An itchy, dry scalp leaving white scales everywhere is unpleasant. It is dandruff and you must get rid of it
This doesn’t mean you are unclean or sick but dandruff is known to be a form of skin shedding. According to askmen.com, the human body sheds its entire skin every 24 days. Once skin dies, it falls off little by little. Normally, sloughing dead skin is unnoticeable because it happens gradually and in small pieces, but in the case of dandruff, the process is a bit different
To get rid of dandruff:
1. Start with a mild shampoo. An article in Reader’s Digest states that different dandruff shampoo ingredients perform different functions. Zinc pyrithione targets fungus and bacteria; ketoconazole also fights fungus; coal tar and selenium sulfide slow the growth of dandruff on your scalp; salicylic acid loosens flakes so they can be washed away. If there is no change after a few weeks of shampooing with various formulas or if your scalp is irritated, see your doctor.
2. Other remedies
Keep dandruff in check by crushing two aspirins to a fine powder and adding it to the normal amount of shampoo you use each time you wash your hair. Leave the mixture on your hair for one to two minutes, then rinse well and wash again with plain shampoo.
• Baking soda
To get dandruff under control, wet your hair before rubbing a handful of baking soda vigorously into your scalp. Rinse thoroughly and dry. Do this every time you wash your hair, but only use baking soda, no shampoo. Initially, your hair may get dried out but after a few weeks, your scalp will start producing natural oils, leaving your hair softer and free of flakes.
Massage two tablespoonfuls of lemon juice into your scalp and rinse with water. Then stir one teaspoonful of lemon juice into one cup of water and rinse your hair with it. Repeat this daily until your dandruff disappears.
To treat a bad case of dandruff, wash your hair with your regular shampoo; then rinse with an alcohol-based mouthwash. You can accompany this with your regular conditioner.
The abrasiveness of ordinary table salt works greatly for scrubbing out dandruff before you shampoo. Grab a saltshaker and shake some salt onto your dry scalp. Then work it through your hair, giving your scalp a massage. The dry, flaky skin sheds off and your hair is ready for a shampoo.