Dandruff is a condition of scalp where the skin on the head becomes dry and flaky. The hair becomes brittle and fall in bunches due to the skin condition. Dandruff can be quite an embarrassing problem if not dealt with in time.
White small flakes of skin are visible on the top of your hair and also on the clothing that you wear. Flakes of dead skin cells falling on your skin can also lead to formation of acne. In fact having dandruff often worsens the condition of acne.
There are plenty of shampoos and oils available in the market to help deal with the problem of dandruff. But often these shampoos are loaded with chemicals that can harm the hair resulting in hair fall and as well roughness of the hair. Home remedies are the best for treating skin condition including that of dandruff.
Home treatments are based on use of natural products that are harmless and without any side effects. These natural remedies also effectively get rid of dandruff in time with regular use. In this section we will look at the most effective home remedies for treating dandruff.
Home Remedies For Dandruff:
Treat Dandruff With Lemon
Lemon juice is believed to be the best home remedy for curing dandruff. Lemon has antioxidant properties that act on the free radicals present in the scalp. These free radicals are responsible for the condition of dandruff. Take a lemon and cut it in two halves. De-seed the lemon. Rub the two halves of the lemon thoroughly on the scalp so that the juice from the lemon spreads evenly on the scalp.
Leave the juice on the hair for 30-45 minutes and then wash away using only water. Lemon juice will remove traces of oil from your hair so you will not need to use shampoo on them. Use the lemon juice treatment for getting rid of dandruff every day for a period of fifteen days. After 15 days you will find your dandruff completely gone and your hair will be shiny and lustrous.
Treat Dandruff With Tea Tree Essential Oil
Tea tree essential oil has antibacterial and antifungal properties which is the reason it is used to treat many conditions of the skin and hair. Dandruff is caused by a bacteria and using antibacterial oil on the bacteria will effectively remove them from the scalp. Take two ounces water and add three tablespoons tea tree essential oil to it.
Dip a cotton ball in the tea tree oil solution and apply the solution on the scalp using the cotton ball. Take care to cover the entire scalp for full treatment of dandruff. Leave the solution on the scalp for an hour and then wash off using lukewarm water and a very mild shampoo.
Do this treatment every alternate day if you cannot afford to wash your hair every day. In two week’s time you will see a considerable difference; the dandruff will be almost gone and the hair would have grown stronger and healthier. Continue using the treatment for a month at least. After two weeks you can do the treatment thrice a week.
Treat Dandruff With Fuller’s Earth
Take two tablespoons fuller’s earth and mix it with water to form a paste. Add four drops of olive oil to the paste if you have dry hair. Apply the paste of fuller’s earth all over your scalp and hair. Pile your hair at the top of your head and cover your hair with a shower cap.
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Let the fuller’s earth paste dry completely before washing it off. Drying can take up to an hour’s time so be patient. Remove this hair pack using only water. There is no need to shampoo your hair. Make use of this hair pack twice a week. After three weeks your dandruff would be gone and your hair would have become soft and silky smooth.
Treat Dandruff With Olive Oil
Warm three tablespoons of olive oil and massage the oil on your scalp and apply it on your hair as well. Pull your hair together in a bun. Soak a towel in hot water and squeeze the excess water from the towel. Wrap the towel around your hair and leave for 20-30 minutes. The hot steam from the damp towel will allow deeper penetration of the oil in the scalp.
Remove the towel from the air and wash off the oil using a mild shampoo suited to your hair type. This treatment should be done twice a week for getting rid of dandruff completely. The olive oil treatment is time consuming but is very effective and you will love the way your hair feels by the end of the treatment.
Treat Dandruff With White Vinegar
Prepare a solution of white vinegar by combining one cup white vinegar with two cups water. Rinse your scalp (not hair) thoroughly with this solution every day in the morning. White vinegar is acidic in formulation and acid environment in the scalp will effectively kill the dandruff causing bacteria.
Do not use the treatment for more than two weeks time. In any case, 10 days will be enough to cure your dandruff with white vinegar solution. Allow water on your hair only when you need to rinse off shampoo.
Treat Dandruff With Castor Oil
Castor oil does not have easily spreadable consistency so you need to warm it up a bit before applying on the scalp. Castor oil is an excellent cure for dandruff though castor oil can be hard to get rid off from the hair. Apply castor oil only on the scalp and leave for 20 minutes. Use a shampoo to remove the oil from the hair. You might need to shampoo the hair twice to completely get rid of the oil.
Treat Dandruff With Vaseline
Bizarre as it may sound, dandruff can be effectively treated using vaseline as well. Under normal circumstances vaseline is used to moisturize dry skin and lips. In case of dandruff vaseline successfully helps get rid of dry and flaky skin of the scalp.
Take a dollop of vasline and mix a little water in it to allow it to spread better. Now apply the vaseline all over your scalp and hair and cover your hair with damp towel. Leave for 20 minutes and then wash hair using a mild shampoo.
Dandruff is quite a common problem mainly because we don’t pay attention to what we eat. Poor nutrition is the major factor for dandruff. So while treating yourself to dandruff cures you could also try making dietary changes to fasten the progress of treatment.