Dandruff, or a flaky scalp problem, is probably one of the topics that I get asked about the most. First thing I do is ask them what they are currently using to combat the problem. The answer is almost always a dandruff shampoo. If you are a member of this group, you are taking the wrong approach. Hopefully, this article will educate you a little, so you can tackle your problem more effectively.
So, what exactly is it? The major cause is a fungus, called Malassezia, that feeds on the oils of the scalp, as well as cholesterol. Many times this fungus is caused by the toxins in everyday shampoo products. They are absorbed into the scalp, robbing the natural oils, causing the fungus to go deeper in order to "feed". So, the average person buys a dandruff shampoo to fight the problem.
These hampoos contain Tars, which literally burn the dead, flaky cells off the scalp. This is a temporary fix, not a solution to the problem. The only thing that does is take the surface flakes away, allowing the fungus to travel deeper to be nourished. This is why, when you stop using these products, the dandruff and flaking will worsen. They have only masked the problem, not addressed it.
Another popular Ingredient in these shampoos is Silicone. This is an artificial shine enhancer, and they use this because the extremely high PH level of these products leaves the cuticle opened and damaged, making it very dull. The side effects of the silicone is a clogging of the follicle and tightening of the pores. The combination of clogging and tightening will eventually kill the follicle, which is the feeding tube for the hair. Over time, the hair itself will eventually die and fall out. Silicone has also been linked to some forms of cancer.
Needless to say, I tell my clients to stop using these products. Switch to a naturally balanced shampoo and creme rinse. Unfortunately, the flaking will get worse before it gets better. This is because the fungus has moved deep, and now that they are getting the scalp back in balance by using a naturally balanced shampoo, it has to gradually chaffe itself off. A very good way to control how much is visible during this elimination period is to, after you shampoo, put a very small amount of olive oil or sweet almond oil in the palm of your hand. Then, rub it into the hand and massage it into the scalp. This will also help replenish the oils that the fungus has taken.
I recently got my cousin started on the road to dandruff recovery by introducing him to my natural shampoo and creme rinse. When he mentioned the excessive flakes, I explained to him that it is a sign of healing and recovery. Then, I gave him a bar of Apple Cider soap , and told him to use it on his hair along with the oil trick mentioned above. He emailed me one week later to let me know that his flakes were gone, and his hair felt like silk.
Dandruff is very curable if you understand what really causes it, and how to treat it naturally. If you are one of the many people who experience those embarrassing flakes, start a natural hair care program today, whether it is through my Chalet product line, or some other all natural line. In no time, you will have healthier hair without the white stuff.