tropical climates.
It has anti fungal and antibacterial properties and is most common for treating sunburn.
When directly applied to the skin, Aloe Vera works wonders to moisturize dry skin and reduce inflammation and irritation.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea Tree Oil comes from the leaves of the Australian Tea Tree.
It has anti-fungal properties - making it perfect for fighting the yeast that causes dandruff.
It moisturizes the scalp to help with flakes and soothes to help deal with irritation.
How to use: An easy way to use Tea Tree Oil is by adding 5-10 drops to your current shampoo so long as it’s a quality pH balanced shampoo.
Coconut Oil is not only for cooking. Like Tea Tree Oil, Coconut Oil has anti-fungal properties which also help fight against yeast that causes this condition while calming inflammation.
It also contains vitamins and essential fatty acids which helps remove excess oil.
How to use: Coconut Oil can either be added to shampoo and conditioner, or can be combed through the hair and left on to help fight dandruff and nourish hair throughout.
Blue Cypress Oil
Derived from the Cypress Tree, Blue Cypress Oil is an excellent choice of oil for treating dandruff.
Having both anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, it works against fungus and helps relieve symptoms of an itchy, flaky scalp.
How to use: Place a few drops into your shampoo or mix 1 part Blue Cypress Oil to 2 parts Carrier Oil and apply directly to the hair.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Australian Sea Salt
Sea salt - which contains magnesium - benefits the skin by providing hydration and improving texture.
It is the perfect ingredient when treating dandruff as well.
Its coarse texture helps to absorb excess oil on the scalp and works as an exfoliant to remove dead skin cells.
The removal of extra moisture ensures the fungus which causes dandruff is not able to grow.
How to use: Before shampooing, part your hair in several sections - rubbing the sea salt directly on to your scalp.
Witch Hazel Water
Witch hazel water is a liquid distilled from dried leaves, bark, and twigs.
Its natural anti-inflammatory properties help with scalp sensitivity and dryness, making it a smart choice for symptoms of dandruff.
How to use: Part the hair into sections. Take a cotton ball saturated with witch hazel and dap onto the scalp. Massage in.
Sweet Orange Peel Oil
Another natural remedy that helps with dandruff is sweet orange peel oil.
One of its greatest benefits when treating dandruff is that it is anti-inflammatory and antiseptic.
This helps to soothe irritation, giving your scalp some relief.
Sweet orange peel oil is not only helpful for dandruff, but it smells great too!
How to use: Mix a few drops with a carrier oil and massage into your scalp. You can leave it in and go about your day.
Made from leaves of the Patchouli plant, this oil is another great option for treating dandruff.
This aromatic plant belongs to the same family as Lavender, Mint and Sage.
It has a masculine aroma that men love.
Its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties make it perfect for relieving symptoms of dandruff.
How to use: Like Blue Cypress oil, Patchouli oil should be mixed with a carrier oil such as Avocado oil, Almond oil, or Olive oil and then can be directly applied to the scalp.
The anti fungal properties of argan oil make it the perfect candidate for treating dandruff.
It works by attacking yeast-like fungi that grow on the scalp and cause the condition in the first place.
How to use: Massage Argan Oil into your scalp for a few minutes.
Wrap your head in a towel and leave on over night.
In the morning, wash your hair as you normally would.
We normally think of baking when we hear “baking soda” but this popular household item can also help fight the fungus that causes dandruff.
It holds anti fungal properties and helps to remove excess oil and skin on the scalp.
It can remove buildup and dry out your scalp. Use sparingly. Over time, it can irritate your scalp and strip your hair of its natural oils.
How to use: Place about a tablespoon in your shampoo and massage in before rinsing. Or sprinkle about a tablespoon into your hair while it's wet and massage in. Let sit for a couple of minutes and rinse.
It’s not surprising that lemons would aid as a treatment against dandruff as they contain citric acid.
Possessing antimicrobial properties, lemons help stop fungal activity in its tracks.
With no harsh chemicals, your scalp is free from additional irritation.
How to use: Massage lemon juice onto the scalp. Let it sit for a minute or so and then rinse out. Repeat daily for best results.
Saw Palmetto Fruit Extract
Saw Palmetto comes from the Serenoa Repens tree which is commonly found in southern states in North America.
Saw Palmetto Fruit Extract is beneficial to men with dandruff as it contains antioxidants that help to calm inflammation.
How to use: For best results, mix Saw Palmetto Fruit Extract with a carrier oil and apply directly to you scalp.
Honey is both antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory which helps control fungal activity on the skin.
Because it contains a lot of sugars it keeps the scalp hydrated which relieves itchiness and dryness.
How to use: For relief from dryness and itchiness due to dandruff, rub honey through out your hair, concentrating on the scalp.
Leave on for about an hour and rinse with warm water.
Products That Naturally Fight Dandruff
As you can see there are plenty of natural ingredients to help in the fight against dandruff.
You could try your luck hunting down some of these unusual ingredients and mixing up concoctions in you sink or you could make your life easy and try VITAMAN’s Oily Hair/Dandruff Treatment Kit.
These products use a combination of Orange Peel Oil, Coconut Oil, Patchouli Oil, Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Australian Sea Salt, Argan Oil, Saw Palmetto Fruit Extract, and Blue Cypress Oil which work to rebalance the scalp so you will be left feeling clean and refreshed.
This kit contains:
- 1- Oil Control Shampoo with Antioxidants
- 1- Oil Control Lotion (Conditioner) with Antioxidants
- 1- Super Nourishing Scalp Repair
While there are many ingredients out there that can help control and relieve the symptoms of dandruff, natural ingredients are always a safer path to take in order to avoid harsh reactions that can be caused by chemicals.
Now that you know how to handle your dandruff problem, learn more about our natural Scalp Treatment.