17 Best Japanese Shampoo For Dandruff

17 Best Japanese Shampoo For Dandruff

Dandruff and itching on the scalp is caused by dryness and excessive secretion of sebum. Many people want to take precautions against this by using the right shampoo. But there are a wide variety of shampoos available, from commercially available products to salon exclusive products, so many people are having trouble deciding which one to choose.


So today, we will introduce 17 popular anti-dandruff shampoos recommended by our editorial team. Check out the tips for preventing dandruff that we heard from Seki Kisui, a head spa specialty store, and use them as a reference when searching for your hair care.


The person we spoke to this time is Seki Kisui, a head spa specialty store.


She has worked at a beauty salon, makeup instructor at a cosmetics company, makeup instructor at a makeup school in Harajuku, and currently works as a makeup instructor at a beauty vocational school and at a head spa salon.



1.What causes dandruff and itching?


Dandruff is old skin cells that have fallen off. Normally, it is so small that it cannot be seen, but if skin turnover is accelerated for some reason, more skin cells will slough off, resulting in visible dandruff. 


In order to maintain normal turnover, it is important to avoid external stimuli, allergic reactions, stress, and irregular lifestyle habits. Try to eat a well-balanced diet, get enough sleep, and reduce stress. In particular, be careful not to eat or drink too much, or consume large amounts of high-calorie foods, as this may promote excessive secretion of sebum and worsen dandruff.


Itching can be caused not only by dandruff irritating the scalp, but also by not washing your hair too much, not washing your hair too much, scratches on the scalp, UV rays, perms, and hair dyes. In order to reduce itching, you need to be careful not to damage your hair.


It is possible to reduce existing dandruff and itching with proper care. First of all, it is important to cleanse your scalp with a shampoo that suits your condition and the correct washing method. 


Be careful not to scratch too hard with your fingernails as this will make things worse. Massage is also recommended to promote blood circulation in the scalp. You can also use scalp lotions that contain ingredients that reduce dandruff and itchiness.


2.What are the characteristics of shampoo that suppresses dandruff?


Anti-dandruff shampoos are rich in ingredients that can target the causes of dandruff.


For example, it contains moisturizing ingredients such as "piroctone olamine'' which has antibacterial properties, "Cetacea extract'' and "dipotassium glycyrrhizic acid'' which keep the scalp healthy, and "hyaluronic acid'' and "collagen'' which prevent the scalp from drying out and keep it moisturized. etc. are representative. Please refer to the following chapters and choose one according to your dandruff condition.


3. How to choose a shampoo that suppresses dandruff


Choose the appropriate shampoo depending on the type and cause of dandruff.


There are two main types of dandruff: oily and dry. Choose a shampoo that contains ingredients that match the characteristics of each shampoo.


Oily dandruff: Focus on ingredients with antibacterial and bactericidal properties

Sticky, oily dandruff occurs when scalp turnover is disrupted due to excessive sebum secretion and growth of Malassezia bacteria. 


After that, the mixture of dandruff and sebum can cause itching. Another characteristic of oily dandruff is that it sticks to the roots of the hair.


If you have oily skin that produces a lot of sebum and sweat on your scalp, you are more likely to develop oily dandruff. Choose a shampoo that contains antibacterial and bactericidal ingredients, such as zinc pyrithione, piroctone olamine, sulfur, selenium dioxide, and miconazole nitrate.


Additionally, if shampoo is left unwashed or the scalp stays moist, bacteria can grow and weaken the skin's immune system. After washing your hair, rinse it thoroughly and dry it quickly.


Dry dandruff: Moisturize the scalp with moisturizing ingredients

Dry dandruff is caused by dryness of the scalp and decreased barrier function, resulting in fine, flaky dandruff.


Dry dandruff that is smooth, fine, and itchy. Since it's dry, many people worry about it falling on their shoulders and making it noticeable.


The main causes of dry dandruff are a decline in barrier function due to physical conditions such as dry skin, and dryness caused by the season and lifestyle. Choose a shampoo that moisturizes your skin without stripping it of more water than necessary, such as one that contains amino acid-based cleansing ingredients. 


