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Fighting Dandruff

First of all what is dandruff? The dictionary describes it as scurf that forms on the scalp and comes off in scales. Huh? Simply put, dandruff is dry skin, or a dry scalp. Often it sheds and is unsightly. Who wants flakes on the shoulders and back of their clothing? No one that I know... Therefore, today we'll briefly speak about this problem and what we can do about it.

Were you aware that with dandruff, it is possible that styling techniques, like blow-drying may often be a culprit? Product buildup on the scalp can also cause this problem that is not uncommon. Ethnic beauties, while doing some reading on hair care, I saw that if your hair contains a natural coil, chances are your scalp may be dry, in addition to your hair. If your scalp lacks oil, or there isnít sufficient oil on the hair shaft, then dandruff may appear. This is nothing to be ashamed of however, because it is treatable. If you suffer from elevated levels of stress, or have experienced hormonal or dietary changes, these things may also cause dandruff. Unsightly though it may be, it can also wind up in the eyebrows. Sometimes men see it in their beards or even their mustaches.

Yet there is good news, there is help! There are wonderful over-the-counter shampoos. Within two to three weeks of regular use, you should begin to notice a difference. If not, then it may be time to see your dermatologist. He or she will work with you to find out what is causing your ailment. Is it hereditary, are you overly stressed, are you lacking vital nutrients; these are some of the questions that may arise and need to be answered. The dermatologist may even advise you to use a humidifier in the colder drier months. He or she may prescribe a hair care regimen or a shampoo stronger than those readily available at drug stores.

Don't forget. When shampooing, it is good to work up a nice lather. Do so two twice, at least, the first time, to cleanse, the second to medicate. Using your fingertips, massage and revitalize the circulation in your scalp. Then thoroughly rinse. Leave no shampoo on the hair or the scalp. If conditioning is in order, then by all means do so.

Ethnic beauties, when in the process of ridding yourself of dandruff, be aware that scratching may further irritate your scalp. Sure, your head may itch, but available are treatments that can give you relief. Why not hop over to the Ethnic Beauty Forum to see a few? Remember, dandruff is nothing to be ashamed of, like other ailments, it can be managed and you too can have beautiful flake-free hair.

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