Category: Dandruff

Dandruff is even more common than hair loss. It is something that is often considered to be less of a problem, but something that can still be very frustrating to deal with. So, here on Hair Growth Pills we have decided to tackle this issue head on.

In this section of the Hair Growth Pills website you can learn all about dandruff. We will cover the causes, the cures, the things that it can lead to, and so much more. We have written guides that show you how to tell the difference between lice eggs and dandruff flakes; guides that put dandruff shampoos in the spotlight and ask if they really do work; and so much more.

We’re not all about hair loss and hair growth on this site, and this section is a perfect example of that. It is just as diverse and just as helpful, but this time it’s all about those little white flakes and less about alopecia, pattern baldness and receding hairlines.

How to Cure Dandruff: The Truth About Dandruff Shampoo

How to Cure Dandruff: The Truth About Dandruff Shampoo

Many of you will reach for a dandruff shampoo when you notice those little white flakes appearing on your hair or you shoulders. But if you want to know how to cure dandruff effectively, this is not it. In fact, the shampoos may actually do more harm than good.

You have to ask yourself: why do they insist that the shampoos are to be used everyday and why does the dandruff return when they are not? After all, something that blocks the problem for a matter of hours or days is not a cure, it’s just a temporary solution to what seems to be a permanent problem. There is a reason for that though; most dandruff shampoos on the market just don’t work like you might think.

We’ll show you exactly what we’re talking about, while also showing you how to cure dandruff in a way that is permanent, natural and guaranteed.

How Does Dandruff Shampoo Work?

It has been said that over 110 bottles of head & Shoulders shampoo are sold every minute. That adds up to nearly 30 million bottles a year. That’s a lot of dandruff, and those figures are only increasing. But if this did what it promised to do, wouldn’t those stats be decreasing? Wouldn’t those people have had their dandruff cured by now?

The problem is, dandruff shampoo like this does not treat the source of the problem. As a result the dandruff can keep coming back. There is no interest in curing the source either. For the companies making these products it’s less about how to cure dandruff, and more about how to create a product that people will use in place of their regular shampoo. Head & Shoulders have managed it, and there are many more companies and products out there that also sell in their millions.

What these shampoos do, in essence, is soften the skin on the head. They turn those dry flakes into soft, wet mush. They are then basically washed away along with the shampoo. If you were to run your hand through your hair afterwards then you would get little to no drug flakes. If you do the same a day or two later they would return as your scalp would have created more. That’s why dandruff shampoo manufacturers insist that you use it every day.

It is a way of clearing the symptoms without having a impact on the disease; a way of putting the problem out of sight for a few days. This is never the the right solution and it will always create more problems further down the line.

Does Dandruff Shampoo Work at All?

The problem is not going to go away just by you using dandruff shampoo. You need to attack the problem at the source. This may involve using a different medication. It might involve a change of lifestyle. Many of us get dandruff and for most it’s not a major issue, which means that these shampoos are perfectly fine. But for others the problem is more severe and by using these shampoos they are merely covering it up and putting it out of sight and out of mind.

You should always get an expert to take a look if you think that the problem is serious; you should definitely do this if the shampoos are not having an effect. (First make sure it is dandruff and not lice).

Once you have done that, then there are cheaper ways to soften those flakes, attack the fungus and help your scalp. At worst these are just as effective as many dandruff shampoos; at best they may actually be able to help with the root of the problem; in either case they are always cheaper. If you want to know how to cure dandruff cheaply, then these are your best options.

How to Cure Dandruff Cheaply

There are a number of treatments that you can make easily at home and can help you to cure your dandruff cheaply. The better of these have been listed below. These are the options we know are effective, as well as ones that are safe and cheap.

