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Top 10 Facts About Dandruff

Feb 26, 2012

If you see white flakes in your hair, you obviously have dandruff. But how much do you really know about where these flakes come from or how to get rid of them? Read on and arm yourself against future outbreaks!

No. 10:

Dandruff is caused by a normal, healthy fungus that lives on everyone’s scalp (Eew! Seriously? Yup!) Sometimes, that fungus gets out of control and needs treatment

No. 9:

Shampooing is often the easiest and most effective way to prevent dandruff. It cleans hair, invigorates follicles, reduces excessive sebum buildup that can lead to dandruff flakes, and prevents excess cells from accumulating on scalps.

No. 8:

If you have dandruff, use a dandruff control shampoo with the ingredients selenium sulfide and zinc pyrithione. Head and Shoulders and Nizoral are two common brands. Shampoo with the special shampoo every day until the flakes disappear, and then twice a week afterward to keep that fungus from returning. 

No. 7:

Lower your stress levels. Stress is believed by many experts to trigger a dandruff outbreak. When you relax, your scalp will, too!

No. 6:

Get outdoors. Your scalp is only skin, after all, and skin needs a little exposure to sunlight (rich in Vitamin E) to keep it healthy.  If you have thin hair, use sunscreen on exposed areas such as your part and forehead to keep your sensitive scalp sunburn-free.

No. 5:

Eat a well-balanced, healthy diet with enough B vitamins, zinc, and essential fatty acids. Foods like broccoli, spinach, beef, shrimp, pecans and baked beans contain B Vitamins, Zinc and essential fatty acids to keep your system balanced and actually help prevent dandruff.

No. 4:

Exercise regularly to improve your circulation and overall health. Exercise, combined with proper nutrition are two of the most important things you can do for yourself, and should be part of any plan to combat a health problem, even something as random-seeming as dandruff.

No. 3:

For natural itch relief, rub warm oil mixed with water onto your scalp using the following method: Mix 2 tablespoons of water with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and heat them in a saucepan just until warm, not boiling. Dip the tip of a cotton ball into the warm oil, test it on the inside of your wrist to make sure it won’t burn your scalp, then paint the oil onto your scalp with the cotton ball. Coat only your scalp, not your hair. Wrap hair in a warm, damp towel or shower cap for an hour, then shampoo as usual.

No. 2:

Wear light-colored clothing when you have a dandruff outbreak to camouflage any white flakes that may fall. Steer clear of black shirts!

No. 1:

If these treatments and over-the-counter anti-dandruff products are ineffective, a dermatologist can recommend a prescription anti-dandruff therapy and discuss methods to prevent dandruff. 

Follow these steps and soon, all anyone sees will be healthy, beautiful hair, and the only flakes you’ll see will be in your breakfast cereal.

Have Your Say

What would you do if your BFF had dandruff? Would you tell him or her and offer to help get rid of it or politely ignore it?

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labimba
labimba posted in Style:
Neko girl I have to get back in shape for September if u want we can be training buddies!  :)  
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animallover468
animallover468 posted in Style:
EndlessDream is right. Skipping breakfast and lunch can result in stomach ulcers and sudden weight gain (had personal experience...), ESPECIALLY skipping breakfast! You have to incorporate exercise in your daily routine. Stomach and body fat is mostly caused by lack of exercise, and maybe that means you need to do toning exercises. Try doing simple exercise videos like the 3-mile powerwalk on YouTube (trust me, I sweat like crazy when I do those workouts). Anything that gets you sweating, is the kind of exercise you need to do.  I hated working out when I first started my weight loss journey too. I would always start wheezing every time I started working out. But after pushing through everyday, I think working out is one of the best stress busters I've ever had!  If you want to lower your appetite though, I suggest eating a full lunch and breakfast and skipping your dinner. If you can't skip dinner, then at least try aiming for an early dinner, around 5:30 or 6:00. Your body needs time to digest at least 4 hours before you sleep. I started gaining weight around puberty when I was 12, it could be the same for you too.  But honestly, there's nothing wrong with having consciousness about your weight. Now starving yourself and dieting is BAD, but there's nothing wrong with changing your lifestyle in order to be fit. It's a good thing that kids start caring about their health, and the earlier you start, the better off you are. 
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EndlessDream
EndlessDream posted in Style:
You need breakfast and lunch. Starving yourself, even if you aren't hungry, makes you loose energy to the point you could pass out from not eating. Keep your diet healthy. For breakfast, at least have yogurt, fruit, and juice. Drink at least 4 full glasses of water a day. Trim down on the snacks. Everyone has different bodies and build. You may just be large-boned. And that's not bad! That makes you stronger and higher ability to gain muscle. Loosing weight doesn't happen over night. It can take months. 
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Nekogirl101
Nekogirl101 posted in Style:
For years my parents would tell me I'm skinny but compared to other people, my waist was bigger and I would always hide it. Though it was obvious I weighed more, I've only been doing this for a week and I didn't ever tell anyone what I was doing until my parents found out. I would skip lunch and breakfast and say I was full. I only ate a big dinner every night. Once my parents found out, they said it was unhealthy and if I didn't  stop, I would develop an eating disorder. I obviously listened to them, but I've tried as best as I can so far. I have barely lost any weight from exercise and my parents won't let me go on a diet because I already 'eat healthy enough'. I want to lose weight without exercising being 3/4s of my lifestyle. I know, I'm a lazy idiot for saying all this.
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rainbowpoptart
Yes, purely for the fact that you should not "hate" your sister (or anyone, for that matter).  I'm guessing by "get in trouble for her", you mean she does something wrong and the blame is all put on you? Yeah, little siblings tend to do that a lot. My brother did for the longest time, until my parents found out how much a liar he is. She, hopefully, will grow out of this eventually. Either that, or your parent[s]/guardian[s] will eventually see through her. You lose your friends to her? By this do you mean your friends want to hang out with her and they want you to tag along and you don't? Or do you mean your friends chose your sister over you? If it's the latter, then perhaps you shouldn't have ever referred to those people as friends. You'll find friends who'll prefer you over your sister, I'm sure of it. The only thing I can tell you to do is try to get along with your sister. Every group of siblings has their cats and dogs moment in life, but they grow out of it (most of the time; there are, of course, circumstances where it doesn't work out that way). Please be grateful for your sister, even if you two fight a lot. You never know how much you need something until it's gone.
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