For those who have experienced dandruff, wearing dark-colored clothing is a no-no. For many people, this means eliminating a large portion of their wardrobe or even changing up their styles a bit to accommodate. Dandruff is the term used for those tiny white flakes that develop on your scalp and fall to your shoulders making your favorite black jacket look like dotted swiss. These “white flakes” are actually dead skin cells. Your scalp may also feel dry and itchy if you suffer from dandruff. Most struggles with dandruff occur in the colder months because the air is dryer. However, it can occur at any time. Stress and fatigue can also trigger dandruff. Having dandruff is not a hygiene problem. It’s not generally dangerous or a health risk as much as it is frustrating.
Can Hair Oils be Used for Dandruff?
Sebum, natural oils produced by the scalp, mixes with dandruff and causes itching. Many people have wondered if they should refrain from oiling their hair when they have dandruff. However, not oiling your hair leaves the scalp dry. Oiling your hair at least once a week can help reduce dandruff. Oiling your scalp boosts circulation and nourishes your hair. It also moisturizes the scalp which is typically very dry when dandruff is present.
Best Hair Oil to Use for Dandruff
Ideally, hair oil should:
- Balance out the scalp’s production of sebum
- Maintain a balanced pH on the scalp
- Moisturize and soothe the scalp
- Contain antimicrobial ingredients that help fight dandruff
When oiling the scalp, and particularly if you are fighting dandruff, choose natural oils that are light-textured, chemical-free, and non-sticky. Natural oils that are particularly good for the scalp include:
- Coconut oil
- Eucalyptus oil
- Sunflower oil
- Lemon oil
- Almond oil
Combining these oils provides nourishment and moisture for the scalp. Another good combination you can make yourself includes mustard, sesame oil, and tea tree oil. A good mixture to use for combating dandruff over time combines argan oil and apricot oil.
Applying Oils to Fight Dandruff
Steps for oiling your scalp:
- Place a few drops of oil in the palms of your hands.
- Using your fingertips, gently massage the oil into your scalp.
- Leave the oil on for at least two to three hours, overnight if possible.
- Wash your hair with a mild shampoo.
To avoid breakage, avoid tight hairstyles immediately after oiling. Also, don’t use other chemical-laden products along with hair oil. Let your scalp and hair benefit from the oil for a little while. Refrain from heat styling your hair immediately after you’ve oiled your hair or scalp.
When to See a Doctor About Dandruff
Dandruff is not contagious or harmful. It’s just uncomfortable, embarrassing, and itchy. You may want to check with your doctor or dermatologist if:
- Your scalp becomes red or inflamed
- You have a large amount of hair loss in a short amount of time (losing 50-100 strands every day is normal)
- There are red rash areas on other parts of your body
Understanding what causes dandruff and finding the right mix of oils is key to helping fight it. Avoid chemicals which often make dandruff worse.
Try Lilyam Oils
Lilyam natural hair oils contain specific oils that are good for combatting dandruff and dry scalp. If you are not sure where to start, please contact us. We can help connect you with the right product that will help you get the results you want.