Those having dandruff troubles know how annoying this skin condition can be. Besides the itchiness, it leaves traces on your clothes and, in some more severe cases, everywhere around you.
What you need to know is that in most cases dandruff is caused by bacteria and fungus that infect the scalp. In other cases, the problem arises simply because of extreme exposure to heat and cold, or due to a complex problem like dermatitis.
Also, hormonal fluctuations, stress, neurological disorders can also lead to itchy and flaky scalp. Consequently, the approach you need to take must be aimed at these problems and not your hair, as most people think. It really isn’t difficult to control dandruff; all you need are the following tips and some patience, since all the natural remedies need time to start working.
#1. Lemon solution: Peel three to four lemons, or take the skin after you make the lemonade and boil it in water for 5 minutes. Apply it on your hair when it cools down and then rinse it off. Repeat this activity at least twice a week and see the change. You must make sure you rinse the hair well, unless you want blonde highlights in your hair.
#2. Apple Cider Vinegar: This solution restores the pH balance of the scalp, inhibiting the growth of yeast. It cleans clogged pores and hair follicles. Two or three times a week, make a solution out of 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and two table spoons of water. You can add a few drops of tea tree oil in it (it has antiseptic properties). Apply on your scalp with a light massage and then rinse.
#3. White Vinegar: If you’re not a fan of apple cider vinegar or just don’t have it in your home at the moment, you can use white vinegar as well. Due to the acetic acid it contains, it prevents growth of bacteria and fungi on scalp. Make a mixture of ¼ cup of vinegar and ¾ cup of water, apply it on your hair in the evening, wrap with a towel and leave it on overnight. Wash your hair in the morning.
#4. Baking Soda: Baking soda reduces the overactive fungi that cause dandruff. With frequent use, it helps in restoring production of natural oils that keep scalp from becoming dry and flaky. Rub some soda on clean and wet hair and leave it 20 minutes. Rinse it with water and for the next few times do not use the shampoo or add some baking soda to it.
#5. Aspirin: Aspirin can be effective when it comes to dandruff control due to acetylsalicylic acid it contains. What you need to do is crush two aspirins in order to get fine powder, which you’ll mix with an equal amount of shampoo. Massage the mixture onto your scalp, leave it in for a few minutes and then rinse well. Another thing you can do is crush three aspirins and dissolve it in one tablespoon of vinegar; massage the mixture onto the scalp, leave it in for half an hour and then wash thoroughly.
#6. Fenugreek paste: Soak fenugreek seeds overnight in water and then make a fine paste out of it. Apply on wet, shampooed hair and leave for for20-30 minutes on your scalp and then wash it off. Repeat this procedure for at least four weeks. Fenugreek is also good for hair fall and skin conditions such as acne due to its antifungal and soothing effects.
#7. Aloe Vera gel: Aloe Vera contains pectin which stimulates creation of new cells making it excellent in fight against dandruff. Take some aloe vera gel and apply it on your scalp leaving it for about 30 minutes. Then, wash your hair with some mild shampoo. Repeat this remedy at least twice a week for 15 days.
#8. Coconut oil: Besides moisturizing and providing scalp from itching, coconut oil acts against fungi eliminating dandruff. Take some coconut oil and mix half the amount of lemon juice in it. Rub it on your scalp and massage for a few minutes, leave it form 2o minutes and then rinse. This remedy should be applied three or four times a week.
#9. Olive oil: Since olive oil is a natural moisturizer, it cures scalp dryness. Olive oil should be slightly heated, massaged onto the scalp and then wrapped in a towel so as to stay wrapped for a minimum of one hour, preferably whole night, before being rinsed.
#10. Beetroot and ginger paste: Make a fine paste out of some ginger and beetroot. Apply this paste on your scalp and massage it well. Try leaving it overnight and washing off in the morning.
#11. Neem leaves paste: Boil neem leaves for 30 minutes (note that you will need an amount of 4-5 full cups). After making a paste, apply on wet scalp leaving it for at least an hour. You might feel some itching but that is alright. Then wash with shampoo.
#12. Basil and amla paste: It has been recently found out that basil has great anti-oxidant, as well as anti-bacterial, properties. It does not only regulate oily skin but it promotes hair growth. Take few basil leaves, make a paste out of them and then mix this paste in amla powder. Apply this paste onto scalp and leave it rest for 30 minutes. Wash your hair thoroughly after the time is up.
#13. Cedarwood oil. Properties of cedarwood are therapeutic and are anti-seborrheic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, tonic, astringent, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, insecticide, sedative and fungicide. To treat dandruff, mix essential oils of cedarwood (seven drops) cypress and juniper (each ten drops) in 50ml of carrier oil. Rub well into the scalp and leave to rest for one hour. Wash out with warm water and mild shampoo. If you aim to prevent dandruff use the above mentioned quantities of the oils in 600ml of warm water. Mix well and use as a final rinse.
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