  • Tea Tree Oil: This is a potent substance. It feels great, it will wake up your hair and it will also soften those flakes and help with fungal problems. You can mix a small amount of this substance with rosemary oil to get an added benefit, before diluting it and then massaging it into your head.
  • Baking Soda: This is a miraculous substance and one that has many uses. It can help to neutralize, to clean and to scrub. It’s something we all have in our kitchens and something that is perfectly safe. You only need to massage a small amount into your hair; you can also mix it with other helpful dandruff cures to get that added benefit.
  • Aloe Vera Gel: This is great substance to have in your house. We have already discussed how it can help with everything from eyebrow growth to receding hairlines. It can also help with dandruff. What’s more, because it is a gel it can be used to make other substances more adhesive. It is therefore easier to keep in your hair for long periods. We like to add a little castor oil and to lightly coat the hair.
  • Coconut Oil and Lemon Juice: The citrus acid in lemon juice (you can also use the concentrated orange juice found in orange peel) is great for curing dandruff and can also be used to help with a host of other ailments. If you make a concoction from this juice and coconut oil then you will have something that soothes, protects and attacks the problem at source. What’s more, if you get the mixture right then there is a good chance this will stick, as opposed to running down your face and creating an uncomfortable mess.
Home Remedies for Dandruff (Curing Dandruff on Head, Beard and more)

Home Remedies for Dandruff (Curing Dandruff on Head, Beard and more)

Home Remedies for Dandruff

There are many effective home remedies for dandruff. These are much cheaper than the shampoos we all know well, and they are also just as effective. Dandruff may seem like a stubborn and frustrating problem, but it’s actually a very simple one.

Of course, that’s providing that your issue really is dandruff and is not related to anything else. You can check our Dandruff or Lice article and our Does Dandruff Cause Hair Loss article to make sure of this. Once you have confirmed that the problem is nothing major then take a look at these home remedies for dandruff.

5 of the Best Home Remedies for Dandruff

Oil and Lemon

These two simple ingredients can work to nourish and protect your hair, while also attacking the dandruff. The oil basically provides the nourishment, coating your hair, locking in moisture and transferring all of that goodness into the scalp. The lemon than works to eliminate the dandruff.

Lemon is one of the most effective home remedies for dandruff on its own, but the oil adds an extra layer of protection and improves the effectiveness. The best oil to use for this is coconut oil, but you can also use olive oil. The trick is to mix this oil with a little lemon juice, massage the mixture into your hair and then leave it in for twenty minutes before washing it out.

Coconut is often preferred because it needs to be left in, and it sets very well and will not simply run everywhere like olive oil will. But you can also just add a little aloe vera gel to firm the mixture up.

Baking Soda

Used to rise cakes and bread, baking soda is also a homemaker’s favorite and has been said to cure all kinds of ailments, while also helping to clean your microwave and your countertops. This might sound like an old wife’s tale, but baking soda really is that potent and that effective.

To use baking soda for dandruff you just need to wet your hair and then rub a tablespoon of baking powders into your scalp. Work it in there and spend a few minutes massaging it before simply washing it out. The results should be immediate, and it might even clear the problem up completely.

If not, don’t worry as there are plenty more home remedies for dandruff here that may be more beneficial.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar for Dandruff

In our article on Apple Cider Vinegar we discussed how this has been hailed as a miracle substance and that it has a long list of uses. It is said that it can help with hair loss, but while we wouldn’t quite go that far it is one of the more effective home remedies for dandruff. It’s also incredibly cheap, and because it can be used in cooking, medicine and even cleaning, it’s worth having a bottle of this in your pantry at all times.

To use apple cider vinegar for dandruff just mix it with water and then apply it to wet hair. Massage the mixture into your scalp and then wash it off. Don’t use too much, it shouldn’t be running down your face and creating a mess. Begin small and just work little bits into your scalp. You want to get the mixture in deep, spending a few minutes massaging it in before simply washing it out when you have finished,

Orange Peel

The strong acidity in orange works in much the same way that lemon juice does. All of that strength, that flavor and that fragrance is locked up in little globules inside the peel, so this is what you need to get the most benefit. To use orange peel to help with dandruff you just need to grab a handful of peels, throw them in a food processor with some lemon or orange juice, and then mix into a paste.

When you have the paste then massage it into your hair, leave it in and then wash it out. Many of these other remedies will leave you with a somewhat pungent and nasty smelling head, but in this case you should have hair that smells relatively fresh. Of course, it still won’t come close to your usual shampoo, so feel free to wash an hour or two later once you have given it plenty of time to work.

