Dandruff can be a real issue and it can damage your confidence as well as the health of your scalp. Head & Shoulders, the most recognisable anti-dandruff haircare brand, claims that as many as half of the world's population suffers with dandruff, but what exactly causes it, and what is the best cause of treatment? I found the most famous old wives tales to cure dandruff that actually work, and looked into how dandruff happens.
According to Head & Shoulders, the cause of dandruff is a fungus called Malassezia globosa. It causes white flakes to appear on the hairline, which can often fall onto clothing and shoulders. It can also cause the scalp to feel tight, dry, and itchy. The NHS also reveals that dandruff happens when the process by which your skin produces new skin cells and sheds old cells to stay healthy speeds up. This leads to dry skin flaking from the scalp and landing on the hair.
According to the NHS, dandruff can also be a symptom of conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. It's not contagious, but many of us suffer with it and struggle to find an effective treatment. I looked into some of the most commonly discussed treatments, from natural remedies to lifestyle changes. Here are the five that seem to be most reliable: