7 EFFECTIVE HOME REMEDIES TO TREAT DANDRUFF
I was a victim of dandruff recently which led to major hair fall & gave me terrible acne. I tried many different anti dandruff shampoos are hair treatments but nothing helped me. Later, I moved on to few home remedies which actually helped me to get rid of my dandruff & eventually hair fall too. Since these remedies worked for me, thought of sharing it with you girls.
Before trying any remedies below for dandruff, make sure you actually have dandruff. You might just have a dry, flaky scalp which totally differs from dandruff and there remedies might now work on it. Now, if you’re sure that you do have dandruff, keep reading. 🙂
1.) Wash that hair, baby!
Dandruff is dead skin or cells on your scalp which become dry & chunky and then flake off. Usually, people who have dry hair or who don’t wash their hair enough may have this problem. Make sure you wash your hair regularly but do not do it obsessively. Try and include an anti dandruff shampoo and leave it on for at least 5 mins before you wash it off. This will give it some time to work.
2.) Fenugreek Trick
Fenugreek is a plant thatis used commonly as a spice, particularly in Indian cuisine; however it serves medicinal purposes as well.Fenugreek seeds have a composition that is rich in protein and amino acids, encouraging healthy hair/hair growth and warding off those wicked flakes in the process. A little bonus-its high concentration of lecithin (a natural emollient) can help make hair stronger overall, and many people find that it leaves their hair silky smooth and soft.
- 2 tablespoons of Fenugreek seeds (check a health food store if they aren’t at your grocery store)
- A bowl of water
- Something to grind the seeds with
Soak the seeds overnight in 1-2 cups of water. The next morning, grind them into a fine paste and apply to your scalp. Leave it on for 30-45 minutes, then wash with mild shampoo or water.
3.) Vinegar Rinse
Rinsing your hair with vinegar is an effective way to treayt dandruff. Vinegar helps to get rid of unwanted skin that would flake off into dandruff. Apple Cider Vinegar or White Vinegar are the most effective amongst all. Just w\make sure you don’t go on a date after he rinse. The vinagr smell is going to stay in your hair for a while.
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 1/2 cup ACV or white vinegar
Mix the vinegar and warm water in a cup. You may increase or decrease the quantity of both as per your hair length. Pour the mixture over your hair, scrub it around gently for several minutes, and then rinse it thoroughly with water.
4.) Salt -y
Did you know that salt can also help get rid of dandruff? It’s slightly abrasive crystals will work as a natural exfoliator, getting off the extra oil and dead skin flakes.
- 3 tablespoons of salt (Epsom salt works well if you happen to have it, but regular table salt is fine too.)
Take 3 tablespoons of salt & gently massage it into your dry or slightly dampened scalp for 2-3 minutes. Shampoo immediately afterwards.
5.) Neem Leaves
Neem leaves are included in a lot of home remedies. They have antifungal properties which gives your relive from itching scalp. They act as an antifungal as well, inhibiting the over-growth of dandruff causing fungus.
- At least 2 handfuls of neem leaves
- 4-5 cups of hot water
Add two handfuls of neem leaves to 4 or 5 cups of hot water. Let it stand overnight. The next morning strain the liquid and use it to rinse your hair. You can also try making a paste out of leaves, applying it to your scalp, and letting it sit for about an hour before washing it off with water.
6.) Give ’em Lemons
Lemons contains acids that can help break down the fungus that is often the cause of dandruff outbreaks. It’s also free from harsh chemicals and other unnatural ingredients that often do more harm than good to our hair and scalp-plus it leaves you smelling clean and fresh.
- 2 tablespoons and 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice, divided
- 1 cup of water
Massage 2 tablespoons of lemon juice into your scalp and let it sit for a minute. Mix 1 teaspoon of lemon juice into 1 cup of water and rinse your hair with it. Repeat daily until no longer needed.
7.) Baking Soda
Baking soda is an amazing exfoliater for your skin & for your scalp. It mildly exfoliates your scalp which gets rid of the excess dead skin. It’s also kills off acts as a fungicide, and a common fungus that occurs on everyone’s scalp can cause dandruff if it becomes overly abundant. In addition, its tiny particles can be useful in actually removing those loose flakes stuck in your hair-instead of just breaking the pieces of skin up into smaller pieces.
- 1 tablespoon of baking soda
- 1 cup of water
Mix one tablespoon of baking soda to every one cup of warm water. Apply generously and rinse off. Your hair may feel quite dry in the beginning, but its natural oils will restore themselves soon, and they will be much more balanced than when using some commercial shampoo. If you feel you absolutely must use shampoo (and really try the baking soda alone first if you can) you can add a teaspoon of baking to a handful of shampoo and use that instead.
Hope these remedies were helpful. Do let me know if you try any of these home remedies. Would love to hear from you. 🙂