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If you’ve ever suffered from dandruff (which is the more severe condition), you can attest to the incessant itching. Tea tree oil is the ultimate remedy for this type of infection. We’re big fans of Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Special Shampoo. But be aware--if you color your hair, tea tree shampoos are best used right before your next appointment, as they tend to cause fading.
Paul Mitchell ($31)
Another key ingredient in dandruff prevention is coal tar. Neutrogena’s popular T/Gel® Therapeutic Shampoo contains this ingredient and is the gold standard for preventing flakes.
Hey, did you know your scalp needs a good sloughing once in a while? But rinsing your hair with a grainy scrub is not exactly what we’re talking about. Instead, look to Kiehl’s Deep Micro-Exfoliating Scalp Treatment. Apply once a week to keep things on an even keel.
Stop your uncontrolled scratching with this amazing René Furterer scalp oil. The Complexe 5 Regenerating Plant Extract not only penetrates quickly, but deep-cleans and tones the scalp at the same time, all while strengthening hair from the root. Apply weekly and promptly return to sanity.
René Furterer ($47)
From the king of scalp treatments comes this Calm Elixir. It contains powerfully healing calendula and green algae extracts to help soothe irritation and stop that tight, dry feeling. It also helps restore softness and manageability.
Julien Farel ($43)
Use sparingly. Contrary to popular belief, conditioner is meant to moisturize hair, not skin. It will only clog the pores in your scalp and cause further issues with buildup. Instead, apply conditioner midway up your hair, focusing on the ends instead of the roots.
Just like drinking water helps cure dry skin, the same goes for your scalp. But you can also boost hydration by taking fish oil vitamins and making sure your diet is rich in omega-3s, which are found in foods like salmon, avocado and nuts.
Few things are more embarrassing than dusting white flakes off your new cashmere sweater. (And no, we don’t mean the magical snowflake variety.)
Luckily, the suffering stops here.
But before we jump into our trusty cure-all products, there’s something you need to know: Dry scalp and dandruff are not the same thing. The symptoms are similar (itchiness and flakiness), but the cause is different--dandruff is actually a fungal condition, whereas dry scalp is, well, just dry skin.
Keeping that in mind, here are our tricks for dealing with both.
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