You should also pay attention to ingredients such as "glycyrrhizic acid,'' which keeps the scalp healthy, and "O-cymen-5-ol,'' which has bactericidal and antibacterial effects.



Choose cleaning ingredients that match the type of dandruff

Depending on the condition of your scalp, whether you have oily dandruff or dry, flaky dandruff, choose the right cleansing ingredients.


Oily dandruff: Refreshing high-grade alcohol-based and soap-based products

For oily dandruff, we recommend using high-grade alcohol-based cleaning ingredients that thoroughly remove sebum and leave a refreshing finish. Specific ingredients include "sodium lauryl sulfate," "ammonium lauryl sulfate," and "sodium laureth sulfate."


We also recommend soap-based cleaning ingredients that are gentle on the skin and have powerful cleaning power. Naturally derived "sodium cocoyl methyl taurate" and "sodium olefin (C14-16) sulfonate" are typical examples. However, while it can effectively remove dirt from pores and excess sebum, it may dry out your scalp and may actually increase sebum secretion. In this case, consider applying a scalp moisturizer to balance the moisture.


In addition, it is no good to shampoo your hair multiple times a day because you are concerned about stickiness. Washing too much can dry out your scalp, so limit it to at most twice a day.


Dry dandruff: Amino acid-based, betaine-based wash while moisturizing

For dry dandruff, we recommend shampoos containing amino acid-based or betaine-based cleansing ingredients to avoid removing too much of the oil needed by the scalp.


Betaine-based products such as "cocamidopropyl betaine'' and amino acid-based products such as "Lauroylmethylalanine Na'' are known as typical cleansing ingredients with high moisturizing effects.


The difference between betaine type and amino acid type is the difference in chemical reaction when dissolved in water. In amino acid-based products, the hydrophilic group in the ingredients changes to negative ions, while in betaine-based products, it changes to either positive or negative ions depending on the pH.



This Month’s Pick


Social tech biolcia shampoo

970 yen (regular first time limited)



For glossy hair that's a notch higher. All-in-one shampoo that also focuses on the scalp environment

Developed through trial and error with hair diagnostician R, aiming to be both gentle on the scalp and comfortable to use. 


Using only amino acid-based and plant-based cleaning ingredients, it gently removes dirt while leaving the scalp with the necessary moisture. You can experience the "nuri-shan'' experience of applying the honey-like dense texture directly onto your scalp.


Contains a variety of carefully selected organic extracts, and contains no sulfates, silicones, parabens, mineral oils, petroleum surfactants, or synthetic colorants. Furthermore, it contains the heat action ingredient "Erucalactone MCT" that turns the heat of the hair dryer into your friend, and the unique coacervation (ion adsorption) formula gives your hair firmness and elasticity.


This one product is not only a shampoo, but also a conditioner, scalp care, and pack. With a gentle fruity rose scent, you can have a bath time that moisturizes your hair, scalp, and soul.

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Experience review


Female in her 30s

4.0


Good point


Thick texture like honey. "Nuri-shan'' is a new sensation, where you apply it to your scalp without lathering it, leave it on for about a minute, and then lather it up. With daily care, I feel like I have a special hair pack. Free from silicone, parabens, mineral oil, synthetic colorants, sulfates, and petroleum-based surfactants. 


You can wash your hair without putting unnecessary stress on it. The botanical rose scent lasts even after you dry your hair, and it lifts your mood even during the day. 


Even though it doesn't use silicone, it doesn't make your hair feel sticky after washing, leaving your hair soft and manageable. At first, it felt a little dry, but after using it for about 3 days, I started to feel the effects.



Recommended points

・For dry skin / sensitive skin / normal skin

・Less stress on hair and scalp

・An amino acid shampoo that gives hair elasticity and body


While reducing stress on the scalp and leaving a smooth finish. Contains "Cocoyl Hydrolyzed Collagen K", which is made by hydrolyzing collagen, and can be expected to moisturize and improve flexibility.


"Soap nut extract'' and "coconut-derived cleaning ingredients'' create a fluffy foam that thoroughly washes away dirt.


In addition, it is rich in beauty ingredients such as "apple fruit cultured cell extract'' and "Someiyoshino leaf extract'' to support firm, bouncy, and rich hair.


