What Are The Different Types Of Dandruff Flakes And How To Stop Them? March 25, 2015

Have you started shying away from your all-black wardrobe? And, a hat has suddenly become an unavoidable accessory? Well then, it might be the time to face the ‘harsh’ reality. You have dandruff.

Yes, it’s annoying and pretty embarrassing at times but the good news is it’s curable. What you need to take care of is stopping them from increasing abnormally. Dandruff can be caused by several reasons. These include:

  • Dryness of the scalp
  • Infrequent shampooing
  • Yeasts like fungus
  • Eczema

All of the above-mentioned reasons can give rise to those little white flakes called dandruff. It may hamper your self-esteem if remained untreated for long. Why wait, when you have simple home-made remedies for the rescue.

Before we discuss the ways that can help you eliminate dandruff flakes, you need to identify its type. Different types of dandruff have different remedies. So, it’s important to understand first its type and cause to get the right treatment done. It will help you avoid different trial and error methods which can cause further damage to your scalp and hair.

Different Types of White Large Dandruff Flakes

1. Dry Skin Related Dandruff:

Dandruff caused due to dry skin is one of the most common types. Mostly during winters, washing your hair with warm hair tends to make it dry and flaky.

2. Oil Related Dandruff:

The next common cause is accumulation of sebum oil secreted from your scalp. Improper or irregular shampooing habits often lead to this type. If your hair and scalp is not clean, the sebum/skin oil combines with all the dead skin cells and dirt forming itchy flakes.

3. Fungal Dandruff:

Malassezia, a fungus, is naturally found on the skin and scalp. Normally, this fungus has limited growth. But, excessive oil on the scalp serves as food for this fungus, thus helping them grow immensely. This fungus produces oleic acid as a metabolic by-product. This oleic acid in turn produces an increased turnover of skin cells, causing unwanted white flakes.

4. Disease Related Dandruff:

Serious causes may include infections related to the scalp. For instance, PSORIASIS CAUSES excessive production of skin cells on the scalp. This leads to scaly skin. They shed and combine with dirt and sebum oil causing dandruff. Similarly, eczema also causes the skin to become itchy and flaky.

Stop Dandruff, Stop Itchiness – Steps towards Healthy Hair & Scalp

Treatment from professionals may certainly give you great results but how about some simple home remedies for dandruff? You might just get the same great results without spending that extra penny!

[ Read: Simple Tips to Get Rid Of Dandruff ]

Let’s try some simple home-made remedies to brush off that stubborn large flakes of dandruff:

  • Take 2 tablespoons of fenugreek (methi) seeds and soak them in water overnight. Now, grind them into a fine paste. The next morning, apply this on your scalp and leave it for about half an hour. Once it dries up, wash it off with soap-nut/ritha solution or normal water. It serves as an effective after-shower tonic for the hair.
  • Fresh lime juice (a teaspoon) for the last rinse while washing your hair can do wonders.
  • Apply a paste of fuller’s earth and lemon juice onto the scalp once a week.
  • Massaging the scalp with curd for about half an hour prior to washing is also known to be an effective measure. You can make it even more effective by keeping the curd in open for at least 3 days.
  • Mix cider vinegar with water in equal quantities. Rub it gently onto your scalp before washing hair. This can knock off the dandruff very effectively.
  • Proper hygiene practices such as proper and regular washing of hair and keeping the scalp clean is the best way to fight dandruff.

Apply these simple home-made remedies and say bye-bye to those big flakes of dandruff!

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  • Swait

    Thanks Angana! Dandruff has been plaguing me this entire season and this is the first time i have ever had to deal with! Knowing the kind of dandruff i may have will certainly make it easier for me to deal with it,