Are you tired of forever worrying if you have a flaky scalp, and worrying if it’s fallen all over your clothes? Dandruff is an embarrassing and sometimes painful problem!
Over half of the world’s population has had it or has it.
If you are seeing dry flaky, scaling white skin covering your scalp or flaking off when you are brushing or combing your hair. It’s a good chance you have dandruff.
But How do You Get Rid of Dandruff?
It is caused by the constant shedding and renewal of the top layers of your scalp. This is a normal process, but when it happens excessively it turns into Dandruff.
Dandruff is not contagious as some people might think; dandruff may be caused by an increase of oil production in your hair and scalp, hormonal changes, stress, fungal infection and can be from infrequent shampooing.
The dandruff may cause, itching of the scalp, redness and sores may become apparent from scratching, white flaking scales of skin in your hair and scalp.
You can manage and control your dandruff by increase shampooing of your hair, if you have an oily scalp or hair; this regular shampooing can break down the oil which holds the skin layers together and lets the skin layers be easily brushed out, freeing your scalp of the excess skin.
There are many varieties of shampoos on the market so it’s best to see what responds well with your hair type, anti fungal shampoos which contain zinc pyrithione, selenium sulphide or tea tree oil are good.
And Anti dandruff shampoos that contain sodium bicarbonate and coal tar based are recommended. Ask your chemist if you have any concerns, some people may be allergic to any of these ingredients.
Try to leave the shampoo on for the recommended time and use as directed, also alternating with a normal shampoo can help as some antidandruff products can be drying on your hair.
If you find an anti dandruff products works well for awhile and then stops, it’s also good to alternate them as well.
Regular brushing of your hair is great too; brush on dry hair from the tip of your roots, scalp through outwards along your hair length, allowing the natural oil in your hair to move from your scalp through to the ends of your hair.
Avoid hair products, such as gel and hairspray for awhile to see if the dandruff improves. Eating a healthy and well balanced diet is a great way to boost your scalp and hair condition, zinc in your diet is also great for healthy skin. Increase in foods like, egg yolks, fish, meat, whole grains, sunflower seeds and soybeans.
If you have tried all sorts of different shampoos and there is no improvement with your dandruff you should speak to your doctor or dermatologist. You may need a prescription strength anti dandruff shampoo or a different treatment. For more tips on getting rid of dandruff, make sure you check out the Healthy Scalp Secrets guide.