What is Dandruff?
Dandruff is simply dead skin shedding from your head at a fast rate. Almost everyone has had dandruff at some point to one degree or another. People with a strong degree of dandruff will experience an itchy scalp.
Causes of Dandruff:
The following are items that may cause dandruff:
Lack of sleep
Inherited genetic trait
Inadequete shampooing and rinsing of the hair.
Tight fitting hats.
Excessive use of hair styling products (gel, mouse, hair dye, hair curler...)
Even though dandruff is known as the drying of the scalp, it is most common in people with oily hair.
Unfortunately there is no cure for dandruff yet (once you get it you may continue to have it), but there are ways that you can control and limit dandruff.
If you have only a mild case of dandruff, shampooing your hair with a regular shampoo daily or twice a day will usually do the trick.
Start out by trying a mild shampoo. Stronger shampoos can irritate and dry out your hair making dandruff flaking worst.
If your standard shampoo doesn't get rid of your dandruff, buy an anti-dandruff shampoo and your dandruff condition should improve signifigantly in a couple of weeks.
Picking the right shampoo for your hair can be a process of trial and error, try out different shampoos to see which one works best for you and also rotating shampoos periodically can be good for your hair.
Once you have found an anti-dandruff shampoo that works for you, keep on using it or your dandruff will most likely reoccur.
Lather and rinse twice when using anti-dandruff shampoos, the first time cycle will clean your scalp, the second cycle will medicate it.
If you think you may have a severe case of dandruff, it is advised that you set up an appointment with a dermatologist.
Poor health may be the cause of your dandruff, so be sure to get enough sleep, eat nutritiously, and avoid stress inducing activities.
Something in your diet may be causing you to have an allergic reaction and trigger dandruff to occur. Try limiting your diet and see if your dandruff gets any better. Some foods that commonly cause an alergic reaction causing dandruff include nuts, choclate and shellfish.
If you have to scratch your head, avoid using your fingernails to scratch (you'll risk an infection if you do). Instead use the pads of your fingers.
Wear a hat outside on days that are extremely cold, windy, and when you're going to be out in the sun for a lengthy period.
Use a humidifier to keep the air moist.
Limit the use of hair coloring and hair styling products with alcohol which dries out hair.
Make sure that you get an adequate ammount of B6 in your diet, which will help prevent dandruff.
Massage your scalp with the pads of your fingers in a circular motion to increase circulation.