It also contains "honeysuckle flower extract'' and "guava fruit extract'' that protect hair from UV damage, leading to smooth hair that is easy to run through.


Word of mouth / Review

・With just shampooing, I didn't get any itchiness and my hair became shiny and healthy. (Female in her 50s)

- No additives. No treatment required, saving time. (Female in her 40s)

- With just one bottle of shampoo, my hair feels moisturized and less tangled without any treatment. (Female in her 50s)

 

Now that you understand how to choose one, we will introduce 17 recommended items carefully selected by our editorial team from popular shampoos that suppress dandruff. Find the perfect shampoo for you by referring to the comments of people who use it regularly.


Lasana Premier 21 day starter set

130ml 1980 yen (first purchase)



Repairs hair damage and keeps the scalp healthy

A shampoo that balances the oil content of your scalp with 4 types of organically certified vegetable oils (*1) and 7 herbal extracts (*2).


Contains scalp care ingredients (*1), so the shampoo is applied directly to the scalp without lathering, and lathered with the scalp.


It has strong cleaning power and leads to healthy hair. It comes with a treatment and hair essence, so it provides total care for hair damage.


*1 Celery seed extract, Sclerocaria birea seed oil, grape seed oil, squalane

*2 Chamomile flower extract, tea leaf extract, Japanese knotweed root extract, Centella asiatica extract, rosemary leaf extract, Scutellaria root extract, Licorice root extract


Word of mouth / Review

・I'm glad I tried using the sample. (Female in her 50s)

- Emphasis on damaged hair, strong scent, nice feel. (Female in her 40s)


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Kurokami scalp

4070 yen/400ml



Recommended points

・For dry skin / sensitive skin / normal skin

・Less stress on hair and scalp

・An amino acid shampoo that gives hair elasticity and body


while reducing stress on the scalp and leaving a smooth finish. Contains "Cocoyl Hydrolyzed Collagen K", which is made by hydrolyzing collagen, and can be expected to moisturize and improve flexibility.


"Soap nut extract'' and "coconut-derived cleaning ingredients'' create a fluffy foam that thoroughly washes away dirt.


In addition, it is rich in beauty ingredients such as "apple fruit cultured cell extract'' and "Someiyoshino leaf extract'' to support firm, bouncy, and rich hair.


It also contains "honeysuckle flower extract'' and "guava fruit extract'' that protect hair from UV damage, leading to smooth hair that is easy to run through.


Word of mouth / Review

・With just shampooing, I didn't get any itchiness and my hair became shiny and healthy. (Female in her 50s)

- No additives. No treatment required, saving time. (Female in her 40s)

- With just one bottle of shampoo, my hair feels moisturized and less tangled without any treatment. (Female in her 50s)

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Cadason medicated scalp shampoo

250ml 3278 yen



Recommended points

・Contains ingredients to prevent skin roughness

・Gently removes sebum stains for a healthy scalp

・Prevents dandruff, itching, and rough


skin Contains 2K glycyrrhizic acid, an ingredient that prevents skin roughness, and salicylic acid, an antibacterial ingredient, to prevent itching and dandruff on the scalp. A shampoo that suppresses


It also contains natural cleaning ingredients "amino acids'' and water-soluble moisturizing ingredients "white fungus extract'' to moisturize and remove sebum stains.


It is also noteworthy that it does not use petroleum-based surfactants and is composed of 99% natural ingredients.

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U-MA shampoo premium

300ml 3872 yen



Recommended points

・Prevents dandruff and itchiness and thoroughly cleanses

the skin ・Contains active ingredients to prevent scalp irritation

・Repairs damaged hair and


Cleanses dirt and sebum, leading to smooth hair, creating a healthy scalp environment.

Contains moisturizing ingredients "horse oil'' and "Gagome kelp'' and skin conditioning ingredient "amino acid BCAA'' to prevent dandruff and itchiness while creating a firm and healthy scalp.


It also contains the active ingredient "glycyrrhizic acid 2K'' and the haricotic ingredient "hydrolyzed keratin.'' Prevents scalp roughness, repairs damaged hair and supports volume.

