Dry, irritated and dandruff skin is a common problem affecting millions of people around the world.

For those with curly hair, however, it can become particularly frustrating: the annoying white scales that fall “snow effect” on the shoulders can in fact fit even between the strands causing even more discomfort and embarrassment.

Fortunately, with targeted care and specific products, you can find the health and natural beauty of curly hair, making them soft, shiny and defined, with a skin free from itching and unwanted scales.

Scientifically known as pityriasis, dandruff could be caused by easily solvable problems, including using overly aggressive products that dehydrate the scalp, stress, and improper nutrition. In more specific and rare cases, such as those caused by dermatitis such as eczema or psoriasis, it is advisable to consult a dermatologist.

But for the most common cases, here are some tips to get rid of dandruff, dry and irritated skin.

Prevent dehydration

One of the main factors contributing to dryness and irritation of the scalp, and therefore to the possible appearance of dandruff, is dehydration. A dehydrated skin, in addition to being more vulnerable, also makes the hair itself more susceptible to damage and breakage.

But what are the factors that could lead to dehydration?

1. Washing too frequently

Washing your hair too often can remove natural oils that protect your scalp. It is as if, at each close wash, the skin was stripped of its protective armor, leaving it exposed and vulnerable, without giving it time to restore its natural balance.

2. Too aggressive products

The use of very washing products, especially those containing sulfates, may seem logical for a deep cleaning, but in reality these deplete the hydrolipidic film of the scalp. Imagine sebum as a natural shield, essential for the health of the scalp: removing it with aggressive products can lead the skin to produce more to defend itself. This excess can promote the proliferation of the fungus Malassezia globosa, responsible for dandruff in about 90% of cases.

So, to combat dehydration and regain lost hydration, it is essential to incorporate in your Curly Routine moisturizing products specific to your skin type and hair.

Use targeted products

For optimal results, the first step is to use targeted products that can gently cleanse and, at the same time, offer a deep moisturizing action. The treatments for curly hair are formulated to be gentle and respectful of the scalp without attacking it, leaving it so clean and hydrated.

Here are some recommended products:

  • Detoxyl Dermopurificante pre-shampoo: a treatment for curly hair that cleanses the skin from dandruff and itching without drying. This product is indicated if the skin has flaking or itching: it will give the scalp a breath of fresh air.
  • Purify Curly Cleansing Shampoo: a purifying shampoo suitable for all hair types: wavy, curly or afro. Specifically, it is designed to eliminate the build up effect and, as a secondary consequence, can help soothe itching and irritation.
I Love Riccio Detoxyl Skin Purifying Pre-Shampoo

Anti-dandruff treatment specifically for skin that tends to flake or is itchy.

Purify Curly purifying shampoo I Love Riccio

Purifying shampoo, eliminates build-up effect for cleaner, lighter curls.

I Love Riccio Primer Oil Pre-Shampoo Treatment

Pre-shampoo treatment based on natural oils, ideal for a nourishing and moisturizing booster before washing.

Forget stress: an ally for hair health

Even stress can aggravate the condition of an already sensitive skin, leading to inflammation and dandruff.

Stress, in fact, adversely affects the immune system, making it more vulnerable to the attack of the fungus Malassezia globosa.

Eliminating stress completely is certainly not easy. Instead, finding a way to manage it is much easier. Relaxation techniques like yoga, meditation or devoting time to passions like reading or painting are great ways to slow down the pace of daily frenzy and give body and mind the relaxation needed to regain your balance.

Last but not least, get enough sleep and a proper, balanced diet. Sleeping 6 to 8 hours a night helps regulate the levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, and this helps strengthen the immune system. While a balanced diet, as well as drinking plenty of water, provides the body with all the nutrients needed to function better, further strengthening the immune system.

Dry, irritated skin and dandruff can be an annoying problem, but with the right care and targeted products, you can return to enjoy the natural beauty of your curly hair. And if the problem persists, consult a dermatologist to receive a diagnosis and personalized treatment.