Definition of Dandruff:
Our entire body surface constantly sheds dead skin cells. The shedding of dead skin cells from the scalp at an excessive fast rate is known as Dandruff.
Dandruff is seasonal being most severe during the winter and placid during the summer.
The most common Symptom of Dandruff is an itchy scalp. The Dandruff scales are usually small white patches on the surface of the scalp. Dandruff can cause heavy damage to the hair and cause hair fall. Not only it is visible in the hair, but filthily falls into your clothing too. Both head lice treatment and Dandruff treatment should be done immediately.
Causes of Dandruff:
The following factors are associated with the cause of Dandruff:
- Hormonal imbalance
- Excessive Perspiring
- Poor hygiene
- Insufficient nutrition and inadequate health conditions
- Stress, anxiety and tension
- Improper sleep
- Genetically inherited
- Prolific use of hair-coloring products or use of electric
hair curlers, gel, mousse
- Shampooing infrequently and scarce rinsing of hair
- Cold weather and dry environment
- Firm fitting hats and scarves
- Too much heat
Since dandruff is a natural process, it cannot be entirely eradicated,
but you can adopt the following measures to control dandruff.
- In case of mild dandruff, it may be controlled by regularly
shampooing the scalp with a mild shampoo, suitable for regular
use. Shampooing with a strong shampoo can cause your scalp to
dry even more and which can in turn result in making the dandruff
condition worse. The choice of a proper shampoo is the most significant
task and you can undertake the trial and error process to see
which shampoo suits your hair the best. You can also opt for anti-dandruff
shampoos available easily. While shampooing, remember to wash
your scalp twice. The first wash will clean the dandruff present
in your hair and the second was will medicate the scalp and prevent
scaling. After using an anti-dandruff shampoo, which can contain
harmful chemicals that tend to leave your scalp dry, always make
sure to use a conditioning shampoo. Also you must remember to
condition your hair with a deep conditioner to nourish the scalp
and prevent it from becoming dry.
- Regular shampooing may not always help. Rather the wrong selection
of shampoo can have adverse effect on your scalp resulting in
more scaling. In such cases you can try some natural treatment,
which although may not give you immediate results, but can prove
beneficial in the long run. Moreover, unlike most chemical based
anti-dandruff shampoos, they do not have the harsh effect on your
If neither frequent shampooing nor the natural remedies is able
to reduce dandruff, consult a dermatologist.
Proper hygienic conditions, sufficient food intake, and proper sleep
can help you control dandruff, therefore along with the above-mentioned
measure, make sure you concentrate on these aspects too.
- Mix some camphor in coconut oil. Application of this oil daily
on your scalp properly with the fingertips working at the hair
roots in the scalp can show remarkable results.
- Apply lemon juice mixed with sugar on the scalp. Then expose
the hair to the sun's heat for five to six hours and let the
juice dry. When this is done, wash the hair with a mild shampoo.
Although this may sound difficult but this can solve the dandruff
problem to a great extent.
- Prepare a mixture of lemon juice in coconut oil. Apply this
mixture on the hair and massage it deep into the scalp. Continue
this regularly for a few days. It will help reduce the dandruff
and impart a shine to your hair.