 

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Premier 21 Day Starter Set [PR]

A shampoo that balances the oil content of your scalp with 4 types of organically certified vegetable oils (*1) and 7 herbal extracts (*2).


Contains scalp care ingredients (*1), so the shampoo is applied directly to the scalp without lathering, and lathered with the scalp.


It has strong cleaning power and leads to healthy hair. It comes with a treatment and hair essence, so it provides total care for hair damage.


*1 Celery seed extract, Sclerocaria birea seed oil, grape seed oil, squalane

*2 Chamomile flower extract, tea leaf extract, Japanese knotweed root extract, Centella asiatica extract, rosemary leaf extract, Scutellaria root extract, Licorice root extract


Product information

Price: 1980 yen (first purchase)

Capacity: 120ml

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Collage furfur next Shampoo refreshing and smooth type

200ml 1760 yen




Recommended points

・Suppresses itch, odor, and stickiness

・Suppresses dandruff

・Refreshes cleansing


A shampoo that suppresses dandruff, itch, and odors to keep your hair and scalp healthy.


Contains the antifungal ingredient "miconazole nitrate'' and the antioxidant/antibacterial ingredient "octopirox'' to suppress dandruff and thoroughly cleanse.


It also gives your hair a smooth texture that tends to get sticky. Easy to use, fragrance-free and color-free.

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Vargas medicated shampoo

200ml 1078 yen




Recommended points

- Thoroughly removes sebum stains and washes hair to make it smooth

- Prevents dandruff, itching, and sweat odor to keep hair healthy

- Reduces friction when shampooing


Thoroughly cleanses sebum stains and eliminates sweat odor, itching, and dandruff Shampoo that prevents


The ingredient "dipotassium glycyrrhizinate'', which thoroughly cleanses dandruff and prevents skin roughness, soothes rough scalp. Leads to a healthy and clean scalp.


In addition to preventing dandruff, it also suppresses the friction damage to hair that occurs when shampooing. Contains highly polymerized silicone, a hair smoothing ingredient, that cares for your hair and washes it smoothly.

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Octo medicated shampoo

- 408 (Amazon) yen



Recommended points

- Washes away oxidized sebum and prevents dandruff and itching

- Smooth cleansing with no squeaking

- Mild floral scent


A medicated shampoo that prevents dandruff and itching and leads to a refreshing hair environment.


Contains the active ingredient "Octopirox'' to wash away oxidized sebum. It also contains naturally derived moisturizing ingredients to protect your scalp from dryness and keep it clean.


Even in the summer when you tend to sweat, the deodorant action provides complete protection. It also lathers well and leaves your hair clean and smooth. The mild floral scent will refresh your mood.

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Mediquik H medical scalp shampoo

200ml 936 (Amazon) yen




Recommended points

- Suppresses dandruff and itching

- Conditions hair to make it smooth and easy to run through - A medicated shampoo that focuses on the causes of dandruff and itching and leaves

the scalp is healthy with a silky cleansing effect . 

- Contains the antifungal ingredient "miconazole nitrate" to suppress dandruff. In addition, dipotassium glycyrrhizinate, an ingredient that prevents rough skin, soothes a rough scalp that causes itching. 

- Contains conditioning ingredients that are gentle not only on the scalp but also on the hair, giving a clean and smooth wash. Keeps your hair and scalp clean while providing a smooth finish.


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Octotherapie Medicated skin care shampoo

230ml 874 (Amazon) yen



Recommended points

・Contains "Pictoolamine" to suppress scalp dandruff and itching.

・Contains naturally derived moisturizing ingredients

.・Natural aroma scent.


A medicated shampoo for dandruff and itching that contains active ingredient "Piroctone Olamine." It lathers well and cares for your hair while gently washing it away, leaving the scalp environment clean and tidy.


It prepares the scalp environment by sterilizing sebum-degrading bacteria, and suppresses dryness of the scalp with two naturally derived moisturizing ingredients, castor oil and natto extract.


There are no preservatives added, and the natural aroma provides a pleasant care experience.

