An otherwise great day can be ruined by nothing more than tiny white flakes that fall off of your scalp, or what is commonly called as dandruff. Dandruff is a skin condition of the scalp that causes flakes of dead skin to appear. There are actually several causes of dandruff. It may be caused by dry skin, or an irritated, oily skin that leads to seborrheic dermatitis, or a yeast-like fungus called malassezia going out of control, or by contact dermatitis, or by some other skin condition. Whatever the cause may be, dandruff is both irritating and humiliating. Luckily, it can be easily treated. In fact, there are certain remedies you can easily do by yourself in the comfort of your home. Here are five DIY homemade remedies you can use to relieve yourself of dandruff.
If the yeast-like fungus malassezia is the cause of your dandruff, then vinegar will act as a fungicide that would easily get rid of it. Apart from that, vinegar will also get rid of the skin cells that mature and die too fast which causes a build-up that leads to irritation and therefore, dandruff, while also preventing the pores in your scalp from clogging up.
Simply mix a one-to-one ratio of water and white or apple cider vinegar then pour it over your hair and scrub for a couple of minutes before washing off with water. Remember not to use any other product, even shampoo, on your hair for about 8-12 hours after the treatment. Repeat as often as you need.
Many medicated dandruff shampoos contain an active ingredient called salicylic acid which can be found as well in aspirin. Crush two aspirin tablets to a fine powder and add it to the amount of shampoo you use each time you wash your hair. Lather well while massaging your scalp and leave it on for 1-2 minutes. Rinse well and wash your hair again with plain shampoo.
3. Yoghurt and Pepper
The detrimental effects of the fungi malassezia can be counteracted by boosting the amount of “good” bacteria. These friendly bacteria can be found in yoghurt. Yoghurt will also moisturize the scalp thereby preventing scaling and flaking of the skin. Pepper, on the other hand, acts as a very effective antifungal.
Mix two tablespoons of finely ground black pepper and mix it with a cup of yoghurt. Apply the mixture directly on your scalp and leave for an hour. Afterwards, rinse well and wash your hair with a mild shampoo.
4. Lemon and Coconut Oil
Lemon is rich in citric acid which helps reduce the excessive oils that may have been irritating your scalp, causing dandruff, while also balancing the pH level of your skin to promote a healthy scalp. On the other hand, coconut oil works as a moisturizer that deeply moisturizes your scalp which would regulate oil production and therefore prevent an irritated scalp. Mixing both works very effectively to counteract dandruff caused by a dry or oily scalp.
Warm the coconut oil by rubbing some in your palm and mix it with a squeeze of lemon juice. Apply as much as needed on your scalp and leave for about an hour. Rinse your hair with water and cover with a warm towel for a couple of minutes to an hour. Repeat as often as needed.
5. Baking Soda
Baking soda helps in getting rid of dandruff in three ways. First, baking soda acts as a fungicide which would get rid of the dandruff-causing fungus malassezia when it gets out of control. Second, baking soda mildly exfoliates the skin, thereby getting rid of the dead skin cells in the scalp before they build-up into dandruff. And finally, baking soda gets rid of the tiny dandruff flakes that get stuck in your hair.
Simply mix a tablespoon of baking soda with a cup of water and use the mixture instead of shampoo. Alternatively, you can add a teaspoon of baking soda to the amount of shampoo you use in every wash.