Man with a great hairstyle.
Time15 mins
Difficulty LevelEasy

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Guys who keep their hair really short--think shaved sides, fades, and buzz cuts--will have a harder time hiding a flaky scalp. While it’s important to know how to get rid of dandruff for better scalp and hair health overall, it’s much more pressing when you want to pull off trendier hairstyles without any fuss.

It may sound simplistic to say that switching shampoos will do the trick, but in reality, it does help. Causes of dandruff include dirt and oil buildup in your scalp. They contribute excess oil and moisture, both of which can be a breeding ground for a fungus called Malassezia – the primary bad guy when it comes to stubborn flakes.

Using a hard-working shampoo like Dove Men + Care Refreshing Clean Shampoo can do a deep clean that removes gunk and flakes, leaving your hair and scalp feeling fresher.

Another easy thing you can do to help treat dandruff is to improve your diet. Omega-3 fatty acids are crucial to healthy skin, since they manage oil production and ensure enough moisture on the surface. They even promote wound healing. So start eating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids like salmon and other fatty fish, and nuts like walnuts. Consult your doctor about taking fish oil supplements.

It’s wise to also add yogurt and other probiotics-rich foods like kimchi into your diet. They can boost your immune system, thus helping your body prevent fungal infections that cause dandruff. Make sure you have your daily serving!

Finally, get 7 hours of sleep every night. If you stress your body out too much and not let it repair itself from all the strain, you weaken your immune system. This makes you more vulnerable to dandruff-causing fungi.

Now if you find yourself needing a cut, whether trendy or basic, you can try doing it yourself at home. It sounds daunting, but our step-by-step guide below will help you through the whole process. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A big piece of plastic as your cutting cape
  • Towel
  • Scissors
  • Clip
  • Hair clippers
  • Comb
  • Baby powder
  • Water in a spray bottle

Next, watch this video guide of top hairstylist Lourd Ramos, and follow along when you’re ready:

Remember: You need to know how to get rid of dandruff (and successfully do so) if you want to be sure you can pull off really short haircuts. And to cut your hair and minimize mistakes, go through each step carefully but surely. Good luck!