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Choosing the right anti-dandruff shampoo for men
Mon, 13 Apr 2015 / by Radhi
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Those frequent urges to itch your scalp, indeed is quite an embarrassment in a social circle. You’re not alone and there are many like you suffering from the problem of dandruff. Extreme dry or oily condition of the scalp can lead to dandruff. The presence of malassezia a fungus that is observed to irritate the scalp. Besides using the wrong dandruff treatment shampoo, frequently alternating your anti-dandruff shampoo, poor diet and being a male can contribute to dandruff. Being male? Yes, you read it right. Not that females are less prone, but men are more susceptible to dandruff due to male hormones that play an important role towards contributing a dry scalp, that can cause dandruff.

There is debate over whether dandruff is contagious or not and while most think it is not contagious under certain conditions, there is nothing stops you from trying the various anti-dandruff treatments to prevent them irrespective of whether they spread or not. Moreover at initial stages of treatment, home remedies can be given a shot to.

Home remedies for dandruff

Here are few home remedies to treat dandruff:

Fenugreek seeds

Soaking two tablespoons of fenugreek seeds overnight (methi seeds) in water or curd, grinding into paste and then applying this paste to the scalp is an effective remedy followed.  After allowing the paste to stand for 30 minutes rising with an antidandruff shampoo gives excellent results.

Curd and pepper

Mixing two tablespoons of crushed pepper into curd and leaving on the scalp for an hour and thereafter a rinse with a dandruff treatment shampoo gives a smooth and dandruff free scalp. Pepper an anti-fungal and anti-bacterial agent helps to keep away from dandruff.

Lemon

Massaging your scalp with a mix of lemon juice and olive oil and a rinse thereafter with an anti-dandruff shampoo is also effective against dandruff.

Alongside you could also try Aloe Vera gel and neem. Frequent use of these house hold remedies can provide a bit of relief, however a professional advice, treatment and product coupled with home remedies is no comparison to the remarkable results achieved

Choosing the right anti dandruff shampoo

If you’re dandruff is severe an anti-dandruff shampoo is the solution. Here are few guidelines to help you choose the right one.

Diagnose your scalp type

As both oily and dry scalp type attract dandruff, you ought to analyse your scalp condition and know your hair type.  Use a moisturizing shampoo for a dry scalp type or hair. There are medicated dandruff treatment shampoos that are specific to both scalp types and hence not all antidandruff shampoos work effectively for all people.

Ingredients to look for in the shampoo

Few ingredients that you may look for in your dandruff treatment shampoo are: Effective anti-fungal ingredient such as Ketoconazole and zinc pyrithione, Scalp oil suppressor such as Selenium Sulphide, Dead skin remover like Salicylic acid. Besides if you’re a believer in botanical products check for Clematis vitalba, fruit of baobab tree or Ava Puhi for making your hair look healthy and dandruff free.

Branded or unbranded?

Well, branded products such as Tresemme, Head and Shoulders can give your shelves a professional look. However it’s not about going for the brands like Tresemme, yes brands are good but watch out for the ingredients as well. You never know that an unbranded medicated or organic shampoo may serve to be equally good as other commercial brands and may be reasonably rated too. Professional advice sure will be of help here.

Most important don’t forget to look for safety, allergy and dermatology certified ticks in your product.

After all this calls for….

A professional advice from your hair stylist. It is bit tough to make an accurate self-judgment of scalp type and this is where your hair care professional can help you. How long to use a dandruff treatment product? Will dandruff return? Do I seek a dermatology consultation? Is conditioning necessary after using an anti-dandruff shampoo? Is alternating anti-dandruff shampoos recommended? Will using anti-dandruff shampoos cause extreme dryness? Experts’ advice to avoid products that combine shampoo and conditioner in one bottle, but why and is it true? All these mind blocks are best sorted at a men’s saloon. There are many saloons for men focussing just on this one persisting problem ‘dandruff’. Seek the right advice and use the easiest channel of online portals to get in touch with the best hair care saloons in your city for dandruff treatment. 



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