Dandruff can occur anytime in anyone, so it's usually no big deal; but if you're tired of always having to shoo away the flakes off your shoulders, read up on their seven surprising causes and the solutions to each one:

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The Culprit: Your hair products

If some skincare products can give you a flaky complexion, the same can happen between hair products and your scalp. Instead of cleansing your hair, they leave an oily residue and become a hotbed for dirt and dead skin cells to grow.

Solution: Be mindful of the ingredients!

Always check what you're putting in your hair. Take note of ingredients like sulfates, silicones, formaldehyde, etc. as they can cause allergic reactions on your scalp and lead to dandruff.

The Culprit: You have a dirty scalp

If you only wash your hair once a week and use dry shampoo the rest of the time, dirt, oil, and dead skin cells will eventually build up and turn to flakes! [Via Style Craze]

Solution: Wash your hair every other day.

This way, you'll be able to properly cleanse your scalp and hair of all the dry shampoos, wave sprays, and salt sprays you've been applying.

The Culprit: You style your hair often

When gels, pomades, and waxes are used every day, these create a greasy buildup on your scalp. [Via Reader’s Digest]

Solution: Let your hair rest.

During the weekends, put the hair pomade down and just let your natural locks shine!

The Culprit: You're not eating right

Yes, certain foods can trigger your scalp to go into overdrive. Teen Vogue explained that common foods that cause dandruff are "cheese, full-fat milk, spicy, and sugary foods."

Solution: Cut certain foods out one at a time.

To see if a type of food is behind your flakes, don't eat it for at least a week and see if any changes happen.

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The Culprit: You're stressed

Stress can make any skin condition worse and can make you more prone to scratch that itchy head of yours!

Solution: Meditate.

Take deep breaths a few times a day to calm yourself down, or do yoga every week to clear your mind!

The Culprit: You don't comb or brush your hair

Brushing or combing your mane helps remove dirt from your scalp and hair shaft, which prevents buildup from accumulating. [Via Style Craze]

Solution: Brush your hair after taking a shower.

Not only will this help get rid of leftover oil and bacteria from your tresses, it will detangle any knots you have.

The Culprit: You have a skin disease

If you have common skin diseases like eczema or psoriasis, there's a possible chance you'll also get dandruff, as these can spread to your head.

Solution: See a specialist.

Trust us, you should visit a doctor immediately to get tips on how to prevent future flare-ups and irritation.

Did you figure out the main cause of your itchy scalp? If you did, here are more DIY solutions to get rid of them!

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This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph.

* Minor edits have been made by the Femalenetwork.com editors.

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