Although dandruff is a natural cycle of shedding dead skin and the regeneration of new skin on your scalp, there are certain habits or activities, which can trigger it. These include but are not limited to the following:
1. Using hot water to wash hair
Hot showers are tempting, especially in the colder months. But hair experts repeatedly warn against using hot water for a hair wash as it can increase the dryness of the scalp, which will aggravate dandruff.
2. Washing hair too often
Washing hair too often with chemical-laced shampoos (including anti-dandruff shampoos) can also lead to dandruff. The reason behind this is that shampoos are not recommended for everyday use, but only when the hair and the scalp is dirty and needs a thorough wash. By using a shampoo and even a conditioner on a daily basis, you strip natural oils off the scalp. This also has an adverse effect on the pH balance of the scalp, which becomes more prone to yeast and fungus growth that causes dandruff.
3. Postponing a much-needed hair wash
Even by postponing a much-needed hair wash, you are inviting dandruff home. This is because the dust, dirt and debris get accumulated on the hair and encourage the growth of yeast and fungus. This is what triggers dandruff.
Also, you may use the best products on the market, including shampoos, conditioners, hair oils or even homemade remedies for dandruff. But when you do not rinse your hair thoroughly during the hair wash, these products can buildup on the scalp and accelerate dandruff growth.
4. Using cheap or fake hair care products
Using cheaper alternatives to hair care products or purchasing rip-offs of the expensive products can take a toll on your hair and scalp both.
Personal habits like smoking can also lead to dandruff. Basically, it makes the scalp excessively dry and increases its sensitivity. This in turn makes dandruff worse.
6. Getting stressed
Stress can also aggravate dandruff as it leads to many changes in the daily routine, such as – not eating sufficient food or excessive smoking. This can lead to a change in the level of hormones, which in turn can cause dandruff.
7. Being undernourished
Believe it or not, your eating habits have a lot to say and do, when it comes to the health of your hair and scalp. Whether you increase your intake of junk food or go on crash diets, it will deprive your body of essential nutrients. When you become undernourished, your immune system weakens and this is where your chances of getting severe dandruff increases.
8. Exposing your hair and scalp to extreme temperatures
Apart from washing your hair with hot water, you also need to make sure that you don’t subject the hair and the scalp to extreme temperatures such as extreme heat or cold. It makes the scalp extremely dry and more dandruff-prone.
9. Touching your scalp and hair too often
Some people constantly touch their scalp and hair out of habit. But by doing this, they only increase fatty secretions on the scalp, resulting in dandruff.
10. Not brushing/combing hair properly
The scalp keeps on shedding dead skin cells periodically and these appear as flakes all over the head. To eliminate the flakes, you need to brush or comb your hair properly at least two times on a daily basis. This will keep your hair free from the unsightly flakes and also, enhance blood circulation and air supply to the hair follicles, which will promote healthy hair growth and a healthy scalp.
11. Not drinking sufficient water
Insufficient water intake can also be one of the major causes of dandruff. It makes the body lose its moisture content, turning the scalp and other parts of the body excessively dry, leading to dandruff.