We all know how embarrassing dandruff can be. Well, those who have it do. Dandruff is a scalp condition which is caused by a fungus, Malassezia, which feeds on the oily matter secreted on our scalp, and then dead skin cells occur naturally due to formation of new skin. It results in itchy, white flakes of skin on your scalp and sometimes, greasy patches on the scalp and tingling skin. Dandruff may be caused by multiple factors, including dry skin or sensitivity to hair products.
I’m sure you’ve tried several options to deal with this, with possibly zero effects. What if I told you there are home remedies for dealing with dandruff, right in your home? Let’s get to it then!
1. Coconut oil
We all know coconut oil has multiple health benefits. It is also used as a natural remedy for dandruff. It helps to improve skin hydration and prevent dryness, which are some of the causes of dandruff on the scalp.
It has also been proven that coconut oil aids the treatment of eczema, a skin condition that often contributes to dandruff.
Aspririn as an anti-inflammatory substance that contains salicylic acid. This acid is also an ingredient in many anti-dandruff shampoos.
It works by helping to get rid of scaly skin and loosening flakes so they can be removed. When applying this remedy, crushing two aspirin tablets and add the powder to your shampoo before washing your hair.
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3. Baking soda
If you bake often, you probably went ‘no way!’ when you just discovered that baking soda is also a dandruff remedy! It acts as an exfoliant to remove dead skin cells and reduces itchiness. It also has antifungal properties that help in dandruff treatment.
For best results, apply the baking soda directly to wet hair and massage it into your scalp. Let it sit for 1–2 minutes, and then continue shampooing your hair as usual.
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4. Aloe vera
Not only is aloe vera cooling, it also exfoliates the skin and has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. It is best to directly extract some from the aloe vera plant and apply to the scalp. After then, wash it off with a medicated anti-dandruff shampoo.
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The horrid smell of a single garlic clove must have you screaming ‘no!’ at me already, but hear me out. In as much as we all can’t stand garlic, its medicinal value definitely cannot be overlooked. Garlic is also an anti-fungal natural product and hence it’s a suitable dandruff remedy.
To do this, pound a clove or two of garlic and after mixing with water, use it on your scalp to see quick results. To avoid the smell, you could mix in a little honey and ginger.
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Neem extract is another substance that cares for almost all skin conditions because of its antibacterial and antifungal qualities. Since dandruff is caused by a certain fungus, this age-old remedy for skin ailments can still be banked upon for this as well.
It is however recommended to use a very diluted version of neem for the scalp as concentrated versions may just serve to make matters worse. You could boil the neem in water before applying.
This is perhaps the easiest remedy. Squeeze a full lemon and massage the juice into your scalp. Let it rest for 2 to 3 minutes and rinse off with a regular shampoo. Do this regularly till the dandruff disappears. The acid of the Lemon helps to balance the pH of your hair.
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In conclusion, it is also important to know that a poor diet largely affects the state of your hair and this could also be the reason for this whole dandruff thing that has plagued you for many years.
Here are some of the diet changes to reduce dandruff that may help you:
1. Limit your intake of food high in sugar, processed foods and bad fats which may lead to a spike in insulin levels.
2. Add more fruits and vegetables to your diet. It not only has an indirect result on itchy and flaky scalp, it also promotes overall good health.
3. Eat more protein. Protein is the basic foundation of hair and lack of it in your diet may lead to hair problems like hair loss and dandruff. A protein-rich diet helps to maintain the balance of oil on your hair and scalp, thus keeping scalp problems at bay. Eggs, fish, chicken and other dairy products are good sources of protein.
Which one of these are you willing to try out? Let me know in the comment section.