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Hair Products for Scalp Care and Dandruff

Curly hair, while undeniably beautiful, demands particular attention and the right products to truly shine. 

Products You Need for a Healthier, Happier Scalp

Your scalp is the garden bed from which all your luscious hair grows, or it’s bald and beautiful. Maybe it’s somewhere in between, and you’re hoping to save—possibly even regrow—what’s there. Whatever the deal, that soft, sensitive skin stretched across your dome deserves to be coddled and protected. A healthy scalp is a happy scalp. And a happier you.

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Understanding Dandruff and Its Causes

Generally, dandruff occurs when dry skin on your scalp begins to shed. It can lead to an undesirable itchy and flaky scalp. 

Your scalp naturally produces oils called sebum from its sebaceous glands to nourish your hair strands and moisturize your skin. However, excess oil production can cause dandruff.

Dandruff can occur if you use shampoos with too many artificial ingredients or have an underlying medical condition. The excess oils eventually clump together, forming highly visible and yellowish dandruff. 

Your scalp can dry for several reasons, such as if the climate around you is too cool or if you overwash your hair with warm water. When your scalp is drier than usual, it can feel irritated and cause your skin to start shedding and flaking off. Dandruff from a dry scalp is small and white—you might not notice it at first glance. 

Malassezia is a yeast-like fungus that everyone has on their scalp. It feeds on natural oils and is a necessary part of the microbiome. When your scalp produces more oil, it can cause faster Malassezia growth, disrupting the scalp’s cell renewal rhythm.

The scalp then produces even more oil to compensate for the change. That excess oil can clump together and cause visible flaking, which most call dandruff. Your scalp may also become inflamed and itchy due to this process. 

Several skin conditions can cause more dandruff to appear on your scalp.

  • Psoriasis: This chronic, autoimmune disease causes your skin to develop cells faster than normal. New skin builds up on the surface, with the old cells clumping together to become flakes. 

  • Eczema: This is also known as seborrheic dermatitis, a condition where your scalp produces too much sebum. Besides causing dandruff, eczema can also cause skin inflammation and irritation.

Traditional treatment for skin conditions requires that you visit your dermatologist first.

The current market for anti-dandruff products relies heavily on harsh ingredients that irritate the scalp and treat symptoms rather than causes. It presented an opportunity for new anti-dandruff products to be both gentle and highly effective. 

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