Those pesky white flakes on a smart black dress can put off anybody! Dandruff is a small but highly niggling problem that can spoil a happy occasion in a matter of minutes. Caused by the fungus Malassezia, Dandruff is a result of a dry and itchy scalp. While many amongst us resort to an anti-dandruff shampoo to solve this problem, did you know that you can also address this issue with the help of many easy to implement home remedies? Yes, home remedies for dandruff are highly effective!
Before we learn them, let us first understand some common causes of Dandruff:
- Illnesses such as eczema, Parkinson’s disease
- Irregular and wrong methods of brushing
- Improper diet
- Irregular hair shampooing
Easy to implement home remedies for dandruff are:
The noble and straightforward baking soda can act as an effective remedy to combat Dandruff. All you need to do is dampen your hair and sprinkle a handful of baking soda on your scalp. Rub vigorously. Post the exercise, go for a quick rinse, but avoid shampooing. Initially, after a few sessions, you feel your hair dry. But eventually, your scalp will start producing natural oils thereby making your hair look softer and devoid of dry flakes.
The readily available Aspirin can play a significant role in keeping Dandruff at bay. Crush two Aspirins into a fine powder and add it to your regular shampoo. Shampoo your hair with this mixture and rinse after two to three minutes. The Salicylic Acid present in Aspirin helps to treat Dandruff efficiently.
A fresh bowl of yogurt too can help in calming down an itchy scalp. All you need to do is shampoo your hair, apply the yogurt, and let it rest for 15 minutes or so. Rinse with water and wash again with a small amount of your regular shampoo. Yogurt is a treasure trove of friendly bacteria and thus helps to prevent flaking of the scalp area. You can also add black pepper to the yogurt since it too has anti-fungal properties.
Fuller’s Earth can absorb oil, grease, and dust. All these cause and increase the spreading of Dandruff. Simultaneously, Fuller’s Earth also helps in improving blood circulation which helps to keep the scalp Dandruff-free. To make this mixture for your scalp, just mix a good proportion of Fuller’s Earth with water and blend to make a smooth paste. Add a few drops of lemon juice to the paste. Apply this mixture to your scalp. Let it seep in for 20 minutes or so and then wash off with regular water.
This is by far the easiest of them all! Squeeze a full lemon and massage the juice into your scalp. Let it rest for 2 to 3 minutes and rinse off with a regular shampoo. You can also add lemon juice to a mug of water and use it as the last rinse post your hair wash session. Regularly repeat it till dandruff disappears. The acidic character of the Lemon helps to balance the pH of your hair.