Imagine you are dressed in your favorite black dress, all party-ready, and you admire yourself in the mirror only to be horrified by the unsightly layer of white dots also known as dandruff covering the best part of your shoulder! Nothing can remotely be compared to being more mortifying than having someone else point it out to you! Dandruff surely is a menace that causes you to itch your head involuntarily, gives out an unpleasant odor from your scalp and hair, gives u unnecessary bumps and boils and also causes your scalp to break out in flakes. When left untreated for prolonged periods, dandruff also leads to excessive hair fall related to not just the hair on your head but it may affect your eyebrows and eyelashes too and cause bald patches in extreme cases. In this article, we will discuss simple home remedies that will help treat your dandruff problem and keep your related woes at bay.
What Causes Dandruff
Medically termed as Seborrhea, dandruff is likely to plague the lives of some people more than others. This could be attributed to the age of the person, gender, those suffering from Parkinson’s disease and also because of a weakened immune system. Several factors can cause the occurrence of dandruff on one’s scalp. Some of the causes are as listed below:
- Unclean scalp – those who don’t wash their hair often using a mild shampoo can get dandruff easily.
- Skin type – those with oily and dry skin are more likely to get dandruff.
- Malassezia – yeast-like fungus can cause excessive dandruff.
- Skin diseases – like eczema and psoriasis can cause dandruff
- Chemicals in hair-care products – some harsh chemicals present in hair-care products can lead to dandruff.
10 Home Remedies To Cure Dandruff
Resorting to home remedies to treat any sort of ailment or minor health issue automatically indicates that almost 100% of the products used would be all-natural. For the very reason, home remedies don’t cause any side-effects and can be used safely. Let us take a look at some home remedies that be used to treat dandruff:
- Lemon-Coconut Oil Method
Coconut oil works wonders on one’s hair and skin. It has various health benefits and leaves the hair and skin feeling nourished and smooth. When coconut oil is mixed with lemon juice it helps to naturally get rid of dandruff. Simply mix 2 tablespoons of coconut oil with equal amount of lemon juice, mix it well and apply it onto the scalp, gently massaging through to the hair as well. Leave it on for 20 minutes and then wash the hair with a mild, herbal shampoo.
- Using Orange Peel
Using orange peel is yet another simple yet effective method of getting rid of dandruff on one’s hair. Orange peel is rich in magnesium, vitamin A, calcium and dietary fibers. It is also good for the hair when mixed with lemon. Into a grinder add orange peel and lemon and grind it smooth till it turns into a paste. Apply this mixture to the scalp and leave it on for 30 minutes. Once dried, wash it off either using an anti-dandruff shampoo or some other mild shampoo. Your hair will be left feeling pampered. Repeat this application for at least three times a week until positive results appear. The combination of orange peel and lemon smells great too.
- Using Vinegar
Vinegar is great to treat skin and hair fungal issues as it has medicinal properties. Vinegar is great to treat dandruff. It makes the hair less dry and helps to reduce itchiness which arises from dandruff problems. Take 2 cups of vinegar and boil it. Keep it aside and let it cool down to room temperature. To the cooled vinegar mix one-eighth cup of water. Apply this to the hair and rinse using any mild shampoo. For best results apply in the mornings until the dandruff issue subsides.
- Using Green Tea
Green tea is known for its anti-fungal properties. It is also packed with antioxidants that work wonders on the scalp. For the dandruff problem, take 2 green tea bags. Immerse them in a mug filled with hot water and let it stay for 20 minutes untouched. Allow the tea to cool down to room temperature. Once cooled apply this decoction to the scalp and leave it on for 30 minutes. Gently rinse the hair and towel dry it. For best results try this method daily in the mornings until positive results show. It also leaves the hair feeling rejuvenated.
- Olive Oil Method
Olive oil and our hair share a loving relationship for the latter nourish the hair like none other. Daily application of olive oil not only strengthens the scalp but it also works wonders when it comes to treating dandruff. Simply apply olive oil onto the scalp ad run your fingers through the hair gently. Massage using the fingertips and wrap the hair in a warm towel and leave it on for at least 30 minutes to an hour. Rinse off gently using a mild shampoo.
- Apple Cider Vinegar and Banana Method
Banana is known to improve blood circulation as it is rich in Vitamin B. it is excellent for skin and hair nourishment. When a banana is mixed with a natural fungicide like apple-cider vinegar it works wonders on the hair especially in curing dandruff. Simply mix one crushed banana to 2 cups of apple cider vinegar and mix it till it becomes a smooth paste. Apply the mixture to the scalp and hair gently covering the full length of the hair. Leave it on for 20 minutes and then rinse it off using any mild or herbal shampoo. This mixture can be applied to the hair any time of the day but ensure it is not done in haste to benefit from the treatment.
- Hair Henna or Mehendi Method
Applying henna or mehendi is a great Indian traditional method for nourishing hair as well as keeping it healthy and strong. Henna can also be used to treat dandruff. For this, mix henna powder bought from a herbal store with some curd, about 1 cup black tea, some lime juice, beetroot juice and mix it to a smooth but thick paste without lumps. Castor oil can also be added about 1 tablespoon but it is optional. Let the mixture rest for up to 8 hours. Apply this paste onto the hair and leave it on for up to 2 hours or till the mixture dries on the hair. Apply this mixture at least twice a month and you will notice a considerable reduction in dandruff on the scalp.
Curd is a common ingredient found easily within most households which can be used as it when it comes to treating dandruff. It also leaves the hair feeling nourished and pampered. To begin with, apply thick curd to the scalp, gently massage and leave it on for up to an hour. Then rinse off gently taking care not to break the hair. Curd may give out a strong pungent odor if not washed off properly so make sure to wash thoroughly before stepping out of the shower. Use this treatment option twice a week to see a considerable difference.
- Egg Yolk Method
Biotin in egg yolk is highly beneficial in treating dandruff. For the same, crack an egg and separate the white from the yolk. Using an application brush apply the yolk onto dry scalp covering the entire scalp and then cover the hair using a shower cap or a plastic bag and leave it on for an hour. Then using any fragrant shampoo wash it off thoroughly making sure no bits of the yolk is left behind or it can give out an unpleasant odor. Wash the hair twice if necessary using shampoo. This treatment can be repeated thrice a week for best results.
- Basil Leaves Method
The anti-fungal and anti-bacterial property of basil leaves renders it as one of the best options to treat dandruff. It also makes the hair and scalp strong and healthy. In a blender add a handful of basil leaves, 2 teaspoons of gooseberry powder and 2 teaspoons of water. Mix into a smooth paste and apply on to the scalp. Leave it on for 30 minutes and then rinse off with water. Daily application of this paste can give quick and effective results.
Keeping our hair clean and healthy is a responsibility we tend to forget owing to our busy lifestyle. Often we find ourselves complaining 24 hours is too less in a day to complete our given tasks where then can one make time for hair care and other such self-pampering. But where there is a will there truly is a way and the earlier one looks into the treatment of dandruff and such unsightly issues the better. When remedies are just at arm’s length it is best to grab them before the last hair falls! So resort to hassle-free, home remedies to easily get rid of dandruff and related issues to not just avoid embarrassment but also to save our god-given hair whilst time stays in our favor.