Free Samples: With spend over £40
Free 1 Day Shipping: With spend over £40
Local Delivery: From our UK warehouse

How to get rid of dandruff: professional tips

Dandruff. It happens to the best of us. Specs of white on our hair and clothes take over, weakening our self-confidence and challenging our hair goals. But there’s hope. Unhindered, natural hair beauty is attainable, and getting rid of dandruff can be easy with the right haircare routine.

Ciao…We are Rossano Ferretti Parma, Italian designer hair experts with a formula for fresh, glossy, dandruff-free hair.

Recognising studies that maintain 46-50% of the world population suffers from this scalp condition, our brand explored ways to treat dandruff while caring for other hair needs. It’s one of the reasons why we are acknowledged as industry leaders in personalised self-care.

Before we share our secrets, it’s good to understand the basics so that you know you are treating the right conditions.


What is dandruff?

Dandruff isn’t a serious or contagious condition, but it can be frustrating and more common than we think.

According to our founder and hair maestro, Rossano Ferretti, dandruff is mild seborrheic dermatitis. Essentially, it’s a skin condition that occurs when the microbiome of our scalps is imbalanced, manifesting unsightly flakes.

Dandruff signs and symptoms include the following:

  • Tiny flakes of skin appear on your scalp, hair, eyebrows, beard, and shoulders.
  • An irritable or itchy scalp.
  • The appearance of scales or crusts on your scalp.

Image of a girl, showing flakes of skin on her shoulder caused by dandruff.

What causes dandruff?

Microbiomes usually don’t cause any problems. But, when a yeast called Malassezia overgrows, it encourages skin cells to multiply faster than normal, causing tell-tale flakes and itchiness. Interestingly, Malassezia yeasts thrive in oily environments, which means dandruff is not necessarily a result of dry skin.

Dandruff can also be a result of hormone imbalances. Like all our skin, our scalps are affected by hormonal fluctuations caused by puberty, pregnancy, and other hormonal conditions. In rare cases, extreme stress and illness have also influenced scalp health and dandruff.

While dandruff may sound medically complicated, the solution and preventative measures are straightforward.


Hair expert advice for solutions and preventative measures

Shelves are lined with several treatments claiming to treat dandruff. Some do work. But here’s our first-hand experience with what we found works most effectively:

Image of Rossano Ferretti Parma's shampoos

Use the best shampoo for your hair

Finding the right shampoo for your hair type can help maintain a balanced scalp, ensuring the environment is right for healthy hair growth and not dandruff.

Our Dolce Nourishing Shampoo is a perfect choice for all dry hair types, from fine to coarse hair. The balanced solution of aloe vera, ginseng, and guarana improves circulation on the scalp as it cleanses, nourishing cells to produce strong, fleck-free strands of hair.

We also offer a range of shampoos strategically formulated for diverse hair types, including fine hair, fragile or aging hair and ultra-thick, coarse hair. All our collections are sulfate-free and free from harsh chemicals – two prerequisites for a happy, balanced scalp.


Introduce a scalp scrub to your weekly haircare routineImage of Rossano Ferretti Parma's Prodigio scalp scrub.

Scalp scrubs are real, and they are favoloso.

By introducing a quality scalp scrub to your weekly hair routine, you can actively remove dead skin cells, impurities, and product build-up. You can also use the scrub to unclog pores. The result is a stimulated scalp with improved blood flow and overall health.

Yearning for the most invigorating scalp scrub solution for dandruff removal and prevention?

Try our exclusive Prodigio Cleansing Scalp Scrub. Infused with naturally derived ingredients like lemon, grapefruit, peppermint, and orange, this formula exfoliates, calms, and soothes – all for skin well-being.

*Prodigio Scalp Scrub can be used more regularly on very oily scalps in addition to your usual RF Shampoo. We recommend alternating between the two if your hair very oily.


Ensure you are gently yet thoroughly massaging your scalp when shampooing

Regular cell stimulation will improve circulation and promote a better, balanced scalp. It will also help to distribute natural sebum oil to keep the scalp healthy and lubricated. But remember to massage your scalp gently. Rough treatment can result in sores and abrasions on the skin. This will hinder efforts to encourage scalp health and a dandruff-free environment.


Image of the dry shampoo cream from the Vivace line by Rossano Ferretti Parma.Avoid over-washing your hair and scalp

A balanced haircare routine is a recipe for a balanced scalp. So, as tempting as it may be to wash oily, skin-flecked locks daily, you may find that easing up on washes is the be-all and end-all. This is because over-washing the scalp can imbalance the production of sebum, stimulating an over-secretion of oil. Several scientific studies have found that dandruff often occurs when the scalp is too oily; our own findings and experiences confirm this.

By falling into a routine where you wash your hair every second or third day, you’ll find that your hair doesn’t get oily as quickly. You also give natural scalp sebum a chance to work its purpose.

Tip: Use a dry shampoo crème to keep hair fresh and energised between washes.


Apply a treatment that nurtures your scalpImage of Rossano Ferretti Parma's Vita rejuvenating serum

There are several treatments you can try in your endeavours to curb dandruff. OR you can jump straight to the very best treatment for dandruff. Introducing Vita Rejuvenating Serum. This rich yet lightweight formula helps to prevent dandruff by fortifying the building blocks for new, flawless hair growth. Drawing inspiration from the autumn rains that renew the Tuscan landscape, this luxury formula uses green tea and konjac extracts to encourage healthy hair growth. Simply massage the serum into your scalp and the lengths of your hair and reap instant nourishing results.

The healthier your scalp is, the less prone it will be to dandruff,” says Rossano.


Follow a healthy lifestyle

As much as we endorse our collection of professional anti dandruff products, we believe that health and beauty start from within. Avoid dandruff by following a healthy lifestyle. Indulge in wholesome, nurturing foods like salmon, walnuts, seaweed, and chia seeds. These foods are rich in omega 3, a key ingredient for preventing the onset of dandruff. Always remember to consult your doctor or a nutritionist before making any drastic dietary changes.

Remember to relax and unwind to curb stress. Exercise regularly. Drink plenty of water. Take deep breaths. And love life.

It’s all about balance.