When the dreaded flakes of dandruff appear, you can hit the shower and pour on the dandruff shampoo, or you can try some simple home remedies.
From dry scalp to eczema, dandruff can be the result of over-shampooing, an overgrowth of a fungus or a skin or autoimmune condition. For more serious or persistent conditions, consult your healthcare provider for treatment options.
The Benefits of Yogurt
Yogurt isn’t just good for your digestive system it is also great for your dandruff. So next time you are at the grocery store, pick up some plain yogurt. Then use it as a mask for your hair. Let it sit for a 5-10 minutes before rinsing it out thoroughly. Follow the yogurt mask up with shampoo and conditioner.
The Benefits of Vinegar
Another home remedy for getting rid of dandruff involves combining apple cider vinegar and water. Pour equal parts vinegar and water into a bowl and mix it together. Next, pour the mixture onto your hair and gently massage it into your scalp. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes before rinsing. To get the most benefits from this remedy, apply it once a day for a week.
Oil It Up
You’ve probably heard a lot lately about the benefits of oils for your skin. These natural solutions can also work to reduce the signs of dandruff. One of the mostly commonly known treatments is tea tree oil. While used mostly for acne, it also works great to help restore the balance to your scalp. Apply it daily and massage it into your scalp. Let is sit for 10 minutes before rinsing it out.
Another oil that is generating a ton of buzz is coconut oil. Because it has so many restorative properties is a great solution for relieving your dandruff symptoms. Shampoo your hair first as you normally would, then apply the some coconut oil to your scalp. Let it sit for a few minutes before washing it out. Note: coconut oil is fairly thick so it may take a few rinses before it is completely gone. Apply it once a week for best results.
The Aspirin Treatment
Dandruff can be a real headache, so give it the aspirin treatment. Start by crushing two aspirins up into a fine powder. Then add the powder to your shampoo before washing your hair. Let it sit for a couple of minutes before rinsing. Follow this up by shampooing your hair again, this time without the added aspirin.
The Baking Soda Treatment
Baking soda isn’t just for baking or keeping your fridge smelling fresh; it also works great as a dry shampoo and as a dandruff home remedy. Start by wetting your hair and then rub a couple of tablespoons of baking soda into your scalp. Then rinse out thoroughly. Use this mixture in place of your shampoo until you see the flakes subside. Follow it up with conditioner.
Season the Situation
Before you sprinkle salt on your food, set some aside for your hair. This abrasive, natural remedy works great as a pre-shampoo treatment. Sprinkle some onto your dry scalp and massage it in for a few minutes. Follow it up with your normal shampoo/conditioning routine.