Author(s): Shifa A. Sheikh* and Dr. D. C. Goupale
Hair dandruff is not a life threatening problem yet it often threatens your mental peace, you do not wish to be embarrassed by the white flaky dandruff powder all over shoulder. “Dandruff” is the mild form of seborrheic dermatitis is an inflammatory condition that is characterized by flaking and shedding of dead scalp at an abnormally high rate. Natural herbs are good solution for dandruff and “Fenugreek” i.e. Trigonella foenum-graecum is a natural herb which helps in killing a type of fungus i.e. Malassezia furfur and bacteria i.e. Staphylococcus which causes dandruff. Many scientist have confirmed that fenugreek contain a large amount of lecithin which is a natural emollient and give power to hair. A study shows the anti-fungal activity of fenugreek germinated seed extract at concentration of 0.35g/ml[1 ml of extract and 3 ml of water(1:4)]was found to be more effective in declining growth of dandruff causing fungus Malassezia furfur. Concluding that, the use of fenugreek seed extract was functional in inhibiting the growth of microorganism. Hence, the anti-dandruff shampoo containing Trigonella foenum-graecum L. seed extract is found to be effective in treatment of dandruff.