Dandruff is a condition that causes the scalp to flake due to an excess of dead cells on the scalp. Although it is not a serious or contagious ailment, it is visible, which sometimes makes people feel insecure about their physical appearance.
Ayurveda describes this condition as ‘Darunak’ caused due to imbalance of Tridoshas. The imbalance in Doshas results in toxin (Ama) build up on the scalp, which contaminates the scalp by accumulating in its deeper tissues. Your body, in its natural process of healing, sheds off the contaminated epidermal cells in larger amounts than in normal conditions, causing itchy and scaly scalp condition, i.e., Dandruff.
Apparently, the main cause of dandruff is MalasseziaGlobosa - a fungus that lives on the scalp, feeds on the sebum and produces oleic acid in the hair.When there is an excess of sebum, the oleic acid penetrates the top layer of skin on the scalp and creates a rapid shedding of epidermal cells, causing dandruff.
- 4 things to know about Dandruff
- Dandruff is simply your skin cells flaking off.
We all shed skin (and scalp cells) all the time. More than 30,000 per minute!!! Dandruff is caused when the rate of skin being shed increases way beyond this - and it starts to show as flakes.Keeping your scalp washed and clean with a mild shampoo and applying anti-dandruff hair oil is absolutely important in dandruff management.
- Microbes cause dandruff.
Naturally occurring yeast (called Malassezia) cause excess production of skin cells, that start flaking off. And that's dandruff. Use an anti-dandruff shampoo with proven anti-microbial activity. Tea tree & Rosemary oils are good natural options to reduce flaking.
- Oily scalp causes dandruff
It's thought that dry scalp flakes off as dandruff. At the same time, oily scalp can also feed microbes that in turn play up the dandruff you see. Wash hair often with a gentle anti-dandruff shampoo to avoid excess oiliness. Balance out the hydration on scalp with a good scalp conditioner or serum.
- Diet matters too!
Diet which lacks nutrients like Zinc, B-complex vitamins or omega-3 fatty acids may increase the risk of dandruff.You must add Omega 3 fatty acids such as olive oil,soyabean, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds etcthat not only manage the oil production but also provide hydration to your hair. Eating a healthy diet with lots of fruits and veggies, and substituting lean meat for red meat will help control the microbial ecosystem on your scalp.
Scalp care tips
- Use the right shampoo that suits your hair. Use it twice a week.
- Keep your scalp clean and protect it from dust and pollutants with a scarf.
- Brush your hair often with a wooden comb.
- Make sure to destress with the right diet, sleep and rest.
- Oil your hair twice a week with herbal anti dandruff oil.
- Don't overuse chemicals and styling products on your hair.
- Ayurvedic Herbs for Dandruff
- Bhringaraj - promotes strong, lustrous, healthy hair and prevents premature greying. Its antimicrobial and antifungal properties reduce dandruffand eliminate skin irritations on the scalp whilst also improving the scalp’s blood circulation.
- Shikakai -Applying Shikakai regularly helps remove excess oil from the scalp due to its ability to cleanse without irritating the scalp.
- Neem - Ancient Ayurvedic texts describe Neem as a universal healer or a cure for all diseases and ailments. Its antifungal properties make it a dandruff-reliever as it helps reduce inflammation, irritation and itchiness on the scalp.
- Tea Tree - Oil extracted from the Tea Tree has antimicrobial properties that help reduce the severity and symptoms of dandruff. It also effectively fights the strains of fungus that causes dermatitis and flaky scalp.
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