For the first installment of our Expert Q&A, we enlisted the help of, Emmy Award Winning Hairstylist, LaVette Slater to answer a “flaky” question we received from one of our readers.
Daniela asks: How Do I Stop Dandruff?
To control dandruff you first have to figure out: “Do I really have dandruff?
If you find dry patches and redness, there is a chance it may be something else, such as, “psoriasis“. Or perhaps if you experience scaling, itching, crusting or oozing from your scalp than you might have “Eczema“. Be sure to consult with a physician if you feel any of these symptoms pertain to you. Another issue some people mistake for dandruff is product buildup and allergies to products that can cause flaking.
If the above conditions are all ruled out; then you may in fact have dandruff – which is the shedding of dead skin cells from the scalp. Dandruff is believed to be a chemical reaction in the body that increases the normal shedding of the surface cells. There is no cure for it, but it can be controlled. Do keep in mind that dandruff is contagious, so I suggest if you suspect you have it, do not share combs or brushes.
There are quite a few home remedies to help control dandruff, here are some examples:
- Raw Apple Cider Vinegar, read the eHow article.
- Infrared ray treatment, read the article on my blog.
- Aloe Vera, learn more on eHow.
- Eating raw veggies and yogurt
For a simpler option, use dandruff-preventing shampoos and be sure to condition afterwards. I suggest non-oily, mild shampoos and conditioners. Also remember, if dandruff is left untreated for a long period of time on a regular basis, it can lead to hair loss. So please make sure to wash your hair regularly!