[toc]Dandruff are white flaky substances that can be seen on the scalp. These loose flakes can be noticed on the shoulder and back when they fall off. However, they can be sticky at times, when they come in contact with the oil secreted from the scalp. Although dandruff can appear anytime, they are more common during the winters, when the scalp lacks moisture.
Dandruff causes acne and makes the scalp itchy and sensitive. A yeast like fungus called malassezia is primarily responsible for the formation of dandruff which causes the shedding off of the scalp’s skin. Dandruff can always recur. Therefore, some effective home remedies that can retain the health of the scalp is more suitable as compared to cosmetic hair care products, that are not much helpful in the long run.
6 Ways To Get Rid Of Dandruff
Hot Oil Treatment
Hot oil treatment not only helps in keeping dandruff at bay, but is also extremely beneficial for the hair and scalp. For this, you may use just coconut oil or add some olive or castor oil into it. First of all, heat the oil over medium flame and apply in on the scalp with a cotton ball. Now, gently message the scalp with your fingers.
After fifteen minutes, dip a thick towel in hot water, squeeze out the water from the towel and wrap it around your hair like a turban. Make sure that you wrap the entire hair, from the root to the tip, with the towel. Leave the towel for about fifteen minutes and then rinse off your hair with a mild shampoo. Repeat this therapy at least once a week.
A yogurt mask is another excellent ways to get dandruff free, silky and shiny strands. Yogurt contains acidophilus, a good bacteria that helps in killing fungal infections. It has the properties of warding off malassezia, the fungus that mainly causes dandruff. Apply some beaten yogurt on your scalp without adding anything in it and rinse it off with a mild shampoo after ten minutes. You may apply this mask as often as necessary.
Regular intake of yogurt also helps in restoring the normal level of acidophilus in the body, which acts as a protective shield against dandruff. Yogurt does not have any side effect on our hair. In fact, it enriches the hair with nourishment and moisture. However, avoid applying yogurt if you are suffering from cold or headache, as it might worsen the situation.
Fenugreek (methi) seeds
Fenugreek is a rich source of niacin, potassium, amino acids, nicotinic acids, vitamin C and most importantly proteins. It wipes of dandruff from the roots, deep cleanses the scalp and makes the hair smooth, shining and flowy. Soak two teaspoons of fenugreek seeds overnight, make a smooth paste in the morning and apply it on the scalp and leave it for half an hour. Wash off the hair with a mild shampoo. Fenugreek has a strong cooling effect. Avoid using it on scalp and hair, if you are suffering from cold or fever.
Apple Cider vinegar
Besides yogurt, the acids present in apple cider oil also helps in killing malassezia, which makes it a very effective ingredient to get rid of dandruff. Mix water and vinegar in equal quantities and apply it on your entire hair and scalp with the help of a spraying bottle. Allow the solution to remain in the hair for half an hour and then rinse off properly with lots of water. You may apply it every alternate day till the problem persists, and then once a week.
The natural antibiotic properties present in garlic helps in killing the bacteria formed on the scalp, which in turn keeps away dandruff. It also contains allicin in huge concentration, a compound that is rich in anti-fungal and anti-candida properties.
Mash a few cloves of garlic into a paste. Apply it on your scalp and leave it for half an hour. This will allow the garlic to form plenty of allicins, good enough to combat dandruff. Rinse off properly with a mild shampoo to remove the lingering effect of the smell of garlic.
Baking soda is a effective and easy home remedy for treating dandruff. It is inexpensive in comparison to other aliments for dandruff that are available in the market. Its gritty texture cleanses the scalp by removing the dirt and absorbs the excess oil which attracts more dust. However, it retains the natural oils required for a healthy scalp and hair.
Take a handful of baking soda and apply it on towel dried hair and scalp and rinse off with water. Use it as an alternative to shampoo, which will only make your hair and scalp healthier with time.