So, from reading all of our tips you know a few things on managing and ultimately preventing your dandruff symptoms. I’ve come across something interesting recently suggesting that a humidifier can play a role in treating dandruff.
The reduction of humidity in the air, especially in those dreadful winter months, can be the cause of and worsen dry skin. And what comes with dry skin folks??? Dandruff!! That’s right! Luckily though we have the amazing invention of the humidifier. If you notice that your skins drys up more than usual during times of low humidity (as it does for most of us), the best way to combat low humidity is to go out and purchase a humidifier. Humidifiers have more benefits than helping dandruff, so it won’t just be your hair you’re helping out.
Just make sure you clean them out because they can grow bacteria and mold which would do the complete opposite of what you want and cause health problems. Humidifiers start up from about $50 and can run up to about $200 for the fancy ones.
Moderating your exposure to the sun is one way to keep your skin healthy. Remember, dandruff is a skin disorder, not a hair disorder. If you find yourself in a situation where being outdoors is unavoidable, consider wearing a hat. If this is fashionably unacceptable, there are a number of sunscreens that are designed to be worked into the scalp.
What you use to brush your hair, how you do it and how often you do it can have a big effect on dandruff. To ensure that all the dead skin cells are shed properly, brush your hair as often and as gently as you can. Making sure that those cells are gone are imperative to treating your scalp and eventually becoming dandruff free. Also make sure you cut out using other people’s hairbrushes out of your lifestyle.
Make sure to shower immediately after anything causing perspiration. Sweat irritates the scalp and speeds up the flaking of skin cells. Make room for a shower in your schedule if you know you’re going to the gym, its going to be a hot day, etc. Walking around with a sweaty head is a surefire way to get dandruff, so don’t do it!
Blow-drying your hair can dry out the scalp and cause dandruff. If you have short hair, it’s best to “pat dry” with a towel. Avoid rubbing or blow-drying as much as possible. If you have longer hair and must use a blow-dryer, use the cool setting and keep the dryer at least 10 inches away from your hair. This may take a little more time, but the results will be worth the wait!
You’re probably used to taking a hot shower in the morning or even to wind down after a long day. Unfortunately, hot water may strip out the natural oils and dry out your scalp! Showering in lukewarm water and using cool water to rinse will close the pores and will relieve the flaking problem.
Sometimes the simplest solution for any problem can be found in household products. Mouthwash has antiseptic properties, and when applied to the scalp can help curb the formation of flakes. You’ll still want to use shampoo as well, but in mild cases, this is a great way to give yourself a few days of dandruff free hair!
- What exactly is dandruff?
Dandruff is dead skin cells from your scalp that grow at a fast rate. In fact your entire body sheds skin cells constantly (entirely in about 27 days), dandruff is just skin shedding on your scalp at a much faster speed.
- What can cause dandruff externally?
The weather can have a huge impact on dandruff. Cold weather can be someone’s worst nightmare if they suffer from dandruff. What is worse is that hats and scarves that we use during the winter to keep us warm can also cause dandruff. So make sure that you take extra good care of your hair during the winter months.
- Can dandruff cause you to go bald?
No, dandruff cannot cause someone to go bald. For years that was a common belief with dandruff but in reality there is no correlation with dandruff and hair loss.
- Outside of shampoos, what can I do to help treat dandruff?
As with most health issues, your diet and sleep habits have an impact on dandruff. The better you take care of your self, the better your hair will look (same is the case for most things!). Also, make sure that you maintain a routine that works. Try to stick to a plan even if it does a little, maintaining consistency is very important and the constant changes of hair products can exacerbate symptoms.
So, there you have it, a few of the most frequently asked questions about dandruff. I will continue to add more of your questions to this post, so please feel free to leave questions in the comment section!
Circulation to your scalp can help fight against dandruff symptoms. Some methods such as changing from cold to hot water a few times during your shower can help. If you really want to add some circulation, a quick headstand (i.e. Yoga) or hanging upside down is an interesting and sometimes fun way to add circulation. Just don’t go too crazy
When you think of what causes your dandruff, the last thing you’d expect to be the cause of it would be your diet. Well, in certain cases that can be the truth. Although not as common, it’s been known that certain foods such as chocolate, types of fish (especially shellfish), and nuts can trigger dandruff symptoms. If you can, take notice to see if there is a correlation to the foods mentioned and your dandruff symptoms. You could go ahead and give them up completely to make sure you cover all triggers, but let’s face it, chocolate is great! So, try to be aware of when you consume certain foods and see whether or not it increases your dandruff symptoms. If it does, it may be time to cut out the nuts, chocolate and shellfish for good.