Those pesky white flakes on a smart black dress can put anybody off! Dandruff is a small but highly niggling problem that can spoil any happy occasion in a jiffy. Caused by the fungus Malassezia, Dandruff is a result of a dry and itchy scalp in both men and women.
While many amongst us resort to an anti-dandruff shampoo to solve this problem, do 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 its causes.
Some common causes of Dandruff:
- Illness such as eczema, Parkinson’s disease.
- Irregular and wrong methods of brushing your hair.
- Improper and fatty diet.
- Irregular patterns of shampooing your hair.
Easy to implement home remedies to get rid of dandruff:
1. Baking Soda:
The 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 distinct 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 yoghurt too can help in calming down an itchy scalp. All you require to do is shampoo your hair, apply the yoghurt, and let it rest for 15 minutes or so. Rinse with water and wash again with a small amount of your regular shampoo.
Yoghurt 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 yoghurt since it too has anti-fungal properties.
4. Fuller’s Earth (Multani Mitti):
Fuller’s Earth can absorb oil, grease, and dust. All these further the spreading of Dandruff. Concurrently, Fuller’s Earth also helps in improving blood flow 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 some 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 this citric 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 characteristic of Lemon helps to balance the pH of your hair.