Our skin rejuvenates itself naturally by shedding the dead cells constantly. In about every 28 days, a fresh layer gets added. The tiny skin cells on arms, hands and legs and hands go unnoticed. Our scalp is slightly different.
The hair follicles secrete fatty oils. A yeast-like fungus – malassezia feeds on these fatty oils and when its growth is out of control, we see a lot of dead cells getting shed. To make the matter worse, the oil in the hair follicles clamps these white shed-offs and they get stuck to the hair forming a white patch. Read on to know how to treat dandruff naturally with simple dandruff home remedies.
Wet your hair. Then take some baking soda and rub it vigorously onto your scalp. Then rinse it off after some time. Don’t shampoo. Do this regularly. Baking soda has a property to reduce intense fungi. Initially you might have to tackle dry hair, but within a few weeks, scalp’s natural oil production will leave your hair softer. And most importantly, free of flakes.
Salicylic acid – an active ingredient in medicated dandruff shampoos is present in Aspirin. Crush two aspirins and add the fine powder to the shampoo while washing your hair. Wait for two minutes and rinse well. Give a plain shampoo wash again. This will keep flaking in check.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Once the pH of your scalp is altered, yeast can’t grow. The acidity of apple cider vinegar is just right for this job. Mix one fourth cup of apple cider vinegar and the same amount of water in a bottle. Spray this on your scalp. Cover your head with a shower cap for half an hour. Then give your hair a thorough wash. Following this twice a week regularly should fetch results.
Lemon is another kitchen agent that helps maintain your scalp’s pH balance. Squeeze 2 spoons lemon juice in 1 cup water and apply it onto your scalp. Then rinse it with water. Repeat this every 3 days for the dandruff to disappear. Lemon’s acidic levels do the trick.
The magic of Aloe Vera just can’t be overemphasized. It is one of the healthiest plants that we have for skin and hair care. Massage the Aloe Vera gel before shampooing. The inflamed skin gets a nice cooling effect. This stops you from scratching the scalp and avoids further dandruff formation.
Garlic has great anti-fungal properties that work on dandruff-causing bacteria. Rub the crushed garlic on your scalp. To tackle its strong odour, add honey to it and massage the scalp. Thoroughly wash your hair after 10minutes.
Along with these remedies, try not to scratch the itch caused by dandruff. This could worsen your healing scalp. Also, take control on you stress levels as they act as catalyst for accelerating the dandruff formation. With these helpful strategies, keep those unwanted flakes at bay.