It’s itchy, flaky, and a (very) big deal – it’s dandruff.
Every year in the cold season, little winter soldiers begin to settle on the broad ribs of your shoulders. These tiny white spots or former winter soldiers are actually flakes of dead skin that escape your scalp, thanks to dandruff – a scalp condition that affects nearly 50% of the world’s population. But wait, don’t we shed skin all the time and deliberately try to get rid of dry skin (like all the time)? Yes we do, but with dandruff you lose skin much faster. Faster than it can be regenerated. This leads to small white (but extremely noticeable) tufts of snowflake-like, dead skin on your shoulders.
Don’t worry, dandruff isn’t as bad as it reads it. It can be avoided with simple but effective measures. As easy as updating your shampoo in most cases. Notably, while the seasonal dandruff that occurs due to the change in temperature and humidity is easily curable via home remedies and shampoos; Seborrheic dermatitis, which is a very serious form of dandruff, requires medical attention. It can be characterized by inflammation of the scalp.
What are the main causes of dandruff?
Dandruff can be triggered by stress, a change in temperature (extreme heat or cold), excessive consumption of fatty foods, a change in shampoo, excessive sweating, and even pollution. Malassezia, which is a natural microbe on the scalp, causes dandruff to explode when aggravated by any of these causes.
Malassezia produces oleic acid. This acid breaks down the natural oils (also called sebum) present in the hair. Now we know you think that’s not a good germ then? It is, until you find out that you really care about it. The irritation caused by the secretion of oleic acid leads to itching and redness of the skin, which in turn leads to peeling and flaking of the skin.
Dandruff can also appear due to the use of below average grooming products or a change in the water, but these are rare cases. The main causes of dandruff are almost always the presence of unstable Malassezia. Many hair experts also believe that one of the reasons men are constantly prone to dandruff and itchy scalp is because they are using the wrong shampoo. We can help you in this department. Scroll.
5 best anti dandruff shampoos
1. Kama Ayurveda
Kama Ayurveda Himalayan Deodar Hair Cleanser is a gentle cleansing agent suitable for fine hair with dandruff. It’s free from SLES (sulfates), parabens, and petrochemicals, so while it won’t lather much, it will nourish your scalp.
Beardo Apple Cider Vinegar Anti-Dandruff Shampoo is a concoction of apple cider vinegar glycerin and almond oil. This natural shampoo will not only help you fight dandruff but frizz as well.
3. Head and shoulders
With countless vivid TV commercials featuring everyone from Bollywood A-listers to cricketers, Head & Shoulders is the one dandruff shampoo brand you can’t ignore when compiling a such list, due to 1. its popularity and 2. the fact that it actually works.
4. The body shop
The Body Shop Ginger Anti-Dandruff Shampoo is great for dry, flaky hair, as ginger’s essential oils, its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties help keep dryness and itching at bay.
5. Soul tree
If you suffer from moderate dandruff, Soul Tree Anti-Dandruff Shampoo with Aloe and Lemon Peel Cleansing is a great option. Aloe and lemon cleansers will reduce peeling and skin irritation.
If you want to try an easy home remedy instead of spending the money on shampoo. Follow these hacks.
The home remedies to get rid of dandruff
1. Regularly massage your scalp with warm neem oil and wash with a mild cleanser
2. Mix apple cider vinegar with cool water in a 2: 2 ratio and rinse your hair with this mixture to prevent dandruff.
3. Massage your scalp with a mixture of coconut oil and tea tree oil before washing your hair.