When it comes to getting beautiful hair, nothing throws a spanner in the works more than dandruff. Whether you suffer from the problem regularly, or only get dandruff now and then, it can cause embarrassment and be difficult to get rid of.

With Christmas just around the corner most people will want to ensure they look their best for any parties or family gatherings that are imminent. Unfortunately, dandruff can make you self-conscious and can also ruin any hard work you put into selecting your outfit and getting yourself ready.

Luckily there are some simple things that you can do to help lessen the appearance of dandruff, which will leave you ready for Christmas parties but could also benefit you in the long run.

Wash hair regularly 

Dandruff isn't caused by your hair; it is actually your scalp. The flakes that characterise dandruff are dead skin cells that build up on your scalp. These can be made worse if you don't wash your hair regularly, as oil, dirt and products can add to the build-up. 

It is important to ensure that you wash your hair properly but that you don't dry out or damage your scalp. 

While you should use anti-dandruff formulations when it comes to shampoo and conditioner, harsh variations and strong chemicals can be far from beneficial. These can actually dry your scalp out more, which will result in more flakes.

Instead, use gentler shampoos that contain natural oils. You should wash your hair everyday with these until the flakes subside. Once the flakes are under control, wash your hair every two to three days.

You should also be careful not to scratch the scalp, massage it with your fingertips instead. This will avoid damage and also help to boost blood flow and reduce the formation of dandruff and dry skin.

Brush your hair

Brushing through your hair carefully after you've washed it will help to ensure that all the oils produced by your scalp are evenly distributed. This can help to avoid a dry scalp, remove any stubborn flakes and result in a healthier scalp and hair. 

It is important to make sure you brush your hair gently when it is wet as it will be more prone to breakage. Use a wide-toothed comb or natural brush that will let you brush your hair thoroughly without breaking it. 

When brushing your hair after washing, start at the scalp and brush through all your hair and across your entire head. You don't want to scratch your scalp, but you need to ensure that you have brushed all of your head for the best result.

Use hair oil

Regular use of a good natural hair oil, such as Fushi's Really Good hair Oil, will help to condition both your scalp and hair. Not only will this promote healthier skin, it will also ensure your hair is strong and looks beautiful.

Really Good Hair Oil includes a wide range of oils that beneficial for both the hair and scalp, but when it comes to dandruff it also includes a herb called neem. This herb is great for promoting a healthier scalp and keeping dandruff at bay.

You should use a hair oil regularly to help balance out the production of natural oils in your scalp and to keep the skin moisturised. This will cut down on the appearance of flakes and give your hair an instant sheen, meaning it is more than ready for that Christmas party.