Dandruff can be triggered by many factors including overactive oil glands, food allergies, stress, excessive perspiration, or harsh shampoos. It is not caused by too much shampooing. People with oily skin and hair tend to have dandruff more than a person with a clean scalp.
Everyone has dead skin cells on their scalp, it’s when they start building up that you start to see the flakes on your shoulders. This is caused by a build up of a micro-organism called pityrosporum-ovle. Harsh chemical based shampoos and dyes increase the number these of microbes and bring about an unhealthy scalp and lifeless hair.
Emotional stress and seasonal changes also tend to trigger dandruff outbreaks. However there are many things we can do to not only clear the dandruff up, but also prevent it from being an issue in the first place. Here are some guidelines to follow to help get rid of and prevent dandruff from returning.
Dandruff is often less prevalent during the summer because the sun exposure has beneficial effect on scaly skin.
- Clean your hair brushes and combs in an antiseptic wash after each use.
- Eat more vegetables and less greasy foods.
- Eat Italian. Or take garlic oil or oregano capsules.
- Eat foods high in vitamin B6 which provide sulphur, a necessary part of scalp health.
- Rubbing alcohol can be used when shampooing to leave hair feeling clean and soft.
- Rinsing your hair in warm then cool water helps increase circulation which helps keep your scalp healthy.
- Prepare a mixture of olive oil and crushed rosemary, rub it into your scalp, leave on for 15 minutes and shampoo.
- Rub a bit of pure coconut oil into your hair daily, to get rid of flakes.
- Boil 2 cups of water and 3 tablespoons of thyme. Strain, cool and massage into clean, damp hair. Do not rinse afterwards.
- Rub aloe vera gel into your scalp and leave on overnight. Shampoo in the morning.
- Prepare a diluted apple cider (50/50 with water), massage into your scalp, let dry, then shampoo.
- A mixture of olive oil and ginger root applied to your scalp 5 to 10 minutes before shampooing helps.
- Antiseptic mouthwash also works because it has antiseptic properties.
If you wish to use over the counter dandruff shampoos, wash your hair with shampoos that contain ketoconazole, salicylic acid or zinc pyrithionewhich are anti-fungal agents. If one stops being effective, change to a shampoo with a different main ingredient. The best over the counter shampoos for dandruff are: Head and Shoulders, Pert, Selsun Blue and L’Oreal Elvive.
So you see, unless you have problem dandruff called seborrheic dermatitis, which is an increase of yeast organisms, you should be able to cure or control your dandruff outbreaks with items you might already have in your kitchen.