Dandruff, also known as seborrheic dermatitis is a common scalp disorder. It can occur due to dry skin, irritated oily skin, growth of bacteria and fungus on the scalp, inflammatory skin conditions and other such factors. It causes itchiness along with excessive formation of dry skin flakes on the scalp.
Dandruff can be controlled by following a healthy hair care routine:
Aspirin contains the same active ingredient (salicylic acid) as many medicated dandruff shampoos. Keep flaking in check by crushing two aspirins to a fine powder and adding it to the normal amount of shampoo we use each time we wash your hair. Leave the mixture on our hair for 1-2 minutes, then rinse well and wash again with plain shampoo.
2. Tea Tree Oil
Study showed that shampoos with just 5 percent tea tree oil significantly improves the severity of dandruff. We can also add a few drops of tea tree oil to our favorite shampoo as we wash normally.
Our kitchen could hold the key to an itch-free, flake-free scalp. Wet hair and then rub a handful of baking soda vigorously into the scalp. Skip the shampoo and go right to rinsing. Baking soda reduces overactive fungi that can cause dandruff. The hair may get dried out at first, but after a few weeks your scalp will start producing natural oils, leaving the hair softer and free of flakes.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar
To use apple cider vinegar as a dandruff treatment, as the acidity of apple cider vinegar changes the pH of the scalp, making it harder for yeast to grow. Mix a quarter cup apple cider vinegar with a quarter cup water in a spray bottle and spritz on the scalp. Wrap the head in a towel and let sit for 15 minutes to an hour, then wash the hair as usual. Do this twice a week.
To treat a bad case of dandruff, wash hair with our regular shampoo, then rinse with an alcohol-based mouthwash. Follow with our regular conditioner. Mouthwash’s anti-fungal properties help prevent dandruff-causing yeast from growing.
6. Coconut Oil
This is “tried and true” dandruff treatment, and it smells nice too. Before showering, massage 3-5 tablespoons of coconut oil into our scalp and let sit for about an hour. Shampoo normally. We can also look for a shampoo that already contains coconut oil.
Dandruff relief may be no farther away than our refrigerator. Just massage 2 tablespoons lemon juice into the scalp and rinse with water. Then stir 1 teaspoon lemon juice into 1 cup water and rinse hair with it. Repeat this daily until dandruff disappears. Lemon’s acidity helps balance the pH of your scalp, which helps keeps dandruff at bay.
The abrasiveness of ordinary table salt works great for scrubbing out dandruff flakes before we shampoo. Grab a saltshaker and shake some salt onto your dry scalp. Then work it through our hair, giving the scalp a massage.
By massaging aloe vera into your scalp before shampooing. The cooling effects of aloe vera will soothe the itch.
Garlic’s antimicrobial properties are perfect for eliminating dandruff-causing bacteria. Crush garlic and rub it into your scalp. o avoid that potent smell, mix crushed garlic with honey and massaging into the scalp before washing as usual.
An overnight olive oil soak is a folk remedy for dandruff. Massage about 10 drops into the scalp and cover with a shower cap overnight. Follow with regular shampoo routine in the morning. For a quicker cure, look for a shampoo that contains olive oil.