How to deal with dandruff
Dandruff is one of the most dreaded and common hair woes! Only people with this condition can realize the magnitude of suffering that comes with those white, little flakes that refuse to stay hidden. Avoiding dark coloured clothing can only get you so far. What you need are some ‘heady’ tips to overcome the dandruff situation and flaunt your tresses with confidence!
In case you are wondering what really dandruff is; it’s basically just dead scalp skin and oil build-up caused by yeast-like fungi. For combating this problem, you first need to figure out the type of scalp you have. If you have a dry scalp, you probably have white flaky dandruff that often gives the impression of a snowfall every time you run your fingers through your hair. If you have an oily scalp, you, unfortunately, fall in the category of the doomed.
Tip#1 : Choose a good anti dandruff shampoo
Oily dandruff is more difficult to eradicate because these flakes tend to stick to the scalp. So, choosing a good anti-dandruff shampoo is an essential pre-requisite. The preferred anti-dandruff shampoo would be the one that has essential oils such as rosemary extracts and tea tree oil or anti-dandruff compounds such as zinc pyrithione and ketaconazole. These ingredients help keeping the scalp dandruff free.
Tip#2 : Shampoo regularly
And now we come to the second step, which is shampooing regularly. Hygiene is of utmost importance. Keeping your hair clean and free of dirt and oil is the most important way of keeping the dandruff at bay. Massage your scalp while shampooing to make sure you don’t let the dead skin, dirt and oil accumulate on your scalp, or you will end up dusting your shoulders every minute of every day. A myth surrounding anti-dandruff shampoos is that they make the problem worse. That is not true! However, it is true that they tend to roughen the hair; and that is why conditioning is a must, irrespective of dry or
Tip#3 : Use Herbal remedies
For the ones who do not feel comfortable with exposing their tresses to chemical and medicated shampoos, herbal remedies are your go-to solution! The most time-tested anti-dandruff formula is a mixture of lemon and curd. Apply this home concoction generously on the scalp, rinse it with your regular shampoo after an hour and hello beautiful hair! This ensures your scalp is free of dandruff and your hair is lustrous and shiny.
Tip#4 : Oil your hair
Oil your hair if you have a dry scalp. Although oil build-up is one of the causes of dandruff, extremely dry and irritated scalp is a huge problem, leading inevitably to dandruff. A good oil massage at night, preferably with olive oil, followed up with thorough shampooing next morning, helps you fight the flaky enemy.
Tip#5 : Introduce your hair to the sun
Introduce your hair to the sun. Arm yourself with a good sunscreen and head out to soak in the sun. Sunlight is instrumental in removing dandruff. If your problem persists and you can’t seem to keep the not-so-pretty snowfall from ruining your social and professional life, it is best if you contact your dermatologist. It may be a more deep-rooted (excuse the pun) problem that only your doctor can cure best.
So, follow these easy steps and don’t hesitate to wear that black dress. Hey, you deserve it after the duel with those obstinate flakes!