Dealing with dandruff – how moms like you cope

Dealing with dandruff – how moms like you cope

You can take the hat off now – these fellow dandruff sufferers (plus a few experts) have the answers to your most pressing questions.

Despite it being very common and easily treatable, those little white flakes can be irritating and unsightly, knocking your confidence. So what’s the answer to dandruff? We asked beauty experts and fellow moms to share their knowledge.


Am I doing something to cause it?

Dandruff can be the reaction to several different problems within the body. A microbe that’s present on everyone’s skin called Malassezia Globosa breaks down sebum, the natural oil on the scalp. As this happens, oleic acid is produced and dandruff occurs – learn more about the causes here (


Charlotte, 33, a doctor, and mom to Alice, 6 months, explains: “Mild dandruff is often caused when people aren't rinsing or cleaning their hair properly. They get a build-up of dead skin cells and product, which results in dandruff. Other people who have dandruff suffer from scalp psoriasis – similar to eczema – and often have dry patches elsewhere on their body.”


Try: A dandruff shampoo that contains zinc, such as Head and Shoulders Clean and Balanced Shampoo, as it inhibits the growth of Malassezia Globosa. Make sure you thoroughly rinse it off afterwards.


Is it because I’m stressed?

“I had always been prone to eczema on my body but every time I got stressed, I ended up scratching my head!” says Jenny, 31, and mom to 2-year-old Alex. While stress itself doesn’t cause dandruff, it can be aggravated by increased sweating and hormonal changes brought on by stress, which can lead to an increase in flaking.


Try: Stress-relieving activities such as yoga or meditation and use a dandruff shampoo to keep flare-ups under control.


Is it something I ate?


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“I notice more dandruff if I eat too much bread or anything that’s high in sugar,” says mom Sarah, 29. This is because dandruff is often attributed to candida yeast, and sugary foods promote the growth of yeast in the body.


Try:  Cutting back on your sugar and, instead, increase the levels of dandruff-combating zinc and vitamin B in your diet by enjoying more spinach, kidney beans, seeds, salmon and oysters.


How do I style my hair with dandruff?

It can be difficult to feel your best when suffering from dandruff. “When I have a bout of dandruff, I tend to wear my hair up because I feel self-conscious about flakey skin on my shoulders, plus I’m less tempted to scratch,” explains fashion and beauty editor, Penelope Goldstone. “I tend to go for a simple chignon that makes me feel confident and looks professional but that also has minimal scalp on show,” she adds.


Try: “A textured twist on the classic topknot,” says beauty journalist, Amy Lewis. “Any hairstyle that's too smooth or sleek tends to quickly give the game away, especially if the flakes are more visible along your parting or hairline. Giving it a messy edge means you can avoid flakes escaping and sitting on top of your head, and you'll also have your parting covered up. Keep things loose as then you can shake out any flakes when you need to without spoiling the style. If you tend to shed more around the nape, try the half-up topknot instead.”


Is there anything else I can do?

If you suffer from sensitive skin, try keeping your scalp and hair nourished with an at-home hair mask. Vlogger Rachel Talbott mixes milk, honey and lavender essential oil together for a deep-conditioning mask, before washing it off.


Try: For temporary relief from itching, try mixing soluble aspirin in with your shampoo. “I massage it in for three minutes and then rinse – it reduces the itchy inflammation and works wonders,” says Izzy, 30, mom to Tommy, 8 months.


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