Dandruff. Just the mention of this 8-lettered word can send anyone to a trance. Dandruff is simply dead skin cells that shed from our heads, some can be dry, some oily. Everyone hates dandruff. In fact, women will do anything within their power to get rid of this embarrassing condition which does not only make their hair look dirty but also make a woman lose her self-esteem and confidence. I have seen women struggle to get rid of dandruff in all sorts of unimaginable ways. This is a huge reason why the beauty industry is making millions of dollars from cosmetic products aimed to remove dandruff. While a fraction of these products actually works, the effect is very little.
To help all people affected by dandruff gain back their confidence with healthy, beautiful and lush hair, we decided to reveal the best and most effective home remedies to help anyone get rid of dandruff for good. The symptoms of dandruff are very easy to spot. Sometimes they appear as white, oily looking flakes of dead skin that dot your hair. Other possible signs that signal you may have dandruff is an itchy scaly-like scalp.
TYPES OF DANDRUFF
1. FUNGAL DANDRUFF
Fungal dandruff is very common and is generally caused by a type of fungus known as Malassezia which feeds on the dead skin cells. Although this fungus is present on everyone’s scalp in small quantities, it can reproduce quickly when a scalp is too oily or when the pH of the scalp is off balance. Poor cleansing habits, oil buildup, allergic reactions to the hair products you use could all cause this problem to re-surface. In fact, oil buildup itself can cause dandruff even without the fungus. To treat fungal dandruff, wash your hair regularly or use some of the home remedies for dandruff listed below.
2. DRY SCALP RELATED DANDRUFF
Experienced mostly during winter, this type of dandruff is caused by a dry scalp. In this case, the scalp looks flaky or scaly-like. Main cause could be lack of moisture in the hair. This condition can be even worse when you use harsh chemicals and products on your hair because they tend to dry out the scalp. To treat dry scalp, use hydrating and moisturizing shampoos every time you wash your hair and at least drink more water.
SO, WHAT CAUSES DANDRUFF?
Dandruff can have several causes including;
1. NOT WASHING HAIR REGULARLY/POOR HYGIENE
For healthy hair, you should wash your hair at least thrice per week using a mild shampoo. Buildup of dirt and oil is what contributes to the growth of dandruff.
2. IRRITATED SKIN/SCALP
Commonly caused by hair products, having this kind of skin could make this condition even worse. Although the shedding of skin is a normal process, an irritated skin could produce mass amounts of white flakes commonly known as dandruff. This is a reason why you should only use mild hair products especially if you have sensitive skin.
3. PRODUCT BUILDUP
This is the most common cause of dandruff today. This happens when people with healthy scalps pile in too many layers of hair products, layering gel on top of shine serum on top of hairspray on top of wrap lotion on top of scalp oil on top of heat-protecting serum, and so on. The result is a type of dandruff which looks less like flakes but more of tiny balls of dirt. The dandruff may have a brownish color since most hair products attract dust.
4. SCALP INFECTIONS
Dandruff could also be caused by infections in the scalp. A condition like psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis, make the scalp produce excessive cells which in turn combine with hair oils and dirt to form dandruff. On the other hand eczema, can make the scalp itchy, dry and flaky. If this is your case, you should always visit a dermatologist for treatment.
5. LOW IMMUNITY
Your hair is the most precious part of your body and its health and survival greatly depends on your diet.
So, make sure you eat a balanced diet daily for healthy hair all round.
TOP 6 PROVEN HOME REMEDIES TO GET RID OF DANDRUFF PERMANENTLY.
LEMON AND COCONUT OIL MASSAGE
When your scalp’s natural pH is greatly affected by hair products and dandruff has become a norm in your hair, try using lemon and coconut. Its anti-bacterial properties and acidic nature help clear dandruff. Just heat coconut oil and add equal parts of lemon juice into the oil. Massage into your scalp and let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing it off. Repeat this several times in different days for maximum results.
We all know the many benefits of baking soda but one amazing benefit is that it can treat and remove dandruff completely. Simply wet your hair and apply a generous amount of baking soda onto your scalp. Massage your hair thoroughly for a few minutes before washing it off.
Neem, apart from its bitter taste, it has anti-bacterial properties which make it excellent to cure dandruff. Simply grind a bunch of neem leaves in a food processor to form a thick paste. Apply the paste and let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing it off.
TEA TREE OIL
When it comes to getting rid of dandruff for good, nothing does it better than tea tree oil. Just pour a little amount of tea tree oil onto the scalp and massage carefully. Let it soak for a few minutes before shampooing.
ALOE VERA GEL
Aloe Vera gel is very effective in treating dandruff thanks to its anti-fungal properties. Simply massage aloe Vera gel onto the hair for a few minutes and rinse it off with a mild shampoo.
FENUGREEK OR METHI SEEDS
Apart from being a kitchen spice, these seeds can do wonders in keeping dandruff at bay. Simply soak the seeds overnight. Drain the water and mash the softened seeds to make a thick paste. Apply the paste onto your scalp massaging gently. Wash it off after a few minutes.
Remember, all these remedies have to be applied at least twice or thrice for effective results.
TIPS TO PREVENT DANDRUFF
- Wash your hair regularly.
- Do not use harsh shampoos, hair products and chemicals on your hair to avoid scalp irritation.
- Do not over-wash your hair. Doing so could strip your hairs’ natural oils making the scalp dry a key culprit in itchy, scaly scalp.
- Rinse out shampoos thoroughly. Most shampoos have chemicals. So, leaving spots of shampoo on your hair could damage the natural pH of your hair responsible for maintaining a healthy scalp.
- Eat a healthy balanced diet.
In short, dandruff is not a disease. It is just a natural body process. However, if you have concerns about the type of dandruff you have, seek medical advice.