Dandruff is a scalp disease. Some forms of dandruff can cause severe itching and when one scratches the scalp to relieve itching, further damage is caused. Dandruff as well as other bacterial and fungal infections of the scalp can be cured, but very often people get resigned to living with mild forms of dandruff and over look the necessity of having it treated. Below are four homemade tips to prevent from dandruff and also ways on how to treat dandruff.

1. For dandruff, a light massage with hot oil helps to rid the scalp of the flakes. Pure coconut oil or olive oil can be heated and applied on the scalp with a gentle massage at night. It should be left on overnight. Next morning the juice of one lemon should be applied an hour before shampooing. This can be a good weekly treatment for the scalp.

2. Henna is a natural product that also helps to control dandruff infections. However, one has to be very careful about the quality of henna that is used. Specially prepared henna powder, mixed with other ingredients, is effective in controlling dandruff and improving the texture of the hair.

3. Washing never harms the hair—It is the use of harsh shampoos that does. The hair should, in fact, be kept scrupulously clean, and this can be achieved by washing it at least twice a week. Hygiene is closely related to both health and beauty. Where dandruff is concerned, there is a great necessity to keep the hair, combs, towels and pillow cases absolutely clean, as there are chances of re-infection.

4. Light oil massage often helps to dislodge the dandruff flakes, though there is a myth about the effectiveness of head massage. In actually, when there is hair loss, a vigorous massage can cause more hair to fall as the roots are already weak. Besides,it can damage the hair shaft. Hair is very delicate and should be handled very gentle. The scalp should be massaged gentle. The finger tips should be used to move the skin of the scalp in small circulatory movement.

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