What is dandruff?
Dandruff is a skin disorder which is on your scalp and can occur because there is too much oil near the hair follicles or because there isn’t a lot of moisture.
Every 21 days the cells that are on the scalp redevelop.
When this happens the old cells fall off (unnoticed), however when you have dandruff, the process happens a lot quicker and the cells redevelop every 10 days and when the old cells fall off they appear as little snowflakes (dandruff.)
“There is no particular pattern to dandruff, it comes and goes randomly and can occur in older and younger people and even infants.”
If you have severe dandruff this could be due to psoriasis of the scalp and not common dandruff.
Also any symptoms that you may get around the ears, genitals, nose and eyebrows could be due to seborrheic dermatitis or seborrhea which can be caused by a higher number of yeast like organisms and again not common dandruff.
If you suffer from mild dandruff, this is due to too much oil and not connected with dryness of the scalp.
If you are looking to improve your scalp and the health of your hair there are a few home remedies for dandruff that you can try.
Your diet is one of the main things, eating lots of fruit and green vegetables and salads help your skin cells to form naturally and normally.
Drinking plenty of water (at least 2 litres or 66 ounces) every day will not only increase your hydration but help your skin to perform well. Brush your hair regularly.
This brings the oil that is in your glands to the ends of your hair and will help it to look naturally clean and shiny. Remember to regularly wash out your combs and brushes.
The changes above are mainly things that you should change internally, but there are other things that you can change externally as well.
These may sound a bit odd but the first is yoghurt shampoo!
Rinse your hair with water to remove any hair products you may have in your hair and then add yoghurt to your scalp.
Leave the yoghurt on there for at least 10 minutes and then wash out with as little shampoo as possible to get your hair clean.
Another thing to try is 2 tablespoons of vinegar infused with thyme or sage.
After shampooing the yogurt out of your hair apply the vinegar as a final rinse and this will help to kill any bacteria and fungus whilst the yoghurt helps to re build a natural balance of bacteria on the skin.
Hot oil therapies can also work in curing dandruff (yes even though dandruff can be the result of too much oil building up on the scalp!)
Before you have a bath in the morning or before you go to bed at night massage hot oil into your scalp. Then mix vinegar with lemon juice and rub this mixture into your scalp.
This mix will help kill extra bacteria and fungus but also make it easier to get the oil out of your hair.
After this, wash your hair as you normally would but on your last rinse have a cup of lemon juice (1 lemon) mixed with hot water handy and rinse with this. It is fine to try this treatment up to twice a week for 3 months.
Other methods you can try are:
– Mixing 2 teaspoons of vinegar with 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and massaging this into the scalp and then washing off with an egg-based shampoo.
– Add 4/5 tablespoons of dried thyme to 2 cups of water and boil for 10 minutes. Once it is cooled, strain the mixture and massage it into the scalp. Leave this mixture on for 1.5 hours and then wash off and shampoo as normal.
– Adding aspirin to an over the counter shampoo – Although aspirin is primarily used for headaches, blood thinning etc it can also be used to cure dandruff. Dissolve 2 aspirin in any over the counter dandruff shampoo and it will increase the effectiveness of the product.
“If none of the above home remedies for dandruff seem to work for you, try purchasing a shampoo that contains selenium sulfide or salicylic acid (aspirin.)”
Always remember that dandruff is not contagious and not hazardous at all, but even so, a lot of us can find it embarrassing at times.
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