HOW TO TACKLE

DANDRUFF

Let’s be honest, nobody wants loose flakes. Read our guide
on what it is & how to shift it.

Let’s be honest, nobody wants loose flakes. Read our guide on what it is & how to shift it.

OUR BEST HAIRCARE FOR DANDRUFF & A DRY SCALP

Help free your hair from flakes with our 3-step Ginger haircare routine. Enriched with ginger essential oil, birch bark and white willow bark extracts, our ginger haircare routine is our holy trinity to help beat dry, flaky scalps. It helps to soothe, nourish and rebalance dry scalps, and helps fend off flakes and itchiness caused by dryness.***

Ginger Shampoo

GINGER ANTI-DANDRUFF SHAMPOO

Our bestselling shampoo is now more powerful than ever. It’s now vegan and made with 90% ingredients of natural origin. It helps clear flakes and leaves dry, itchy scalps feeling soothed and rebalanced.***

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The Body Shop Ginger Conditioner

GINGER SCALP CARE CONDITIONER

Unlike most conditioners, this is designed to be applied directly to the scalp as well as the hair. Our conditioner helps soothe dry scalps and leaves weak hair feeling stronger, softer and more resilient.***

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The Body Shop Ginger Scalp Serum

GINGER SCALP SERUM

This fast-absorbing, non-greasy serum nourishes and helps rebalance the scalp. It also helps soothe the dryness and helps wash away loose flakes, even between washes. Your scalp will look and feel instantly healthier.***

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Ginger range
Ginger range

"Great staple for hair! This is our all time favourite, the only anti dandruff shampoo that cares for our hair whilst tackling dandruff…it smells great too!"

Aman Sadhr

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WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DANDRUFF AND A DRY SCALP?

Dandruff and a dry scalp are very similar scalp problems, but once you know the difference between the two types of flakes, you can decipher what you’re dealing with quite easily. And, rest assured, they’re both very common, lots of people have dandruff and a dry scalp, so you’re definitely not alone.

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WHAT IS DANDRUFF?

Like the rest of the skin on your body, the scalp sheds dead skin cells by pushing them outwards, where they eventually and naturally flake off. These flakes are normally very small and unnoticeable. However, dandruff occurs when this process happens more rapidly than the normal cycle, causing a build-up of more visible flakes.

One of the principle root causes of dandruff is from a naturally occurring microbe, which is found on everyone’s scalp, called Malassezia globosa. It feeds on the scalp’s natural oils (aka sebum), as the sebum breaks down, it produces a by-product called oleic acid. Lots of people are sensitive to oleic acid, so their scalp responds by becoming irritated.

This causes the scalp to become itchy, leading the body to signal to the brain to shed skin cells at a faster rate to deal with it. Other factors such as stress, hormones and diet can also exacerbate it.

Oleic acid is a fatty acid, which is an odourless and colourless (to pale yellow) oil. This excess oil explains why dandruff flakes are usually oily, slightly sticky and yellowish in colour.

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WHAT IS A DRY SCALP?

In contrast, a dry scalp is caused by a lack of oil on the surface of the scalp. This lack of oil can cause the scalp to feel dry and uncomfortable, and lead to some flaking. A dry scalp can be triggered by a number of things, but largely it’s down to your skin type – if you suffer from dry skin on your body, you’re more prone to a dry scalp. However, external factors such as extreme changes in temperature and external pollution can also play a part. Flakes as a result of a dry scalp are normally small, white and dry. They are quite different to dandruff flakes, so you should be able to tell them apart.

Whether you suffer from a dry scalp or dandruff, try our 3-step Ginger haircare routine to help you get to the root of the problem. It helps to clear loose flakes and nourishes the scalp for happier, healthier-feeling hair.

OUR SCALP CARE REGIME

  1. Apply Ginger Anti-Dandruff Shampoo to wet hair. Lather and rinse well. This will cleanse your scalp, hair and will help clear flakes.
  2. Next, massage the Ginger Scalp Care Conditioner through your cleansed hair. Working it through from your scalp to the tip, to make sure the hair is completely covered. Leave it for a couple of minutes and rinse well.
  3. Dry your hair as usual. Try not to use too much product.
  4. Use your fingers or a comb to part your hair and apply one or two drops of the Ginger Scalp Serum directly to your scalp. Massage it into your scalp until it’s fully absorbed and evenly distributed.
  5. Repeat this process to cover your whole scalp – four to six sections should do it. For best results, repeat the ginger 3-step scalp care regime three times a week