Dandruff is a menace. It can be a serious embarrassment for anyone. Thankfully, there are a handful of effective home remedies available for curing and preventing dandruff problems. But before we jump into that, let’s take a brief look into the things causing them.
Fungal infection can be a potential reason causing dandruff problems. The common yeast that grows on our scalp feeds off of the natural oil in our scalp. Thus, it causes dry scalp and results in dandruff.
Not taking proper care of your hair can be another reason. Shampooing your hair too often and not rinsing it off properly can also cause dandruff. Applying conditioner in the scalp (unless it says so in the bottle) affects your scalp the same way. Another good reason can be over-styling your hair. Too much heat or chemicals strips your hair off its natural oils and makes your hair and scalp dull. That in turn becomes a good home for dandruff.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
Applying anything acidic to your scalp may help in preventing dandruff. Apple cider vinegar balances the pH level of your scalp and reduces the growth of yeast. Thus, it helps preventing fungal infection. You can purchase a bottle of apple cider vinegar from any local drugstore or grocery store near you. Apple cider vinegar can be used in two ways.
A. Wash your hair with regular shampoo and finish off with washing your scalp very well with a solution of equal parts of apple cider vinegar and water.
B. Mix one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar with equal part of shampoo and use it instead of your regular shampoo. Use this twice a week.
2. Orange Peel Pack
Orange peel works wonders in reducing the visible appearance of dandruff. Simply make a pack with orange peel paste, lemon juice or vinegar, and some vitamin E capsules (optional) and apply it onto your scalp. Leave it on for 20-30 minutes and rinse off. Follow with shampoo and conditioner.
3. Fenugreek Pack
Making a fenugreek pack at home is super easy. Just soak a handful of fenugreek seeds in a bowl of warm (not hot) water for 3-4 hours or overnight. Drain the water and paste the soaked seeds. Add a few drops of lemon juice and apply it on your scalp. Let it sit for 30 minutes and then rinse it off with shampoo. Apply this pack once a week to get rid of dandruff super quickly.
4. Aspirin Treatment
It may sound weird, but aspirin is a very effective solution to dandruff problems. Aspirin is basically salicylic acid, and as we’ve discussed earlier, any kind of acidic element is helpful in getting rid of dandruff. Just add two powdered aspirin to your shampoo and wash your hair like you do in a regular way. Do the aspirin treatment at least two times a week. You will start seeing results from the 3rd week itself.
5. Lemon Juice or Greek Yogurt
Lemon Juice contains citric acid and Greek Yogurt contains lactic acid. You may apply lemon juice or Greek yogurt directly into your scalp, or mix them with other nourishing ingredients to make a hair pack. Add them in henna, coconut milk or coconut oil, or egg yolks to make a homemade protein-rich hair pack.
6. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is a very nourishing component for hair. Studies have shown that tea tree oil helps reducing the appearance of dandruff significantly. It also works on improving the overall health of your hair and scalp. You can add a few drops of tea tree oil in coconut or other carrier oil, and give yourself a nice head massage followed by a hot-towel treatment. Otherwise, you can just mix some tea tree oil with your shampoo and use normally.
7. Green Tea
Green tea helps in retaining moisture in your scalp, thus reducing dryness, which is the main culprit that causes dandruff. Brew two teaspoons of green tea in two cups of water and strain the liquid into a mug. Add one teaspoon of vinegar or lemon juice and rinse your hair with the mixture. Follow with your regular shampoo and conditioner.
8. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is also very popular for its moisture-providing properties. Be it skin or hair, aloe vera gel works wonderfully for both. If you have aloe vera tree at your home, carefully cut a stem with a clean knife, peel off the sides and use the thick sticky gel inside. Scoop the gel out in a bowl and mix it with other ingredients like orange peel zest, fenugreek paste or just apply the aloe vera gel as it is into your scalp. Your hair and scalp will feel intensely moisturised by regular use, and dandruff will be gone in no time.
9. Baking Soda
To get rid of dandruff, directly massage a spoonful of baking soda on your scalp. Rinse it off thoroughly and follow with a sulphate-free shampoo and conditioner. Baking soda fights the dandruff-causing fungus and gently exfoliates the skin of your scalp. Baking soda is a powerful agent and it should not be used more than twice a week.
10. Lifestyle/ Diet
As the last home remedy for dandruff, we would suggest taking care of your overall health. An unhealthy diet and/ or lifestyle results in many skin and hair related problems. Paying attention to your food plate as well as your daily habits will prove to be fruitful in fighting dandruff. High level of stress and anxiety also results in dandruff. Taking some time off for taking care of yourself, and your mental and physical health will be beneficial in fighting dandruff.