Dandruff is a common condition of the scalp which, while not life-threatening or contagious, can be embarrassing for those living with it. Beyond having a wardrobe consisting of only light coloured clothing, it can be difficult to conceal those dreaded white flakes of dead skin resting upon your hair and shoulders day after day.
Common causes of dandruff
A variety of factors can cause dandruff, such as:
- Irregular shampooing
- Dry skin (the condition can be aggravated in dry and cooler weather)
- Oily or irritated skin
- Environmental allergens (such as soaps, shampoos, dust, or food)
- Cosmetic treatments (hair conditioning, perms, hair bonding, or others)
The Ayurvedic approach to treating dandruff
When aggravated, these two doshas can produce specific impurities (ama) which cause dry and heated conditions within the body. The accumulation of these impurities in the deep tissues of the scalp can cause itching and patchiness of the scalp, resulting in the shedding of large quantities of dead epidermal cells.
Unlike more conventional dandruff treatments, Ayurveda takes a more holistic approach. Not only are topical solutions applied, but we also take a deeper look into the diet and lifestyle of an individual, and use herbs to cleanse the body of the impurities causing the condition.
Anyone suffering from dandruff should avoid foods which are hot, greasy, or spicy. Processed foods and carbonated beverages are also known to exacerbate the condition.
Your body needs to be nourished, which means focusing on a diet based on foods with good nutritive value. Fruits and vegetables, lentils, and other fibre-rich foods like whole grains, nuts, and seeds will go a long way in healing your scalp and keeping dandruff at bay.
Make changes which will help you keep your stress levels in check. Yoga and meditation are two great ways to ease the mind, body, and soul, while others may prefer swimming, running, or lifting weights.
It is also important to make a conscientious effort to avoid scratching or touching your scalp with your hands, a comb, a brush, or any other object. If necessary, slip on a pair of gloves at night so that you will not scratch while you sleep.
Hair care changes
Washing your hair too often – or too seldom – can cause dandruff. Cleanse your hair and scalp two to three times a week using a mild shampoo.
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