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Tips to control dandruff

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A few lifestyle modifications, constant hair care, healthy habits and a balanced diet can keep your scalp dandruff-free.

The simplest treatment is frequent and effective shampooing of the hair and the scalp. Mild dandruff can be treated by regularly shampooing the scalp with a mild, non-medicated shampoo. If this does not help, a medicated dandruff shampoo can be used.

Stop using styling products from gels to hairsprays in your hair. These hair styling products pose a potential threat by drying the scalp. Natural alternatives like henna may be of help for hair colouring.

Talk to your doctor about getting a prescription dandruff shampoo and discuss other ways to prevent dandruff if the problem persists and over-the-counter dandruff shampoos don’t clear it up.

Exercise regularly and eat a well-balanced, healthy diet to help control dandruff.

Use anti-dandruff treatment shampoos once a week to start with. If the problem persists, increase the frequency of use.

A diet that provides enough zinc, B-complex vitamins and essential fatty acids may help prevent dandruff. Adopt a well-balanced diet, with emphasis on raw foods, especially fresh fruits and vegetables. Add foods that have natural sulphur to your diet. Cabbages, eggs and onions are such foods.

Condition your hair after every wash. Some may need mild conditioning and some may need deep conditioning, according to their hair texture.

Practice stress reducing methods such as meditation and yoga. These healing treatments can have positive effects on physical health and your hair condition too.

Dandruff is a result of a dry scalp and poor hygiene. A few changes in your diet and your lifestyle and hygiene will help to improve the condition of your hair.