Dandruff is a common condition, but it can be embarrassing and hard to control.
Anyone can be affected by dandruff regardless of age.
As a result, it can feel like an unsolvable problem, because many over-the-counter treatments are expensive and don’t work well for everyone.
Many people are embarrassed about having dandruff.
Often, this embarrassing condition is caused by a fungus that feeds on dead skin cells and oil from the scalp.
Which causes white flakes to appear in the hair, beard or moustache area.
There are natural remedies that can help treat this condition without harsh chemicals or expensive medications.
Here’s how to treat and control dandruff naturally by using simple home remedies you probably already have around the house.
How serious is dandruff for your hair?
What are the causes?
Seborrrhea is a common skin condition that causes the scalp to flake off and shed in large amounts of dry skin particles.
This video explains in simple language the causes of dandruff.
In addition, dandruff can affect other parts of the body, like the eyebrows.
More importantly, it is not contagious or serious, but can be difficult to manage, as it may recur at any time without warning.
Other possible causes
Other possible causes of your hair loss include problems with oily skin, dry skin and trouble with fungus.
Also, a poor diet, stressed or using inferior products for your hair are all possible reasons.
Facial or chest rash, dryness, itchiness and extreme flaking on the scalp.
Sometimes flakes in white or brown can accumulate on the hair shafts near the roots of your head or around your shoulders.
It’s worth noting that dandruff itself does not cause hair loss.
However, severe cases can lead to injury from scratching vigorously that they severely injure your scalp.
Unless your scalp has been damaged, you might notice that the hair growth is slower there because of inflammation.
Over time, it will lead to thinning or weak hairs in these areas.
How about infants?
Baby dandruff is an unpleasant condition characterized by dry, flaky skin on your baby’s scalp.
Baby Dandruff and adults are different.
Sometimes when people get it for themselves, they can have a more serious case of cradle cap.
Cradle cap is a crusty patch of skin on a baby’s scalp that is yellow or red.
Baby dandruff and cradle cap are not contagious, so they do not cause pain or discomfort.
And these conditions usually go away in one week or two.
10 tips to treat dandruff naturally?
1. Check your diet
If you have dandruff, it could be because of your diet.
Many people believe eating a balanced meal is enough for healthy skin and hair, but the truth is many foods affect scalp conditions.
Such as eating food with high sugar levels in our diets can lead to insulin spikes.
Plus, it leads you into hormone surges that can trigger the output of oil on your scalp, resulting in an overgrowth of yeast called Pityrosporum Ovale (aka Malassezia).
You may cut out fatty foods to reduce flaking caused by dandruff.
In addition, you can remove fried foods, refined sugars, white bread or pasta with gluten from your diets, and add more vegetables and fruits.
There are suggestions that a lack of Omega 3 may be linked to many health problems, including dandruff.
If that’s the case, you may want to include food rich in Omega 3 such as flax seeds, salmon and walnuts in your diet.
2. Apple cider vinegar (ACV) with water
Apple cider vinegar can help manage dandruff and destroy the fungus.
Concerning a natural treatment, mix 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with 4 tablespoons of water and apply it directly to your scalp.
Although there is no scientific proof for this remedy yet, ACV has been found in tests to have anti-fungal properties that prevent certain types of fungi from growing.
This gentle acidity makes ACV popular at home for cleaning.
Because it’s mild compared to other acids, but still able to sanitize surfaces well.
3. Olive or coconut oil
Should I wash my hair more or less if I have dandruff?
Using shampoo is a common way to clean the hair, but with natural ingredients, you can make it much more effective and healthy for your scalp.
Include coconut oil or olive oil when shampooing, if you are looking for maximum lather that will get rid of all those last pesky flakes on your head.
Alternative method is to apply 5-8 drops of olive oil to your scalp.
Cover your scalp with a shower cap and leave it overnight.
Wash off the next day with a mild shampoo.
4. Green tea and peppermint essential oil
For beautiful, healthy hair is less susceptible to breakage and fuzziness, consider a scalp massage with green tea.
