Dry Scalp: results from a loss of moisture on the scalp and is characterized by small, dry flakes, tightness of the scalp and itchiness.
Seborrheic Dermatitis: characterized by heavy flaking, severe itchiness, redness and inflammation.
Symptoms of Dandruff:
Whenever the hair is brushed or rubbed the scaliness is increased. It may also appear as lumps or crusts on the scalp. Often there is itching as well, and the scalp may become red from scratching.
Causes of Dandruff:
Impairment of general health, toxic condition of the system-brought on mainly by wrong feeding, constipation and lowered vitality due to infectious diseases are the main causes of dandruff. The other factors contributing to dandruff are emotional tension, harsh shampoos and exposure to cold and general exhaustion.
Precautions for Dandruff:
Numerous medicated shampoos are available in the market for the treatment of dandruff. But most of these shampoos contain a lot of harmful chemicals in them and hence, instead of curing dandruff, cause irreparable damage to the hair roots. Thus, for a permanent solution to this problem, one has to undergo a large constitutional treatment for it. Given below are a few suggestive methods in avoiding this problem:
i) Bend forward from the waist with the head down towards the ground, and brush from the nape of the neck towards the top of the head.
ii) Short or shoulder-length hair can be brushed right from the roots to the ends in one stroke.
iii) In the case of long hair, two strokes would be best to avoid stretching the hair.
Treatment of Dandruff by Home Remedies:
Several home remedies have been found useful in the treatment of dandruff. They all are as follows:
i) Spread your fingers fan wise and slip them through the hair.
ii) With the thumbs pressed behind the ears, one should press down on the scalp with the fingertips.
iii) Then one should rotate the fingers in such a way, so that the scalp over the bony structure of the head is moved. After which, one can feel the skin move and the scalp tingle.
iv) Later, one can move up an inch at a time until the entire head is covered.
Treatment of Dandruff by Diet:
Diet plays an important role in the treatment of dandruff. Let us understand the proper diet.
After the all-fruit diet, the patient can gradually adopt a well-balanced diet, where the emphasis should be on raw foods, especially fresh fruits and vegetables: sprouted seeds, raw nuts and whole grain cereals, particularly millet and brown rice. Further short periods on the all-fruits diet for three days or so may be necessary at a monthly interval, till the skin's condition improves.
However, strict attention to diet is essential for recovery. Care should be taken to avoid Citrus fruits, bananas, and dried, stewed or tinned fruits. Even starchy, protein and fatty foods should be restricted. Meats, sugar, Strong tea or coffee, condiments, pickles, refined and processed foods all these should be avoided, as also soft drinks, candies, ice cream and products made with sugar and white flour.
Treatment of Dandruff by Aromatherapy
To 4 oz. sesame oil, add:
10 drops lavender.
10 drops yarrow.
10 drops cypress.
10 drops sandalwood.
Add six drops of rosemary and four drops of cedar wood oil to 4 fl oz (100 ml) of jojoba or avocado oil. Also add one drop of each essential oil to your final rinsing water after shampooing.
One should try massaging the following blend into the scalp twice a week before shampooing and leave on for thirty minutes before washing with a mild shampoo.
Treatment of Dandruff by Ayurveda
Treatment of Dandruff by Magnetic Therapy
Wash the scalp with north-pole water at least once daily. Use the north-pole oil for hair grooming. Take mixed magnetized water four times daily which will also help in correcting the stomach disorders. In case the dandruff is very intense, use the north poles of CCM on the scalp by holding them at a distance of 2 to 3 cm above the scalp for 15 minutes once a day.
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