It starts innocently enough: A white flake or two on the shoulder of a black sweater, quickly brushed away without a thought. Within days, however, what starts out as a mere hint of dandruff can turn into a veritable blizzard. What’s a guy to do when his hard part haircut starts looking like a weather system?
The Best Shampoo For Men With Dandruff And How To Use It
We spoke to Jamie DiGrazia, Redken artist and winner of the prestigious NAHA Men’s Hairstylist of the Year Award, about everything men should know when it comes to dandruff. From the best shampoo for men with dandruff to when it’s time to call your stylist, read on.
What is dandruff?
Maybe you’re lucky enough to be experiencing dandruff for the first time in life. In that case, congratulations! You must have a good grasp of personal maintenance. If this is your first go-round with an itchy scalp, you should know that dandruff is a temporary condition in which your scalp becomes irritated, dry, and flaky.
More annoying and embarrassing than it is dangerous, dandruff is very manageable with a few expert tips and specially formulated hair products. While you wait for your scalp to feel better, you might want to steer clear of dark shirts!
If you see flakes, DiGrazia says to act fast. The earlier you catch dandruff, the faster it can clear up.
“Immediately call your stylist or barber and make an appointment to speak with them. This is the best part of having a great relationship with the person that grooms you!”
You heard it here: Give your stylist a ring and don’t be ashamed of it. Many people deal with dandruff, and your stylist will be able to give you plenty of advice on the topic.
How can you get rid of dandruff?
Dandruff is caused by a myriad of things: a dry scalp, sudden changes in the weather, or a medical condition can all be culprits.
“Heat and sweat can make the problem of a tight, itchy scalp caused by dandruff seem worse,” DiGrazia says. “The moisture levels of your scalp can be compromised during a bout of dandruff, so weather may seem like the culprit, but it is only actually aggravating the issue. “
Luckily, the path to ridding yourself of flakes is much clearer. Most experts recommend adding a specially formulated dandruff shampoo to your routine.
“Look for the ingredient pyrithione zinc,” DiGrazia says.
An ingredient that’s well known by those who’ve had dandruff before, pyrithione zinc helps eliminate recurrence of scalp flaking, scaling, and itching associated with dandruff.
What’s the best shampoo for men with dandruff?
From the L’Oréal portfolio of products, DiGrazia advises using Redken Brews Anti-Dandruff Shampoo. The dandruff-reducing formula clarifies the scalp, reduces itchy scalp, and helps to eliminate flakiness. Formulated with pyrithione zinc to fight and control dandruff, the shampoo gently cleanses and reduces dandruff on all hair types. That sounds like a surefire win to us!
Don’t feel the need to throw out all your old products. Instead, cycle in the Anti-Dandruff Shampoo in place of your regular one until symptoms dissipate. Consider using it every other wash or so until those nasty flakes are gone entirely.
How do you keep dandruff from coming back?
Unfortunately, there’s no precise, scientific way to keep dandruff away forever. The best way to hold it at bay is to ensure you’re taking good care of your hair. Wash your hair regularly, but lessen your shampoo frequency if you start to feel like the skin on your scalp is irritated or too tight. For those who can’t live without daily styling products, focus on thoroughly washing them out between uses.
Above all else, keep your stylist in the loop. He or she will likely be the first person to notice a problem and can give you the most personalized advice!
Need customized advice about dandruff? Use our salon locator to book an appointment with a stylist near you.
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