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People with unsightly dandruff or even those who do not wish to be afflicted by dandruff are always on the look out for the right treatment to finally end it and its source permanently. Dandruff is a result of a weak and damaged scalp that eventually becomes weak against a fungus called malassezia. While there are some solutions available over the counter to treat dandruff, there are some practical ways to banish this dreaded hair and scalp condition completely- right at its source. Here are some facts and tips to help you counteract dandruff:
Keep your scalp clean and healthy. Dandruff occurs following excessive shedding of dead skin cells from the scalp. Use a medicated shampoo for dandruff that washes it away and treats your scalp as well to regain its optimum health. You can then opt for a mild shampoo and conditioner for everyday use to keep your scalp clean and healthy.
Watch your diet. Avoid foods that are too salty, spicy, or sweet. Refrain also from heavy alcohol intake as these can aggravate the condition of your hair and scalp.
Avoid stress. Stress always do not result into something good, so might as well ditch it. When one is stressed, an excessive production in sebum (oil secreted from skin glands) occurs, resulting to the growth of malassezia.
When shampooing, massage and improve blood circulation around the areas close to your ear and down the nape as these are the areas where dandruff tends to settle.
The goal is to bring a greater flow of blood to your hair follicle faster and to make your scalp more flexible. You can do this by becoming serious about massage treatments that you do yourself at home. Massage will also help carry away carbon dioxide and waste and speed the removal of oil and dead dells that combine to form debris on your scalp’s surface. Such debris hardens and sticks to the scalp, reducing circulation and eventually destroying hair roots. Often, this debris can’t be seen by the naked eye because it can form in the skin’s pores and be invisible.
With the fingertips of both hands placed firmly on your head, push the skin under your hair in circular motion for about ten seconds, moving from place to place on your head until the entire scalp is covered. Do this until your head tingles and feels warm (from increased circulation). Pay special attention to thinning areas or bald spots. You can’t massage too much and don’t be afraid to rub vigorously.
Next, after the blood is coursing through your scalp, take a clump of hair in each hand and pull on it gently with a smooth, firm motion and hold it for a count of three, then release and repeat until you have “pulled” the hair over your scalp.