Scalp Shaming: Dandruff Is The Unsaid Beauty Standard

Words: Victoria Mcewan
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Dandruff is a lot more common than people think, one in five people suffer from the condition with it being specifically more common in males. Whilst it affects many of us, the British Skin Foundation found that a third of us have avoided a social event due to dandruff. Most of us will suffer from dandruff at some point or other in our lives and rather than being embarrassed or ashamed, we should recognise that many people suffer from it and it is easily treatable.

Dandruff can be caused by certain factors; diet, stress, changing hormone levels and even coming off the pill can result in developing dandruff. Studies suggest that incorporating chickpeas (high in vitamin B6 and zinc to promote healthy skin), garlic, apples, bananas (again plenty of B6, Zinc and Potassium) and ginger (for it’s antibacterial and digestion aiding properties) into your diet can help to fight a flaky scalp.

The hair care products you use – shampoos, conditioners and oils – can help to calm dandruff down. Ketoconazole, zinc pyrithione, selenium sulphide and piroctone olamine are all anti yeast ingredients which will you find in shampoo’s that are targeted towards dandruff. One of the best shampoo’s on the market is the gentle ‘WOW Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo’ containing alpha-hydroxy acid. This all natural shampoo helps exfoliate the scalp and calm down any inflammation, and what’s more is it’s within everyone’s budget.

Another amazing product is Briogeo’s Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo. Its a bit more expensive than most products on the market but is renowned for it’s unique ability to draw impurities out of the scalp, thus achieving optimal scalp health. Plus, it’s beautifully moisturising. Briogeo are a brand who believe in transparency and therefore products are cruelty free, packaging is 100% recyclable and formulas are free of sulphates, parabens, silicones, the lot.

When you suffer from something that might potentially affect your confidence or lower your self esteem, remember that it’s always more visible to you than it is to other people and whilst you can use products to eliminate the effects of dandruff we must accept that it’s something that many of us will suffer from and remove the stigmas and taboos surrounding it.