Lets begin with the causes of dandruff first off. You may not realize it, but you are always shedding dead skin cells all over your body. It’s just natures way of rejuvenating itself. As a matter of fact, your body regenerates a whole new covering of skin approximately every 27 to 28 days. The old dead skin just flakes away so to speak. You just aren’t aware of, or able to see the tiny skin cells peeling off your arms, legs, or scalp. Dandruff is a result due to that same process of shedding dead the skin cells. But if this shedding process of the dead skin is normal, what happens to make dandruff so embarrassingly noticeable?
Scientists have discovered that dandruff occurs when a yeast-like fungus called malassezia gets a foothold and rages out of control on your scalp. The microscopic malassezia fungus, a normal inhabitant on a healthy human head, feeds on the fatty oils secreted by hair follicles in the scalp. But occasionally, for reasons that are not yet known to scientists, this fungus grows out of control, causing scalp irritation that speeds up the cell turnover rate on your scalp. As a result of this process, the normal process of cell turnover, which usually takes 27 days give or take, takes less than two weeks when a case of out-of-control malassezia has irritated the scalp. The vast number of dead cells are shed at the same time, and when they mix with the oil from the hair follicles, they tend to form greasy clumps big enough to be clearly visible to the naked eye. The oil also makes the clumps more likely to get stuck in your hair or shoulders, rather than disappearing into air, floor carpet, grass or where ever they land.
1. Wash your hair with tepid water. Hot water strips your hair of oil, drying the scalp.
2. Rinse with rosemary tea. Make a tea by steeping a tablespoon of fresh rosemary leaves (or 2 teaspoons of dried) in 1 cup of boiling water. When it is cool, strain and add to 3 cups of plain water. Pour this over your head and hair after showering, working the tea into your scalp before rinsing briefly with plain water.
3. Baking soda mixes with your hair oil to make a soap-like substance. In your palm, mix a tablespoon of the soda with enough water to make a thin paste. Do this several times. Work the baking soda in with your fingertips and rinse.
4. Apple cider vinegar makes a healthy hair and scalp rinse. Dilute 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar with 1-2 cups of water and use as a rinse after shampooing. Then rinse briefly with clear water. This is especially good as a follow-up to the baking soda wash described above.
5. Use natural styling products without harsh chemicals that can irritate the scalp. Make your own hair gel by simmering 2 teaspoons of flax seeds in 1 cup of water for about 10 minutes. Strain, cool, and store in a cool place in a container with a tight lid. Use as you would commercial styling gel (it will be a bit thinner than the store-bought stuff).
6. Air dry your hair instead of using a blow-dryer. Blow-drying can dry out your scalp, worsening dandruff.
7. Brush your hair often with a soft bristle brush in order to work hair oil out into the hair. Brushing also stimulates the scalp and helps keep flakes from forming.
8. A healthy scalp starts on the inside. Eat a healthy diet that includes lots of fresh fruits, vegetables, and good fats.
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