There are two types of dandruff - Pityriasis Capittis Simplex and Pityriasis steroids. PCS is the dry dandruff that itches and flakes. Pityriasis Steroids is more intense and looks scaly, waxy, and greasy. PS dandruff has to be medically treated and if combed will bleed or release sebum. Dandruff is caused by the following:
Poor circulation, stress, lack of water, gland problems, or hormonal imbalance.
Other factors also cause dandruff. Here are few:
Poor hair cleaning, infrequent shampooing, High PH in water or shampoos, or bacteria/fungi
Most over the counter shampoos for dandruff will treat the problem. However, these products are typically poorly made with tar chemicals. It helps for a short period of time and requires constant shampooing. Of course, constant shampoos are drying, stressful, and impractical for most African American hair. If you have a dandruff challenge your hair salon should seek all natural products that better nourish your hair. Here are few natural herbs and remedies that are effective anti-dandruff solutions:
- Selenium - it is found in rosemary and sage and essential oils such as jojoba, peppermint, and primrose. It can be added to an oil base for a hot oil treatment.
- Vitamin B Complex - is found in panthenol, horsetail, and rosemary. This vitamin increase blood circulation and nutrients that decrease oily scalp. These can be added to oil treatments, conditioners, or found in ointments (all natural).
- Garlic or garlic extracts, smell bad but are really effective in washes to prevent inflammation (dandruff) and fungi growth.
- Apple cider vinegar - can be used as a quick rinse to cool and neutralize the acidic hair and scalp.
WHEN TO SEE A STYLIST
If you regularly visit a salon, your stylist assistant or person shampooing your hair should notice the dandruff. At Duafe we will often see the dandruff and treat is with our dandruff shampoo and conditioner that has great ingredients. If the problem persist we will offer hot oil treatments or ACV rinses until the dandruff subsides/disappears. If you notice that your dandruff appears shortly after a hair visit you should alert the salon.
Dandruff is the communication to you from your body that something is not cooperating. Usually its directly related to diet, hydration or stress. The best way to prevent dandruff is to eat fruit and vegetables, exercise, and rest. The hair salon can topically treat your hair but skin, hair, and nail health starts from within. In addition, stay away from harsh products that strip your hair of great nutrients. Finally, add hot oil treatments and herbal rinses (or ACV rinses) in your hair care regimen.
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Duafe Hair Salon
3129 north 22nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19132