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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!
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.
Dry skin has often been partially attributed to a deficiency in Omega 3 fatty acids. The easiest way to counter-balance this is by introducing fish oil to your diet. You can take them in a capsule form and since fish oil is beneficial for you in just about every way, you might notice your health improve in other areas as well!
There are many factors in why you get dandruff. In order to treat, cure and eventually prevent dandruff from coming back, you must get educated in the subject. You need to understand which methods work best for you. Not all treatments work the same and every body’s skin, hair and scalp reacts differently to certain remedies.
With that said, there are some essential tips you need to know in order to help you control dandruff problems. Below are a few tips that you may not have taken in consideration when it comes to the prevention and treatment of dandruff.
- Your diet is just as important as the shampoo you use. Make sure you include plenty of B-Vitamins in your diet.
- If you find yourself sharing a hairbrush with others, that is a bad habit you should cut out of your lifestyle. Dandruff is contagious so make sure you use your own hairbrush and also purchase new hairbrushes as often as possible.
- Moisturizing doesn’t help dandruff. Lotions simply smooth out scales and can even make your scalp look even more red.
- If you notice dandruff increase, decrease what you put in your hair (gel, hairspray, etc.)
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