Dandruff is basically the dead skin cells on the scalp, which sheds. Dandruff is a very common scalp disorder, especially in teenagers. This problem can also become the cause of low self-esteem. Various commercial cures are available for the treatment of dandruff, but they may have some side-effects. So, here are some home remedies to deal with the problem of dandruff.
- Dry scalp
- Emotional problems
- Allergy due to hair care products
- Oily or irritated skin
- Not cleaning the head
- Unbalanced diet
- Lack of vitamins
- Switching to hair care products very often
- Malassezia, a type of fungus
- Changing of weather, especially in winters
- Using too much hair gel or hair spray or other hair styling products
- Itching on scalp
- Scaly scalp
- Dry white flakes in hair and on shoulders
Home Remedies to Cure Dandruff
Many of us deal with the problem of dandruff. If you are tired of trying too many anti-dandruff shampoos, but don’t get satisfactory results, you can go for natural home remedies. You will certainly get a positive result.
Yogurt is not only a very good option to condition your hair and scalp, but it also a wonderful home remedy to get rid of severe dandruff. Take plain yogurt and apply it on your scalp. Leave it for like 20 minutes and rinse off afterwards. Now, use a little shampoo to clean the scalp.
Take two aspirins and crush them. Make a fine powder and mix it into your regular shampoo. When you shampoo, leave it for 2 minutes. After that, wash it off.
3. ACV (Apple Cedar Vinegar)
Take one part of ACV and mix it with one part of water. Both ACV and water should be equal in parts. Mix them well. After shampooing, take a small amount in your palm and rub it onto your scalp. Leave it for 10 to 15 minutes. Then wash it off with water. Repeat this procedure for a week or so.
4. Oil Therapy
Take mild oil. It is considered that baby oil is the mildest oil. Use baby oil if you are unable to find mild oil. Heat this oil, but not too much as this will burn your scalp and fingers. First, touch the oil. If it is okay, take some oil in your palms and massage gently. Do not apply too much pressure or your hair will fall. Now, heat some water. Soak a towel in it. The towel should be long enough to cover your scalp and hair. Now, squeeze the excess water and cover your hair with this warm towel for 20 minutes. Take the towel off after 15-20 minutes and leave it overnight. In the morning, shampoo your hair.
5. Coconut Oil Massage
Heat some coconut oil and massage your scalp with it, gently. Leave it overnight. Rinse with shampoo, the next morning. It can be difficult to get the oil out in one wash. Wash your hair twice, if needed. Coconut oil and especially the heated oil will moisturise your scalp and hair. Repeat it every week.
6. Baking Soda
Take a handful of baking soda and apply it onto your scalp. Massage for a minute and then, wash it off thoroughly. Repeat this procedure for 2 weeks. After 2 weeks, your scalp will be dandruff-free, and hair will look beautiful.
7. Tea Tree Oil
Take some tea tree oil in your palm and massage your scalp and hair with it. Leave it overnight. Rinse in the morning.
We all know that Listerine is a great mouthwash product, but how many of you know that it can actually help you to get rid of that terrible dandruff? The methyl salicylate and menthol can provide relief in itching. Dab a cotton ball in Listerine and place it on your scalp and see the wonder.
Lemon is a very good and effective natural remedy for dandruff. After shampoo, put some lemon juice on your scalp and massage gently. Leave it for 1-2 minutes and wash thoroughly.
Take 1 cup of mouthwash and 9 cups of normal water. Mix it together. After shampoo, rinse your hair and scalp with this mouthwash mixture. Do not use water afterwards. Just style your hair like always. Repeat this procedure once a month.
11. Olive Oil
Take extra virgin olive oil, if available. If not, take the regular olive oil, heat it and apply it on your scalp and hair. Massage gently. Olive oil will return your lost moisture. Your hair will appear healthy, shiny and of course, dandruff-free.
12. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera has many beneficial properties. Take raw aloe and cut it into half. Take out the sticky gel in a bowl. Apply this gel before taking a shower. If you are unable to find raw aloe, you can use aloe vera juice. After applying aloe vera juice or gel, rinse thoroughly with a mild shampoo.
Take 4 tablespoons of thyme and boil it in 2 cups of water. Boil it for 10 to 15 minutes. Let it cool down and then, strain this thyme mixture. Apply it on your scalp and leave it for 5 minutes. It’s a good herbal therapy for dandruff.
14. White Vinegar
Take one cup of white vinegar and mix it with 3 cups of normal water. Rinse your hair with vinegar mixture and then, run down the water on your scalp.
Salt really works as a great scrub. Take some salt and sprinkle it on your dry scalp. Massage gently as this will remove the nasty dandruff. Shampoo your hair afterwards.
Take 2 eggs and beat the yolks along with egg whites. Apply this mixture onto your scalp and leave it for 1 hour. Wash it off thoroughly after one hour. This will make your hair shiny, dandruff-free and silky.
17. Apple and Orange
Take orange and apple in equal proportion and make a fine paste. Apply this onto your scalp and massage gently. Wash your hair after 20-30 minutes with shampoo.
Mix 2 tablespoons of garlic powder with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Make a fine paste and apply it on your scalp. Leave it for 35-40 minutes and rinse off with cold water and mild shampoo.
Take an onion and make a fine paste. Apply it on your scalp. Wash your scalp after 1 hour.
20. Ginger and Beetroot
Take ginger and beetroot and make a fine paste. Massage your scalp with this solution and leave it overnight. Rinse your hair, the next morning. Repeat this procedure for 4 to 5 nights.
21. Rosemary Oil
Take rosemary oil and mix vinegar in it. Massage your scalp with this oil. After 15-20 minutes, wash it properly.
Homeopathic Remedies for Dandruff
1. Thuja : It’s a good homeopathic remedy for dandruff and dry hair.
2. Kali sulph : Provides relief in itchy scalp and prevents the dandruff from coming back.
3. Phosphorous : This remedy will control the hair fall, prevent the dandruff and itching.
How to Prevent Dandruff?
- Keep yourself hydrated by drinking lots of water.
- Eat a balanced diet and adapt a healthy lifestyle
- Wash your scalp with anti-dandruff shampoos.
- Do not take stress.
- Stay away from too many hair care products.
- Use oil to moisturize your hair and scalp.
- If you are facing the problem after using the anti-dandruff product, switch to another herbal hair care product.
- Read the ingredients before buying a hair care product.
- Use a good quality conditioner to condition your hair.
- Eat food, which contains vitamin B, omega-3, and zinc.
- Do not use hot water for washing your scalp as this will make the roots of your hair weak. Instead, use cold water.
- Do not brush the wet hair, let your dry naturally and then use a comb.
- Do not use hair dryer too often because it dries out the hair and you will lose your natural hair moisture.