I’m sure many of you reading this have suffered from dandruff or have a least heard of it. However, there are many people who don’t know why dandruff occurs or the effect it can have on your hair.
What is dandruff? Well, it’s not that complicated. Dandruff is a condition of the scalp that causes little pieces of skin to appear and can cause severe itchiness. Dr. Debra Jailman, a board-certified dermatologist says dandruff occurs when the skin isn’t exfoliating properly, and dead skin is left on the scalp and begins to flake and itch. Common misconceptions about dandruff are that it’s caused by genetics or lack of cleanliness. The more probable causes are skin types that are prone to itch and dry up and hair products that don’t work well with your scalp.
Now, when it comes to hair loss, dandruff isn’t the cause, but its side effects can be. Since dandruff causes the scalp to become irritated and itchy, people tend to scratch constantly, which results in loss of hair.
So, since we know the root of how dandruff is affecting your hair, we can help with the solutions.
- Switch Shampoos: If you’re suffering from dandruff, get rid of your current shampoo and switch to one that is specialized for handling the condition. These shampoos tend to be lighter and contain chemicals like Zinc, which help strengthen your hair.
- Baking Soda: Who knew that one of the ways to prevent dandruff is sitting in your kitchen. Since Baking soda is a natural antiseptic, it can treat fungal infections, like dandruff, and reduce the flakes and itchiness on your scalp which will lead to less itchiness. Now, when it comes to applying the baking soda there are a list of steps to follow
- Rinse your hair with warm water
- Fill your palm with about 2 tablespoons of baking soda
- Massage your head to cover the entire scalp
- Let it sit for about 5-10 minutes
- Rinse your hair out with warm water
- White or Apple Cider Vinegar: Apple cider vinegar, aka ACV, is an anti-inflammatory and a perfect tool for treating dandruff. Its effectiveness lies in the ingredients. Since ACV doesn’t have any artificial chemicals, it tends to work fairly quickly, with dandruff lessening in a few days to a week. Here are steps…
- Acquire 3 tablespoons of ACV and put them in your hand
- Massage your entire scalp and leave it for 10 minutes
- Rinse your scalp with conditioner
- Drink Water: I know this seems like the answer to everything, but water consumption can help with those flakes on your head. When the body is dehydrated, your skin can become dry and increased dandruff. It is vital to drink plenty of water every day in order to help decrease the dryness of your skin and whole body.
Dandruff does NOT cause hair loss, but its side effects can lead to you scratching your hair away. So, if you’re suffering from dandruff and have already tried switching shampoos, don’t be afraid to break out the baking soda or the apple cider vinegar.
Alright, that’s it for now, I’ll check in with you guys later!