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Dealing with Dandruff

Afraid to wear black tops because of the unsightly dandruff? Tired of hearing people jeer at you because of the “snowflakes” on your head and it’s not even winter? Is you itchy scalp wearing you out? Here are some tips on dealing with dandruff.

Check first to see if your flaking scalp is really caused by dandruff. Sometimes residue from your hair products can also cause flaking scalp. To rule out hair product residue, take a longer time in rinsing your hair after shampooing. Skip the conditioner and avoid using gels, mousse and setting lotions for about 2 weeks. If flaking still persists, you probably have dandruff.

Too much — not too little oil in the scalp is one of the main causes of dandruff. But, avoid reaching for the anti-dandruff shampoos at the first sight of dandruff. Most anti-dandruff shampoos are not very gentle to the hair and scalp. As much as possible, try all the less harsh mixtures to see if these can deal with your dandruff effectively. You can clean your scalp by a cotton doused in a mixture of 1 part antiseptic or clear mouthwash and 4 parts water. Cover hair with a shower cap and shampoo after an hour. Witch hazel is another alternative to anti-dandruff shampoos. Apply onto scalp at half-inch intervals when your hair is still wet from washing.

Should you need to use an anti-dandruff shampoo, look for one of the following ingredients: pyrithione zinc, sulfur, salicylic acid or resorcinol. Remember that it is best to use anti-dandruff shampoos sparingly to avoid skin irritations. Your scalp can also be resistant to one brand if used frequently. Switch to another brand in case this happens.

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