Types of Dandruff
- Oil-Related Dandruff: This type of dandruff typically occurs from bad hygiene practices. Oil-related dandruff comes from not shampooing your hair often enough. Beneath your scalp, there are small glands called sebaceous glands which produce protective oil called sebum. Sebum forms an integral part of healthy hair. But according to the Mayo Clinic, if left to develop in the hair strands, it can combine with the dead skin and dirt to form dandruff.
- Yeast-Related Dandruff: This type of dandruff is formed due to the presence of a fungus called malassezia, which is present on the surface of every scalp without causing problems of dandruff. However, when excess oil is present on the head, it provides enough food for the fungus to grow out of control. As the fungus feeds, the skin becomes more and more irritated because of the formation of additional skin cells. These eventually die and shed in the form of a dandruff flake.
- Disease-Related Dandruff: There is another type of dandruff called disease-related dandruff. It forms as a secondary side effect of any scalp disorder. As the additional skin cells shed, they combine with sebum oil and transform into a case of dandruff. Another example is eczema. This is a common skin condition that can produce itching and dryness on the scalp ultimately contributing to the formation of dandruff.
Household Tips for Dandruff Cure
- Herbal hair packs can be prepared at home by mixing henna powder, curd, and raitha power together. Apply this mixture on the head and keep it for at least half an hour before washing it off with warm water. Use an herbal lime-based shampoo for dandruff control.
- Take equal parts of almond oil and pure sulfur. Mix and add 'surgical spirit' to the above. Add four parts distilled water or rose water to the bowl and rub well on the scalp.
- Massage your scalp with almond oil and steam your hair in it. This is done by taking a towel dipped in boiling water and wrapping it around your hair like a turban. Do not let the corners of your towel drip!
- You can also prepare a homemade mixture consisting of 1tbsp of fresh lemon juice with 100g of witch hazel in 200ml of water. Use this on washed hair. If this is continued regularly, it maybe the long-term cure for the problem of dandruff.
Dandruff is the shedding of dead cells from the scalp. It sometimes leads to boils and pimples too. These are some ways in which we can get rid of dandruff.
Listed below are the tips on how to get rid of dandruff:
- Keep the scalp clean. Oil hair on alternate days and shampoo.
- Mix 2 tsp. of Brandy in 1 cup of water. Apply with the fingertips to the roots of hair. Wash after ½ hour with shampoo.
- Mix 1 egg with 1 cup of yogurt and apply on the scalp. Leave for ½ an hour and wash.
- Mix 1 tbsp. of Olive oil with 1 tsp. of lime juice. Apply well on the scalp and cover the head by tying an old scarf. Keep it on overnight and shampoo the next morning.
- 1 tsp. of Fenugreek seed powder mixed with an egg. Apply and leave for ½ an hour before shampooing the hair.
- 1 tsp. fenugreek seed powder mixed with 1 cup of yogurt. Apply and leave for ½ an hour before washing.
- Take 2 tbsp. of Beetroot juice and add 1 egg and 1 tsp. lime juice to this. Apply and leave for ½ an hour before washing.
- Oil hair well before going to bed. Next morning mix 1 tsp. lime juice with ½ tsp. salt. Rub this on the scalp with the peel of a lime turned inside out. Leave for 1 hour before shampooing.