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Should you oil your hair if you have dandruff? Do's and Don'ts to follow for scalp care in winters

While oil may seem like a logical solution for treating dandruff, it is actually counterproductive. Oils like coconut and olive, which are commonly used for hair care, contain saturated fatty acids that are actually food for the yeast that causes dandruff.

Written By: India TV Lifestyle Desk New Delhi Published on: January 05, 2023 13:20 IST
Women looking at her damaged hair
Image Source : FREEPIK Woman looking at her damaged hair

Dandruff is a common scalp condition that is characterized by the shedding of white flakes of skin from the scalp. While it is often thought to be caused by dryness of the scalp, this is actually a myth. The true cause of dandruff is an overgrowth of a harmless yeast called Malassezia, which feeds on excess oil and dead skin cells on the scalp. This leads to the shedding and clumping of skin cells into flakes, which can then appear on the scalp and in the hair.

Should we oil our hair if we have dandruff?

One common mistake that people make when trying to treat dandruff is using oil as a solution. While oil may seem like a logical choice for moisturizing the scalp and reducing flakiness, it can actually exacerbate the problem. Oils like coconut and olive, which are commonly used for hair care, contain saturated fatty acids that are actually food for the yeast that causes dandruff. Using these oils on an infected scalp may actually worsen the condition and lead to increased hair loss.

Mineral oils, such as baby oil, may be a better option for treating dandruff as they are petroleum-based and do not contain the saturated fatty acids that feed the yeast. It is important to note, however, that leaving any type of oil in your hair for extended periods of time can strip it of its natural shine.

It is important to identify the true cause of dandruff and use appropriate treatments. Here are some tricks to drive away dandruff this winter are as follows-

Avoid direct heat- One of the most common causes of a flaky scalp is excessive heat. Wet hair can cause headaches and colds, which is why hair dryers are so popular in the winter. However, direct heat exposure, such as from ironing boards and hair dryers, dries the scalp. Instead, towel-dry your hair before allowing it to air dries.

Cut down on sugar- Sugar is bad for both your skin and your hair. It turns out that it's also bad for your hair! Excessive oily flakes are caused by high blood sugar levels, which increase dandruff in the winter. Reduce your sugar intake and replace it with honey or jaggery.

Drink more water- We often forget to drink water during the winter, which dehydrates the skin and hair, causing more dandruff. The average daily water consumption limit is set at 5 litres, but if it's getting too cold, 4 litres will suffice!

Use biotin and zinc supplements- Biotin is a hair vitamin that can be found in a variety of foods and is also available as a supplement in pharmacies and supermarkets. Biotin has been found to be "likely effective" in the treatment of biotin deficiency and to be safe when used in the recommended amounts. Deficiency can lead to dandruff. Rule out fungal infection, psoriasis if it is not responding to medicines.

Change your diet- Vitamin B, zinc, and omega 3 fatty acids are all good for the hair and scalp. Fruits and raw salads should be part of your daily diet. These nutrients are abundant in eggs, fish, bananas, and spinach.

Brush your hair often- It may aid in scalp stimulation and blood circulation. This will aid in the production of oils that keep the hair and scalp healthy.

Use a cotton towel- After you've washed your hair, wipe it dry with a cotton towel. Towels with a rough texture should be avoided because they can cause more frizz.

Visit a dermatologist- If your dandruff problem becomes out of hand; seek the advice of a reputable dermatologist. In these situations, an expert will be able to provide you with the best solution, so don't hesitate to seek advice.

Use shampoo containing zinc pyrithione, selenium sulphide or 2% ketoconazole- Many anti-dandruff shampoos contains zinc pyrithione shampoo. It is antifungal, antibacterial, and antimicrobial, which means it, can kill fungus, bacteria, and microorganisms that cause itchy, flaky scalp. If you've tried these shampoos and other home remedies and still don't feel better, then consult a dermatologist. The contact period of shampoo should be a minimum of 5 minutes. These shampoos make the hair dry, so use conditioner as well.

Always keep your hair and scalp clean- When going out in the sun, cover your head with a scarf, hat, or cap. Keeping your hair free of pollutants will aid in its growth. Sweating is normal, but excessive sweat can cause hair buildup. After you've exercised or had a particularly sweaty day, always dry your hair.

In females, oily scalps and severe dandruff may be signs of hormonal imbalance, so rule out that as well. Usually, dandruff does not happen in children, but if it happens, rule out lice infection or fungal infection. 

Disclaimer: The article is for educational and informational purposes only. It does not constitute as medical advice. Please consult a doctor before changing your hair care routine.

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