How to cope with dandruff if you have Afro hair – and what products to buy

Dandruff is annoying, and when you have Afro hair it can be hard to know the best way to care for your sensitive scalp and which products to buy.

Having a scalp condition can be challenging for anyone, but having Afro hair too can make treating it a bit more difficult. It’s important to understand what’s causing your scalp issue, and find a way to tackle it that works for you.

Afro hair tends to be dryer than other types of hair, more delicate and must be moisturised more often then other hair types.

Sometimes scalp conditions can be long-term, so learning how to treat your scalp without damaging or drying out Afro hair is really important to maintain its health.

We asked expert trichologist, Stephanie Sey for her top tips for maintaining a healthy scalp with Afro hair:

Regular cleansing

Washing your hair regularly to remove any dirt, sweat, dead skin cells, bacteria and fungus.

Dry scalp massage

Massaging your scalp gently with a vibrating massage tool.

This will help you relax and also increase blood flow to the area as well as improve circulation.

Massage your scalp during washing

This helps to lather the shampoo as well as remove dirt and residue from the surface of the scalp.

The best way to do this is by using the pads of your fingers and moving your hands in a circular motion, whilst doing this move your fingers back and forth – do not scrub at the scalp.

This ensures you clean your scalp well and also you increase circulation and blood flow to the scalp.

Watch your stress

To lessen the effects of dandruff, reduce your stress levels by taking more time to take care of yourself, washing your hair a little more frequently and use a scalp treatment such as Nizoral which contains ketozconazle to combat the fungas malassezia that causes dandruff.

Here are Stephanie’s recommendations for the best anti-dandruff products to buy:

Nizoral anti-dandruff shampoo

If you’ve already tried everything, try Nizoral anti-dandruff shampoo for clinically proven, long-lasting relief from dandruff. The medicated formula gets to work fast to help treat the underlying cause of the condition, restoring the scalp to its normal healthy state.

For best results, apply a small amount of the shampoo to your hand and massage into a lather, leave on the scalp for an optimum time of 3-5 minutes, then rinse thoroughly.

You can use alongside your favourite haircare products, just wash with Nizoral every 3 or 4 days for 2-4 weeks, for up to 3-month’s relief from dandruff. Then use once every 1-2 weeks to prevent further occurrences.

Nizoral anti-dandruff Shampoo, £5.00 for 60ml

For locking in moisture

Superdrug Black Castor & Shea Nourishing Almond Oil 100ml

Superdrug Nourishing Almond Oil with Black Castor Oil and Shea Butter has been specially developed and salon tested for dry, coarse and frizzy hair.

The oil helps nourish and tame frizz, leaving hair healthy-looking. Also suitable to use on skin, leaving it feeling soft, supple and smooth.

Superdrug Black Castor & Shea Nourishing Almond Oil, £4.49

Dr Organic Moroccan Argan Oil Conditioner

A restoring conditioner based on nourishing organic Argan oil, ideal for adding body to thin or dry hair. Dr Organic Argan Oil Conditioner for Vegan smooths and moisturises all hair types.

Use with Dr Organic Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo for a gently moisturising effect, and a beautiful aroma. Based on Moroccan Argan oil and enriched with naturally derived ingredients chosen for their nourishing qualities and scents.

Active ingredients include Aloe Vera leaf juice, olive oil, orange fruit extract, clove oil, geranium oil, lemon peel oil, patchouli oil, cinnamon leaf oil, rosewood oil, wild mint oil and spearmint oil, mandarin peel oil, vanilla fruit extract, kigelia fruit extract, roselle flower extract, baobab fruit extract and vitamin E.

Dr Organic Moroccan Argan Oil Conditioner, £6.49 for 265ml

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