10 Great Natural Remedies to Get Rid of Dandruff Naturally
Dandruff is a common occurrence. It can be seen as “snowflakes” or white particles on the head and shoulders of those who suffer from it. Its symptoms are an itchy scalp and flakiness, which becomes very embarrassing for the sufferer as it is easily noticeable by others. Sometimes it causes greasy patches on the scalp. It affects all segments of the population -- young, old, male, female. If left untreated, it may lead to pimples and acne as well. Dandruff is caused by hair brushing habits and frequent shampooing using harsh shampoos. Improper diet and stress are also contributory factors to the onset of dandruff.
Dandruff may be caused by dry skin, seborrheic dermatitis, sensitive scalp, and the Malassezia fungus. It can be treated by medicated shampoos, creams and lotions. A large variety of such products is available over-the-counter. While these are quite effective, a good alternative option is to try natural remedies. These natural treatments are very effective with the added advantage that they are not chemical based and thus do not have any side effects. However, they do require patience and preparation but will help you get rid of dandruff completely.
So if dandruff is troubling you, try out these easy methods:
1. Coconut Oil & Lemon: A natural and very helpful ingredient for dandruff control is coconut oil, which is easily available in India. Mix it with an equal amount of lemon juice and apply it on your scalp. Massage gently, and then leave it on for 20 minutes. After letting it work on your scalp, rinse it off with shampoo. Remember to use a mild shampoo with natural ingredients!
2. Curd: Curd is a wonder ingredient in anti-dandruff treatment. Though it is somewhat messy, the curd is extremely helpful in fighting dandruff and giving your hair a natural, shiny look. It strengthens hair roots and contributes to the overall health of your hair. The method is simple: simply apply some curd on the hair and scalp and leave it for about 45 minutes before washing it off.
3. Methi pack: A surprising home remedy for dandruff is methi (fenugreek) seeds, commonly used in Indian cooking. You have to make a hair pack of the seeds by soaking them in water overnight and then making a paste with the moistened seeds. This paste is applied on the hair and scalp and left for about an hour before washing.
4. Tea Tree Oil: Another natural ingredient that helps in dandruff control is tea tree oil. It is available in many cosmetic stores. Apply liberally on your hair and scalp and massage it in. Leave it for some time and after that wash your hair. Your dandruff should be in control after a few applications. Tea tree oil is also used to treat acne and psoriasis. It has anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties and is effective in fighting the fungus that causes seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff. However, tea tree oil may sometimes cause skin irritation, in which case it should be diluted with coconut oil before use.
5. Baking Soda: Baking soda is also used for dandruff treatment. First, wet your hair slightly, and then apply a spoonful of baking soda on the scalp. Wash it off after about two minutes.
6. Apple Cider Vinegar: Apple cider vinegar is also known to help control dandruff and hair fall and helps fight the fungus causing dandruff. Apple cider is mixed with equal parts of water and applied to the hair after your regular hair wash. It should be massaged in the scalp and left for about 15 minutes. Thereafter it is washed off.
7. Mehndi (Henna): Henna is commonly used in India. It is also a wonder cure for dandruff. Take some henna, and mix it with curd and a little lemon juice. Leave the mixture for some time, after which apply it to your scalp. It is important to leave it on for about 2 hours after which it is washed off.
8. Aloe Vera: Aloe vera is commonly found in India. It is widely used in cosmetic preparations. It is beneficial in the treatment of many skin conditions. Aloe vera is helpful in fighting dandruff as it has antibacterial and antifungal properties. It fights the fungal infections that cause dandruff and hair loss.
9. Neem Juice: Neem is a wonder plant that has many properties, including fighting bacteria. It is use to controls dandruff. Neem leaves are grinded making a thick paste, which is applied to the scalp and left for about 15 minutes. This paste fights fungal infections and leaves it infection free.
10. Multani Mitti: A traditional remedy is Multani mitti which has been used for skin and scalp health. A Multani mitti hair pack consisting of water and a little lemon juice is applied to the scalp and left for about 20 minutes before washing it off. The results will surprise you!
Other remedies include orange peel packs and fruit-based remedies, olive oil, aspirin, and even salt. All these are also known to be good dandruff fighters.
But natural remedies are not instant – they take time to give you long-term health. These natural treatments are helpful only when used regularly over a period of time. Whatever remedy suits you, use it thrice a week for a few weeks for results to show. Though they take longer, the results are often worth the effort. You will get shining, healthy hair and infection free scalp. Above all, these remedies do not harm the hair or cause side effects.
Though these remedies are quite effective, if the dandruff is severe and these remedies do not work, consult a doctor/expert. Sometimes medicines may be necessary to get rid of stubborn fungal infections.
At the same time, make attempts to reduce stress in your lives, which is the cause of most hair and skin problems. Stress reduces your body’s immunity system and will result in all kinds of diseases. Try some meditation, yoga and similar methods and follow a regular and healthy lifestyle.
Eat a regular, healthy diet. I have always stressed natural methods for hair and skin conditions, and I am sure you will find these remedies very useful indeed!