Dandruff is the most common and bothersome hair problem that affects almost everyone at some point in their lives. It is intensified by oily skin and fungal infection of the scalp. This along with a wide range of styling tools and harsh chemicals worsens the problem even more.
By taking adequate measures to improve hair health, you can minimise the chances of dandruff. These include,
– Cut down on high sugar foods, fats and alcohol
– Shampoo regularly to loosen the dead skin from your scalp
– When oiling your hair, skip massaging the scalp
– Brush your hair often to improve circulation in the scalp
– Do not share combs as dandruff could be contagious
– When going out, cover your hair as dirt and grease aggravates the problem
In addition to these healthy hair habits, here are some effective remedies to get rid of dandruff naturally
1 . Vinegar
To clean your scalp of dead skin and fungi, mix half a cup of white/apple cider vinegar with equal volume of water and pour the mixture over your hair. Leave it on for 10 minutes, then scrub and rinse off with a mild shampoo or just water.
2 . Fenugreek (Methi)
Make a paste of two tablespoons of fenugreek powder and half-cup water. Apply on the scalp and leave in for 30-45 minutes; rinse off with a mild shampoo to strengthen and clean your hair thoroughly.
3 . Lemon
Massage the juice of two lemons into the scalp and then rinse off with a mixture of lemon juice and water. Besides its anti-fungal properties, the acidity of the lemon will restore the natural pH balance of the scalp.
4 . Salt/Baking soda
Generously sprinkle some salt (table or Epsom)/baking soda on the scalp and a massage gently to exfoliate the scalp.Rinse off with a mild shampoo for a clean look.
5 . Neem
Add about two handfuls of neem leaves to water (half litre), bring it to a boil and then let it soak overnight. Wash your hair with the strained liquor. Neem is antifungal and relieves itching.
6 . Curd
Apply fermented curd on the scalp and leave it in for about an hour. Then rinse off with shampoo. The acidic nature of curd will fight dandruff and act as a conditioner as well.
7 . Orange Peel
Apply a mixture of orange peel and lemon on the scalp and wash off after 30 minutes. The acidic nature of the mixture conditions the hair and combats dandruff.
8 . Honey
Use 1/4 teaspoonful of water mixed with 1 tablespoon honey to massage the scalp for 2-3 minutes and rinse off after 3 hours for shiny dandruff free hair.
So go ahead and try these simple home remedies and let your hair do the talking!