Neem Leaves

Neem Leaves for Dandruff

This is said to be a very effective dandruff remedy and there is a lot of science to back it up. It is a very potent substance, one that can soften and protect, and one that also has a very strong anti-bacterial properties. The trick is to grind some neem leaves up to form a thick paste. Once you have this then you need to apply it o your hair, massage it in, leave it in and then wash it out.

If you can source the leaves then this may be the most effective, but it’s not always easy to source them. What’s more, while many of you will have coconut oil, olive oil, vinegar, baking soda and lemon juice in your kitchen already, very few of you will have neem leaves.

This is also less safe than the other remedies listed here. It is used to treat an array of issues, but it also has a list of side effects. Of course, you’re not consuming it, so you don’t run a high risk of getting any of these, but there is still a risk.

The Ultimate Home Remedies for Dandruff

Of course, all of the products mentioned on this page are perfectly natural and safe, not to mention cheap. In many cases there is nothing stopping you from creating a mixture that makes use of all of them, or using them one after another. If you think that you dandruff is bad enough and if you have the products, the time and the desire, then there is nothing stooping you.

Just be careful about which products you mix, because while most of them will mix to create a pleasant and harmless substance, some will leave you will a mess and a nasty smell.

Can Dandruff Cause Hair Loss?

Can Dandruff Cause Hair Loss?

Can Dandruff Cause Hair Loss?

It’s a question we get asked a lot here on Hair Growth Pills: Can Dandruff Cause Hair Loss?

We have covered both of these issues extensively on this site but this is the first time they have crossed for us. So, is this is genuine concern? Will that dandruff lead to more serious conditions like hair loss if it is left untreated. In this article we ask “can dandruff cause hair loss”, while also asking if this seemingly harmless issue can lead to other problems.

Can Dandruff Cause Hair Loss?

So, can dandruff cause hair loss? Well, there is a strong connection between these two conditions and this is not as easily or as quickly dismissed as you might imagine.

Firstly, the presence of dandruff and hair loss could be caused by a severe case of dermatitis. This is a skin condition that can leave your scalp very dry, itchy and inflamed, which in turn can lead to a host of skin and hair problems. There are simple cures for this problem, but it can take time, it is unpleasant and it’s a scary thing to deal with when the first symptoms present.

Dandruff and hair loss can also be the result of fungal infections and mites. These are very rare and are completely different to hair lice and other common issues. They can be the result of ringworm, which is an inflammation, or parasites. Typically, they will be easy to spot and there are also some very straightforward treatments for them. It is important to treat these quickly as they can lead to other problems.

How to Cure Dandruff and Hair Loss

Dandruff and Hair Loss

So, in answer to the question of “can dandruff cause hair loss?” we can safely answer in the negative. However, the former is often linked with the latter and the two can go hand in hand. If that has happened to you then there is a good chance that you have a more serious condition and that you need to contemplate addressing both of these issues, as opposed to focusing on a single one.

Your first step should be to seek help from a doctor. They will determine just what the issue is, before helping you to seek treatment for it. It might require a simple course of vitamins and minerals; it might involve a change in diet; or they might give you some medication.

In this case the worst thing you can do is to jump straight into using a product like Minoxidil, whether it’s in its original form or in the form of a shampoo like Follinique. If you have a scalp condition precipitating your hair loss, then such a treatment may do more harm than good.

So, get advice, make sure you know what the issue is and what’s causing it, and then start looking into some treatments.

Associated Symptoms

If you are suffering from inflammation then it may be a sign of a skin condition or a parasite, as mentioned above. In such cases it will likely present as a rough, hot and itchy patch. Due to its positioning you may not be able to see it, but if you can then it will likely be inflamed (raised and red).

