@ City Looks | Posted on January 5, 2021

Yes, this is an unpleasant conversation, but one that needs to be taken seriously for future care of the scalp and hair, not to mention the embarrassment people feel when they know they haven’t found a working solution. There is a stigma about it, one that leaves people feeling ashamed about their grooming practices, even when their habits should be sufficient. What is it? Studies suggest it is the overgrowth of a naturally occurring fungus and a parasite that lives on the skin, but an imbalance on the scalp can cause an overgrowth, and can then develop into dandruff, and may even develop into bacterial infections. 

There are several forms of dandruff. Some are more apparent than others depending on the stage or degree the body is experiencing. Dandruff does not usually form on the scalp younger than 9 or 10 years old. After this age is when we would see the flaking of the scalp and call it dandruff. (Before the age of 9 we will see cradle cap, the earliest stage of seborrheic dermatitis, which usually resolves in infants.)

Dry dandruff is the early stage of dandruff. It is flaky and falls easily from the scalp and hair, landing on your shoulders, like in the commercials we see on TV. There are many types of treatments on the market for dry dandruff, several types of shampoos. How we address this is to begin with a detox treatment. This treatment of purification of the scalp prepares for home maintenance of this issue. We follow up a month later with a specific treatment which also provides longevity of your home care treatment. This dry dandruff specific treatment begins with the cleanse and purifying steps followed by a moisturizing treatment. We stimulate blood circulation with a massage and finish with a sealing conditioner and leave in moisture serum. This specific treatment can be done as needed when the issue arises, although our home care products are excellent at caring for this issue. 

Why are we in such a hurry to care for this inconvenience? It can get worse. Eliminating this problem for longer periods of time can avoid or delay the development of dry dandruff into oily dandruff, seborrheic hair loss or baldness (for men), and the dramatic thinning of hair in women.

What does the next stage of dandruff look like? Scales on the scalp become thicker and oilier, the scalp becomes more uncomfortable and itchier. When scratched the scales are seen under the nails and appear waxy. This dandruff does not fall on the shoulders as readily, but sticks to the scalp and hair. This is more of a serious condition because it will begin to suffocate the follicles and the hair thins. The thinning or hair is not an overnight process and many factors are involved, but dandruff is one factor. 

Oily dandruff is more irritating because of the inflammation and excess oil on the scalp that causes itchiness. It is important to cleanse the scalp daily with shampoos made to relieve and soothe these issues as well as the elimination of the scales. Once again I begin treatment of this condition with a detox treatment to purify the scalp and prepare it for your at home care regiment. One month later a specific treatment to help soothe the oil glands and exfoliate the scalp further to create a balanced ecosystem to support your home care. Depending on the severity of your dandruff we have several solutions to help you keep it under control.