Dandruff is one of the most irritating and embarrassing hair problems that can make your life that much more complicated.
Flakes appearing on your clothes and scales of dead skin can really make a great hairstyle simply dreadful.
How do you know if you have this dreadful problem?
Well, if you notice dry, white, grayish scales or dry, itchy scalp where it can feel tight at times, you may have it.
The life cycle of a cell is about one month. These cells develop in the deep layers of the epidermis and then gradually get pushed to the surface of the scalp that we commonly refer to as dandruff. However, these cells are only known as dandruff when too many cells develop in the epidermis quickly and the turnover is so great that this condition makes itself noticeable.
What is the cause of it?
When the body has a deficiency in certain vitamins especially deficiencies of B-complex vitamins, essential fatty acids (EFAs) and selenium, this can lead to the condition.
How do I prevent it?
It can be prevented by eating the right foods like apples, bananas, avocados, mangos, cod, eggs and beef. All of these foods are rich in B-complex vitamins. B-complex vitamins are belived to reduce stress levels which are known to trigger the condition.
As already mentioned above, EFA’s or essential fatty acids can be taken in supplement form but can also be found in foods like tuna, salmon, mackerel, sunflower and sesame seeds. Flax seed oils are also excellent additions to help combat it. You can also try adding flax seeds to meals or snacks. Flax seeds sprinkled on oatmeal or plain yogurt is a nice light snack, but also very beneficial to your hair and scalp.
Rinsing the hair with diluted apple cider vinegar is excellent at removing excess buildup on the hair and scalp caused by hair products, but it also assists in neutralizing the pH balance.
Lemon juice is also a healthy choice to help exfoliate the scalp to remove any flakes. Try adding a teaspoon of lemon juice to a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar mixing the two together very well. Wet the hair and pour the mixture onto the hair and scalp lightly massaging and then rinse. This also leaves the hair feeling very soft.