You wash your hair, dry it and shape it to perfection and all of a sudden tiny white flakes start falling off your head, as if it started snowing and your day is ruined. That’s what dandruff can do, ruin a perfect hair day and leave you upset. We’ve all had it and know what it’s like to be afraid to wear your favorite black shirt just because you’re ashamed of dandruff.
Dandruff is a common skin condition on the skin of your scalp which causes dead skin flakes to start shedding off. It can be caused by a wide range of factors like dry skin, irritated oily skin, fungal infection, contact dermatitis and so on. Different factors but same result, embarrassing, irritating condition that nobody wants to have but it so often appears,
Instead of buying expensive, chemically laden anti-dandruff shampoos here are 5 easy, natural DIY remedies that will resolve your dandruff problem in an instant.
If your dandruff is caused by a fungal infection, known as malassezia, vinegar is your best solution. Aside from eliminating the fungi, vinegar will help you eliminate the skin cells that mature and shed faster than usually, leading to a dead skin cells build up and irritation, finally causing what we know as dandruff.
Prepare a 1 to 1 ratio mixture with water and ACV or white vinegar and rinse your hair with it. Rub it well into your scalp and then wash it off with warm water. Don’t use anything else for washing your hair afterwards and for the next 8-10 hours. Repeat the treatment as often as you want until the problem is completely resolved.
Aspirin is the common active ingredient in many medical anti-dandruff shampoos, listed under the name salicylic acid. Why buy expensive shampoos when you can use regular aspirin.
Crush a couple of aspirin pills (2-3) and mix the powder with the amount of shampoo you’ll use to wash your hair once. Massage the mixture into your scalp thoroughly and leave it in for a minute or two. Rinse and wash your hair with shampoo as you normally do.
3. Yoghurt and Pepper
The fungi malassezia and its negative effects on your scalp can be neutralized if you increase the amount of good bacteria on your scalp. How to do this? Well, the good bacteria we’re referring to can be found in your plain yogurt. If you also add pepper to the mix you’ll double on the antifungal effect.
Mix a cup of yogurt with 2tbsp of ground black pepper and apply this mixture on your scalp, tubbing it it gently. Leave it in for an hour before rinsing your hair with shampoo.
4. Coconut oil and Lemon
Coconut oil is an excellent moisturizer that provides deep moisture to your scalp and regulates the production of oils, preventing irritation to the scalp. Lemon on the other hand abounds in citric acid which is also an excellent ingredient for balancing your pH levels and reducing the excess oil production in the scalp. If you combine the two you’ll eliminate dry-skin caused dandruff in no time.
First you’ll need to warm up the coconut oil to get it softened and then mix it with some lemon juice. Apply the mixture on your scalp, covering the whole surface and leave it in for an hour. Rinse your hair with warm water and wrap it in a warm towel for 30 minutes to an hour. Repeat the process for as long as you need.
5. Baking Soda
Baking soda has a triple effect on dandruff. It’s an excellent fungicide and will eliminate the malassezia fungi if that’s what’s causing your dandruff. Then it has a mild exfoliating effect on the scalp and will help you eliminate the dead skin cells. And lastly, it will help you get rid of the dandruff flakes that are trapped in your hair.
Just mix 1 tbsp. of baking soda with a cup of water and rinse your hair with the mixture instead of shampoo. You can also add one teaspoon of baking soda to the shampoo you’d use to rinse your hair. The effects are amazing.
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