Are you annoyed with unpleasant white flakes that fall from your head onto your shoulders constantly? Do you often scratch your head to relieve you of the irritation occurring due to the itchy scalp? Is dandruff affecting your hair growth? If you nodded along in agreement, it is dandruff which is bothering you. Well, you’re not alone.
Half of the adult population experiences dandruff, which not only makes you feel uncomfortable but also makes you feel quite embarrassing in public.
Dandruff is the scaly white or greyish flakes of dead skin cells, particularly of the scalp skin that makes it dry. This condition is marked by excessive shedding of such flakes and is, usually, accompanied by itching, which can be due to an overgrowth of a yeast-like fungus called Malassezia.
There are two types of dandruff. Here, we list them.
- Dandruff occurring due to the dryness of the scalp.
- Dandruff occurring due to the excessive production of oil on the scalp.
Some factors that cause dandruff can also cause hairfall. They are mentioned below:
- Poor hair hygiene
- Improper and irregular combing of hair
- Infrequent shampooing or switching the shampoos
- Improper diet
- Stress and certain illnesses, such as seborrheic dermatitis, psoriasis, eczema, hypothyroidism, etc.
We’re all afraid of chemicals and anything synthetic to use for our skin and hair often. And, it is not healthy to switch shampoos every now and then or use anti-dandruff shampoos frequently. People spend a lot of time researching and asking questions to learn and try various products to eliminate dandruff, but the fact is that just a few simple changes can help you to get rid of dandruff naturally. We’re sharing some of the tested treatment for dandruff that will help you minimize the hazards of dry scalp, relieve your itchy scalp, and say goodbye to dandruff.
5 Home Remedies For Dandruff
1.Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil comprises antibacterial and antifungal properties which combat the fungus responsible for dandruff. It helps you eliminate dandruff without turning your scalp dry. All you need to do is mix 4-5 drops of tea tree oil with your coconut oil and massage your scalp and hair roots with it evenly. Let it sit for 3-4 hours, or better keep it overnight and rinse it the next morning. Besides this, you can add 2-3 drops of tea tree oil to your favourite shampoo as you wash your hair normally. You can also look for a shampoo that already contains tea tree oil.
2.Hibiscus Flower Infusion
Hibiscus flowers are rich in vitamin C, minerals, amino-acid, and antioxidants. They are not only good for nutrition, skin, and health but also beneficial for hair growth and treating scalp issues like dandruff, greying of hair, etc. in a natural way without costing you a fortune.
Heat 8 to 9 hibiscus flowers in 350 ml of coconut oil in a pan until the flowers turn black. Cover the pan with a lid and turn off the flame. Place the pan aside and let the oil in it cool. Once the oil has cooled, take 2-3 tablespoons of it to use, and store the rest in a jar or bottle. When it is slightly cool, begin massaging the oil to your scalp roots with your fingertips. Massage from the scalp and hair roots to the tips of your hair. Once you apply oil to all your hair, massage your scalp for an additional 10 minutes, and leave it overnight. Wash off the excess of oil with a mild or natural shampoo.
Aloe vera acts as an itch-fighter. Stop yourself from scratching by massaging pure aloe vera gel into your scalp before shampooing. Aloe vera gel offers cooling effects which soothe your itch.
Curry leaves are obtained from aromatic, flavorful, and extremely beneficial medicinal plant. Popular as ‘Kadi Patta’ of the Indian kitchen, curry leaves are extremely good for your hair’s health. Rich in vitamin C, phosphorus, iron, calcium, and nicotinic acid, curry leaves possess anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties which promote a healthier scalp. It protects your scalp from dandruff and scalp infections.
Heat a few leaves of curry tree in 350 ml of coconut oil in a pan until it turns black. Once the oil has cooled, take 2-3 tablespoons to use, and store the rest in a jar or bottle. When it is slightly cool, begin massaging the oil to your scalp roots with your fingertips. Massage from the scalp and hair roots to the tips of your hair. Once you apply the oil to your hair, massage your scalp for an additional 10 minutes and leave it overnight. Wash off the excess oil with a mild or natural shampoo. Also, increase the intake of curry leaves, which also helps you to fight dandruff naturally.
Prepare a hair mask by mixing a paste of curry leaves with some yogurt and apply it on your hair for half an hour once a week. Also, add fenugreek seeds added to it for better results.
Castor oil, an excellent humectant, is laden with nutrients such as minerals, omega-6 fatty acids, omega-9 fatty acids (Oleic Acid), and vitamin E. All these nutrients moisturize dry dandruff flakes and fight the itchy scalp syndrome. Ricinoleic acid has antimicrobial, germicidal, and fungicidal properties, which protects the scalp from microbial and fungal infections which lead to dandruff and scalp infectionzs, such as seborrheic dermatitis.
Mix one part of castor oil with 3 parts of olive oil and squeeze half a lemon in this mixture and you have yourself a potent hair mask. Apply this hair mask on your scalp for one hour prior to shampooing. Doing this twice a week or regularly (if severe) will help you get rid of dandruff and add shine to dry hair. You can also add 2-3 drops of tea tree oil to enhance its benefits further.
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For best results, follow the above remedies at least thrice a week for 3 months religiously. Wear whatever you want to with elan and without any apprehension because the best solutions to treat dandruff lies in your home.
So, if any time you happen to suffer from itchy or excessive dandruff, make sure you follow all the above mentioned home remedies for dandruff without a second thought.
-Written by Dr Falak, Associate doctor to Dr Rajesh Shah