The Scalp Solution

Southstar Drug

Everyone wants a silky, shiny, and healthy hair. We spend good amount for shampoo, conditioner, hair cream, hair mask and etc, just to achieve that hair goals. But the question is; how’s your scalp by the way? Are you feeding your scalp the food it needs so as it would produce that hair goals of yours? Yes, the key to achieving that silky, shiny and healthy hair is actually determined by the condition of your scalp.

Only a few knows that the scalp is actually more than just where the roots of our hair are suspended into. It’s part of our skin that also needs special care. I bet you are not new to  the itchy flaky “dandruff”. Dandruff is a result of dry scalp or skin condition (confirmed, it’s part of the skin!) called seborrheic dermatitis. Aside from that, it could also be due to eczema where patches of skin become rough and inflamed, with blisters that cause itching and bleeding; psoriasis, which is characterized by patches of abnormal skin; malassezia, which is an overgrowth of a yeast like fungus.

During monsoon, dandruff is one of the most common skin woes.
According to Complete Well Being by Allison Roughlry, there are number of reasons for the dandruff like faulty diet, harsh shampoo, poor blood circulation in head, emotional tension and stress. Treating dandruff for some people is a year-long reality. Those with high seasonal experiences, especially during monsoons, should treat their hair more carefully.
1.    Use an effective anti-dandruff shampoo with an active ingredient like zinc pyrithione, which attacks fungus and keeps it in check, regularly. This also helps reduce the tell-tale flakes.
2.    Regular washes keep the fungus in check and reduce the sebum on your scalp. In addition to playing a role in dandruff, sebum also attracts dirt, dust, and pollution to your hair, making it look dull, weak, dried out and brittle.
3.    Stick to your anti-dandruff shampoo – no switching between a cosmetic formulation and an anti-dandruff product! This reduces the effectiveness of anti-fungal actives and could leave you with flakes and bad odour. Zinc pyrithione, which is odourless, provides conditioning and light pleasant fragrances, making them a pleasure to use
4.    Cut down on styling and styling products, as they may also attract dirt and grime during monsoons. Brush and comb gently, so as not to cause scalp damage. Remember to dry hair completely before leaving the house. Rain water can add to your dandruff problem, thanks to its unhealthy moisture
5.    Recognise your severity. If you are suffering more than moderate flaking and itching, be sure to find the right product. There are products that include intensive solutions targeted at severe dandruff sufferers. Like the rest of the range, they have a pleasant fragrance and they leave hair well conditioned.
Sail smoothly through this rainy season! For more scalp and hair care tips, read our article The Perfect Two: Shampoo and Conditioner

Dandruff in Monsoon.