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Defeating Dandruff: Fighting a Flaky Scalp

Once in a while, we see white stuff falling from our heads – we’re fortunate if they do so at home or in the bathroom. Dandruff is a huge problem, and though it’s not fatal, it can cause severe irritation and a limited social life. It’s embarrassing (not to mention itchy) and it may guarantee that you won’t get any dates in the near future.

There are a number of reasons why they occur, including yeast, fungus, shampoo that doesn’t go well with your scalp and the short lifespan of skin cells. Usually, the skin sheds dead cells after 28 days – if you have dandruff, it happens every 10 days.

So, if you have a flaky problem, here are some lifestyle tips and natural ways to get rid of them.

Don’t Shampoo Excessively

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If you use anti-dandruff shampoo and still have dandruff, only use it for two to three times a week because doing so every day will dry it up. Bear in mind that commercial shampoos contain various chemicals which can harm and dehydrate the scalp. If there’s a constant need to shampoo your hair, be sure to resort to ones made from natural and non-toxic ingredients. Remember, the toxicity of certain chemicals in branded shampoos can make you lose your crowning glory!

Use a yogurt conditioner

Yogurt. Photo from Rainer Zenz (Wikimedia user).

Yogurt. Photo from Rainer Zenz (Wikimedia user).

Since there’s a large chance your dandruff is caused by either a fungus or a type of yeast , it makes sense to take a cup of yogurt and put it the whole thing on your head. Why do this? Well, this sweet and healthy concoction is filled with probiotics which can gobble the microorganisms off your scalp. After application, leave it for at least 15 minutes and rinse with clean water.

Apple cider vinegar

Apples and apple cider vinegar. Photo from Phongnguyen1410.

Apples and apple cider vinegar. Photo from Phongnguyen1410.

Though pouring vinegar all over your head is rather unthinkable, the apple cider variety will help out in clearing up your dandruff likely by killing the microorganisms causing it. Just make a water and vinegar solution, pour it on your hair and massage evenly. Rinse it off after 10 minutes. Finally, don’t worry about the sour smell: it’ll wear off once your hair is dry. If you’re staying at home for a whole day, try this method out. Also take note of this item’s other health benefits .

Comb or brush your hair

Do you know why your hair shines after a combing or brushing session? The answer is rather simple: it helps evenly spread out the natural oils on your head, giving your hair a shiny sheen and adding a barrier of protection to your scalp. The naturally-occurring oils also moisturize both the scalp and hair, leaving little room for dandruff to grow.

Don’t stress out

If you’ve read our previous entries, you already know that one of the instigators of skin and health problems include stress, albeit indirectly. How? Well, stress affects how our hormones react, which in turn adversely affects the overall functions of the human body. In order to deal with stress, have an outlet: read a book or by exercising it all away.

Other tips include breaking aspirin into little pieces and mixing it with your shampoo, and by making a banana and vinegar paste. Overall, just remember the above mentioned tips in case of dandruff, and observe proper hygiene.

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