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Ur Os medicated scalp shampoo

300ml 1650 yen


Recommended points

・Suppresses dandruff and itching for a healthy scalp

・Amino acid-based cleansing ingredients gently cleanse hair and scalp

・Even without silicone,


it is medicated to create a scalp environment for smooth, squeaky hair and lead to clean hair. shampoo. Even though it is non-silicone, it washes your hair smoothly without making it squeaky.


Contains cymen-5-ol, a bactericidal ingredient, and dipotassium glycyrrhizic acid, an ingredient that prevents skin irritation. It washes away sebum dirt and odor from the scalp, suppresses dandruff and itching, and leaves the scalp in a healthy state.


It also contains amino acid-based cleaning ingredients, so it creates a fine foam that gently removes dirt.

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Fukeminyu medicated shampoo

200ml 797 (Amazon) yen




Recommended points

- Suppresses dandruff and creates a healthy scalp environment

- Moisturizes the scalp and hair to prevent dryness

- Fruity green scent A


shampoo that suppresses dandruff, itching, and odor to improve the scalp environment.


Contains two active ingredients, miconazole nitrate and dipotassium glycyrrhizinate, to suppress dandruff and stickiness.


It also contains the moisturizing ingredient Lipidure, which moisturizes the hair and scalp and keeps them healthy and dry. The fruity green scent is pleasant.

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Soft in one Shampoo refreshing deodorant type

520ml 557 (Amazon) yen




Recommended points

・An item that serves two purposes in one bottle

・Prevents dandruff, itching, and odor to keep you clean

・A medicated shampoo with a citrus floral scent


that functions as both a shampoo and a conditioner.


Contains the medicinal active ingredient "Octopirox'' to prevent dandruff and itchiness and maintain a healthy scalp environment. The deodorant effect also prevents odors.


Contains hair conditioning ingredients to cleanse the scalp of dirt while leaving your hair silky smooth. A clean citrus floral scent.

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Skin without makeup Natural shampoo for bare skin

250ml 3820 yen




Recommended points

・Suppresses dandruff and itchiness

・Finishes your hair with smooth, glossy hair that is easy to run through your fingers

・10 free formulations


A shampoo that thoroughly removes dirt and leaves your hair healthy with beneficial bacteria flora. Creates an environment for resident bacteria to suppress dandruff and itchiness.


Contains nine types of botanical ingredients, including "licorice,'' "Tachibana peel,'' "Gagome kelp,'' and "Aloe vera,'' as well as nano-ized plant extracts, to gently protect damaged scalp while moisturizing. It leads to moist and shiny hair that is easy to run through.


10 free formulations including silicone-free, petroleum surfactant-free, paraben-free, etc.

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Curel Shampoo [Pump] [Quasi-drug]

420ml 1100 yen




Recommended points

・Prevents dandruff, itching, and dryness for a healthy scalp

・Contains active ingredients to prevent skin roughness・Protects ceramide, an essential ingredient for a healthy scalp that

leads to smooth, moist hair


A shampoo that prevents itching and dryness.


While maintaining moisture, it cleanses sebum and dirt, leaving it in a healthy state. It also contains the active ingredient "dipotassium glycyrrhizinate'' to prevent skin irritation.


The fine lather leaves your hair moist and easy to run through. No fragrance, no coloring.

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Minon medicated hair shampoo

450ml 1264 (Amazon) yen




Recommended points

- Gently cleanses while protecting the scalp's moisture

- Leads to manageable, smooth hair - A shampoo that gently cleanses the scalp and hair, containing plant-based amino acid-based cleaning ingredients that are

easy to use even on delicate scalps .


Cleans away dirt with gentle foam.


Contains 12 types of amino acids that have a moisturizing effect, leaving your hair well-balanced and manageable. It also prevents scalp problems such as dandruff and pimples while protecting the scalp's moisture.


It is easy to use even on sensitive scalps as it does not use sulfuric surfactants and contains minimal allergy-causing substances.


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Dr.Ci-Labo Esmo EX medicated shampoo

500ml 3080 yen




Recommended points

・Suppresses dandruff and itchiness for a healthy scalp environment

・Uses amino acid-based cleaning ingredients for a gentle cleansing experience that is gentle on the scalp・Contains moisturizing ingredients, as well as medicinal and beauty ingredients that

help make your hair smooth


A shampoo that moisturizes while removing dirt.


