Home Remedies for Dandruff
Dandruff is a common embarrassing skin disorder of the scalp. This unpleasant flaky skin condition of the scalp is due to excessive shedding of dead skin with presence of bacteria. Dandruff symptoms are seen as itching and possible scalp redness from scratching.
What Causes Dandruff
Dandruff causes vary from constipation, emotional distress, weakened immunity due to infectious diseases, poor nutrition, use of harsh shampoos, exposure to cold, general health impairment.
All these result in a toxic condition of the system and can result in dandruff.
Dandruff Treatment and Home Remedies
When dandruff occurs, your scalp becomes flaky and falls like scales (which are dead cells of the outer layer of the skin) when scratched. When excess dandruff is present, it can be irritating and associated with bacteria formation on the scalp. Avoid scratching as fingernails can cause scalp damage and infection.
1) The most important step in dandruff control is to keep the scalp and hair clean.
2) Brush your hair daily to improve circulation and remove flakiness. Brush your hair from the nape of the neck to the top of your head with your head bent downwards i.e from the roots to the ends.
3) Massage scalp daily with finger tips. Massaging, like brushing stimulates blood circulation and dislodges dirt and dandruff and encourages hair growth.
If your dandruff is falling as in dry flakes come out when you scratch your scalp, then you have dry dandruff or dry scalp dandruff, if not then you have oily dandruff.
Natural Treatments for Dry Dandruff
Home remedy for dandruff using Boric Powder:
Mix 1 tsp boric powder with warm coconut oil. Massage into scalp and let it sit for 2-3 hours. Wash off with cleanser (recipe below) or using a mild herbal shampoo. Do this once every week. This is really effectively to maintain acid ph of scalp and treats dandruff very well.
Recipe for Cleanser (Natural anti dandruff shampoo)
Take 5 tbsp of plain white yogurt and squeeze in half a lime. Add 2 tsps of green gram dal powder (mung dal powder). Massage into scalp and let it sit for 10 mins. Use a creamy shampoo and wash hair well. This is good if done at least once a week.
Natural Cures for Oily Dandruff:
Vinegar Dandruff Cure
Prepare Triphala Lotion: Mix 1 tsp triphala powder in 1 glass of water and boil. Allow it to simmer for 3 mins, cool and strain. Mix with equal amount of cider vinegar (not synthetic vinegar). Massage this slowly into the scalp and leave it overnight on the scalp. Shampoo with a mild herbal shampoo in the morning.
Home made Herbal Shampoo (Dandruff Cleanser)
Natural anti dandruff shampoo recipe for oily dandruff: Immerse 2 tsps of fenugreek seeds in water overnight. Make a paste of the seeds in the morning and apply on head. Leave for half an hour. Then wash your hair with soapnut (reetha) or shikakai and water. Do this routine 2 times a week.