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Overcoming Flakes for Good Without Ruining Your Hair

Show me a woman who doesn’t want amazing, flawless hair?

She simply doesn’t exist.

But one thing that often stands in the way of ultimate hair confidence is...dandruff.

Whether you’ve been struggling with dandruff for a long time or whether it comes and goes as it pleases, we are talking about all things dandruff today and what you need to do to overcome it for good.

But first, what is dandruff?

Dandruff is the result of your scalp’s response to Malassezia, which is a yeast that can be found on everyone’s scalp.

Everyone’s scalp responds differently to Malassezia which is why some people struggle with dandruff and others don’t.

A common misconception is that dandruff is the result of a dry scalp.

But in reality, the opposite is true. Dandruff is a response to excess oil buildup on your scalp.

Now, to add another layer to the dandruff mystery, there are different kinds of dandruff (yay).

Depending on which type of dandruff you struggle with, you’ll need to select the proper hair care routine to overcome dandruff for good.


Which type of flakes do you struggle with?

Seborrheic dermatitis is the most common type of dandruff and can be detected by the yellowish sticky flakes coming off the scalp in large, oily clumps. Your scalp will also feel more oily than normal.

Dry scalp flakes show themselves as little, white flakes that are small and noticeably dry as opposed to oily. Your scalp will feel dry and itchy.

Psoriasis can be found in more places than just your scalp. Typically this deep skin irritation shows up on your knees and elbows as well. Regular anti-dandruff routines will not cure psoriasis, so we recommend having a chat with your dermatologist to get a prescription medication.

Okay, so now what?

Using the tips above, identify which type of flakes you are dealing with.

We understand that it may not be simple, but take time to inspect your scalp and determine which type of flakes have taken control of your scalp.

This is the first step towards determining the correct treatment for your scalp.

Now that you have identified which type of dandruff has taken control of your scalp, it’s important to select the correct treatment route. 

Seborrheic Dermatitis (flakes caused by an oily scalp)

In order to decrease the high levels of Malassezia fungus found on your scalp, you should use a treatment that actively fights fungus. Our recommendation is the Scalp Rebalance Kit, a full hair care routine designed to attack fungus and heal your scalp. This routine includes spray and scrub to fight Malassezia and fungus.

Depending on how long you have been struggling with Seborrheic Dermatitis, the longer it may take to see results. We recommend sticking with the routine for at least 30 days in order to see the best results.

Pro Tip: Look for leave-in products that stay on your scalp all day with ingredients that actively fight against fungus. As always, you must stick with the routine in order to see the best results for your scalp.

Dry, flaky scalp

Is your scalp more dry and less oily? You’re likely dealing with a dry, flaky scalp and not a more serious form of dandruff.

We recommend using a sulfate-free, fragrance-free hair care routine with deeply hydrating properties. At Sleekier, our products are filled with natural ingredients uniquely crafted to heal even the most damaged scalps.

However, if you decide to go another route, be sure to study the ingredients to ensure you are supplying your scalp with the essential vitamins needed to heal.

As always, consistency is key. Be sure to stick with the routine for at least 30 days before judging its effectiveness.

If you’ve never used a sulfate-free shampoo before, your hair will need to adjust to this new form of treatment. Your hair may feel dry at first, but stick with the process. Most chemical-based shampoos contain silicones which cause more problems for your hair and scalp. But don’t worry, after about 7 washes of shampoo and conditioner treatments, the silicones will be flushed out and your hair will be restored to its natural state. 

Pro Tip: Use a scrub and scalp spray to support expedited healing and moisturize your scalp.


More serious than Seborrheic Dermatitis or a dry, flaky scalp, Psoriasis requires medical attention from your doctor or dermatologist. 

With prescription medication, we’ve seen women heal their Psoriasis and experience freedom from their dandruff.

As ever, stick with your prescription routine for at least 30 days before judging its effectiveness. 

Final Thoughts

TL;DR: Select the correct treatment based on the type of flakes you have. Stick with the routine for at least 30-60 days before judging the effectiveness of the routine.

Once you start experiencing freedom from your flakes, don’t go back to using the same ole products that got you here to begin with.

If after 60 days of consistent treatment you are not experiencing freedom from your flakes, we recommend visiting a dermatologist to determine the root issue of your flakes as it may be more serious than dandruff.

Cheering you on to a flake-free scalp!