Dandruff: A Hair Problem

The snowflakes on the ground certainly look very pleasing, but the site of those white flakes on your shoulders is nothing but disgusting. If you haven’t still understood what flakes I’m talking about, well in clear words I am talking about dandruff. Dandruff is not really that big a problem but definitely needs some attention for it can ruin your looks and your personality.

At some point of time in life, nearly every one of us has experienced the problem of dandruff. We all know that our skin sheds dead cells every day and every hour, and the same goes true for our scalp as well. But when this shedding of dead cells from the scalp becomes excessive we term it as dandruff. As I mentioned it is normal for our scalp to shed some dead cells on a regular basis, but when this activity becomes excessive the flakes become obvious on our clothing and our facial skin.  This phenomenon may also be accompanied by irritation and itching.

More than medical implications, dandruff poses social problems, because most people affected by dandruff loose their confidence to attend social gatherings because of the unsightly flakes that keep on accumulating on all their clothes.

The causes of dandruff can be many such as improper diet, digestive problems, excessive use of shampoos and other hair products or using hair care product containing harsh chemicals. The problem may worsen further due to cold weather, pollution and use of hot water for head bath.

The causes mentioned here definitely inch towards the possible preventions for dandruff like avoiding excessive use of hair cosmetics, going in for mild or rather herbal shampoos only, making changes in your diet and working towards keeping your digestive track clear. Of course additionally regular oil massages and deep conditioning to restore moisture can be quite beneficial.

But we would here, insist upon making positive changes to your diet to ensure healthy hair and a healthy scalp. Omega 3 fatty acids, which are abundant in fish and flaxseed, have a highly beneficial effect for your hair and scalp so include them in your daily diet. To keep your digestive system in good shape you need a lot of fiber and which can be had by consuming raw fruits and vegetables, and equally important is to have plenty of water say about two to three liters every day. Taking vitamin supplements can also be thought about, but not until you have consulted your doctor.

Sidharth Thakur