We have all dealt with dandruff at some point in our lives. As annoying and uncomfortable as it is, there are a number of ways to treat this. If you want to get to the root of this and treat your dandruff, we can help. Learn all there is to know about dandruff and how to get rid of it.
- What is dandruff?
- What causes dandruff?
- How to treat dandruff?
- 01. Stop scratching
- 02. Use skin-soothing products
- 03. Hair oil
- 04. Switch to anti-dandruff shampoo
What is dandruff?
Dandruff is a mild form of seborrheic dermatitis, a skin condition that causes itchiness. It causes flaky scales and irritation. In simple terms, dandruff is nothing but dry, flaky skin on your scalp that gets more prominent due to constant scratching.
What causes dandruff?
Dandruff can occur for many reasons. It could be genetic, due to medical reasons, sensitivity to certain ingredients in your hair products, extremely dry skin, cold weather, stress or harsh shampoos. Dandruff is generally seen in young adults as there are hormonal changes in our bodies around that age. However, anybody can get dandruff at any point in their life. Contrary to a common misconception, having dandruff does not mean one is unhygienic or unclean! If anything, it sometimes means a person is over-cleansing their scalp. Moreover, a lot of the time it can be genetic, just like numerous skin conditions.
How to treat dandruff?
While it cannot spread from person to person, it can sure get embarrassing. Nobody would want their peers to notice small specks of dry skin all over their hair. But nothing to worry about. There are lots of ways to treat dandruff at home. Here are some easy ways to get rid of dandruff.
01. Stop scratching
The easiest way to treat mild dandruff is by not scratching your scalp. Resist the urge and don’t irritate your scalp by picking on the brittle skin. This is all you need if you have seasonal dandruff.
02. Use skin-soothing products
Post hair wash, calm your skin with some relaxing products. A great hack is to mix rose water and aloe vera gel in a spray bottle and directly spray it on your scalp. This can be used throughout the day as well and this does not make your hair look greasy. You can also use aloe vera gel straight on the roots of your hair to suppress the itching sensation. Lakmé 9 to 5 Naturale Aloe Aqua Gel is all natural and great for skin as well as hair. Flaxseed gel can also do wonders for dandruff.
03. Hair oil
Dryness is the main culprit so what’s better than oiling? Hair oiling has been practised in India for 4,000 years for countless reasons. It has proven to make stronger, shinier and improve the overall health of your hair. Oiling practised with a head massage can stimulate hair follicles and promote hair growth. Apart from all these benefits, hair oiling can help tremendously with dandruff. It provides your scalp with the nourishment and moisture that it lacks. The boost of moisture received upon application of oil to your scalp can instantly calm your skin and suppress the constant agitation. And when you finally wash off the oil, it ensures your shampoo does not overdry your skin.
Pick your favourite hair oil to massage the oil into your scalp. Any hair oil works for this one. Coconut oil, almond oil, castor oil and onion oil are a few of the top picks for hair oils. To get the most out of your head massage, heat your hair oil in a small container till it’s lukewarm and then apply it. Warm oil is easier to absorb in the skin compared to room temperature oil.
04. Switch to anti-dandruff shampoo
Shampooing is undeniably essential. But, the wrong shampoo can get rid of natural oils on your scalp. You need to look for shampoos that specifically target your problem ie anti-dandruff shampoos. Pick an anti-dandruff shampoo like the Dove Dandruff Clean & Fresh Shampoo. It is clinically proven to reduce dandruff. The shampoo leaves your scalp with a cooling sensation that calms irritated flaky skin. It’s also enriched with micro moisture serum to seep deep in to nourish your skin and fight dandruff.