Dandruff is a scalp condition marked by white flakes on the scalp and itching. It is caused by a yeast-like fungus called malassezia, also known as pityrosporum. Malassezia is normally found on the scalp without causing problems, however, if it grows unchecked due to many causes such as hormone imbalances, stress, immune suppression, infrequent shampooing, illness, or increased oil production, it could result to mild inflammation that produces dead skin cells. The dead cells mix with oil and clump together, making them appear white and flaky.
It may be a common condition but it does’n make it less embarrassing. Imagine your looking dapper on a nice, dark suit but plagued with dandruff flakes on your shoulder, and constantly scratching your head. Not a good sight, right? Dandruff can also cause hair loss, acne, pimples and premature hair greying, so it should be treated before it can get severe and chronic.
Unfortunately, most of the dandruff treatments available today can be harsh and may worsen the condition. But did you know that relief may be no farther away than your refrigerator? Here are some of them, most of which you can easily find in your kitchen and medicine cabinets.
Yogurt and Black pepper
Yogurt reduces the intensity of scaling. Mix 2 teaspoon of black pepper powder in a cup of curd and blend it thoroughly. Then rub this mixture into dandruff affected scalp and after an hour, wash it with a mild shampoo.
You can get rid of dandruff with the consistent use of olive oil. Olive oil is a natural clarifying and moisturizing agent. It is one of the most admired home remedies for dandruff. Apply lukewarm olive oil to the problem scalp in circular motions before going to bed. Wash out your hair with a mild shampoo in the morning.
Lemon juice and Coconut oil-Blend together 1 tbsp. of lemon juice with 5 tbsp. of coconut oil. Apply to the scalp and leave this remedy on the scalp for 20 to 30 minutes and then wash with a shampoo.
Lemon and Garlic-Mix 1 tbsp. of lemon juice with 2 tbsp. of garlic. Apply paste to the scalp. Lemon juice will help you to get rid of flakes. Garlic is a natural antibiotic and is best to kill the bacteria on the scalp. Leave this anti dandruff treatment on scalp for 20 to 30 minutes and then shampoo your hair.
Apple cider vinegar-Vinegar is extremely effective for the treatment of dandruff as it is rich in potassium and enzymes which will help to cure an itchy scalp and dandruff. There are several ways you can make use of vinegar to prevent dandruff. You can massage apple cider vinegar into the dandruff scalp 5 to 7 minutes. Apple cider vinegar will help you to get rid of the dead skin cells, which are responsible in clogging the hair follicles and lead to dandruff flakes.
You can also mix 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar with 1/4 cup water. Pour this mixture into a spray bottle and spritz it on to your hair and scalp, being careful to avoid the eye and ear area. Wrap your head in a towel. After 15 minutes to an hour, remove the towel and wash your hair. Do this once or twice a week.
Another way to use vinegar to treat dandruff is to mix a tbsp. of vinegar in your last mug of water when you wash your hair.
Baking Soda-Wet your hair and then rub a handful of baking soda vigorously into your scalp. Rinse thoroughly and dry. Do this every time you normally wash your hair, but only use baking soda, no shampoo. Your hair may get dried out at first. But after a few weeks your scalp will start producing natural oils, leaving your hair softer and free of flakes. For maintenance, add 1 tsp. of baking soda to a handful of shampoo, and use every other day and you will find that it can remove dandruff flakes even hiding in hair strands.
Aloe Vera gel –Apply aloe Vera gel on the scalp to remove dandruff. Leave on for 15 minutes. Aloe is a natural home remedy, which clarifies and repairs damaged skin. It fights dandruff and let you get rid of dandruff flakes so the scalp can heal.
Eggs-Beat 2 eggs to apply it on scalp and rinse it off with in one hour to get dandruff free hair. Eggs help in the treatment of dandruff and falling hair. Egg acts as a good conditioner for dry hair giving them glow and shine.
Onion –Make a paste out of onions and apply the paste into your scalp. Leave it on dandruff skin for one hour. Make sure that you wash thoroughly. Apply lemon juice to remove smell of onion from your hair.
Fenugreek (Methi) Seeds and Oil-Soak methi seeds in water for overnight and mash these fenugreek seeds in about half cup of warm coconut or olive oil. Apply all over the scalp. Leave it on for two to three hours. This home remedy will helps to get rid of dandruff naturally at home.
Apples-Apply 2 tbsp. of apple juice mix in water directly to the scalp. Apples have enzymes that eliminate dead skin cells that further causes scalp flakes. Leave this home remedy on the scalp 5 to 10 minutes before washing your hair.
Tea Tree-Tea tree oil is a natural home remedy for dandruff. Tea tree oil has natural antiseptic and antibiotic properties, which make it best to get rid of dandruff. You can apply tea tree oil directly to the scalp, or add few drops to your regular shampoo.
Beetroot leaves and Henna-Crush beetroot leaves in henna powder to make a paste. Apply this mixture to remove dandruff.
Snake gourd-Rub the juice of snake gourd on the scalp.
Aspirin-Two aspirin dissolved in the shampoo can let you get rid of dandruff.
Rosemary-Mix vinegar in oil of rosemary leaves (squeeze them). You can also apply mixture of rosemary oil and coconut oil to your scalp to treat dandruff.
Salt-The abrasiveness of ordinary table salt works great for scrubbing out dandruff before you shampoo. Grab a saltshaker and shake some salt onto your dry scalp. Then work it through your hair, giving your scalp a massage. You’ll find you’ve worked out the dry, flaky skin and are ready for a shampoo.
Mouthwash-To treat a bad case of dandruff, wash your hair with your regular shampoo; then rinse with an alcohol-based mouthwash. You can follow with your regular conditioner.
Its best to treat dandruff using natural remedies rather than artificial chemical based products, and the best thing about using home remedies is that you don’t have to spend a fortune trying which treatment would work best for you.