Let’s be honest here. No one loves dry flakes. You have your hair blown in style, and your scalp in shape, but you realise there are tiny ‘snowflakes’ lingering around your hair’s roots. You have no choice but to wear a hat to cover all those flakes.
That’s the pain of having Dry Flakes.
Dry flakes can be a problem for anyone with hair. They're generally caused by a lack of moisture in your scalp and hair, too much shampooing, or you might simply have a drier scalp than most people (let’s talk about that later!).
The symptoms include:
- Dryness in your hair
- Flaking skin on your scalp, especially if you touch it
- Flakes in your hair when you brush or comb it
Dry flakes can be identified by their appearance: they're typically small, white and flaky. They may also feel rough to the touch.
Dry Flakes VS Dandruff
“Dry flakes? Dandruff? Aren’t they the same thing?”
Nope! This is one of the biggest misconceptions about Dry Flakes.
Having Dry flakes may not be a sign of dandruff. Dry flakes may be caused by scalp dryness, while the yeast-like fungus, Malassezia, causes Dandruff. Dandruff flakes are larger, yellowish, and oily in appearance.
What are the causes of Dry Flakes?
The secret to a flaky scalp goes beyond a naturally dry scalp:
1. Your shampoo is not hydrating for your scalp.
If you're losing flakes in your hair, it's a sign that your scalp is dehydrated. Shampoos that don't do the job of hydrating your hair and scalp can lead to dryness and flakiness. This is because they don't contain ingredients that help keep your hair healthy and strong.
Besides, hair products, weather, age and skin conditions can cause dry flakes.
2. You have an imbalanced scalp.
When you use the wrong shampoo for a prolonged period of time, you will develop an imbalanced scalp.
If you wash your hair too frequently or use a harsh shampoo, you can strip away natural oils from your scalp, which can lead to dry flakes; If you don't shampoo yourself properly, bacteria can thrive and cause more problems like flakes and irritation.
Ditch the Flakes!
Dry flakes are a real pain. They're annoying, make your hair look dull, and even make it feel stiff and crunchy. But we've got a few tips for you that will help keep them at bay!
The concept is pretty much like your skincare routine: Cleanse Properly and Moisture Wisely!
1. Use a hydrating shampoo. The key is to ensure that whatever shampoo you use keeps your scalp moist and hydrated. Choose a shampoo with natural ingredients and a pH of 5.5, which is the ideal pH for your scalp and hair—bonus points if it's silicone-free & paraben-free!
Dry Flakes Ditcher: Daily Moisture Shampoo
2. Use a scalp mask regularly. A good mask will help retain moisture and keep your scalp from drying out further down the line, leading to more flakes and problems down the line. Apart from being super moisturizing, a scalp mask helps strengthen the scalp barrier and rebalance the broken pH!
The Moist Sheild: pH Balance Scalp Mask
Although dandruff and dry flakes are frequently confused, each has distinct characteristics. Remember to treat your scalp the same way you would the rest of your body's skin: with regular attention and daily TLC. Start now to live a flake-free life.