Dandruff or Dry Scalp?- Natural Hair Care Remedies



Question: What’s the difference between dry scalp and dandruff?

Prima asks…A stylist told me the cause of dandruff is sulfur in shampoos and conditioners. Is this true? If it is, why do people also say that weather has an effect on dry scalp?

Answer: 

Let’s just start by explaining the difference between the dandruff and dry scalp.

What is dandruff?

Dandruff is not just a flaky scalp. In fact, your scalp flakes ALL the time but you usually don’t see it because in a healthy scalp the flakes are microscopic. Dandruff occurs when the flakes are large and are accompanied by itching and inflammation.

Can Natural Oils Make Dandruff Worse?




Duchess Gummy Buns says:

I saw on this hair blog that if you have dandruff you should avoid putting natural oils on your scalp because it would make it worse. If this is true, I am so sad because I really loved massaging oil into my scalp but I wonder if that’s why my dandruff is still in a certain spot on my scalp and won’t be relieved by any dandruff shampoos that I have been trying?

The Beauty Brains respond:

Natural oils like coconut, shea butter, and others contain a chemical known as oleic acid. To understand the effect of oleic acid on your scalp we have to talk a little bit about the causes of dandruff.

Causes of dandruff

We know from the technical literature there are three key factors that determine if you’ll have dandruff: the activity of Malassezia fungi, the presence of sebaceous secretions, and your own individual sensitivity.

These fungi break down the triglycerides (fatty oils) from your scalp and release fatty acids. Recent research by P&G has shown that the fungi prefer saturated fatty acids which means they leave behind the unsaturated fatty acids, like oleic acid. The structure of these unsaturated fatty acids allow them to penetrate the skin’s natural barrier where they trigger an irritation response that leads to flaking and itching.

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