There is no two ways of putting it; dandruff is plain annoying and it’s haunted nearly everyone at some point. The white flakes all over your shoulders, that constant feeling of itchiness.
There are different reasons for dandruff… a dry scalp, using the wrong shampoo, not washing your hair often enough, the list is long. But the important question though is, how do you stop it? While a simple search will give you a bunch of articles with over thousands of remedies, here are some tested ways on how to tackle dandruff from the roots.
Watch what you eat: For starters, drink lots of water! even though this is always a tip for every beauty problem, but trust me it works. Dehydration can also lead to dandruff! Follow this up with dairy products, protein and omega 3 fatty acid-rich foods. Legumes and cereals are also super effective as they contain zinc, which is important for hair and scalp protection.
Indulge in a hot oil massage: Oiling helps nourish your scalp and treat the flakiness too. Heat up some oil and nicely massage it all over your scalp for 10 to 15 minutes. Repeat this once or twice a week.
Wash your hair more often: We know how tempting it can be to let that beautiful blow-dried hair stay on for a day longer, but did you know that this could worsen dandruff? The accumulation of dead cells and excess oils can result in dandruff. So, washing your hair a couple of times a week is a good solution. Also, quick pro tip – Don’t use hot water to wash your hair as that can dry out the scalp further.
Don’t scratch your scalp: This is literally like a reflex action when you’re suffering from dandruff. it’s tempting, but you’re making things worse. Scratching can lead to inflammation and infections. I suggest doing something to divert your mind, like maybe paint your nails?
Picking the right shampoo is essential: It’s not a one shampoo fits all kinda thing when it comes to hair care. If you suffer from dandruff, make sure to use an anti-dandruff shampoo that has ingredients like neem and rosemary, which help heal as well as nourish the scalp. Use the shampoo often to start with and then wait for a week or two to see results.