Dandruff (technically known as seborrheic dermatitis) is a common disorder of the scalp that is caused by bacterial or fungal growth on the scalp, dryness of the scalp, inflammation, and other factors. It causes the formation of dry skin flakes on the scalp as well as itchiness.
Curing dandruff could be challenging, especially if the underlying cause is one that is difficult to treat, such as a fungal infection. It’s not a hopeless situation, though. Dandruffs can be cured permanently — and there are many home remedies available to help you achieve this.
Bear in mind, however, that it might take some time to see results with most dandruff remedies. The rule is to consistently apply the remedies until you get satisfactory results.
Here are five proven home remedies for dandruff:
- Apple cider vinegar
Treating your scalp with apple cider vinegar can help you get rid of dandruff because it balances the pH of the scalp, thereby arresting and growth of yeast and other fungal infections. In addition, it serves as a natural hair clarifier, helping to clear hair follicles and clear clogged hair pores.
To prepare an effective scalp treatment from apple cider vinegar, add two tablespoons of the vinegar to two tablespoons of water. Then add 10-20 drops of tea tree oil, and mix thoroughly. Apply the mixture to your scalp and massage. Rinse your hair after a few minutes. Repeat the same three times per week.
- Olive oil
Because olive oil is a natural moisturizer, it is effective for the treatment of dandruff — especially when dryness of the scalp is the underlying cause.
To treat your dandruff, heat some extra virgin olive oil until is it slightly warm (not hot!). Rub it thoroughly on your scalp. Then wrap your head with a towel or scalp, and leave it overnight. The apply shampoo or conditioner to your hair. Do this two to three times a week until all your dandruff is gone.
- Baking soda
Aside being used for baking, baking soda is a mild exfoliant. It helps absorbs excess oil and removed dead skin cells. It also helps to balance the pH of the scalp, thereby slowing or stopping the growth of fungi that cause dandruff.
To use baking soda as dandruff treatment, rub a handful onto your scalp. Leave for about 10 to 15 minutes and then rinse your hair with warm water. Do this once or twice a week until there is no more dandruff in your scalp.
Warning: Do not apply shampoo to your hair after treating with baking soda!
- Coconut oil
Coconut oil is another antifungal agent that is commonly used in the treatment of dandruff. It provides relief from the itchiness of dandruff and moisturizes the scalp.
To make it more effective in the treatment of dandruff, coconut oil is mixed with lemon juice. Add four tablespoons of coconut oil to two tablespoons of lemon juice, and stir well to mix. Then run the mixture on your scalp and leave for about 20 minutes before washing your hair. Repeat this twice or thrice a week.
- Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is a natural antibacterial and antifungal agent. It also contains proteolytic chemicals that help to break down dead skin cells. This makes it act as an exfoliant by clearing dead skin from the scalp, so it doesn’t appear as dandruff.
Obtain Aloe Vera gel directly from the plant and apply it on your scalp. Leave it for about 15 minutes and then wash it with a mild shampoo. Repeat this regularly until you see satisfactory results.