If there is a bald patch around a certain area then it is likely you are suffering from a parasitic infection. But it could also be that this bald patch is unrelated. A bald patch that does not have any hair growing and is not red or inflamed is likely the result of a form of alopecia where the body’s immune system attacks the hair follicles. This is not necessarily indicative of anything more serious though and this particular form of alopecia very rarely causes complete hair loss. It is also unlikely to cause dandruff, and that does present then it will probably be the result of another issue.

Dandruff and Hair Loss: Serious Causes

If you do use Minoxidil, then you may also experience dandruff. This is a rare side effect from treatment, as it can dry out the scalp. Of course, on its own dandruff is less of a problem than hair loss and it is also easily cured (see our Dandruff Cure article to learn more).

Other shampoos, dyes and chemicals can also lead to both dandruff and hair loss. This is why it’s important to restrict the amount of chemicals that you put on your hair and to try and use all-natural products where possible. You can learn how to create many healthy and natural shampoos on this site, combining products like castor oil, coconut oil, and many other healthy oils, minerals and vitamins.

Dandruff and Hair Loss: Harmless Causes

Dandruff Cause Hair Loss

When both of these issues present together then there are only two likely causes. The first of these is simply poor care and hygiene. If you are not eating right, you’re not getting enough vitamins/minerals, and you’re not drinking enough fluid. The other is if you’re putting your hair under a lot of stress, whether by using hot irons, or by brushing too vigorously. The same applies if you use a lot of chemicals on your hair, as mentioned above, although in this case it’s likely that you have done more damage and you will have a harder time reversing it.

There are even more innocuous causes though. For instance, we all lose around 100 hairs per day anyway and the hair is in a constant three-stage cycle of growth, regeneration and stagnation. If there is a slight deviation in this cycle and too much hair remains in the stagnation stage and not enough in the growth stage, then you may experience more hair loss than usual. This can also happen after you have given birth, when your body gets rid of the hair that it held onto during the pregnancy.

If you spending a lot of time in a centrally heated house at the same time; if you’re using a new shampoo or hair spray that doesn’t agree with you; or if you just haven’t adapted well to a change in season, then you may suffer from dandruff. It is not unusual for these things to happen together and in this case it’s completely innocent and will not likely lead to anything more serious.

How to Cure Dandruff (Causes, Cures, Treatments)

How to Cure Dandruff (Causes, Cures, Treatments)

How to Cure Dandruff

Want to know how to get rid of dandruff fast? Looking for answers on how to cure dandruff in all of its forms and in all degrees of severity? Then this is the guide for you.

Here at Hair Growth Pills we tend to focus on hair growth and hair loss. It is in our name after all. But we also get a lot of questions regarding other hair problems, so we’ve decided to branch out a little. And it’s not like these issues are mutually exclusive. Dandruff is caused by your hair and your scalp not being in the best condition, and when that happens you are leaving yourself vulnerable to hair loss and other problems.

A healthier scalp means healthier hair, and healthier hair means no dandruff, no hair loss and few problems. Makes sense, right? So, let’s keep that in mind as we show you how to cure dandruff fast and effectively.

Is is Dandruff?

Before you ask how to cure dandruff, you should know for certain that it is dandruff. There is a chance that it could be nits, also known as lice eggs. To double check this and make sure that it definitely is dandruff and not the more ominous lice eggs, check with our Lice or Dandruff article.

Once you have confirmed that it definitely is dandruff and breathed a deep sigh of relief, then you can continue. The treatments below can all help you to cure dandruff. Just bear in mind that these treatments are designed to help adults and while they might be able to help children and pets, we can’t confirm if they are safe to be used for that purpose.

How to Cure Dandruff with Apple Cider Vinegar

This is an all-round treatment that can help with many different things and has been hailed as a miracle substance as a result. In our Apple Cider Vinegar for Hair Loss page we discussed the proposed benefits of this substance where hair loss and had growth was concerned. On this page we also mentioned that while there is a chance it may be able to help with hair growth, it can almost certainly help with dandruff.

There are many positives to using apple cider vinegar for dandruff. Firstly, it’s very cheap and abundantly available. Secondly, it’s not toxic and completely safe to consume and to apply direct to your skin. Thirdly, you can get as many benefits from applying it directly as you can from consuming a few spoonfuls of it every day.

