Anti Dandruff Home Remedies
Dandruff is a common problem that can cause discomfort and self-consciousness. Try some home remedies that are proven to soothe your symptoms.
Dandruff causes white or grey flakes of skin to appear on the scalp and in the hair. It is a fairly common condition, however, it can often be uncomfortable, as it can leave your skin feeling dry and itchy, and leave people feeling self-conscious, particularly if the flakes fall onto your shoulders and become more obvious.
It can normally be treated at home, especially when you try some of the below remedies, and it is not normally necessary to have intervention from your doctor. That said, you should visit your doctor if, you have tried anti-dandruff shampoos for at least a month and the symptoms have not improved, your dandruff is very severe, or your scalp is incredibly itchy, your scalp is red or swollen, or if you have a weakened immune system.
There are many different causes of dandruff, however, like we previously said, the good news is that there are many natural ways that you can help to reduce your symptoms and make it more manageable. Dandruff is notoriously hard to get rid of though, so it is likely that you will have to continue using these treatments in order to see a vast improvement in your symptoms.
The active ingredient in aspirin is salicylic acid, which is the same as a lot of medicated dandruff shampoos, however, it is much cheaper, and easier to use in your home.
Simply crush two aspirin tablets into a fine powder and add it to the normal amount of shampoo that you use to wash your hair. Leave the mixture to get to work on your hair for one to two minutes, before rinsing thoroughly. Follow with another plain shampoo.
Tea Tree Oil:
Tea tree oil is a wonderful natural ingredient and is often used in natural remedies.
Studies have suggested that shampoos that contain just five percent of tea tree oil significantly improve the severity of dandruff. You do not have to go out an purchase a special shampoo however, as a few drops of tea tree essential oil can just be added to your normal shampoo. Never use neat tea tree oil on your skin, it should always be diluted with a carrier oil such as olive oil.
Baking soda is often an ingredient that we commonly have in our kitchens at home, but many people simply do not realise its full potential when it comes to health benefits. Baking soda is a really effective treatment for dandruff, and it is so cheap and readily available.
Simply wet your hair before rubbing a handful of baking soda vigorously into your scalp, before thoroughly rinsing off. This will help to reduce the overactive fungi that is often the cause of dandruff.
Please note though that your hair may begin to feel a little dry at first. This is completely normal, and persevere for a few weeks with it, as you will not only notice a difference in your dandruff, but your scalp will begin to produce natural oils, which will then leave your hair feeling very soft and flake free.
Apple Cider Vinegar:
Yet another thing that apple cider vinegar is good for. The acidity of the apple cider vinegar will help to change the pH of your scalp, which will then make it harder for yeast to grow and cause dandruff.
To use, simply mix a quarter of a cup of apple cider vinegar into a quarter of a cup of water, and place into a spray bottle, which can then be used to spray on the scalp. Wrap your head in a towel and allow this to stay on for fifteen minutes to one hour, before washing your hair as usual. This should be repeated twice a week.
Coconut oil is a really popular way of treating dandruff, and there is a reason for this. Not only is it gentle enough to use on the whole family, it really works too.
Before you get in the shower, simply massage three to five tablespoons of coconut oil into your scalp before letting it sit for about an hour. Shampoo your hair normally after this.
Lemon is a really great alternative to the more traditional dandruff treatments, on top of having a whole host of other health benefits.
Simply massage two tablespoons of lemon juice into your scalp before rinsing with water. Once this is done, stir one teaspoon of lemon juice into a cup of water, before rinsing your hair with it. Repeat this every day until your dandruff has disappeared.
The reason that this is so effective is because the lemon is so acidic, it helps the balance of the pH of your scalp, which then keeps dandruff away.
Salt works as an exfoliant, making it great for scrubbing out the dandruff before you apply a shampoo. Work this salt through your hair, massaging as you go.
This natural remedy is much more effective when it is paired with another one of the above remedies.
Aloe Vera is a really effective remedy, because it not only works at getting rid of the dandruff but will also tackle the itchiness which is associated with it.
Simply massage some Aloe Vera extract into your scalp well before shampooing. It has a cooling effect on your scalp, which will them soothe the itch, and help to get rid of the dandruff at the same time.
Soaking your scalp in olive oil overnight, is a tried and tested treatment for dandruff.
Massage approximately ten drops onto your scalp, before covering with a shower cap overnight. This should be washed off with your regular shampoo in the morning.
Alternatively, you can look for a shampoo that already contain coconut oil, to save you some money once again.