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Control DandruffDandruff is common and rarely serious. It’s not contagious, but sometimes embarrassing. Don’t worry – in its mildest form, dandruff is easy to control and Mane ‘n Tail can help!

How do you know if you have dandruff?
There are other common skin problems, like psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis, that have symptoms similar to dandruff. Next week I’ll blog about the differences in these skin conditions, including symptoms, causes and treatments. Today the topic is the dreaded dandruff. It’s the most common of the three and the easiest to treat.

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Most of us know dandruff when we see it. Flaky patches of dry skin in your hair or on your shoulders. Your scalp itches and you avoid wearing black. Dry conditions worsen the problem, leaving your scalp flakier and your hair oiler. Most causes of dandruff can be treated with over the counter products. The Mayo Clinic suggests using a shampoo that has zinc pyrithione in it. Zinc pyrithione is an antibacterial and anitfungal solid compound, which is odorless and easily soluble in water.

Mane ‘n Tail’s line of anti-dandruff shampoo and conditioners contain zinc pyrithione along with natural herbs blended with an olive oil complex, giving your hair nourishment and strength. Safe to use daily, our Daily Control all in one shampoo/conditioner will help relieve that itching feeling on your scalp due caused by dryness, while simultaneously preventing flakes.

How do you get rid of dandruff?
Besides shampooing regularly with our shampoo, there are other things you can do to help limit your risk of dandruff. The Mayo Clinic suggests limiting your use of hair products, like sprays and gels, which may leave your hair oiler. They also suggest exposing your scalp to a moderate amount of sunlight, since Vitamin D helps with dandruff. Managing your stress can also help. “Stress affects your overall health,” advises The Mayo Clinic, “making you susceptible to a number of conditions and diseases. It can even help trigger dandruff or worsen existing symptoms.”

As with most things dealing with your health and body, your diet plays an important role. When it comes to controlling dandruff, the recommendations for your diet are things you’ve heard a million times before. Eat more fresh fruit and raw vegetables and avoid caffeine.

Ask around and you’ll find everyone has a cure for dandruff, kind of like the hiccups. Here’s one I found when digging around the internet: “Immerse peels of lemon in coconut oil for 8-10 days in sunshine. Now sieve and apply on the hair. Hair will become dandruff free.”

Other remedies included ingredients such as beetroot juice mixed with vinegar or ginger juice, coconut oil and black pepper, raw eggs, rosemary and borax, henna and roasted clove powder, green gram powder and lime juice.

We can’t recommend any of these home remedies because we haven’t tried them. We don’t have to. We know that our anti-dandruff shampoo and conditioner really work!

If the problem persists after regular shampooing or if you feel your condition is more than just dandruff, visit your doctor, who should be able to diagnosis your condition just by looking. As I mentioned earlier, you might have a different skin condition called psoriasis or seborrheic dermatitis.

Visit our blog next time where I’ll go into a little more depth describing the differences between dandruff, psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis. In the meantime, use our Daily Control 2-in-1 to keep your shoulders and scalp flake free.

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