This little mistake could be why you’ve got dandruff

So, you’ve got a flaky scalp. It’s cool. It’s okay. Loads of people do.


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You’re armed with your trusted Head & Shoulders (or whatever alternative anti-dandruff shampoo you use), you’re safe in the knowledge that this will give you the flake-free scalp you crave, and everything’s fine.

Except for some reason, you’re still getting dandruff. Your shampoo isn’t working. Why?

It might all be down to your conditioner.


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As Francesca Fusco told Women’s Health, using a regular conditioner after washing your hair will completely counteract the flake-preventing properties of your anti-dandruff shampoo.

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We know. It’s shocking. We always just assumed that our shampoo did the main job, and that once it was done, it was done.

Nope. Once you apply a general, non-dandruff-specific conditioner, you’re getting rid of all the benefits of your shampoo. We’re sorry.

Fusco says: ‘Unilever has done studies on this, and they found that when people use dandruff shampoo, specifically ones with zinc pyrithione, and they use a beauty conditioner afterwards they can rinse away up to 50 percent of the flake-fighting effects of the medicated shampoo.’

She recommends that you follow up your anti-dandruff shampoo with a specialised anti-dandruff conditioner.

And don’t stress – that doesn’t mean you have to give up all your conditioner benefits. Most anti-dandruff brands are finally branching out and offering multiple conditioner options for dry, thin, and flat hair.

Now go forth, wash, and enjoy your flake-free new self.

 

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