Hair contributes 60 percent of a woman’s beauty. Unfortunately, for some women, beauty has been denied by dandruff invasion.
Dandruff, going by current statistics, are common and giving women sleepless night since their assets get ruined.
It is more noticeable in adolescence and young adulthood and decreases thereafter.
Studies shows that dandruff usually starts at the age of 10 and 20 and affects up to 40 percent of people over the age of 30.
Dandruff and skin
Interestingly, what ought to be noted and many people are not aware is that dandruff is not about your hair but the skin.
As much as it is harmless, this condition is uncomfortable as it causes redness, itchy, scaling white flakes of dead skin that appear in the hair.
Women with dandruff should not worry much as this is not a serious condition and can be managed in the long run.
Dandruff is brought about by variety of things including dry skin, sensitivity to hair products and also various skin conditions.
Skin cells are formed continuously on the scalp and shedding of dead skin, which is a normal process, takes place. When shedding takes place dandruff is likely formed.
Signs to look for in the skin
A woman will know if she has dandruff when her scalp is red and itchy and includes white flakes of dead skin in the hair and shoulders. These flakes are usually scattered throughout the scalp.
If seborrheic dermatitis (a skin condition) is the cause of dandruff, the symptoms usually appear steadily. The scalp becomes dry or greasy, is red and feels itchy.
Reddish or yellowish scaling starts to appear and worsens when these symptoms appear in other parts of the body such as hair line and ears.
Fortunately, the condition can be treated and prevented thus no need to worry much.
Treatment includes shampooing the hair and massaging the scalp firmly and rinsing it well.
Later, one should oil the hair with anti-dandruff hair oil. Frequent shampooing removes flakes, reduces oiliness and prevents buildup of dead skin.
This simplest technique of getting rid of dandruff may fail to work for some people as the condition may vary. In such situations, seeking for medical attention from qualified professional is advisable. The application of corticosteroid lotion to the scalp may be prescribed.
Women should, however, be careful not to use this lotion without the doctor’s advice since it may cause thinning out of the skin and other side effects.
Dandruff is rampant during the winter but improves as summer approaches.
By Joseph Macharia