While some men remain blissfully unaware, many of us know just how frustrating it is to find a shower of little white flakes every time you wear a black shirt. Dandruff is the scourge of many men’s hairstyles, and as a luxury barbershop serving men throughout Atlanta, we at 18|8 Brookhaven want to help you put a stop to it. Here are our 5 top tips for dealing with dandruff.
Try Tea Tree Oil
While it may have a strong odor, tea tree oil is also great for skin and has anti-microbial properties, which means it can help beat back the yeast-like fungus – called Malassezia – that causes dandruff in most people. Add a few drops to your shampoo or conditioner whenever you shower and be amazed by the results.
Wash Your Hair with Kitchen Goods
One dandruff remedy is to ditch traditional shampoo and conditioner, instead of relying on baking soda and apple cider vinegar. Both of these ingredients control Malassezia and change the pH of your scalp, helping to fight dandruff. Mix baking soda and water to form a paste and rub it into your scalp vigorously, then rinse out. Once the baking soda is gone, pour a mixture of equal parts apple cider vinegar and water and work it through your hair before rinsing it out.
Try Your Favorite Mouthwash
This one’s unconventional, but may help in serious dandruff cases. After you shampoo, rinse your hair with mouthwash, as the alcohol content will help control dandruff. Just don’t forget to condition afterwards!
Start with Salt
Before you shampoo, shake some ordinary table salt into your hair and work it through with your fingers, massaging your scalp. Rinse that out, then shampoo and condition as normal. The abrasiveness of the salt crystals will scrub away flakes and dead skin, helping your shampoo reach the living cells of your scalp better.
Give Your Hair an Overnight Olive Oil Mask
For a more in depth treatment, try working 10 drops of olive oil into your scalp before bed, then covering with a shower cap. Leave that on overnight as you sleep, then shampoo and condition as normal the next morning. The oil moisturizes the scalp and helps alleviate any dandruff caused by dry scalp.
Schedule an Appointment with Your Atlanta Barbershop
These at-home remedies can work great at controlling dandruff – but if you’re still having problems, it might be time to bring in the professionals. At 18|8 Brookhaven, we offer salon-quality scalp treatments designed to give your scalp the nutrients and minerals it needs to create healthy hair and control dandruff. Book an appointment online today and pair it with an Executive Style Haircut – you’ll walk out looking and feeling like a brand new man.