How do I know if I have dandruff?

What is dandruff and how do I know if I have it? Dandruff is a common scalp condition that causes flaky skin & itchy scalp. Dandruff occurs when cells die, become dry and fall off, this appears as white flakes in our hair.

Dandruff can also happen when there’s an overgrowth of yeast (malassezia) on our scalp. The fungus feeds on the excess sebum which is naturally produced by our scalp. This causes many scalp conditions, one of it being dandruff.  So, what can I do about it? To solve the problem, we first need to know how to identify dandruff and understand the root cause of the problem. Continue scrolling to find out more!


There are a number of common symptoms that could be an indication of dandruff. The symptoms include (but are not limited to):

Scalp Itchiness
Itchiness in the scalp? This is a symptom in the early stages of dandruff.

The most obvious sign of dandruff are the white flakes that accumulate in the hair and shoulders.

Scalp can appear red due to irritation within the scalp.


A number of factors and reasons contribute to the development of dandruff. We are here to share with you on what they are:

Dry scalp
You may experience a dry scalp if you shampoo your hair excessively or you use products with harsh chemicals on your scalp.  A lack of moisture in the scalp causes the scalp to become irritated and flake off, resulting in dandruff. 


Dandruff can be caused by an allergy to certain hair products. This can cause itchiness & soreness in the scalp. In addition to worsening dandruff, using the wrong hair products can cause skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis!

Stress weakens the immune system and makes you more susceptible to yeast & bacterial growth, this can worsen existing dandruff problems. Stress can also lead to an increase in perspiration, this provides an ideal environment for the yeast (malassezia) to thrive and aggravate your dandruff.

Medical condition
Dermatitis, eczema, and psoriasis can aggravate scalp conditions that further exacerbates dandruff.

What can I do about it?

Dandruff is a chronic skin condition that comes and goes. Here are some lifestyle changes you can make to prevent dandruff from returning too often:

Managing stress
Learning to manage stress is a vital step to maintaining a healthy lifestyle and preventing dandruff. As stress can cause hormonal imbalance which indirectly affects and aggravate dandruff.

Wash hair regularly
A crucial step to preventing dandruff is to regularly wash your hair. This helps to keep your scalp moist while washing away dandruff that has accumulated.

Healthy diet
A diet rich in zinc, vitamin B, and omega-3s will prevent dandruff. Zinc inhibits yeast growth, vitamin B improves scalp health, and omega-3s strengthen the immune system to prevent various medical conditions.

Limit hair-styling products
Hair-styling products can lead to a buildup of oil on the scalp, which can aggravate dandruff.

Want to maintain a Dandruff-free & Healthy scalp?

Try Chanamu Irritable Scalp Shampoo, the Coriander fruit and leaf extract in this product acts as a detoxifier, it has anti-fungal and antiseptic properties that deeply cleanses your hair and scalp - reducing excessive sebum & dandruff. Tarragon Root Extract in this shampoo will also help moisturise your dry scalp and hair. Giving your lustrous, vibrant and most importantly healthy locks!

With Tea-Tree Oil infused, our 
Chanamu Tea Tree Shampoo not only helps to cleanse and moisturise your scalp but also helps to relieve scalp itchiness & reduce dandruff! This shampoo is a milder version of the Chanamu Irritable Scalp Shampoo is also suitable for those who're just looking to maintain a healthy scalp.

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