Generally, you will need: 5-6 tablespoons of green tea leaves (can be brewed in water first), 1 tablespoon white vinegar or apple cider vinegar.
Add 2 drops of peppermint essential oil.
Combine all ingredients until they are thoroughly mixed.
Then massage it onto your scalp using circular motions for five minutes before rinsing out completely.
• Green tea side benefits
It boosts metabolism for weight loss.
Importantly, it also promotes heart health by cutting LDL cholesterol levels in half!
Also, caffeine can help with concentration, and because it’s an antioxidant, it may even have anti-ageing effects too.
• Peppermint essential oils side benefits:
Besides its ability to fight inflammation, it also has different properties.
It can fight against other things like cancer, parasites, bacteria, and fungus.
5. Tea tree oil
Another way to combat dandruff is by applying a few drops of tea tree oil directly onto the scalp.
Massage it for 10-15 minutes and wash it off with a mild shampoo.
Then allow it to dry naturally, as this can be an effective home remedy.
6. Manuka oil
Australian studies show that some people are allergic to this powerful natural extract from Melaleuca alternifoliate.
Therefore, it is wise to do a patch test on yourself before using any new product for the first time.
Manuka oil (a Maori name) is similar to Tea Tree oil.
Nevertheless, it is much richer and milder than Tea Tree oil.
It is known to be anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal.
Utilise one or two drops of Manuka oil after shampooing, and massage it into your hair before rinsing.
This natural remedy is better than any other product on the market, making it an excellent home treatment for dry scalp.
7. Baking soda
Baking soda is a natural ingredient that has different uses in the kitchen and bathroom.
Beside it helps reduce dandruff by eliminating fungal buildup on your scalp, so you can enjoy cleaner hair.
Make sure your hair is wet first, this will make applying baking soda easier.
Next, rub some of the powder into your roots for at least 2-3 minutes.
Finally, wash down any remaining areas with fresh water with a mild shampoo.
Each process may feel rough or dry after washing because dirtier skin cells are sloughed off during treatment.
Simply don’t worry, as this means everything is improving.
Stick out for one week before your hair becomes soft.
8. Avocado and banana
Bananas and avocados help your skin stay soft and healthy.
Mash them together in a bowl. Rub that on your scalp for 60-80 minutes before washing off with water.
Do that every day until you don’t have flaking or itching anymore.
9. Avoid using styling products
Avoid styling products that contain alcohol, such as cetyl alcohol, stearyl alcohol, or polyethene glycol.
They may worsen the symptoms over time by drying out skin cells and stripping away natural oils in the scalp.
10.Essential oil treatment
In a small bottle with a dropper, add the following:
• 5 drops of lemon essential oil
• 2 -3 drops of lavender essential oil
• 2-3 drops of peppermint essential oil
• 1 -2 drops of rosemary essential oil
Add this mixture to your shampoo and massage your scalp for 2-3 minutes.
Leave this on your scalp for 10-15 minutes to take effect before rinsing it off.
6 self-care tips
Shampoo your hair often if you have a scaly scalp.
Brush your hair regularly and save the daily wash for after exercise.
To keep your hair and scalp healthy, avoid using a dryer on it.
If you use styling products with alcohol, limit their use.
Stressed out or anxious? Try deep breathing exercises and meditation.
Live a healthy lifestyle by eating fresh foods, vegetables and whole grains.
It is important to note that shampoo or topical treatments are not addressing the root cause of dandruff.
Effective use of these products can help remove existing flakes, but they do nothing for prevention.
There are many other home remedies, such as lemon juice, garlic, aloe vera gel and even salt, that can also help manage and check dandruff.
I hope this article helped you learn more about how to treat your scalp naturally, so it doesn’t flare up in the future!
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For more information
Australasian College of Dermatologists
New Zealand Dermatological Society
Studies showing tea tree oils worked for treating dandruff
Diet and dandruff
Effectiveness of topical peppermint oil on symptomatic treatment of chronic pruritus
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