Personally, we do not believe that it is a miracle substance and that you can transform your life by ingesting a spoonful or two every day. But we do buy into the fact that it can help with a host of skin problems and that it may be able to help with a number of other issues.

Can Aspirin Cure Dandruff?

Can Aspirin Cure Dandruff
You may have heard that this common painkiller can cure dandruff. We have heard this a lot ourselves and it seems to be true. It sounds like one of those crazy treatments that someone clearly pulled from nowhere, but it makes sense once you look into it.

That’s because the main ingredient in aspirin, salicylic acid, is also the main ingredient in many medicated shampoos. These shampoos contain other ingredients, fragrances and more, which allows them to bulk up the price and to justify it, to an extent. But many of them rely almost entirely on this ingredient to provide the benefits that they claim.

So, by using aspirin for dandruff treatment you are effectively eliminating all of those expensive ingredients, skipping the overpriced shampoo and using a cheap active ingredient instead.

Just crush a couple aspirin tablets down to a fine powder, add it to a shampoo (a normal shampoo is fine) and then apply. Keep it in your hair for a couple minutes, wash out and you should notice almost immediate results.

How to Cure Dandruff with Essential Oils

We have discussed the benefits of essential oils before on this site. In the linked article you will notice that we mentioned everything from lavender oil to cedarwood oil. These probably won’t do you any favors with regards to dandruff, but there are others that will, including tea tree oil.

You have probably used shampoos and body washes that contain this essential oil, as beauty brands like to use it. It feels refreshing on your skin and hair and it has that “clean” feel that shampoo and body washes aim for. If research is to be believed then it can also work wonders on dandruff.

You just need to add a few drops of this essential oil to a simple shampoo and then make sure that you use it on a regular basis. And like all essential oils, you don’t need a lot of it to get positive effects. In fact, many of the positive studies of tea tree oil used just 5% to 10% solutions. This basically means that one small bottle will go a very long way and could be one of the cheapest dandruff treatments you have ever used.

If you want to know how to cure dandruff cheaply then this could be the answer. Just make sure that you avoid using too much as it can damage your skin and scalp in higher concentrations.

How to Cure Dandruff with Baking Soda

Can Baking Soda Cure Dandruff

Want to know how to cure dandruff with something cheap and safe already in your home? There’s a good chance you have aspirin, but there is also a good chance you’re not that keen on using it on your head (we don’t blame you). However, it is not the only substance that can work wonders and can be found in most hones, as baking soda also ticks that box.

Like apple cider vinegar, this has been labelled as a miracle substance by countless “experts”. Some of the reports are all hard to believe, but when it comes to dandruff the science seems to back it up.

You just need to massage a little powder into your scalp and it will work to balance acidity, kill fungus and soothe itches.

That pretty much closes the question of how to cure dandruff cheaply. We would cover the more expensive stuff, but really, there is no need. The expensive shampoos out there basically do the same things as the ingredients we have covered already. In many cases, those shampoos are just as effective, but you also pay considerably more for them, and there’s just no need to fork out all of that cash.

Lice or Dandruff: Your Questions Answered on Eggs, Nits and More

Lice or Dandruff: Your Questions Answered on Eggs, Nits and More

Lice or Dandruff

This is a question that we are asked a lot: is it lice or dandruff? No one likes to think that they have lice. It’s something that is sure to send you into a panic and something that may even make you think back to your school days, when lice epidemics caused all kinds of chaos in the classroom.

Fortunately, there is an easy way to tell whether it’s lice or dandruff. In fact, there are many. In this guide on Lice Eggs vs Dandruff we’ll help you out. These methods will tell you whether it’s lice or dandruff and they can be used to figure out this issue in yourself and in your children.

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Lice vs Dandruff: FAQ

Lice vs Dandruff
The best way to lend you a helping hand in determining whether the issue is lice or dandruff, is to provide you with a series of FAQs. So, take a look at these questions and answers below.

How Can I Tell if It’s Lice or Dandruff?

