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Saying Goodbye to Dandruff the Natural way
July 23, 2013 by:
Sapna Chaurasia Points: 12
Dandruff is a common problem which almost all of us suffer. Instead of switching from one anti dandruff product to another it is easy and convenient to use naturally occurring ingredients easily available at home to get rid of this menace.
Dandruff is a very common scalp disorder and a cause of panic for most of us. It appears In the form of dry scales and flakes which are scattered here and there over the scalp. It easily rests upon our clothes, shoulders and even on the eyebrows and puts us in an embarrassing situation. Hence it becomes utmost important for us to get rid of it completely from our scalp to flaunt a well groomed image but also to save our scalp from the damages it cause.
Dandruff can be of two types, one that is caused by the dryness of the scalp and other due to the secretion of excessive oil from the skin of the scalp. Certain skin conditions like seborrheic dermetitis to eczema, psoriasis or overgrowth of a fungus called Malassezia furfur can result in dandruff. This fungus grows on our scalp and feeds on the oil of its skin making it dry resulting in the formation of flakes. When the growth of fungus increase in an abnormal rate it may cause severe dandruff along with itching.
The solution to this problem lies around us, from using household remedies for maintaining a proper hygiene natural ways to combat dandruff is a far better way. Today we have a wide choice of anti dandruff hair products to choose from but these artificial methods come with side effects that may even worsen the situation. These products are also expensive and do not remove dandruff completely and it may come back once their use is terminated. Natural home remedies may have a slow impact but are effective and promise complete relief from the problem. Follow these remedies to keep dandruff at bay.
Massaging the scalp with oil is the oldest and best preventive measure to remove dandruff as well as nourish and condition the hair.
It is a natural clarifying and moisturizing agent. The consistent use of olive oil can aid in the clearance of flakes. Massage lukewarm oil in a circular motion on the scalp, leave it overnight and wash with a mild shampoo in the morning to get rid of dandruff.
Castor oil mixed with olive oil is warmed and massaged on scalp. Cover the head with a warm towel for 10-15 minutes and then wash with shampoo. It is an effective treatment against dandruff.
The most common remedy to remove dandruff is mixing 1 tbsp lemon juice to 5 tbsp coconut oil. Leave it for 20-30 minutes and then wash with a mild shampoo. Regular application of this mixture surely aids in ending dandruff. Adding 1 tbsp of camphor to coconut oil and applying it before going to bed is another remedy to fight dandruff.
Apple Cidar Oil
Massaging this oil can remove the dead skin over the scalp that clogs the hair follicle leading to formation of dandruff flakes.
Tea Tree Oil
It is antifungal so help in resolving the problem of dandruff quickly by clearing the flakes. Mix it in your shampoo, conditioner or other hair product to get dandruff free scalp.
Rich in vitamin E it protects and moisturizes the skin of the scalp and prevent its dryness.
Treating Dandruff through ingredients present in the kitchen
Vinegar is rich in potassium and enzymes which help in treating dandruff a well as cure an itchy scalp. Mix 2 tbsp of white vinegar in half a cup of water, apply it all over the scalp and wait for 20-30 minutes. Let it dry and wash it with warm water. This treatment will remove excess oil that is secreted by the scalp as well as the dandruff caused by it. Vinegar also helps in balancing the pH level of the scalp thus an effective means to keep the scalp healthy.
A tbsp of baking soda when mixed with shampoo and applied over the head can prove beneficial in the clearance of dandruff.
2 tbsp of fenugreek or Methi seeds are soaked overnight to grind it into a smooth paste. Add some yogurt to this paste and apply it over the scalp. Wash the head after it dries with a mild shampoo. This a very effective remedy against dandruff.
Yogurt and Eggs
Mix 5 tbsp of lemon in a cup of yogurt and apply it over the scalp, leave it for 15-20 minutes and then wash it to get a clear scalp. Apply eggs on the scalp for 2 hours then wash it to remove dandruff. Eggs help in conditioning the hair making them smooth and shiny. A mixture of yogurt, eggs and lemon juice with olive oil is also recommended as a treatment against dandruff. Apply the mixture for 30 minutes then wash it off to get a dandruff free scalp.
Treatment through Herbs
It is one of the best and effective measures to treat dandruff. Not only that aloe vera clarifies the scalp but it also repairs the damaged scalp skin. The aloe vera gel can be directly applied or herbal hair products containing aloe vera can also rescue from dandruff.
It is antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic and help in curing various hair and scalp disorders including dandruff. Neem leaves can be boiled in water, this drained water can be used as a final rinse to get relief from dandruff. Neem can also be applied on the scalp in the form of paste to heal and protect the scalp.
Things to keep in mind
Limit the use of styling instruments like hair dryers and hair straighteners as these can cause drying of scalp aggravating the problem. Keep your comb clean and separated.
Wash your hair regularly to keep the skin clear with a mild anti dandruff shampoo. It is better to prefer for a herbal shampoo as these are chemical free and have a smoother action on the scalp.
Choose the right kind of shampoo according to your hair type. A shampoo containing specific ingredients like Zinc pyrithione, Selenium sulphide, and Salicylic acid are good for the treatment of dandruff.
Do not use very hot water to wash your hair as this may lead to dryness of the scalp and result in the appearance of flakes.
Eating a diet that is rich in vitamin C and E is always good for maintaining healthy hair, skin and nails. Manage your stress and exercise regularly to see improvement in the overall health.
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