The medicinal ingredients "isopropyl methylphenol" and "dipotassium glycyrrhizic acid" suppress dandruff and itching on the scalp. In addition, beauty moisturizing ingredients such as collagen and hyaluronic acid balance the moisture and oil content of the scalp, leading to smooth hair.


Adopts scalp-friendly amino acid-based cleansing ingredients that are gentle on the scalp and thoroughly remove dirt from hair and scalp. The fine, creamy foam keeps your scalp clean and healthy.

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Oshima Tsubaki Atopico SHC shampoo

250ml 1452 yen




Recommended points

・A shampoo that is gentle on the scalp

and conditions the scalp and hair to a healthy scalp and hair.Contains the cleaning ingredient "Tsubaki Soap"

that suppresses dandruff and itchiness


, while being gentle on the scalp.


It also contains camellia oil, which is a moisturizing, softening, and protective ingredient, so it leaves your hair moist and healthy.


Recommended for people concerned about dry scalp and hair.

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5. How to shampoo effectively to prevent dandruff


The way you shampoo is also important for preventing dandruff. By learning the correct shampooing method, you can maintain a healthy scalp.



Brush and pre-wash


Brush dry hair before shampooing to remove dirt such as dandruff and dust and loosen tangles. If you use a highly cushioned brush like a paddle brush, you can kill two birds with one stone by promoting blood circulation to the scalp.


Also, in order to make the shampoo lather well, it is important to pre-wash to remove most of the dirt. If you thoroughly wet not only your hair but also your scalp and wash thoroughly beforehand, you will be able to make a difference in how easily it lathers.


Lather the shampoo in the palm of your hand before use.

First, lather the shampoo in your hands and then apply it to your scalp. By lathering thoroughly first, the lather will penetrate into your pores and remove dirt more easily. 


The trick to reducing unwashed scalp is to keep in mind "vertical washing" and "horizontal washing" by moving your hands back and forth and from side to side. Use the pads of your fingers to gently massage your scalp without rubbing too hard.


After shampooing, gently press your hair with a towel to remove moisture. When drying with a hair dryer, be careful not to apply too much heat directly.



Rinse thoroughly so that there is no rinse residue left.

Rinsing after shampooing is an important step for maintaining hair and healthy scalp. If shampoo remains on your scalp, it can cause itching and inflammation, so be sure to rinse thoroughly. You can also get a massage effect by holding the shower head close to your scalp.



Avoid applying conditioner and treatments to your scalp.

Conditioners and treatments are as essential to hair care as shampoos, but they often contain oils and silicones to smooth the hair.


When these ingredients remain on the scalp, there are cases where the pores are blocked and sebum secretion is inhibited. Be careful not to apply it to your scalp, as it may cause inflammation that can cause dandruff and itching, and be sure to rinse thoroughly after applying it.



Dry with a hair dryer immediately after shampooing

After shampooing, immediately dry your hair and scalp with a hair dryer. Leaving your scalp wet increases the humidity and temperature of your scalp, making it easier for bacteria that cause dandruff and itch to grow.


Do not apply the hot air from the hair dryer directly to your scalp, but keep a certain distance from it as it dries. Cold air is easier to prevent damage to the scalp than hot air, so it is recommended that you switch to it whenever possible.



Limit the frequency of shampooing to once a day

Shampooing twice a day can cause problems such as dandruff and itching. Washing your scalp too much can remove more sebum, which protects your scalp from external irritants such as UV rays. If you really want to shampoo your hair twice, avoid using shampoo and wash your hair with just hot water and finish with a treatment.


In addition, it is preferable to shampoo your hair at night rather than in the morning to prevent sebum and styling products from interfering with a healthy scalp environment while you sleep.


It is important to review your lifestyle habits to prevent dandruff and itching.


Problems with dandruff and itching are often deeply related to not only the shampoo you choose, but also your daily lifestyle habits.


Stress, irregular eating habits, and lack of sleep can lead to deterioration of the scalp environment, leading to dandruff and itching. Try to live a healthy lifestyle by eating a balanced diet, getting enough sleep, and taking time to relax to reduce stress.

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