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Know The Difference…

It’s itchy. It’s flaky. Is it dandruff or dry scalp? The hair pros at Alikay Naturals give us a quick rundown on how to tell the difference…and what you can do about it.

How do I know if I have dandruff? Dandruff can look like big, waxy, yellowish flakes. You will also find that your scalp tends to be oily and itchy.

How do I treat dandruff? In some cases treating dandruff can be as easy as finding a shampoo that helps kill the bacteria that causes dandruff. Shampoos that contain tea tree oil are a great natural remedy for dandruff. It contains anti-fungal properties that help reduce flaking. The Alikay Naturals Moisturizing Black Soap Shampoo is a sulfate-free cleanser and contains tea tree oil. Likewise, the Alikay Naturals Essential 17 Hair Growth Oil not only helps hair grow, but it contains tea tree oil, which can help moisturize scalp and reduce flakes.

How do I know if I have a dry scalp? Dry scalp can cause tiny white flakes on your scalp. You have an itchy scalp, and other parts of your body might be dry too.

How do I treat a dry scalp? The best way to treat a dry scalp is to make sure it’s moisturized and stay away from harsh shampoos that contain sulfate. Oils are great for moisturizing your scalp. Try saturating your scalp in oil before your wash day. The Alikay Naturals Blended Therapy Hot Oil Treatment can help moisturize your scalp and curls. It contains a blend of the most moisturizing, irritation reducing, and soothing oils such as Olive Oil, Cedarwood Oil, and Black Seed Oil. You can also try a deep conditioning treatment, like Alikay Naturals Avocado Cream Moisture Repairing Mask, which also helps reduce flakes.

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