Dandruff

Seborrheic dermatitis (seborrhea) is a skin inflammation that causes dandruff which impacts 1 out of every 5 Americans (Statistics, n.d.). While not serious, it can be embarrassing to experience due to the white flakes that are present in the hair. The causes of dandruff includes: “dry skin; irritated, oily skin; not shampooing enough; other skin conditions; a yeast-like fungus; sensitivity to hair care products” (Dandruff – Causes, 2014).  

There is a balance to be had between washing your hair often enough but not excessively. Shampooing the hair cleans out the dirt, sweat and any hair care products but it can also strip your scalp and hair of the natural oils your body produces.  If you wash your hair every day, your scalp could dry out from the constant removal of natural oils.  If you wash your hair less often, the oils could build up excessively.  

As weird as it sounds, many people can go without washing their hair daily and can move towards an every other day shampooing routine. Those who work out daily and end up with a sweaty head will likely want to stick to a daily routine. You can also help out your scalp, hair and skin in general by not washing with hot water or blow drying it on the hot setting. Tepid water is nicer for the scalp as is letting your hair dry naturally.  

Natural dandruff relief can be found in the ubiquitous box of baking soda as it soothes the skin, relieves inflammation and itching, restores pH balance and has antiseptic and antifungal properties.  

Dandruff Relief Recipe

  • 1-2 Tablespoons of baking soda
  • Water
  • Comb

Directions

  • Begin by wetting hair and scalp with water
  • Start with 1 tablespoon of baking soda, mixing enough water to make a thick paste
  • Gently massage mixture into the scalp and roots of hair; adding more baking soda if needed
  • Let the mixture sit for about 5 minutes 
  • Gently comb hair to remove flakes 
  • Thoroughly rinse hair with warm or tepid water to remove the flakes and baking soda
  • Repeat process 1-2 times a week until the dandruff is cleared

Don’t be so hard on yourself if you should happen to experience dandruff; take comfort in knowing that you can do something about it.  

References
Dandruff – Causes. (2014, January 23). Mayo Clinic. Retrieved from http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dandruff/basics/causes/con-20023690.

Statistics about Dandruff. (n.d.). Right Diagnosis. Retrieved from http://www.rightdiagnosis.com/d/dandruff/stats.htm.


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