Before you toss out all of your dark suits, there is a better way to cope with dandruff. It can be as simple as washing it away with the home remedies listed below.
Ok, so here’s the deal. We are constantly shedding dead skin cells from all over our body. This happens on a daily basis and it’s the skin’s natural way of rejuvenating itself. In fact, you get a whole new suit of skin every 26 or 27 days! We flake away everywhere we go but just don’t notice it most of the time. Tiny skin cells drops off our arms, legs, and yes…even or scalp.
Now dandruff is a result of the same shedding of the skin mentioned above. If the shedding process is normal, then what causes the dandruff so be so embarrassingly noticeable?
Scientists revealed that dandruff is a result of a yeast-like fungus called malessezia. When the fungus goes wild on our skin that is when dandruff happens. Now malessezia is a normal inhabitant on a healthy human head that feeds on the fatty oils buried by the hair follicles in the scalp. But often times, for reasons still not clear, the fungus amplifies out of control, causing irritation that actually speeds up cell turnover on the scalp. As a result of that, the common process of cell turnover, which usually takes a month, may take less than three weeks when the fungus has irritated the scalp. There are so many dead cells that are discarded at the same time that, when mixed with the oil from the hair follicles, they are likely to form greasy clumps big enough to be clearly visible to the naked eye. Instead of the flakes just floating away, the oils in your scalp makes them more likely to be stuck in your hair and on your shoulders.
So what exactly will get rid of a serious dandruff problem? Well, you have to first start out with a new shampoo; preferably something mild. If the dandruff still persists, using trial and error may be your best bet to find the right flake-fighter product.
There are so many different shampoos available, each of them with a different kind of ingredient. One thing to keep in mind is that different shampoo ingredients do different things. For example, zinc pyrithione and ketoconazole aims at fungus and bacteria, while coal tar and selenium sulfides slow down the growth and die-off of skin cells on your scalp. Salicylic acid, on the other hand will loosen up the flakes so they can be washed away. If one doesn’t work, you can purchase two or three different types and alternate between them.
Are the flakes still there? If nothing else is working after a few weeks of shampooing with different shampoos or if your scalp is irritated, it would be best to see your doctor. He may prescribe a prescription-strength dandruff shampoo for your case. You can also try natural remedies to see if that keeps your dandruff under control.
Have a bit of a “flaky” situation? To get your dandruff under control, wet your hair and then scrub some baking soda firmly into your scalp. Rinse thoroughly and dry. Do this every time you normally wash your hair, but do not use shampoo, just the baking soda. Your hair may get dried out in the beginning. But as time pass, your scalp will start producing natural oils, leaving your hair softer and free of flakes.
Believe it or not, if you have a scratchy, dandruff head, there is a solution right in your fridge for it! ust gently massage 3 tbs of lemon juice into your head and rinse it out with water. Then stir 2 tsp lemon juice into 1 cup water and rinse your hair with it. Replay this daily until your dandruff disappears. No more scratchy, dandruff scalp, and your hair will smell lemon-fresh.
To get rid of a bad dandruff problem, rinse your hair out with an alcohol-based mouth wash after washing it. You can then proceed with regular conditioner to prevent the hair scalp from being too dry.
The harshness of regular table salt works great for washing out the dandruff before you shampoo. Grab a handful of salt and add it onto your dry scalp. Then work it through your hair, giving your scalp a gentle massage. You’ll find you’ve worked out the dry, flaky skin and are ready for a shampoo.
After shampooing your hair, rinse it off with 3 cups of apple cider vinegar mixed with 3 cups of water. You can also combat dandruff by applying 3 tbs vinegar onto your hair and massaging into your scalp before you shampoo. Wait a few minutes, then rinse it out and wash as usual.