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Q. Can you cure dandruff?

A. If you are prone to dandruff (and over 70% of the population is) you can only control it as and when it occurs. Dandruff is commonly caused by an overgrowth of a certain type of yeast called ‘malassezia furfur’. The best products to combat it are those that target the growth of the yeast itself, such as our award-winning Flaky/Itchy Scalp range.

Unfortunately, there is currently no way to prevent future flare-ups. However, shampooing frequently, managing stress levels, and eating a scalp-friendly diet can all help. Specifically, try cutting down on spicy foods, white wine, and full-fat dairy, since these are known to trigger the condition.

Please note, if anti-dandruff shampoos, tonics, and/or masks do not help, we suggest you visit your doctor. You may have a different scalp condition, such as psoriasis or eczema.

Q. Is dandruff caused by a dry scalp?

A. No, dandruff is most often caused by an overgrowth of a certain type of yeast called ‘malassezia furfur’. The flakes are more likely to be oily than dry, so do not rub in oil to remove it — you'll only get oilier flakes.

Q. Should I apply conditioner to my scalp if I have dandruff?

A. Conditioners are formulated to improve the condition and feel of your hair, not your scalp. You should only apply a conditioner to the mid-lengths and ends of your hair, where it is needed most. Applying conditioner close to or onto your scalp will not cause any harm, but it will not help with dandruff either — and it may weigh down your roots, creating a limp style. To soothe and improve a flaky/itchy scalp, reach for an anti-dandruff shampoo, tonic and/or mask instead.