Monsoon is the season that brings with it multiple hair problems, be it hair fall, roughness in hair or dandruff. When it comes to dandruff, it’s not just those dreaded white flakes on the black jackets that disturb, but also the itchiness and dryness in the scalp.
Before we dig into the remedies to prevent dandruff, let’s know what is dandruff and what causes dandruff.
What is Dandruff?
Dandruff is a common skin condition that causes small pieces of dry, white flakes of skin flake off from the scalp. It is not a very serious condition or contagious but can get itchy, embarrassing, and hard to treat.
What Causes Dandruff?
There is no definite rule behind dandruff causes. There are varied reasons behind this chronic disorder which include skin problems, sensitivity to chemicals, stress, and hard water, oily hair, and scalp, etc.
If dandruff is not caused by a skin disease such as psoriasis, there are ways to eliminate it.
Monsoon is a time when the chances of dandruff increase and the hair feel itchier due to constant wetting with rainwater. Here are a few tips on how to get rid of dandruff during monsoon without opting for any professional dandruff treatment:
Use a mild anti dandruff shampoo and conditioner to stay free from dandruff. Sticky and sweaty scalp during monsoon demands frequent washes. The best dandruff shampoos are the mild ones that prevent damage softly.
Don’t let rainwater stay in your hair. It is high in chemical contents. Wash it immediately to prevent itchiness.
Apply conditioner only on hair strands. Using it on the scalp leads to dandruff.
Nourish your scalp with an oil massage twice a week. This will prevent dryness and also strengthen hair roots to stop hair fall.
Excessive use of serums can attract more dirt and grime. Avoid any leave-on conditioners and serums.
Home Remedies for DandruffApply a paste of fenugreek seeds and yogurt on your scalp and hair and leave it for 30 minutes. Wash with lukewarm water.
Mix dried neem leaves or oil with olive oil. Add a few crushed basil leaves. Warm the oil and leave it for 5 minutes. Apply it twice a week to fight dandruff.
Avoid hairdryers and straighteners. Let your hair dry naturally. And if you need to use your hairdryer, set it to the least hot and the lightest mode. Finally, avoid styling products, especially those based on alcohol as some lacquers. If you must, use a protector serum before using these and minimize the use during monsoon.
Stay Hydrated. Drink 8-10 glasses of water even during monsoons to prevent dry scalp and dandruff.
Adapt to a haircare diet. Consuming too much sugar (carbohydrates) encourages the growth of dandruff while a vitamin A-rich diet cleanses the scalp. Eat vitamin-rich and high protein foods as they help your hair regain its strength and the scalp can retain its moisture.
Now that you are aware of how to get rid of dandruff, do take special care of your hair this monsoon. Choose the best shampoo for dandruff and implement these easy and effective dandruff remedies to keep your dandruff problems at bay.