by: Jessica Mikaela Mones, Vigorbuddy.com |
Ever wonder those white to light yellow flakes on your shoulders? Those small, dry and clumped flakes falling from your hair is called Pityriasis Simplex Capillitii, or DANDRUFF.
Dandruff is a condition characterized by itchy and flaking skin on the scalp and face due to the growth of a yeast-like fungus on the scalp, skin diseases like eczema and seborrheic dermatitis or dry skin and skin cell growth.
Although it is embarrassing sometimes, CNN Health stated that dandruff is common and chronic for people to have, but it is not contagious and is rarely serious. Dandruff can be improved more during summer days and with frequent shampooing.
Here are 7 easy home remedies to get rid of dandruff:
- White Vinegar is one of the best home treatments for dandruff because of its acetic acid that prevents growth of fungi on your scalp and thus, relieves itching.
- Add one-half cup of vinegar to two cups of water. Rinse your hair with this mixture after shampooing your hair.
- Another option is: massage your scalp with a mixture of two parts white vinegar, one part olive oil and three parts water. After 10 minutes, rinse it off and shampoo your hair using a mild shampoo.
- Follow either of these remedies once or twice a week.
- Aspirin has salicylic acid that can control dandruff by exfoliating your scalp.
- Crush two aspirins to a fine powder and mix it with a drop of shampoo. Wash your hair with the mixture, massaging it onto your scalp.
- Leave it in for a few minutes and then rinse your hair well. If you wish, wash your hair again with normal shampoo to remove the powder completely.
- Alternatively, crush three aspirins and dissolve the powder in one tablespoon of vinegar. Massage the mixture into your scalp.
- Leave it in for half an hour and then wash your hair thoroughly.
- Mouthwash (like Listerine) is a healthy thing that can help prevent dandruff because of its antifungal properties and alcohol content.
- Mix 1 part mouthwash with 9 parts water. Pour onto hair after the usual hair wash.
- Simply dump the mixture over your head. Then style as normal. Do not rinse out.
- Mouthwash/Listerine is advised to use once a week.
- Lemon Juice (with Plain Yogurt) contains acids that fight the fungi that can cause dandruff.
- Mix the juice of half a lemon in one-quarter cup of plain yogurt, then apply it on your hair and scalp.
- Leave it on for 20 minutes before rinsing it off and shampooing your hair.
- Repeat either of these remedies a few times a week.
- Olive Oil is an effective natural moisturizer that can cure scalp dryness especially with regular use.
- Apply olive oil before washing your hair. Leave for 5-10 minutes.
- Before going to bed, apply olive oil once more. You may wish to wrap your head in a towel or cotton cap, or use an old pillowcase to absorb the oil. You should wake up to dandruff free head.
- Fenugreek Seeds possess antifungal and soothing properties that can help control dandruff to a great extent.
- Soak two to three tablespoons of fenugreek seeds in water overnight.
- In the morning, grind them into a fine paste. You can also add a few teaspoons of plain yogurt to it.
- Apply the paste all over your scalp and leave it in for a few hours.
- Rinse it out and shampoo your hair.
- Do this once or twice a week.
- Baking Soda is presumed to work as a natural dandruff remover being a mild exfoliant that helps remove dead skin cells and absorbs excess oil. It can also help balance pH levels on the scalp and reduce the growth of fungi that cause dandruff.
- Instead of shampooing, rub a heaping tablespoon of baking soda into your wet hair and scalp.
- Wash thoroughly after one minute.
- After two weeks of your baking soda shampoo, your scalp should begin producing natural oils, leaving the skin on your head moisturized and dandruff-free.
Bear in mind to follow the tips patiently and consistently to have a dandruff-free hair.