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Is dandruff contagious?

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Dandruff is not contagious nor is it a serious or threatening condition. However, dandruff can be frustrating and difficult to treat completely.

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It can also be embarrassing when the white flakes fall out in social settings and are clearly visible in the hair. Dandruff is a common condition easily treatable with the proper care, sometimes in the form of medication.

There is also a natural way to treat dandruff. This treatment can be convenient for those who cannot afford to visit a doctor immediately or who simply do not want to put anything medicated in their hair.

To start a natural treatment, a person should first brush their hair beginning at the scalp and moving downward. This is important because it moves the oil from the hair roots and scalp down to the end of the hair strands. Not only will this moisturize the hair strands giving the person shiny hair, but it will also keep the oil from causing additional dandruff. Next, a dandruff shampoo is needed. Use a dandruff shampoo anywhere from once a day to a couple times a week depending on the directions on the bottle. Make sure to completely massage the shampoo into the scalp and to let it sit there for 5 minutes before rinsing out for maximum effectiveness.

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