Dandruff is one of the most common scalp disorder, medically known as seborrheic dermatitis. The problem of dandruff summons irritation of itchiness in scalp; dandruff on hair steals natural shine and sheen of natural healthy hair, and sometimes it may initiate unnatural hair fall. Dandruff may be caused due to several chronic skin issues like dry skin, irritated oily skin, growth of bacteria, and fungus on the scalp, as well as certain inflammatory skin conditions, etc. However, overall dandruff is a pesky issue for hair health.
But dandruff is a curable hair problem, and with proper care recurrence of dandruff can really be prevented. Different hair care products are available that are made for specific dandruff care and cure, but most of these over-the-counter products are not safe for natural hair health. Therefore, it is always safe to consult a dermatologist for dandruff treatment in case the problem gets exaggerated.
In case of mild to moderate dandruff problem, you can try some natural remedies. These natural remedies may take some time to show the result, but these remedies are mostly side-effectless and none of these remedies spoil natural beauty of hair. These natural remedies are inexpensive too in comparison to chemical formula-based over-the-counter medicines and hair serums and can be applied for all hair types.
Apply coconut oil on scalp
Applying pure coconut oil is a great natural remedy for dandruff cure. Natural antifungal properties of coconut oil reduce scalp irritation and comfort the discomfort of itching. In order to intensify the remedial effect of coconut oil, you can add some lemon juice in it. Ideal proportion is 2 table spoon coconut oil and 4-5 drops of lemon juice.
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You need to rub the lemon juice-treated coconut oil on the dandruff-affected scalp, and massage gently the oil for 15-20 minutes on the affected scalp. Allow the oil to rest on scalp for 15-20 minutes and then wash off with soft shampoo. Follow this remedy at least 2-3 times in a week for at least 1 month.
Use apple cider vinegar to fight dandruff
Applying apple cider vinegar is a soothing and quick relief natural remedy for dandruff control. Light massage of scalp with apple cider vinegar can help in reducing scalp irritation due to dandruff problem. Regular massage with cider vinegar can reinstate the pH balance of the scalp, thus reduces the growth of yeast causing dandruff. Apple cider vinegar works as a natural clarifier and it helps in keeping clogged pores clean resulting in dandruff control.
Mix two table spoons apple cider vinegar with 15-20 drops of tea tree oil in it. Apply the mix on scalp and gently massage in on the scalp. Wash off your hair after 10 minutes. Follow this oil treatment for 2-3 times in a week; you should continue the home remedy for at least 1 month for complete dandruff control.
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Use baking soda for dandruff treatment
Baking soda is a mild exfoliant that gently removes flaky dandruffs and absorbs excess oil from scalp hair gland. Regular use of baking soda paste for cleaning scalp is an effective natural remedy for quick dandruff control. Once you clean scalp with baking soda paste, you need not to use shampoo further.
Continue the dandruff treatment remedy with baking soda at least for 2-3 weeks.
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Olive oil and white vinegar remedy
Make a mix with white vinegar, virgin olive oil, and water in 1:1:3 ratios and then apply the mix on scalp. Gently massage the mix on the scalp. Retain the mix on scalp for 15-20 minutes: then keep your scalp wrapped with a warm towel. After 5-10 minutes retaining the warm towel on head, wash off your hair with a mild shampoo. The treatment is effective remedy for reducing scalp itching as well as conditioning of frizzy hair.
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Add tea tree oil in shampoo
Add tea tree oil in your normal shampoo and then wash off your hair with this oil treated shampoo. Keep the shampoo on your hair scalp for 10-15 minutes and then wash off your hair with lukewarm water. For best result you need to use the shampoo at least once or twice a week.
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Use aspirin for dandruff control
Take two aspirin tablets and crush them into powder. Mix this powder in shampoo and message it on your head for 10-15 minutes with little pressure on scalp. Leave it for a few minutes and then rinse your hair properly. Use mild herbal shampoo for washing your hair so that your scalp gets rid of the aspirin powder residue completely.
Salicylic acid of aspirin will help you to control the bout of dandruff.
Instead of using shampoo, you can use white vinegar for washing your hair. This natural remedy will help you to control recurrence of dandruff completely by next 2-3 weeks’ time.
Use of fenugreek seeds can be beneficial for dandruff treatment
Fenugreek seeds are well known for their antifungal and soothing quality. By applying fenugreek seeds’ paste on head, you will get almost instant relief from scalp itching as well as you can get rid of the fungal infection causing dandruff. For better result you can add two table spoon of yogurt in fenugreek paste, which will add natural shine in your hair.
Use this natural remedy for 2-3 weeks and you can expect good result in controlling the problem of dandruff.
One note of caution: you need to be patient while using these natural remedies for controlling your dandruff. However, none of these remedies are substitute to medical treatment. Do not try all remedies together: pick the remedy you have really liked.
If your problem persists despite trying these remedies, consult a dermatologist.