How to get rid of dandruff after bleaching your hair – 2 solutions

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  • First of all, you need to check if you have dandruff or if it’s actually normal flaking of your scalp.
  • If it’s just flaking, it will go away in time.
  • On the other hand, if you have dandruff, you should consult a dermatologist.
  • In this article, I’ll give you 2 solutions to get rid of dandruff and flaking after bleaching your hair.
  • Don’t miss it!


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Did you just get a dramatic makeover but then noticed dandruff on your scalp?


Don’t worry,  scalp flaking is completely normal  after going through a hair bleach.

The important thing is to get rid of that “dandruff”, or those white flakes that appeared after bleaching your hair. But before we get to that specific issue, I want you to understand what’s happened to your head.

Come on, let’s go!


Scalp flaking

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The skin surrounding your scalp is constantly renewing itself.

And when that happens  you get those flakes that can often be mistaken for dandruff. 


In turn, these flakes can be more or less noticeable, depending on how dry your scalp is after the bleaching process.

Generally, after a little while  this “white dandruff” usually diminishes until it disappears completely.

It’s kind of like when you go on vacation to the beach and the skin on your body gets excessively sunburned. So what happens?


That burned skin peels, flakes, and falls off. And then new skin reappears.


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Don’t confuse flaking with dandruff

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Now that you know how skin renewal works on your scalp, I imagine you want to know  how to get rid of dandruff.  But are you really sure you have dandruff?

Or is it just flaking of the skin on your scalp?


Don’t worry, I’ll help you figure it out and then we’ll see how to get rid of dandruff from your scalp after bleaching your hair.


Is it dandruff or dry flaking? Learn how to tell the difference

Each type of dandruff has a completely different way you should remove it. Here’s how to tell the difference.

This is what your scalp looks like when it flakes:

  • You have “little white things” on your scalp. They’re dry and transparent.
  • They come off easily and aren’t stuck to your hair.
  • They’re not oily.


If you fit the above points, the dandruff you think you have is probably really your skin renewing itself because of the dryness of your scalp.

Remember that you’ve just bleached your hair. For this very reason, the skin is doing its job of desquamation and cell renewal.

This is what your scalp looks like when you have dandruff:

  • You have an abundance of “white stuff” on your head.
  • These little things are thick and greasy.
  • Your head itches or your scalp feels irritated.

If you fit the above points, you probably have dandruff. If you feel a lot of discomfort on your scalp,  I recommend you visit a dermatologist. 

Otherwise, here’s  how to remove dandruff and flaking  from your scalp after bleaching your hair.


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2 solutions to get rid of dandruff after bleaching your hair

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Action plan to eliminate flaking

This natural process of skin renewal on the scalp (which you notice because those annoying flakes appear after you’ve bleached your hair)  can be accelerated so that it goes completely unnoticed. 

  • Drink plenty of water since your skin is dehydrated and is trying to do its cell renewal, so you need to hydrate.
  • All the products you use to wash your hair should be moisturizing and gentle: shampoo, conditioner, and any masks.
  • Apply a mask once or twice a week.
  • The traditional and correct way to apply a mask is from the ears down.
  • But, in this case,  you should apply the moisturizing mask also on your scalp,  so that it helps you to heal faster. Then the flakes will disappear.
  • After massaging your scalp with the mask, rinse your hair thoroughly.
  • Apply the shampoo and conditioner in the same way as the mask: with a gentle massage and then rinse your scalp with plenty of water.


Action plan to treat dandruff

After you bleach your hair, if you notice you do indeed have dandruff, see a dermatologist. But don’t worry. There’s something you can do while you wait for the appointment.

  • Buy a shampoo that removes dandruff fungus (that’s suitable for any type of dandruff, dry or oily).
  • Use the anti-dandruff shampoo 3 times a week.
  •  Massage your scalp with circular movements  while washing your head. This will allow the product to penetrate well into the skin.
  • Rinse your hair carefully to avoid irritation.
  • If you blow dry your hair, try to use warm or cool air, not hot.
  • Try not to scratch your head and don’t pick at dandruff crusts if you have them.
  • Try to brush your hair as gently as you wash it.
  • Don’t apply oils or other miracle mixtures.

With the right shampoo, dandruff will disappear faster than you think.


Conclusion: dandruff or flaking? 2 possible solutions

Now you know that dandruff or flaking can appear on your hair after bleaching, I hope you understand  how to tell them apart. 

Remember that flaking is caused by dryness that’s probably a result of bleaching your hair. In contrast,  dandruff is much more noticeable,  as it’s denser and stickier than white flakes of skin.


Put into practice either of the two solutions I’ve given you and you’ll be able to solve your problem. Cheer up!

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