Is dandruff just a manifestation of having dry scalp? Does having it mean you aren’t neat? Is it contagious? Does dandruff make your hair grow faster?
A lot of people have so many different questions about seeing those flakes in their hair. Some have accepted the myths going around as the truth while some are still confused as to what to do about them. In this article, we are going to bust some myths about dandruff and dispel some half-truths.
1. Myth – Dandruff is caused by poor hygiene
See erh, the condition can develop on anyone’s scalp. Why? Well, because it’s caused by a fungus called Malassezia which lives on the skin and scalp of all adults. Yes! All Adults!
The reason why some people have the manifestation of so many flakes is that they are very sensitive to the yeast, and this sensitivity can lead to the growth of extra skin cells that collect and flake off. Get it now?
2. Myth – Dandruff flakes are caused by a dry scalp
It’s important to note that dandruff and a dry scalp are absolutely not the same things. A dry scalp is caused by the loss of the scalp’s natural moisture making it dry and tight. Dandruff, on the other hand, is associated with a buildup of Malassezia, which grows on oily areas of the scalp. Irritants produced by Malassezia are able to feed on the excess oil, causing skin cells to shed faster than usual, resulting in itchiness and dandruff flakes.
3. Myth – Dandruff can cause hair to fall
Let’s get this straight. Hair fall is not caused by dandruff but it may be induced by the incessant need to scratch an itchy scalp. When we scratch our heads, the action may cause damage to the hair fibre making it more prone to breakage.
The root cause for hair fall includes stress, diet, and the health of the scalp. Because the roots of the hair are embedded in the scalp, it provides nutrition for hair growth. Therefore, a healthy scalp is the foundation for naturally strong hair.
4. Myth – Dandruff is contagious
Dandruff isn’t contagious and the fungal bacteria that can lead to the appearance of dandruff is present on everybody’s scalp, meaning we all have the potential to develop dandruff.
5. Myth – Regular shampoos can get rid of dandruff
If you have dandruff, you’ll need more than a regular shampoo product to get rid of it. Normal shampoos might help reduce the appearance of flakes, but they won’t get rid of the excess fungus that causes dandruff. Antidandruff shampoos with zinc temporarily slow the production of skin cells.
6. Myth – Using an oil treatment will make dandruff better.
As dandruff is usually oily already, applying more oil will simply give you stickier and greasier flakes. Rubbing oils into the scalp can also cause irritation.
We hope this article put things in perspective for you.