Dandruff is an unpleasant condition of the scalp that results in the formation of white flakes of the skin. The most common symptom associated with dandruff is dry skin and itching. Dandruff is not easy to treat. It becomes embarrassing when flakes of dandruff are seen on the scalp and visible on your shoulder and clothes.
Some causes of dry skin that can cause dandruff are as below
- Seborrheic Dermatitis
- Tinea Capitis
- Sensitivity to certain shampoos and skincare products
- And other factors, such as stress, change in the weather, not combing the hair enough, improper diet, and other medical conditions.
13 Natural Home Remedies for Dandruff
Some of the simple and easy home remedies for dandruff include:
1. Apple cider vinegar
Apply a mixture of half a cup of apple cider vinegar and half a cup of water to your scalp. Wrap your head in a towel, and let this mixture stay for 20 minutes. Then, wash it off. Do this 2-3 times a week. Apple cider vinegar removes excessive oiliness of the scalp, kills the bacteria, and balances the pH level of the skin, thereby making it harder for the yeast to grow.
2. Coconut oil
Apply coconut oil to the scalp, and let it sit for 30 minutes. Then, wash it off. Coconut oil is an ancient home remedy for dandruff. It kills the scalp fungus causing dandruff, Malassezia Globosa.
3. Lemon juice
Massage the scalp with lemon juice, and wash it off with water. Keep doing this until dandruff disappears. Lemon juice helps to balance the pH levels of your scalp and keeps dandruff away. Lemon has antiseptic properties, which help to kill the yeast causing dandruff and prevents secondary infections.
4. Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil is an effective anti-bacterial and anti-fungal remedy which kills Malassezia, the most common cause of dandruff. Apply tea tree oil in combination with jojoba or olive oil to treat itching and irritation on the sensitive scalp. You can also add a few drops of tea tree oil to shampoo, or use a tea tree oil shampoo.
5. Aloe Vera:
Massage your scalp with aloe vera juice just before shampooing and washing your hair. Aloe vera helps to strengthen hair from its roots and promotes healthy, shiny hair. The cooling effect of aloe vera soothes the itching resulting due to dandruff.
6. Baking soda:
Rub some baking soda on the scalp while having slightly wet hair. Leave it for 2 to 3 minutes before you wash it off. Baking soda helps to fight the active fungi that cause dandruff.
7. Egg whites:
Egg whites help tighten the hair follicles. It helps control sebum production and removes excess oil from the scalp. Egg whites also contain lysozyme that kills germs and bacteria.
8. Apply Ginger:
Ginger is a natural antiseptic that kills the fungi that cause dandruff. It prevents the growth of the yeast, thereby stopping flake formation, itchiness, and dandruff before it may occur. It also reduces inflammation of the scalp and promotes healthy blood circulation necessary for healthy hair. Mix grated ginger in olive oil and apply it to the scalp. Let it stand for 30 minutes and then wash it off. Repeat this 3 times a week.
9. Neem leaves:
Make a paste of neem leaves and apply it to the scalp. Leave it for half an hour on your scalp and then wash off. Neem contains the active constituent quercetin which reduces inflammation and redness and keeps the skin cool and relaxed.
Apply fenugreek paste on the scalp. Take 2 tbsp of fenugreek seeds soaked overnight in the water. Grind this into a paste. Leave this for half an hour on the scalp and then wash it off. Fenugreek contains protein and nicotinic effective for dandruff and dryness of hair.
11. Vitamin E:
Apply Vitamin E oil or flaxseed oil or olive oil overnight and wash it off in the morning. Vitamin E nourishes the scalp.
12. Improve your diet.
Exercise every day and manage your stress levels well. Healthy eating and exercise contribute to having healthy hair and healthy skin.
13. Quit smoking and alcohol.
Hair, nails, and skin are the window to health. Invest in your hair in treating dandruff with these natural home remedies, as your hair is the crown you never take off. Never, never, never give up on your hair. Healthy hair and skin begin within and reflect your good health and impart a good appearance.