What’s that white stuff on your hair?

It’s itchy, flaky and really irritating. Here’s what’s causing you to have dandruff and how to eliminate it once and for all.

Dandruff may be caused by dry and insufficient cleansing of the scalp, hormonal changes, stress, certain illnesses and sensitivity to hair products. In some instances, the head could have flakes due to a scalp disorder.

It can be embarrassing to have noticeable dandruff present in your hair and on your shoulders, but usually dandruff can be controlled. Eczema (such as seborrheic dermatitis and psoriasis), dryness of scalp, infrequent shampooing and a yeast-like fungus are all common causes of the itchiness and dry flakes called dandruff.

Seborrheic dermatitis is a more serious type of dandruff with symptoms including a red and irritated scalp, sores and an itchy scalp. While this condition can affect the entire scalp, it is more prevalent at the back of the head and neck. This kind of dandruff can also be found on other parts of the body such as the ears and the face, and it requires medical attention.

Psoriasis causes excessive production of skin cells on the scalp, which leads to scaly skin. They skin sheds and combines with dirt and sebum oil, causing dandruff. Dandruff is not contagious and, if it is not medically related, it is not a serious condition.

HOW TO TREAT IT

  1. Shampoo your hair weekly. Since black hair is dry, washing your hair too often can lead to dry scalp and hair breakage.
  2. Use only reputable hair food and styling products on your hair.
  3. In severe cases of dandruff, medicated shampoos and the assistance of a physician or dermatologist may be necessary.
  4. When you have braids, weaves,or natural locks, don’t keep them in for more than four weeks if possible.
  5. Gently massage your scalp with essential oils to prevent having a dry scalp that leads to excessive flaking.
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