We all know dandruff as the loose white stuff that flakes out of the scalp when it becomes dry and itchy. But did you know that dandruff is the only medical problem that has managed to unite over three-quarter of the population across the world?
Well, dandruff often starts at the age of 10 and affects up to 65% of the population above the age of 30. It is caused by an overproduction of dead skin cells and can also be caused by other factors such as an extremely dry skin, sensitivity to harsh hair products and conditions like eczema and psoriasis.
Fortunately, dandruff is something that you can completely cure; all you have to do is follow the right remedies to get rid of dandruff naturally. So without further ado, here are seven natural remedies that will help you treat dandruff once and for all!
Eggs are things that most of us have in our fridges, something we use almost every day. But did you know that it can help treat dandruff? Eggs are an excellent source of biotin, and since biotin breaks down the fungus that causes dandruff, it should be your go to DIY remedy to control dandruff. Eggs are also free from harsh chemicals that often do more harm than good to our scalp – so it’s a win-win scenario.
Mix the yolks of two eggs in a bowl then apply the mixture to the scalp of your dry hair. Make sure to cover your hair with something because it can get messy real quick. Let it sit for an hour. Wash your hair with lemon water or a nice smelling shampoo to get rid of the smell of eggs.
- Lemon Juice
Lemon is synonymous with ”aaaahh pure relief’’. It contains a large percentage of citric acid which is an active ingredient in most shampoos. It works because the acid inhibits the proliferation of skin cells. In other words, it slows down the growth of skin cells, and since dandruff is often caused by excessive cell growth and death, lemon can help restore normalcy. So remember, when your hair gives you dandruff, give it lemons.
Squeeze some drops of lemon juice on your scalp and spread evenly. Let it soak for about 20 minutes. Wash it off with a mild shampoo.
- Apple Cider Vinegar
Applying vinegar to your hair may sound like an unwelcome idea, but it can be quite helpful because it addresses the root of the problem (pun intended). Simply put, vinegar gets rid of dry, itchy skin that would flake into dandruff. It also helps balance out the PH of the scalp, and it won’t clog up your pores.
Take ten tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and mix with water in a bowl. Wash your hair with shampoo then apply the vinegar paste into your hair. Let it stay in your scalp for 15 minutes then rinse off. Repeat once a week or every two weeks, according to how often you need it.
We are all aware of the role that yogurt plays in almost all skin complications thanks to its probiotic qualities. And since dandruff can mostly be attributed to an overgrowth of fungus, it’s only right to turn to this old-age remedy to help curb fungus and boost the growth of friendly bacteria.
A cup of yogurt is all you need. Wash your hair using a mild shampoo. After that, carefully apply the yogurt into the hair while massaging your scalp. Let it stay for 15 minutes then rinse with warm water. Repeat this twice a week for one month to get a squeaky clean scalp.
Garlic is used commonly as a spice; however, it has medicinal benefits as well. Garlic has a composition rich in ingredients that encourage healthy hair growth thus warding off those wicked dandruff flakes. It is known to provide prompt relief from an itchy scalp and may be just what you need to get rid of dandruff with just a few applications
Crush two garlic cloves to powder form and mix with honey to form a paste. Gently massage the paste into your scalp and let it soak for 20 minutes so that it can sufficiently absorb the healthy ingredients from garlic. Wash off with a mild shampoo.
The next time you want to shake that flake off your scalp and keep your hair healthy and good looking, remember that a solution could be right in your kitchen, maybe even as close to you as the yogurt you take every other day.