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Is dandruff contagious? (Beauty query)

Could you get dandruff from your roommate? Read to find out.

You notice those white flakes on your head and wonder if you got them from your roommate. Dandruff is a common problem with most people these days and since it is a fungal infection, it can be easy to believe that dandruff is contagious. But can that be true? Mr Rohit Batra, leading dermatologistclears your doubt.

Dandruff is not contagious. You get dandruff when a yeast known as Malassezia forms on the scalp. You get the classic oily, flat yellow flakes on your scalp because of the yeast. However, your dandruff can get worse if the yeast that occurs in small numbers in the scalp is increased in numbers. Yeast levels may rise when the humidity and heat rise when you sweat.

If you notice those pesky flakes, you might need a slight tweak in your hair care routine.

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  • If your scalp tends to get dry, you can keep it moisturised with coconut oil. Apply the oil all over your scalp and hair and use a comb to spread it evenly. This helps in keeping the scalp moisturised. You can also mix 1/2 teaspoon of castor oil with coconut oil, heat it and then apply on the scalp for better hair texture and growth. Leave it overnight and wash your hair with a mild shampoo the next day.
  • Wash your hair at least twice a week. If your hair gets wet in the rain, wash and condition it thoroughly when you get home. This will help you get rid of the dirt that comes along with rainwater and causes scalp infections. Towel-dry your hair and avoid using blow dryers. Ensure that your scalp is dry at all time. Also, try these 7 home remedies for dandruff.

Even if you do not have dandruff and worried that you might get it, you need to take better care of your scalp. Avoid putting your hair through chemical processes like colouring and using products like dry shampoo that could irritate your scalp. These 5 leaves can help fight dandruff and hair fall.

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