The appearance of dandruff in your hair can be both unpleasant, with constant itching, and unsightly, with white flakes all over the hair. To eliminate dandruff, you must first understand the problem and then adjust your treatment. Here are our tips for fighting dandruff.
What causes dandruff?
The scalp goes in cycles: it renews itself every 21 days. However, for some people, this cycle accelerates to only 5 to 7 days. Then the dead scalp cells have difficulty evacuating themselves, leaving a white residue; this is called dandruff.
The reasons for this acceleration of the cycle may vary, but when it is really severe, it is called (malassezia) pityriasis. It is a micro-organism, a bit like a fungus, which completely disrupts the normal life cycle of the scalp. Although the causes of its development are still unknown, we know that Malassezia develops more easily on oily hair, although it can also be present on dry hair.
Factors that can lead to the appearance of dandruff are: intensive use of heated appliances (hairdryers, irons), wearing a hat or hairstyle that is too tight, overuse of styling products or periods of stress or illness. The result: your scalp itches, you are embarrassed by the dandruff flakes and your hair gets worse because your scalp suffocates. Fortunately, there are solutions.
Dandruff and dry hair: How do you get rid of dry dandruff?
Dry dandruff affects many people and can be very unpleasant every day. You can recognize them by the fact that they fall off your head easily, spread to your hair and even to your clothes. Dry dandruff is a result of dry scalp.
You can use anti-dandruff shampoos for dry hair or mild shampoos for sensitive scalps. The aim is to gently remove dandruff and soothe the scalp. In case of severe itching, special products are available in pharmacies that clean and nourish the scalp to prevent the formation of flakes. Do not hesitate to ask your pharmacist for advice.
How to combat oily dandruff?
Oily dandruff are recognizable because they are more impressive than dry dandruff and remain stuck in the hair. They suffocate the scalp and contribute more to sebum production, so they must not be removed.
To remove oily dandruff, use anti-dandruff shampoos for oily hair to cleanse the scalp. Some dandruff shampoos contain zinc pyrithione, ideal for combating pityriasis. To complement the shampoos, you can make a green clay mask once a week to remove dandruff and excess sebum.
What are the natural solutions for treating dandruff?
A healthy lifestyle is essential to eliminate and prevent dandruff: a healthy, balanced diet and a regular sleep cycle are a good start to eliminating dandruff. Then clean your brushes and combs regularly to prevent the accumulation of dandruff and other residue.
On the care side, herbal lotions with myrtle Extracts can work wonders on the scalp. Essential oils such as thyme, rosemary, cinnamon and palmarosa are excellent anti-microbial agents that can eliminate pityriasis. You may also consider argan oil as it is rich in anti oxidant and is well known for its soothing properties.
Finally, herbal infusions can also be very effective against dandruff. Bring a handful of thyme to a boil in a volume equivalent to two cups of water, then apply to the hair and leave on for 5 minutes before rinsing. This also works very well with some chamomile and some ginger root. Use once or twice a week for quick results.