Dandruff, or flaking, itchy scalp, is a very irritating dermatological condition, and difficult to get rid of. If you have ever had a problem with it, you know what I am talking about. Having oily looking flakes of dead skin in your hair and on your shoulders followed by constant itching is no fun at all. There are many causes for its occurrence, some of them being hormones, harsh shampoos, exhaustion and stress. You will surely want to try some of the following advice on how to treat dandruff.
Regular washing and massaging can help prevent and reduce dandruff. Dandruff likes oily hair, so be careful to keep your hair and skin clean. If you do, and dandruff still doesn’t disappear, try some of the anti-dandruff shampoos or anti-fungal shampoos. They control oils while removing dirt, bacteria and fungus. If one doesn’t work, try another one. Just follow the instructions carefully, and wash out with care. And don’t expect sudden results. You may need a week or two to see the difference.
You can also try making your own remedies using things you have at home. You can try putting vinegar solution on your hair in the evening, and then again in the morning and in the end wash your hair with shampoo. The solution is made of 2 teaspoons of vinegar and 6 teaspoons of water.
Everyone has eggs at home, so you can take two eggs and mix them with 2 tablespoons of water; put it on the wet hair for about 10 minutes, then rinse thoroughly. You can also wash your hair with lime juice. Or try massaging your head with olive oil; it contains vitamin E, which is good for your skin. It can be mixed with almond oil and left for 5 minutes after it starts to burn.
Coconut oil is good as well if warmed and mixed with lemon juice and left in hair for two hours before washing out with a shampoo. You can also try tee tree oil, or lemon oil to treat dandruff.
Moisture is good for treating dandruff, so for better results massage hot oil of your choice on wet hair after taking a hot bath, and then wrap a towel over your hair.
A healthy, balanced food is again something beneficial for you. Take enough fruits and vegetables, proteins and fiber, as well as enough zinc, Omega-3 fatty acids, E and B-vitamins. Also, try avoiding too much sugar, meat, caffeine, or soft drinks. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water; at least 10 glasses a day.
Don’t use a lot of hairspray, mousse, and gel, since they cause drying of the skin as well as allergies. Also, pay attention when starting to use a new product. If you notice dandruff soon after you started using it, you just found your culprit.
If you want, you can also try using special herbal oils or herbal gels to treat dandruff. Aloe Vera gel helps if applied about 10 minutes before washing your hair. You should repeat this until dandruff is gone.
If the problem still persists after having exhausted all common methods of treating dandruff, go to your doctor and he will prescribe a special shampoo or steroid cream to treat dandruff. Good luck!