How often did you wish to try a particular hairstyle or let your hair free but chickened out? How many times did you have to chuck out dark clothes in favor of the lighter ones?
This entire dilemma just for those irritating, never-seems-to-go dandruff on your scalp! I bring to you some amazing natural ways to eradicate these little devilish flakes from your scalp and your nightmares forever.
How To Treat Dandruff
Choose The Right Shampoo
One of the first things you do when you have dandruff is get an anti-dandruff shampoo. Most OTC shampoos are nothing less than a detergent they may wash away the dandruff but leave your hair and scalp dry, encouraging more dandruff! Opt for herbal shampoos. I suggest a good quality olive oil shampoo or a neem shampoo for this purpose. Shampoo twice a week to keep your scalp clean.
The best way to get rid of dandruff is to use water sparingly. When you wash your hair make sure you have loads of water running through the hair. Many of us do not wash the scalp thoroughly after shampooing, resulting in clogged pores and dandruff.
I personally prefer sitting down just under a running tap and washing my hair vigorously, the forced water washes away the flakes and also cleans the scalp thoroughly.
Chuck That Hair Dryer
Hair dryers are enemies to your hair and scalp. They dry out the hair and the scalp leaving them dehydrated. This can easily result in dandruff. It is recommended that you dry your hair naturally and when ever you’re using hair tongs, irons or other stylers use serums to protect the hair and scalp against the heat.
Combing the scalp actually massages it and increases the blood flow. This is really good both for the hair and the scalp. Comb well but not vigorously. I advice you put some silky serum to make the hair tangle free and then comb through this allows you to comb well without causing breakage.
Many people have suggested that dandruff can occur from taking too much of stress. Avoid stress in any form and indulge yourself in some quality tension-free time. Yoga, aromatherapy or napping can help you. In fact people who take adequate sleep have reported fewer occurrences of dandruff problems, so it is crucial you take time out and sleep to keep your body and mind relaxed.
Diet is an integral part of fighting against dandruff. Include lots of fresh fruits, vegetables, juices and salads in your diet. Dermatologists say hat healthy diet makes your skin healthy and aids in combating dandruff problems.
Virgin Olive Oil And Hot Oil Massage
One of the root causes of getting these flakes are a dry scalp. Dry scalp should undergo moisturizing therapy and olive oil is your best option. Warm some extra virgin olive oil and massage onto your scalp.
Follow a turban therapy or just wear a shower cap. Wash off with herbal shampoo after an hour. You have to be consistent while trying this method. Doing a dry scalp treatment means that your scalp will get moisturized from the inside and flaking will lessen gradually and disappear altogether.
If you prefer other oils like sweet almond, coconut, castor or mustard, you can follow the same technique and apply your favorite oil for your hot oil therapy. This method helps the oil to penetrate deep inside and fights well against scaly, dry scalp.
Using lemon juice is one the best remedies to treat dandruff and they have a really good track record too. You can use lemon to treat dandruff in a number of ways. Add lemon juice to your hair oil and massage normally. You can also squeeze some fresh lemon juice and massage this juice directly on the scalp and let it remain for about 15 minutes. Please note that lemon has mild bleaching properties and so don’t leave it for long spans of time. Wash away thoroughly with cold water.
Blessed with strong antiseptic properties, neem helps to ward off dandruff and fights against other scalp problems. Make a smooth paste of some fresh neem leaves and apply it on the scalp. Wash off when dry with some warm water and mild herbal shampoo.
Vinegar is an extremely and well serving candidate when it comes to treating dandruff at home. It is rich in potassium and has enzymes that get rid off dandruff and make the head squeaky clean! It also helps in cases of an itchy scalp and opens up clogged hair follicles. There are several ways to use vinegar in order to treat dandruff problems. Massage some apple cider vinegar directly on the scalp and leave for 6-7 minutes before washing it away.
You can mix equal portions of vinegar and water and apply this to your entire scalp, cover it and leave it overnight before washing it off in the morning. You can also opt for a vinegar rinse at the end of a bath. Mix 2 tablespoons of vinegar to the last mug and rinse your hair with it.
Garlic has been hailed as a very good remedy to treat and get rid off even the most stubborn cases of dandruff. Being a natural antibiotic it kills bacteria that make colonies on the scalp and clog the skin thus enhancing flakiness and scaling.
Crush some garlic cloves and grind them into a smooth paste. Add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice if you want to and apply this to your scalp. Leave for about 20 to 30 minutes and then wash away.
Apple juice contains some useful enzymes that eliminate dry epithelial cells. Make your own fresh apple juice (do not use the packaged ones, they won’t work), and apply about 3 tablespoons onto the head. Leave this on for about 5 to 10 minutes and then wash it off.
Using fenugreek seeds to eradicate dandruff permanently have had some really good results. Soak a fistful of fenugreek seeds in some water. Leave this overnight or for atleast a span of 6 to 7 hours.
Grind the seeds well and apply the paste onto the scalp. Let it remain for 1 or 2 hours till it has completely dries. Wash your head with a good quality shampoo.
Caution: Please use Remedies after Proper Research and Guidance. You accept that you are following any advice at your own risk and will properly research or consult healthcare professional.