Dandruff is a common scalp disorder among people of all age groups regardless of gender. Dandruff or seborrheic dermatitis is caused by the growth of fungi or bacteria. Oily skin, dry skin, and inflammatory skin conditions on the scalp can cause dandruff. As a result, dandruff leads to itchiness and the excessive production of dry and dead skin flakes on the scalp. While there is a variety of over the-counter-anti-dandruff treatment shampoos, here is a list of natural treatment remedies to help you get rid of dandruff, at the comfort of your home.
Apply baking soda
Baking soda is an extremely useful kitchen ingredient, but it also has a good reputation for being an all-round treatment for curing a wide variety of diseases at home. By simply taking a spoonful of Baking soda and applying it to your hair and massaging it on the scalp using your fingertips, after making your hair wet will help cure dandruff. Rinse by washing it off after 15 minutes with water. Repeat this four times a week. Baking soda works by eliminating the dead skin flakes and acts as a fungicide thus getting rid of the fungi that cause dandruff. Most importantly, it enables the scalp to produce natural oils that are vital to having healthy hair. Amazingly, this happens in just a few short weeks.
Try tree oil or olive oil
Tree oil moisturizes the scalp from dryness and soothes it from itchiness and soreness when the scalp is massaged with drops of the oil and washed off after 20-30 minutes. In addition, tree oil contains anti-fungi properties helpful in keeping dandruff under control. For a quick cure, apply treatment three times a week. You can also add few drops of the oil in regular shampoo for daily use.
When under a dandruff attack, you can always count on lemons to eliminate extra oils and restore hair, through its acidic properties. Lemon also leaves the scalp and hair with a fresh and pleasant smell. To eliminate dandruff, simply squeeze a spoonful of lemon juice, massage it into your scalp and wash it off after 40-60 minutes. Repeat treatment at least 5 times a week.
Apple cider vinegar/ white vinegar
Just as baking powder, apple cedar vinegar is a kitchen ingredient but very helpful in the treatment of dandruff. To best apply the vinegar, mix it with an almost equal amount of water, pour it into a spraying bottle and spray it as you rub it into the scalp. Rinse off the apple cedar vinegar after 30 -60 minutes. Apply treatment thrice a week for the best results. Vinegar regulates the scalps pH level, fights off fungi and opens up clogged up pores.
The treatment of dandruff is no further than your kitchen. Besides soothing the itchiness of the skin, salt exfoliates the scalp, eliminates excess oil, and its abrasive crystals scrub out dandruff flakes. Apply this treatment by sprinkling the salt onto your dry scalp, rub, and massage it from the nape of your neck to the forehead before washing it off with your shampoo after 5 to seven minutes.
Just as aloe vera shampoos, the gel from fresh aloe vera leaves contains a cooling effect that eliminates the soreness or itchiness of dandruff when applied to the scalp and hair and washed off after 30-45 minutes. Aloe vera regulates and restores cell regeneration.
To treat dandruff, simply massage coconut oil on the scalp and wait for not less than 20 minutes before washing it off. This helps in relieving the itchiness and moisturizing the scalp.
Gently massage diluted honey on the scalp to soothe itchiness and scale out the dead skin and flakes in just two weeks. Do this three to five times a week.
The application of yogurt on dandruff affected scalp and using a mild shampoo to rinse it off an hour later minimizes scaling significantly.
Scalp scrub paste
Alternatively, you can make a home-made scalp scrub by mixing coconut oil, olive oil, yogurt, and honey to form a thick paste. Massage the paste into the scalp, applying it evenly. Leave it for around 30 minutes and wash off the paste with shampoo until clean. The paste works by opening up the clogged pores.
Get some sun
Experts point out that exposure to sunlight has been associated with healthier hair and scalp. Exposure to sunlight for 20 to 30 minutes is beneficial in drying up the extra oil.
Try these tried and tested natural remedies to not only treat and cure dandruff, but to avoid the embarrassment, and irritation that comes with it.