Dandruff is one of the most common scalp problems in teenagers and adults. This condition is harmless to your health however this can cause psychological effects such as loss of confidence and feeling embarrassed about yourself and the mentality of people that will think poorly about your hygiene.
Dandruff affects your scalp and causes mild to severe itchiness depending on the gravity of dandruff occurrence. Dryness and white flakes accumulating on your scalp cause the itchiness and some of the white particles could fall off your shoulders and shirt collar. Dandruff is not a hair problem but it is more of a scalp problem but somehow affects the hair when dryness reaches your pores. Frequent head scratching can cause hair fall and damaged scalp. This problem is caused by several factors.
Causes of Dandruff:
• Malassezia fungus (It lives on the scalp, when overreacted may severe dryness. Not everyone is immune to this fungus and those who are not suffers from dandruff)
• Seborrheic dermatitis
Symptoms of Dandruff:
• Frequent itching of scalp
• White flakes
• White particles on hair strands that come from the breaking of white flakes
Natural Home Remedies to Get Rid of Dandruff, Itchiness and Flaky Scalp
Chemical-based treatments are not as safe as the natural ones. Dandruff is not a complex condition and these natural solutions are proven to do effective things for your hair and scalp.
1. Apple cider vinegar with tea tree oil
The method of getting rid of dandruff using apple cider vinegar as treatment is very easy.
– Prepare 2 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar
– 2 tbsp. of water
– 15 drops of tea tree oil
Mix the ingredients and gently massage on your scalp leaving it for 5 to 10 minutes until scalp absorbs the oil mixture. Apply to your hair twice a day for several weeks. This treatment will restore your scalp and hair Ph balance and prevents bacteria from building up. The tea tree oil helps clean the pores on the scalp and the hair follicles.
2. Baking soda
Cleans and exfoliates scalp while removing the dead skin cells that attributes to the itchiness and dryness of your scalp. Baking soda when applied to the scalp also absorbs the excessive oil and reduces the production of it while restoring the PH balance. Create a paste like mixture and gently scrub on your scalp for few minutes. Rinse and repeat at least twice a week.
3. Sunflower oil
It is popular as natural beauty oil that makes the skin smoother and help diminish aging spots and dark spots. It is equally effective in making your scalp healthy because of its moisturizing and restoring effects. It works as anti-dandruff and dandruff control treatment. It contains several nutrients needed by the hair and scalp to make it healthier.
Sunflower oil also has a shielding effect and serves as protection from the harmful UV rays of the sun which makes the hair and scalp to dry, itch, and inhibit bacterial growth. It also helps prevent hair thinning and hair loss.
4. Lemon extract
Vitamin C derived from lemon extracts fights fungi that causes dandruff. It also helps relax the scalp and prevents fit from itching. Lemon extracts can be applied directly on the scalp or you can combine it with a mild conditioner or natural ingredients to condition hair scalp such as yogurt and aloe vera gel. When you apply this on your hair, leave it on the scalp for around 5 minutes before rinsing it off. Do this as a routine twice a week for several weeks to achieve better results.
5. Olive oil
This natural oil is very effective as hair and scalp moisturizer. In fact, this is used as one of the main ingredients of some anti-dandruff shampoo because of its active moisturizing effects. The extra virgin olive oil works best than the regular ones.
Use this by simply putting some amount on your fingertips and apply on the scalp. Massage and distribute the oil on other parts of the head and on the hair strands. Wear shower cap or wrap your hair and scalp on warm towel and allow your scalp to fully absorb the oil for about 45 minutes. Rinse and shampoo your hair. Do this twice a week and see immediate results.
6. Coconut oil
The extra virgin coconut oil can get rid of dandruff and contains anti-fungal and anti-bacterial compounds. It moisturizes the scalp and relieves the itchiness by applying directly on your scalp and hair. Massage gently and distribute evenly throughout your scalp and letting it stay for 1 hour before rinsing. You may also combine the oil with some lemon juice extracts for added anti-fungal benefits. Aside from healthy scalp, this home remedy will also give your hair a shiny and smooth finish.
It is an effective exfoliant to scrub dry flakes and helps ease itching by scrubbing off dead skin cells. Use this solution before shampooing your hair. Make sure to scrub it gently to avoid abrasions as rock salt could have pretty sharp corners that can cut on your scalp.
8. Change shampoo when needed
Using the same shampoo everyday can immune your scalp from its active ingredients and makes the scalp dry and loses its moisture. Sometimes changing a different brand of shampoo works as instant solution from preventing dandruff accumulation.
When changing shampoo, choose the ones with active dandruff control ingredients and with moisturizing effects. Do not leave shampoo on your scalp for too long because it leads to dryness and reduces the ability of your scalp to release its natural oils that helps in moisturizing the scalp and promotes better hair growth.
9. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera gel is a well-known natural solution that is effective in helping promote hair and scalp moisture. Aloe vera helps restore and maintain the proper PH balance in hair and scalp thus, preventing bacterial growth from occurring. The proper pH balance prevents excessive dryness as well as excessive production of oil on the scalp that could lead to seborrheic dermatitis.
Aloe vera also contains anti-inflammatory compounds that prevents and soothes itchiness caused by severe dryness. It is also good for the hair and helps produce thicker and stronger hair.
Research shows that lack of sunlight exposure affects the health of your scalp because of the deficiency of Vitamin D requirements that one can get from the natural sunlight. On the other hand, over or excessive exposure also damages the scalp and hair. The recommended sunlight exposure is during the start of sunrise early in the morning and before the high heat that normally starts at past 9am in the morning. The hours within this time frame is the most recommended to have yourself exposed to the sun’s rays.
Vitamin D coming from sunlight as main source is very good for the skin, the scalp is part of the skin and there is no reason why it won’t be good for your scalp. Vitamin D promotes production of natural oil that helps prevent dryness. It also helps prevent hair loss and hair thinning. Not only does the heat of the sun is good for scalp and skin, the benefits of natural sunlight also provide health benefits to one’s well-being. Just make sure to avoid the high heat where the sun gives off too much UV rays that can cause skin problems or in worst cases can lead to skin cancers.
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