Hi Colm,

I’ve had dandruff for the last few months, my scalp is always itchy and it flakes when I scratch it. I normally use gel to style it, and I have tried various anti-dandruff treatments from the chemist.  I’m very embarrassed about my problem as my colleagues are starting to notice the flakes on my suits at work.

Stephen, City Centre


Hi Stephen,

It’s great to see a man coming forward and seeking help for this condition as so many suffer in silence. First you need to find is your condition definetly dandruff,a good indication is when the flakes are yellow in colour, with a slight smell.This is due to dandruff being a yeast infection,if this is the case I would recommend a course of Power Clear from L’Oreal Professional to clear this up.

If, however the flakes are just dry skin,do not use an anti-dandruff treatment as these can cause extra irritation. Dry skin on the scalp occurs for many reasons,such as in the winter we tend to have extra heating on, remembering that the majority of heat comes out of
the top of our head, this can cause the scalp to become dry, irratated and flakey.  As with most busy boys these days,often not enough time is taken in the shower to rinse out shampoo and styling products,this also leads to irritation. For dry and sensitive scalps I would recommend Sensi Balance from L’Oreal Professional, it’s a great cleansing shampoo to remove product build up, but is also gentle to leave the scalp feeling cool and fresh.
Having trouble self diagnosing your scalp condition? Feel a bit embarrased coming to the salon to talk about it?  Or if the symtoms do not improve after following my advice,then you should consult your GP. A flakey scalp is never a good look,especially on somebody with short hair which makes it easily visible. So get it sorted!

Keep your questions coming to colm@colmmorrissey.com

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