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Dandruff as defined by wikipedia is the shedding of dead skin cells from the scalp (not to be confused with a dry scalp). Dandruff is sometimes caused by frequent exposure to extreme heat and cold.
Having dandruff makes your hair look ugly with all those white flakes that may even fall on your shoulders and are very much visible. It is embarrassing and irritating experience skin problem that could happen to you.
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There is no cure for dandruff yet, but there are ways that you can control and limit dandruff. For a mild case of dandruff, shampooing your hair with a regular shampoo daily or twice a day will usually do the trick.
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Start out by trying a mild shampoo. Stronger shampoos can irritate and dry out your hair making dandruff flaking worst. Rinse your hair well for 30 seconds. It's very important to remove everything from your hair.
Besides the anti-dandruff creams, lotions, oils and shampoos available in the market, indobase.com has ideas to fight dandruff with household remedies.
- Hot Oil Therapy is one method to cure dandruff. Massage hot oil into the scalp at bedtime. Next morning an hour before bath, rub lemon juice mixed with cosmetic vinegar (mix 1:2 ratio) into the scalp. Give the hair a good wash with egg shampoo.
- Give your hair a hot steam bath. Massage hot oil with a hot damp towel and leave it on the head like a turban so that the steam can fight dandruff. You may use two towels for this purpose. This will improve the moisture of your scalp skin to fight against forming dandruff.
- After giving your hair a good wash, boil five teaspoons of dried and used tealeaves in lime water, use it as a last rinse after shampoo, to give your scalp skin, the factors of anti-dandruff formation. This gives your hair a lustrous shine and provides nourishment too.
- Instead of shampooing, massage handfuls of baking soda into the hair and scalp to absorb oil and to loosen dead skin on scalp. Rinse thoroughly and use no other shampoos. While initially the hair may seem dry, after several weeks, dandruff will go off and hair will be smooth and shiny.