Bad Hair Day

Bad Hair Day

Have you ever found flakes in your hair? You probably suspect dandruff. A dry scalp and dandruff have a lot of the same symptoms, but they are two different conditions. When you have a dry scalp, your skin becomes irritated and flakes off. Whereas dandruff causes too much oil on your scalp, and this causes skin cells to build up and then shred. Knowing the difference between the two will help you banish those pesky flakes.

Dry scalp can be caused by cold, dry air, contact dermatitis caused by a product like shampoo or styling product, or older age.

The main cause of dandruff is seborrheic dermatitis. This turns skin oily, red, and scaly. Often a fungus called malassezia triggers dandruff. This fungus usually lives on your scalp however some people have too much of it.

Fact: Dirty hair does not cause dandruff – But if you don’t wash it often enough the oily build up will contribute to the flakes.

Product Recommendation: Neutrogena T/Gel Daily Control 2-in-1

Coal Tar slows the growth and shedding of the skin cells on the scalp. However, if you have light coloured hair coal tar may change the colour of your hair.

You can ask your pharmacist for advice on which product will best suit your dandruff condition.

Damaged Hair
Damaged hair contributes to a bad hair day! Hair can be damaged in many ways and can be treated to a degree to help ease your hair worries.

Over-processed Damage
This happens when you have over-processed your hair with incorrect use or excessive use of bleach, perming, excessive use of hot styling tolls, and hair relaxers.


  • Get a hair cut so split ends are removed
  • Reduce the frequency of heat styling
  • Use protective hair products when using heat styling
  • Hair mask

Hair Mask Recommendation: OGX Argan Oil Extra Strength Hair Mask 168g

Mechanical Damage

This occurs due to the way you handle your hair. You are too harsh with your hair when combing, detangling, or tying your hair into a ponytail.


  • Brush your hair slowly
  • Use a detangling brush
  • Use a scrunchie or tie your hair up more loosely

Detangling Brush Recommendation: Tangle Teezer Wet Detangler

Fact: The famous Mason Pearson hairbrush was pioneered in the peak of the Industrial Revolution.