Dry and flaky scalp is commonly seen in many people and is known popularly as dandruff. It is a type of seborrhoeic dermatitis and is called as pityriasis capitis.
The organism responsible for this is pityrosporum ovale, a yeast, which is normally present on skin and increases in the scales of seborrhoeic dermatitis.
Dandruff results in itching and flaking of shiny silvery scales of scalp. Areas with rich distribution of sebaceous glands are affected. Occasionally, it can also affect eyebrows and forehead.
How To Prevent Dry And Flaky Scalp?
- Avoid excess use of hair styling products.
- Avoid use of harsh shampoos. These are hard on scalp.
- Wash hair at least twice or thrice a week with mild herbal shampoos or use soap-nut for hair washing.
- Reduce or eliminate all foods that contain yeast such as bread, baked foods, cheese, fermented foods, wine and alcoholic beverages.
- Meat, sugar, white flour, strong tea or coffee, condiments and pickles should also be avoided.
- Brush your hair daily to improve the circulation and remove all flakes as much as possible, this also encourages hair growth. Brush in opposite direction from nape of neck to top of head after bending down. This will help remove all flakes.
- Expose hair to sun rays. It also helps to check dandruff.
Natural Remedies For Dry, Itchy & Flaky Scalp
- Massage your head with homemade curd for three days at night, keep it overnight and wash in the morning.
- A few drops of lime juice can be mixed with Gooseberry juice and applied every night for this condition.
- Soak two spoons of fenugreek seeds in water overnight. Grind these seeds and make it into paste. This paste is to be applied all over the scalp and leave it for half an hour. Then wash it with soap-nut or “Shikakai”.
- Commonly used vinegar at home can be applied over scalp after mixing it with equal amount of water.