What is a dandruff conditioner? A dandruff conditioner is a hair product whose primary function is to control dryness by moisturizing your hair. It’s commonly used for wavy hair or thick curly hair that tends to be dry or frizzy. The key to using this type of product effectively is knowing when and how to apply it.
1. What Is a Dandruff Conditioner?
Dandruff Conditioner is designed to target the causes of dandruff without the use of harsh chemicals. The key ingredients in dandruff conditioners are zinc pyrithione, selenium sulfide, ketaconazole, coal tar and salicylic acid.
Zinc pyrithione helps stimulate the hair follicle to create a tight, healthy environment. This helps reduce flaking and helps prevent skin irritation caused by dryness. It also helps regulate the pH levels in your hair and scalp, taking care of the balance between dryness and moisture.
Selenium sulfide is a complex mixture of amino acids that form a natural lipid barrier to help supple and strengthen the hair. This helps achieve that healthy, shiny look without frizz. Ketaconazole kills off fungal and bacterial causes of dandruff. A product with this ingredient is the most effective for anyone with compromised skin or scalp, as it can penetrate deep into the hair shaft and kill bacteria when it comes in contact with dry skin cells.
Coal tar is a mixture of asphalt, wax and propylene glycol. It promotes healthy scalp and hair growth that’s free of dandruff and sagginess. Salicylic acid is a surfactant (also known as a water-soluble emulsifier) meant to penetrate the stratum corneum.
This provides a barrier that keeps your skin hydrated and healthy. For even more of a sagginess-fighting effect, salicylic acid is a good choice for people with scalp conditions like psoriasis. With a comprehensive understanding of ingredients, you now have tips on how to best manage your dandruff so that you can reliably see visible improvements. Treat the root cause of your dandruff, not the symptoms. Be sure you use a product formulated for people with dandruff in mind.
2. How Can You Use a Dandruff Conditioner to Maintain Wavy Hair?
I recommend looking for a dandruff conditioner that is lightweight and won’t weigh down your hair. I like to use a dandruff conditioner that is infused with argan oil. To maintain the wave pattern in my hair, I’ll comb the product through and let it air dry. For dry or poorly conditioned hair, you can coat your hair with the conditioner to give it a boost, but not to create shiny, tangled curls.
For me, this type of oil-infused conditioner is the product of choice because it smells like a freshly baked banana and has a nice texture. It diffuses easily into my hair, leaving it soft, shiny, and manageable. It also keeps my scalp moisturised. On most days, I apply the oil-infused conditioner after I shower.
You can use the conditioner as often as you’d like to and it won’t interfere with your hairstyle. For even better results, apply the conditioner directly on damp hair and let it soften for 45 to 60 minutes.
This conditioner in particular works so well for my dry curls because it’s at once deep, luxurious, and gentle. It’s chock-full of antioxidants called polyphenols. These chemicals help repair and even prevent damage to your hair and scalp. One type of polyphenol called acetamiphen is an ingredient in dandruff products that boosts “anti-microbial” activity. When used in adequate amounts, this polyphenol can kill certain bacteria and mild pubic hair that accumulate the fungus.
3. How Do I Apply a Dandruff Conditioner to My Wavy Hair?
Adding a dandruff conditioner to your hair is a great way to keep your scalp healthy and remove dry skin. If you have wavy hair, you can apply the dandruff conditioner in a similar way to a regular conditioner. Apply a quarter-sized amount of the dandruff conditioner to your hair and gently massage it into your scalp. Patience is your best bet here, since the conditioner may take a bit too “coherently” to enter the hair shaft.
If you have curly or wavy hair, apply a single-sized amount. If you have thick or brittle hair, use as much as you need to feel substantial relief. Thick/thick curls may cause more bleeding, so increase the amount of risk of pulling the hair out.
How to Use Dandruff Conditioner:
Dandruff Conditioner has a water-soluble ingredient (honey) that helps seal in moisture, infusing your hair with superior moisture retention and eliminating the chance of drying out over time. After applying the conditioner, let your hair air dry and relax for an optimal feel and softness. Reapply every 3–4 days for long-term stability.
Pros and Cons of Using Dandruff Conditioner:
Increases moisture retention, reduces matts (which can cause water loss and a dull, greasy appearance), and reduces flaking and heat.
If you can’t tolerate sulfates or sulfite dependent ingredients in your hair product, this product is likely safe to use.
It May help to manage moderate to severe dandruff.
May cause breakage and drying of the hair.
Some people with dandruff prefer a dedicated anti-dandruff shampoo.
4. When Should You Use a Dandruff Conditioner on Wavy Hair?
You can use a dandruff conditioner on wavy hair anytime you feel itchy or flaky on the scalp. Apply it to damp hair and let it absorb. Let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes then rinse your hair thoroughly. If your scalp is particularly hot, you can just stick a heat pack or other heat source to your scalp to help dry it out. Give your hair a break up to an hour after you apply the conditioner and allow it to absorb overnight.
5. Can You Use a Dandruff Conditioner for Curly Hair?
A conditioner can be used for curly hair, but it depends on the conditioner itself. If you use the right conditioner, you can use a dandruff conditioner for curly hair. The right conditioner will give your hair the moisture it needs while also controlling frizz and making it easier to detangle. The wrong conditioner can cause damage to your hair or hair care products, leading to over-proliferation and buildup.
They can be applied to wet or dry hair. Oil-based conditioners can be used when hair has been indoors to absorb excessive moisture (on a hot day). If you’re trying to prevent dandruff from coming on, pick an oil-based conditioner for better absorption. Oil can also penetrate the scalp better and work quickly to control sebum, the chemicals that form build-up in your hair. Alternative styling products can also be used with conditioners, but it’s critical to use good-quality products that won’t cause damage or build up over time.
Alternatives to oil-based conditioners include cashew seed oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, or olive oil. Reaching for a shampoo that contains silicone-based ingredients can avoid unnecessary irritation and breakouts. Using an oil-based shampoo can help control dandruff by giving your hair a break from the build-up of accumulated sebum.
Do you use styling products for styling hair? If so, then a daily conditioning treatment is crucial. Add some oil or gel to a gentle styling product, and you’ll get the smoothening effect of styling products used effectively for daily wear.