Treating Dandruff

Are you not looking forward to wearing dark colors in the winter? Is your cold-weather wardrobe full of light colors and textured fabrics? Could the reason behind it be dandruff? If yes, have no fear. There are many treatments to hydrate your scalp and fight off dandruff that you can make at home without breaking the bank and harming your hair with chemicals.

The first step in treating your dandruff is knowing the causes. Irritated, oily skin can cause dandruff in places other than your hair. Your eyebrows and backs of your ears can suffer as well. This seborrheic dermatitis is distinguished by flakey, scaly skin covered in grease and oil. A simpler cause can be from not washing your hair enough. Skipping washes can cause oils and dirt to build up and in turn that can dry your skin out and cause dandruff. Malassezia is a yeast-like fungus that grows on the scalps of most adults. It can cause more skin cells to grow and the buildup of excess skin can appear as flakes and dandruff. Sensitivity to grooming products and dry skin can also produce dandruff as itching the scalp from irritation can make the skin flake off.

There are other factors to dandruff other than external factors. Sometimes age has an effect on how your skin reacts. Some studies have even found that gender can increase your chances. As more men get dandruff, there is some speculation that male hormones might be a factor to consider. If you have a compromised immune system you can also have a higher risk.

Fenugreek seeds soaked in water overnight and ground into a paste with coconut milk will strengthen hair and reverse damages. Add some lime juice to your hair washing routine to give your hair a healthy shine. Whip up an egg with some water and massage it into your hair and scalp. Then wrap your head in a warm towel for a few minutes. Follow this up by rinsing your hair and washing it with shampoo. Mince some aloe vera leaves and combine with coconut milk for another scalp massage. Leave the mixture in for a few minutes before rinsing.

Tea Tree oil is another great alternative. This multi-purpose oil works as an antifungal and antimicrobial solution to many products. Mix it with coconut oil and massage into your hair. Leave this mixture in your hair overnight and rinse in the morning. Make a 30-minute hair treatment from curd and egg and apply it to your hair and scalp. Allow it soak and rinse with water and shampoo. Using this treatment will fight dandruff and add luster to your hair.

If your skin remains dry and flakey and you have cause for concern, you can also make an appointment with a dermatologist. They can help you determine the cause of your dandruff and prescribe some over the counter remedies that will be more beneficial to you. They might recommend shampoos that contain salicylic acid, selenium acid, or ketoconazole, all of which are medically proven to fight off dandruff. If you see results shortly after use, cut back on how often you wash your hair and gradually add your regular shampoo. Use these special dandruff shampoos as special treatments.