Dandruff is often as symptom of seborrheic dermatitis, which typically occurs when dry pieces of your scalp flake off into your hair, notes CNN Health. A number of shampooing products exist to help moisturize the scalp, but if you don't have time to wash your hair, you may be stuck with embarrassing dandruff at the office or while out with friends with no way to get rid of it. By packing your bag with a few essential tools, you can quickly get rid of dandruff temporarily without washing for a quick fix or a short-term emergency improvement. To control your long-term seborrheic dermatitis symptoms, however, the American American Academy of Dermatology recommends that you visit your dermatologist for treatment.
Head to a bathroom where you can look at the dandruff in the mirror and pinpoint exactly where it is. Good lighting is key to get rid of dandruff quickly and without washing.
Sprinkle dry shampoo over the areas where you see dandruff. If you don't have dry shampoo, baby powder or cornstarch can have the same effect. Don't add too much to your hair, especially if your hair is dark. Too much can give your hair a white tone.
Drag a fine-tooth comb through your hair, making sure to focus on the flakes. The dry shampoo will make the flakes slippery enough to be combed through the hair easily. To control your dandruff, look for a shampoo that contains zinc pyrithione, which keeps the scalp fungus to a minimum, recommends TotalBeauty.com. Rinse of the comb with each pass to get rid of the dandruff, and continue until you've brushed all of the dandruff away.
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Coat your fingertips in coconut,olive, neem or almond oil and warm the oil between your hands. To determine if you have an allergic reaction to the oils, perform a patch test before rubbing it into your entire scalp. Dab it onto your scalp sparingly; too much can make your hair look greasy. Warm oil can temporary moisturize the scalp to stop further flakes, notes The Daily Green website.
Keep your hands away from your scalp for the rest of the day. Scratching your scalp can create more flakes, warns Cosmopolitan magazine. When you get home, wash your hair properly with a medicated or moisturizing shampoo. You may need to schedule an appointment with your dermatologist if your dandruff persists; it could be the sign of a serious skin condition like eczema.
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