Great-looking hair is something everyone desires, and it is not difficult to achieve but dandruff is one problem which is very common especially, during the winter season. If you’ve ever experienced a dry, itchy, flaky scalp, you’ve likely had dandruff. This condition is not harmful or contagious, but it certainly can be pesky and uncomfortable. You might find yourself constantly scratching your scalp or getting tiny white flakes all over your brown and black clothes. Three out of six people have experienced dandruff at least once in life. Dandruff is more about scalp than it is about hair. The health and bounce of your hair indicate the underlying scalp situation, and no matter how much you hide, those flakes are always visible to people around you.
Dandruff is a common condition that affects the scalp. It causes the skin of the scalp to become itchy followed by flakes of dead skin. It typically starts around puberty and starts to subside around the age of 50, according to the Journal of Clinical and Investigative Dermatology.
The severity of dandruff can differ from case to case. Some cases are less aggressive and are easy to treat while others might require a medicated approach to treatment. Your skin continually replaces itself and old cells are pushed outward where they die and flake off. Usually, these flakes are small and unnoticeable. In the case of those with dandruff, the skin cells can begin to replace more rapidly than the normal cycle. Therefore, the skin sheds in oily, larger clumps that can become visible.
Dandruff may occur all over your scalp, but it’s usually most prevalent in the back of the head, along the frontal hairline, and around the ears. It is the result of your body’s reaction to yeast, a type of fungus, that lives naturally on your skin, including on your scalp. When yeast grows too much, it can cause an inflammatory immune reaction which leads to skin flaking. Especially in hot and humid weather, sweat and oil accumulate on the scalp and can create an ideal place for even more yeast to grow. More yeast means more inflammation and more flaking of the scalp. The natural remedies available for dandruff typically work by focusing on reducing the excess yeast, which can eliminate your dandruff. Here are five natural remedies you can try to get rid of Dandruffs.
Wash Your Scalp Only
Unfortunately, dandruff shampoos can dry out your hair, in addition to your scalp. To ensure this doesn’t happen, you should apply your special shampoo only to the scalp. These shampoos and treatments should be applied directly to the scalp (not the hair) and massaged gently in place for at least five minutes with each application. Make sure you don’t do it for less than five minutes, to give the active ingredients time to work.
Eat a healthy diet
Making a healthy choice can help improve the condition of your hair. Opt for food products rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, proteins and biotin. A diet rich in such foods would help maintain proper scalp and healthy hair. Eating fresh green leafy vegetables and fruits will also keep dandruff and infections at bay.
Use anti-dandruff home treatments
Home treatments are an amazing option when it comes to treating dandruff. Although, severe cases are best left to experts. Try a variety of hair treatments to find what suits you best. Once you have found the most effective treatment for yourself, follow them religiously. Be patient, dandruff takes time to go away so to get the best results use the treatments for a longer duration of time.
It’s the white bear problem, but try not to think about scratching. It’s so itchy, I know, but scratching can exacerbate inflammation and irritation. Particularly if you have long, sharp nails, scratching can cause open scalp wounds which lead to infections. Trying doing a gentle massage only, which allows ingredients to penetrate the scalp.
Try Hot-Oil Mask
Oil-based treatments can help to balance some of the scalp’s excessive oil production. Applying oils to the scalp will help draw oils from it and remove them. It’s the classic law of attraction, where like substances attract each other. You can try heating up the only oil celebrities are unafraid of, coconut oil, in a microwave and gently applying it to your head. Be careful not to make the oil too hot, as doing so increases the risk of burning your scalp.