20 Natural DIY remedies for dandruff
Dandruff is a very common problem and anyone can get it. The white flakes that you get on your clothes are actually dead skin cells from your scalp and dandruff, or seborrheic dermatitis, can be caused by a whole range of things, from a fungal infection, to the hair products that you are using. Dandruff is embarrassing, especially when you are wearing dark clothes, and the itching that it causes can be extremely annoying. If you have troublesome dandruff, then banish those white flakes for good by trying some of these wonderful natural remedies.
1. Shampoo every other day with a gentle shampoo
The first thing you must do when you spot dandruff is to make sure you keep your hair as clean as possible. Shampoo your hair with a mild shampoo every other day (or every two, three days, depending on your lifestyle) and make sure you give it a good rinse afterward too. Avoid any harsh shampoos, because they may dry out your scalp and make the dandruff worse.
Instead of buying a dandruff shampoo, you can turn your own regular one into a medicated shampoo by adding two, crushed up, aspirins to it. Mix the crushed aspirin well in and then shampoo in the same way that you would normally do and, after repeated washes over a week or so, the dandruff should start to clear up.
3. Apple cider vinegar
Whatever type of shampoo you decide to use, if you give your hair a final rinse with apple cider vinegar it will help to clear up the flakes in your scalp. Mix one part apple cider vinegar with one part warm water. Massage the mixture into your scalp and leave it on for about fifteen minutes and then wash it out with pure, lukewarm water.
4. Baking soda
Baking soda is another good home remedy for dandruff. You can either add baking soda to your regular shampoo, or you can massage it directly into your scalp when your hair I still damp, leave it for a few minutes and then wash it out again. Whichever method you use, if you do this repeatedly, your dandruff should clear up in a couple of weeks.
5. Fenugreek seeds
As well as it is a spice that is used in Indian cooking, fenugreek seeds also have a number of medicinal benefits, one of which is clearing up the dandruff. To use them, you need to soak some seeds in water overnight and then grind them into a fine paste. Apply the paste to your scalp and leave it on for about half an hour before you wash it out again. As well as treating the dandruff, fenugreek seed paste will also leave your hair silky soft.
6. Get out in the sun
Although no one really understands why, a lack of sunlight seems to make dandruff worse, which might explain why dandruff seems to be more of a problem in the winter for some people. If this is the case for you, the solution might be to get out more in the winter and take your hat off! It’s not scientifically proven, but it’s got to be worth a try.
7. Lemon juice
Massaging your scalp with lemon juice can also solve the problem of dandruff. You simply need to massage some fresh lemon juice into your scalp after shampooing, and leave it on for two minutes before you rinse it out again. You need to be aware, though, that lemon juice does have a mild bleaching effect, so it could lighten the colour of your hair ever so slightly.
A good herbal remedy for dandruff is thyme, which has powerful antifungal and antibacterial properties. Boil four tablespoons of thyme in water for ten minutes. Let it cool down, then strain the mixture before you use it. Then apply it your scalp and leave it to sit for about five minutes.
9. Lemon and Fullers earth
You can, of course, combine ingredients to make a more effective dandruff treatment. One of the causes of dandruff is too much oil in the scalp, so if you combine lemon juice and fullers earth, it will treat the dandruff and dry up excess oil. Just mix fullers earth into a paste with some lemon juice, apply it your hair and leave it to dry for a while before you wash it out.
Plain, ordinary salt will help clear up dandruff. Sprinkle some salt in your hair, before you shampoo, and massage it gently into your scalp. It will exfoliate your scalp and lift the dry skin cells away. Then, when you shampoo your hair, it will leave your scalp much cleaner and free of flakes.
11. Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil will effectively fight fungal infection, which could be the cause of your dandruff. Like all essential oils, tea tree oil is very strong, so you need to mix it with a carrier oil before you use it. Mix a few drops of tea tree oil with almond oil or olive oil. Massage the oils into your scalp and leave them to sit for half an hour, before washing off.
12. Olive oil
Your dry, flaky scalp could just be the result of you not having enough moisture in your hair and olive oil, on its own, will soon rid you of that problem. Warm some olive oil first and then massage the warm oil into your hair and scalp. Wrap your head in a towel and leave it for half an hour before you wash it out again. Olive oil will moisturise your hair and scalp and it will provide your hair with essential nutrients.
13. Aloe Vera
Another one of nature’s own great beauty products is, of course, aloe vera gel. You can either buy aloe vera gel in a store, or you can extract the gel yourself from the leaves of the plant. To use it to treat dandruff, simply massage it into your hair and scalp and leave it sit for a few minutes. Then, wash it out again with a mild shampoo. It will remove the dead skin cells and replace the moisture in your hair and scalp.
14. Apple and orange paste
Apples and oranges make a good combination for treating dandruff, because the apple promotes the growth of new tissues and the citric acid in oranges will fight fungal infections and remove dead skin cells. Make a paste of equal parts oranges and apples and then massage the paste into your hair. Leave the mixture on for thirty minutes and then wash it out with a mild shampoo.
15. Neem leaves
Neem has the double benefit of both fighting any fungal infection that you might have and it helps to control the itching too. Soak a handful of neem leaves in a bowl of water overnight and then strain to remove the leaves. You can use the neem infused water as a rinse for your hair or, you can crush up the leaves to a paste, apply it to your hair and leave it on for half an hour before washing it out with shampoo.
16. Improve your diet
You know that what you eat can affect your skin, well that includes your scalp as well and dandruff could be a sign that you need to eat more healthy foods. Try changing your diet so that you eat more fresh fruit and vegetables, oily fish and lean meat for protein. Just like every other part of your body, your scalp and hair needs proper nutrition to stay healthy.
17. Garlic and honey
Garlic contains an antifungal compound called allisin, which is particularly effective at fighting the fungus that can be responsible for dandruff. When you combine that with antifungal and conditioning properties of honey, you get a really effective dandruff treatment. Mix two tablespoons of garlic powder with honey into a paste. Apply the paste to your hair, leave it in for half an hour and then wash out thoroughly with shampoo.
18. Rosemary and vinegar
Rosemary works as an astringent in the scalp, so it will help remove excess oil that could be causing dandruff. Squeeze a handful of rosemary leaves to extract the oil and mix the oil with some vinegar. Apply the mixture to your hair and leave it to work for about twenty minutes. After twenty minutes, wash the mixture from your hair with a mild shampoo and rinse your hair thoroughly.
19. Ginger and olive oil
Peel some fresh ginger roots and crush them to extract the juice. Add the ginger juice to equal parts of olive oil and fresh lemon juice. Mix the ingredients well together and then apply it to your hair. Leave it in for about half an hour and then wash it out. This combination of ingredients will fight fungal infections and condition your hair at the same time.
You can also try plain yoghurt as a cure for dandruff; that comes well recommended by many people. Just massage plain yoghurt into your scalp, after you have shampooed it, and leave it to sit for twenty minutes, before you wash it out again. Because dandruff can be caused by so many different things, you might have to try a number of these home remedies before you find the one that’s right for you.
What are your favorite natural remedies for dandruff?