There are so many problems you need to deal with when it comes to taking care of your hair. Is your hair too dry or too greasy?
Are the hair products you’re using irritating your scalp? Do you need to shampoo your hair regularly or is that going to dry out your scalp?
And the list goes on and on.
But something that can add to your frustration like no other hair condition is dandruff.
Even though it’s quite common, it’s quite difficult to treat and can make your scalp very itchy.
If you’re tired of having an itchy scalp and white flakes over your clothes, we’ve prepared a list of five home remedies that you can use to get rid of dandruff naturally.
But before we can discuss dandruff remedy DIY, let’s take a closer look at some of the causes of dandruff.
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What Causes Dandruff?
People who suffer from a condition called ‘Seborrheic Dermatitis’ are likely to experience dandruff.
This condition is known to affect many different areas of your skin as well as your scalp and causes scaly patches and itchy, flaky skin.
The same way your skin gets dry and itchy during the winter and needs to be moisturized regularly, your scalp can also get dry and flaky if you don’t take proper care of it.
People with dry skin are more likely to have dandruff but this type of dandruff tends to have smaller and non-oily flakes.
The Wrong Hair Products
If you’re still not able to identify the cause of your dandruff, you need to take a look at the hair products you’re using.
Some products are known to cause inflammation. If you shampoo your hair too much, that can cause further irritation and result in dandruff.
It’s better to use dry shampoo in such cases to absorb the excess oils from your hair.
Not Washing Hair Regularly
When you don’t wash your hair as much as you need to, the oils and dead skin cells can get accumulated and your scalp can get flaky and lead to dandruff.
However, shampooing too frequently can also cause your scalp to dry out, so you need to find the right balance to make sure your hair stays moisturized and dead skin cells don’t get collected on your scalp.
Remedies To Get Rid Of Dandruff Naturally
1. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is an essential oil that’s known to have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that can work wonders for your dry and itchy scalp.
All you need to do is add about three drops of tea tree oil into a tablespoon of olive oil or vegetable oil.
Gently massage it into your scalp and then wash it off with water.
The smell can be a bit strong, so it’s advisable to try this remedy before going to bed or when you’ll spending the whole day at home.
2. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera can have a cooling effect on your scalp and it can also be used to exfoliate your skin. It’s also known for having anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties.
For this remedy, it’s better to extract some aloe vera gel from the plant directly instead of buying it from the store.
You can apply it on your scalp, massage it in, and then rinse it off with a mild shampoo. It will help calm down your irritated, flaky skin.
Lemons have antiseptic properties, which makes them an amazing home remedy for itchy and flaky scalp.
Lemon juice is acidic which helps in altering the pH level of your scalp and getting rid of dandruff that’s causing fungus and bacteria.
Since the pH level of your scalp can change throughout the day, lemon juice will only provide temporary relief from inflammation.
Here’s what you need to do:
Squeeze out some fresh lemon juice and massage it into your scalp. Leave it on for around five minutes before washing it off.
It’s recommended to test on a small part first. If it stings, add water to dilute it. Do this every day until the itchiness has significantly subsided.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar can be used to treat dandruff because of its anti-inflammatory properties that are known to get rid of yeast on the skin that leads to itchiness.
It can provide relief from irritations as well. It can act as a conditioner too that can soothe your scalp and restore the shine in your hair.
Create a solution with equal parts water and Apple Cider Vinegar.
Slowly massage it into your scalp, leave it in for around 10 to 15 minutes before washing it off with cold water.
Repeat this procedure after every few days until you start to notice a significant different.
You can use Apple Cider Vinegar even if you don’t suffer from dandruff. It can keep your hair moisturized and shiny during colder months.
5. Baking Soda
Baking soda is known to be a great disinfectant and it can be used to remove excess oils from your scalp as well.
It’s also a natural antiseptic that can help balance out the pH level of your scalp.
To create this dandruff shampoo, all you need to do is combine 2 tablespoons of baking soda with water until a paste forms.
Section your hair and apply a little bit of olive oil to your scalp.
After the oil has been carefully massaged into your hair, spread the baking soda paste on your scalp, leave it in for around 5 to 10 minutes, and then rinse it off.
Repeat these steps once or twice every week for the best results.
It’s better to consult with your doctor before trying out these remedies to make sure you’re not doing more damage to your scalp.
It’s also necessary to identify the cause of your dandruff before you can effectively get rid of it.
We hope the remedies we’ve mentioned in this blog post will provide relief to you from dandruff or itchy scalp.
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