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Shvoong Home>Medicine & Health>PREVENT HAIR FALL AND DANDRUFF IN NATURAL WAY Review

PREVENT HAIR FALL AND DANDRUFF IN NATURAL WAY

Article Review   by:NirmalAble     Original Authors: Blackwell Synergy; Int J Dermatol
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PREVENT HAIR FALL AND DANDRUFF IN NATURAL WAY
What is dandruff?

Your skin constantly renews itself; dead cells from the scalp fall off as new cells form beneath them. Everyone loses skin cells in this way.With dandruff the process is faster, so a greater number of cells are shed. This means the cells shed in clumps (flakes) that are big enough to be seen by the eye.Flakes of dandruff are especially visible when they land on dark clothing. The scalp can also be itchy. The medical name for dandruff is pityriasis capitis, and it''s the most common condition of the scalp.Many people think they get dandruff because their scalp is too dry. They stop washing their hair with shampoo or wash it less frequently, because they believe it makes the condition worse. This is not true.
Flaking only happens because of an increased turnover of skin cells.
Dandruff is believed to be associated with an overgrowth of a fungus commonly found on the skin and scalp, called Pityrosporum ovale.

It can be difficult to prevent dandruff completely, but it can be controlled. The condition may also improve as you get older.

How is dandruff treated?
Anti-dandruff shampoo.Anti-dandruff shampoos containing the antimicrobials selenium sulphide (eg Selsun) or zinc pyrithione are helpful for mild dandruff.They are widely available and are also active against the fungus Pityrosporum ovale.Antifungal shampoo containing ketoconazole provides a mild, yet effective treatment for dandruff.It is good for persistent or severe dandruff and also stops Pityrosporum ovale.Brands include Nizoral and Dandrazol and can be bought from supermarkets as well as pharmacies.It should be used twice weekly for two to four weeks to clear the dandruff. After that, you should use it every one to two weeks to prevent dandruff coming back.If the dandruff doesn''t respond to treatment, you should see your GP.
some time tested age old traditional or natural methods for containing hair fall and dandruff.

The ripened fruits of Soap nut, botanically called Sapindus emarginatus, are soaked in hot water for 10-15 minutes and then crushed with hand in the same water to get the extract.The extract can be daily used beneficially with no side effects as a shampoo. It gives rich lather and can be compared in lathering property to synthetic lathering agents generally found in manufactured shampoos.

Another time tested natural shampoo, is the thoroughly ground powder of Blackgram, which should be made into a viscid paste with which the hair is washed and the scalp massaged. This is a good soap for the body also. For starters, the paste when applied, may be rough as compared to the soap, but a beautiful soap with all goodness. Both the above, Soap nut juice and Black Gram powder are natural shampoos, with no loss of natural oil from the body and in addition are anti dandruff.

Prior to shampooing or head bath, the scalp is thoroughly massaged with a combination made of crushed fenugreek seeds and sour curd. Leave for 15-20 minutes and wash with the shampoos. People who do not like to apply oil in day times may apply oil like pure coconut oil before going to bed and then shampoo the natural way in the morning. This restores the lost oil from the scalp.

Another remedy widely used in India and known as a c-vitamin rich fruit all over the world, Powder of Indian Gooseberry is an excellent rejuvenator for the hair. It brings lustier, prevents or contains dandruff and helps strengthen the roots.

There are several such remedies, but access to the raw materials or genuine products is a problem in addition to the time consuming preparations. At least choose a product that has less of synthetic components and more of naturals. Never go for a shampoo full of chemicals, just because it gives tons of lather
Published: October 13, 2007   
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