Dandruff is a commonly occurring condition in both men and women; however, it is can be a source of embarrassment. No one wants to walk around with white flakes on their shirts. It is also an extremely itchy condition that can become uncomfortable if left untreated.
There are medicated shampoos that you can purchase and use to help clear up your dandruff. However, if you are trying to go all natural and avoid the use of chemicals in your life, you need to use natural dandruff treatments for your dandruff. The following are some common treatments you can use to help clear up your dry, flaking scalp and relieve the itch as well.
The following treatment options for dandruff can usually be found in your kitchen. If you don’t have them and can’t find them in your local grocery store, check your local health food store. If you don’t have success with one treatment, try another one. All of the dandruff treatment options listed here are safe for your hair.
- Olive Oil: Heat olive oil to a lukewarm temperature and give your hair a luxurious hot oil treatment that not only clarifies and moisturizes your hair, but it also treats dandruff. You will need to make this a routine until your dandruff is eliminated. You should put the olive oil on at night and cover with a plastic cap. This gives your hair ample time to soak up the oils. Wash the olive out with a mild shampoo. If you don’t have olive oil, you can use almond oil or coconut oil.
- Black Pepper and Yogurt: Combine two teaspoons of black pepper with one teaspoon of yogurt and massage into your scalp. The black pepper helps pull the loose dandruff off your scalp, and the yogurt helps reduce flakiness. Massage thoroughly into the scalp and allow to soak for an hour or more before washing your hair with a mild shampoo.
- Baking Soda: Baking soda is the magic household powder that seems to be capable of doing anything. You can add one teaspoon baking soda to your shampoo and remove dandruff flakes from your scalp. In addition to removing existing dandruff flakes, baking soda helps clarify the scalp and reduce flaking.
- Aspirin: Aspirin is good for your head in more ways than one. Crush two aspirin and add them to your shampoo. Shampoo your hair; however, leave the mixture on your hair for one or two minutes. Rinse the shampoo-aspirin mixture from your hair, and wash again using ordinary shampoo.
- Coconut Oil and Lemon Juice: This tropical-smelling treatment will help you get rid of the flakes that are currently in your hair and moisturize your scalp to help prevent further flaking. Mix together five tablespoons coconut oil and one tablespoon lemon juice. Apply this mixture directly to your scalp and leave on half an hour. Shampoo hair and style as usual. You can use this as often as needed to treat your dandruff and stop the recurrence of flaking. The lemon juice will help with itching. If you have excessive itching, you can rinse with lemon juice between shampoos.
- Vinegar: Use apple cider vinegar to help cure your itchy, flaky scalp. The enzymes and potassium in apple cider vinegar make it an ideal treatment for dandruff. You can use the vinegar directly on your scalp and follow with a mild shampoo, or you can mix with your shampoo and allow your scalp to soak for half an hour or more. Wash your hair a second time with a mild shampoo to remove the odor.
- Eggs: Eggs are an excellent source of protein and can also help treat your dandruff. The protein aids in healing the scalp and stopping flakes. Beat two eggs together and apply with your shampoo. Massage your scalp and leave on your hair for an hour and then rinse well. (Just make sure to use cool water, else the eggs may start to cook!) Your hair will have a beautiful shine and your scale will be on its way to healing naturally.
- Tea Tree Oil: Tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic that can also be used to treat dandruff. You can apply the oil directly to your scalp and then wash it out, or you can add it to your shampoo.
- Listerine or Mouthwash: If you have a severe case of dandruff and the itching is driving you crazy, grab your alcohol-based mouthwash (Listerine is ideal) and rinse your hair with it after washing. You can follow the mouthwash rinse with your regular conditioner.
- Salt: If you are tired of dandruff flakes on your clothes and need to scrub your scalp to get rid of them, salt is an excellent abrasive. It won’t cure your dandruff, but it will help with the current flakes. After scrubbing your scalp with pure table salt, shampoo and style as usual. You can then use a treatment for the dandruff to help eliminate it, not just remove the flakes.
- Onion: This may not be the best smelling treatment option, but it does work. First, you need to make a paste using one onion. You can use your food processor to make the paste. Apply this paste to your scalp and leave for one hour. After shampooing your hair, apple a lemon juice rinse to remove the smell from the onion.
- Apple Juice: Apples contain enzymes that will help remove dead skin cells and stop your scalp from flaking. Apply two tablespoons of fresh apple juice directly to your scalp and allow to soak for ten minutes. Shampoo with a mild shampoo and follow with your normal conditioner.
- Aloe: Aloe is a natural healer that is used to treat many medical issues. If you have scratched your scalp and caused sores, aloe is great because it has antibiotic properties. You can also use the gel from the plant to treat your dandruff naturally. If you have an aloe plant, you can get the gel directly from the stalks. If you don’t have an aloe plant, there are many different commercial aloe vera gels you can buy and use.
In addition to using these home treatments, you should wash your hair on a regular basis. This will help prevent dandruff and keep the flakes from falling on your clothes. You should also use the treatment you choose on a regular basis. One treatment is not going to cure your dandruff. The natural treatment options here show that you don’t have to use chemicals in your hair to treat a dandruff problem; Mother Nature has plenty of alternatives.
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