Dandruff can occur due to various reasons, from dry scalp to a certain condition called seborrheic dermatitis. It can be quite irritating and irksome, and let’s face it, walking around with a flaky scalp is enough to make you miserable and everyone to give you a wide breadth. So if you happen to suffer from a case of the itchy and flaky scalp, you may want to try out these home remedies to deal with the same.
As hard as you may find it to believe, aspirin actually works wonders for dandruff. The medicine contains the same salicylic acid that you find in most anti-dandruff shampoos in the market today. So just take a couple of aspirins, crush the same to a fine powder and mix it with your regular shampoo and then use it on your head. It should work wonders and end up being quite effective in keeping the itch, all the way down.
- TEA TREE OIL:
You should be able to obtain tea tree oil at the nearest herbal outlet. You just need to add a small amount to your regular shampoo before use. Allow it to mix well with your regular shampoo and then wash your hair with the same, with warm water. You will find that tea tree oil is quite handy when it comes to treating dry scalp conditions and very effective in helping to control dandruff and in even helping to prevent any recurrence.
- BAKING SODA:
When it comes to homemade treatment, there’s nothing simpler than baking soda. This is an ingredient that you can find in your own kitchen. All you have to do is to rub the baking soda in your hair, and granted that this may make your scalp feel drier for the first 1 to 2 weeks. But eventually, your scalp’s natural oils should reset the dry condition and your hair should be dandruff free again. This is an easy method to get rid of dandruff, from one’s scalp.
- APPLE CIDER VINEGAR (ACV):
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is a very effective treatment against dandruff. All you need to do is to mix some concentrated apple cider vinegar (ACV) with some water and spray the same on your scalp. The acidity of the solution should help cause a change in the pH of your scalp, and make it harder for yeast to grow. It has proven to be quite an effective treatment against dandruff.
Believe it or not, but mouthwash has proven to be quite effective in helping to treat dandruff and in preventing dandruff yeast from growing on your scalp, all over again. You need to wash your hair with your regular shampoo; after that, you can now gently rinse your hair with an alcohol-based mouthwash. Gently rinse your hair with the same and wash your hair. You can also use a conditioner to soothe your scalp and you will find that the mouthwash rinse is quite effective in keeping your scalp dandruff free as it happens to contain various anti-fungal properties.
- COCONUT OIL:
One of the most effective ways to remove pesky dandruff from your scalp is to gently massage your scalp with some warm coconut oil. Take a few teaspoons of coconut oil in a small bowl, heat it until the oil is warm to the touch; now use the same to gently massage your scalp with the same. Sit still for an hour, after which you can use a gentle shampoo on your scalp. This should help to limit or remove any fungal growth from your scalp altogether.
This is yet another simple but effective way to help get rid of dandruff. All you need is a couple of lemons; squeeze the juice out, and now gently massage the same into your scalp. Additionally, you can also add one teaspoon of lemon juice to water and then rinse your hair with the same. Repeat the same process day after day, and you will find that you would have increased the pH factor in your scalp. The end result is that you would have effectively removed all traces of dandruff from your hair, after a few weeks of ‘lemon wash’.
Here’s a little known fact; you can take some of the kitchen salt and massage the same into your hair. Now massage the salt into that scalp and the abrasiveness of the salt crystals should be quite effective in removing the dry and flaky skin from your scalp. After the salt massage, you can now use shampoo on your scalp. Repeat this process all through the week, and you would find that you would have removed most, if not all dandruff from your scalp effectively.
- ALOE VERA:
When it comes to combating dandruff aloe vera is quite effective since it can also help alleviate the itching sensation. Just massage some of the aloe vera into your scalp, before you use any anti-dandruff shampoo. This should help alleviate some of the itching sensations and should help soothe your scalp. Massaging aloe vera into your scalp regularly should help keep dandruff at bay.
You may not realize it yet, but garlic is rich in anti-microbial properties and is fast-acting against dandruff-causing bacteria. All you have to do is to take some garlic pods, crush them, and massage the juice into your scalp. Remember to shampoo your head after a while to remove the garlic smell from your hair altogether. After some time, you would be quite successful in removing dandruff from your scalp completely.
These are some of the homemade remedies that you can try out today to remove dandruff in its entirety, from your scalp. You can try out the various ingredients that you can source from your kitchen directly – from lemons to baking soda. All of these methods are quite effective in helping to combat dandruff and in ensuring that your hair stays dandruff free.