Hair Dandruff Vs. Buildup

Styling products such as this "Invisible Paste" can cause product buildup on the hair shaft.
Styling products such as this "Invisible Paste" can cause product buildup on the hair shaft. (Image: Image by, courtesy of aolin)

Soft, shiny, manageable and healthy hair is what many people desire. People use hair products or go to the salon to have great looking hair. There is one thing that will ruin any great hairstyle: flakes.


Buildup or hair buildup is the accumulation of dirt, debris and styling products on the hair and scalp that flake off during styling. Dandruff, according to the Mayo Clinic, is a chronic scalp condition marked by a flaky, itchy scalp.


According to Latina Magazine Online, you can determine if your flakes are dandruff or hair buildup by taking your fingernail and scratching your scalp. If what comes off on or under your nail is flaky then it is dandruff, if it is pasty then you have hair buildup.


Hairstyle explains that hair buildup occurs when the residue from styling products mix with the minerals in water. Buildup prevents the hair from being thoroughly cleansed. Many factors can cause dandruff such as an excessively dry or oily scalp, a yeast infection of the scalp (seborrheic dermatitis) or other skin disorders such as eczema and psoriasis.


Using a clarifying shampoo followed by a light conditioner once a week can control hair buildup. Dandruff control varies from using a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner for dry scalp to using a medicated shampoo for dandruff associated with seborrheic dermatitis.


Keep in mind that dandruff is a chronic condition which means there is no cure for it. Consult your doctor for the best options available to control your dandruff.

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