Dandruff is a common skin condition characterized by dry itchy scalp you will also notice whitish flakes on your clothing. It can affect you all round the year however the problem becomes especially prominent during the winter months. Dandruff could be a source of social embarrassment as well as affect the quality of your hair.
What Could be the Cause of Dandruff?
The scalp or the skin of our heads is continuously being shed when the process is slow it is considered normal. In certain situations this shedding of the skin of the scalp may be accelerated resulting in the appearance of white flakes also known as dandruff. Some of the possible causes of dandruff are:
- Fungal Infection: Fungal infection is often the cause of dandruff and a latent infection could be precipitated by winters, using a lot of shampoo, emotional stress etc.
- Drying of your Scalp: Winters are associated with drying of your skin and it also includes your scalp. Therefore winter months are often associated with an increases incidence of dandruff.
- Stress: It is believed that stress could also increase chances of having dandruff.
- Hair Products: Certain hair care products may be damaging your scalp and hair. A shampoo that is suitable for you during summers may not be good enough during winters. Over use of hair care products may also cause dandruff.
Why is Dandruff More Common During Winters?
Winters are notorious for bringing on dandruff or making it worse. The possible cause for dandruff woes during winters could be the environment, the dryness of winter has a tendency to suck the moisture out of our bodies and scalp. Central heating in our homes and offices during the winter months could also be drying out hair and also increases the production of dead skin cells leading to dandruff.
Protecting your Scalp During Winters:
We can use certain simple tips to prevent and protect ourselves from dandruff during winters. This includes:
- Hot Oil massages.
- Eating foods rich in protein, zinc, B vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids.
- Using a good anti dandruff shampoo regularly.
- Reducing stress.
- Scalp masks.
Scalp Masks to Treat and Prevent Dandruff:
Using scalp masks is an excellent way to treat and prevent dandruff.
- Yogurt and Lemon Mask: Mix a tea spoon of lemon with a cup of yogurt. The lemon will help remove dead skin while the yogurt will help moisturize your scalp and hair. This can be applied once a week for about half an hour. This will leave you free of dandruff, your scalp moisturized and your hair conditioned.
- Aloe Vera Mask: Aloe vera helps in moisturizing your scalp it also has anti-fungal and anti bacterial properties. Mixing honey, neem or lemon with it could also help, applying it for half an hour once a week is a good idea.
- Neem Anti-Dandruff Mask: Neem also has great anti-fungal and anti bacterial properties. Applying it directly or mixing it with yogurt will help prevent and treat dandruff.
- Beetroot and Henna Mask: The combination helps prevent dandruff it also comes with the added advantage of preventing hair fall.
- Fenugreek (methi) Hair Mask: Soak fenugreek (methi)in water over night, crush it and mix with curd . Fenugreek helps prevent dandruff and the curd will moisturize your hair and scalp.