Lice doesn’t look like dandruff. It’s the lice eggs that you need to worry about. What’s important to know is that just because you can’t see any little lice jumping about in the hair, doesn’t mean they don’t exist. Typically, the only thing visible is the lice eggs, which are small and white and are often confused with dandruff.

How Can I Tell if it’s Lice Eggs or Dandruff?

The best way to tell is to see how the white specks respond to touch or movement. Dandruff is flaky skin, and it tends to move like a loose piece of dried skin would. It can be easily moved and blown away and it is not attached. Lice eggs, on the other hand, are often “glued” to the root of the hair. They will not be as responsive and will not move as easily.

Is Itching Lice or Dandruff?

An itchy scalp can be the result of both lice and dandruff. In fact, there are several symptoms that both of these problems share, not just the present of white spots.

Lice FAQ:

How Do You Get Lice?

You get lice by being close to someone, or in contact with someone, who has lice.

Can Dandruff Stick to Your Hair?

It seems that if you’re asking this question then there is a good chance you, or the person you are asking for, has lice. Dandruff does not stick, but lice eggs do, as mentioned in our Lice or Dandruff FAQ above.

How do You Know if You Have Lice?

Is it Lice?

As well as checking for the eggs, as discussed in our Lice or Dandruff FAQ above, you can also use a fine comb. If you run this through the hair then the lice should attach. You may need to shine a torch on the comb to see these, but in most cases they will be visible straight away.

What do Lice Look Like?

Lice are small insects that you can see with the naked eye. However, you will only see a small brown dot that moves quickly. The older they are, the bigger they are, but a full-grown louse is still just the size of a sesame seed.

How to Prevent Lice

There is no evidence to suggest whether or not lice prefer clean or dirty hair. However, we do know that they can not simply be washed out, so if you have them then you can no simply wash them out. Lice are transferred from person to person. They can leap very long distances considering their size and they also move quick. If you come into contact with a person that has lice and you have long hair you will almost certainly get them.

How to Get Rid of Lice?

There are many techniques you can use. You can use a fine comb. You can use essential oils, and you can also use medicated shampoos. There are also people who swear by the use of natural ingredients like Evening Primrose Oil, Castor Oil and Apple Cider Vinegar.

Can Black People get Lice?

This might sound like a strange question to ask, but it’s actually a very common one and one we have heard a lot. We can understand why as well. Black people have very thick hair and this can make it difficult to get rid of lice, as it’s not as easy to comb out. Luckily, black people do not get lice as often as white people, but they still get it and they should not be exempt from checks.

How Long do Head Lice Live?

On average, head lice live for just 30 days, providing they have a human host on which to feed. Of course, they will also lay eggs and then breed another cycle of lice. If this is allowed to continue then the population of head lice will likely continue to grow. The more the population grows, the higher the risk of one person spreading lice to another. That’s why it is essential for someone to be diagnosed and treated as soon as possible.

Can Lice Live Outside the Human Body?

Head lice can not live for longer than 24 hours away from a human host. It is rare that they are passed from pillow to person or bedsheets to person because of this short life span. But if you have head lice and are sleeping next to someone who does not, then there is a good chance that the lice will infect the person during the night.

How Long Before Lice Eggs Hatch?

Is it Dandruff?

The cycle of the head louse begins around 7 days after the eggs are lain. That’s how long it takes for these eggs to hatch and for the lice to start feeding and growing. After another 7 to 10 days the louse will reach maturity and will lay eggs of its own. It may be just another 2 weeks before it dies, but in that time it can spawn many offspring and help to create an infestation.

Can you Get Lice From Pools or Bathtubs?

While research has shown that lice can survive underwater for a few hours, it is highly unlikely that they can reach through a swimming pool or even through bath water. In most cases, the lice will not leave the host when they are in water. They hold on tight and if they are unable to hold on, it’s likely because they have died.

Can You Kill Lice with a Flat Iron?

You can, but it’s not the most effective way to kill them. You will have to go through every strand of hair, and you will need to leave the irons there for some time to ensure that the lice and nits are dead. In the process you may end up doing more damage to your hair than the lice would.