When searching for the best shampoo for washing your hair, you need to consider what your hair and your scalp need. Do you have oily hair? Do you want smooth hair, shiny hair, or thicker looking hair? Do you have dandruff?
What is Dandruff?
Dandruff is a common condition in which your scalp itches and has flaky skin. The build-up of these skin flakes mixed with natural oils on your scalp can clog your pores, causing more dandruff. Dandruff is an itchy, irritating problem that can be annoying to live with and frustrating to treat. It is not dangerous, but is uncomfortable and embarrassing. You don’t want to be seen scratching your scalp in public, and it is hard to hide the white flakes on the shoulders of your clothes. You can see dandruff in your hair when you look in the mirror.
What can you do about dandruff?
There are many medicated shampoos, conditioners, and treatments available to treat dandruff. You can ask at your hair salon if they have any suggestions for effective products to combat dandruff. However, these treatments can be expensive, and you may want to avoid exposure to chemicals. If you prefer a more natural approach to treating your dandruff, there are many home remedies that are effective and gentle to your skin. These remedies are also very economical and convenient; you probably have many of them in your home already!
Natural Home Remedies for Dandruff
Aspirin – Simply crush two aspirin tablets and mix the powder into your shampoo. Wait two minutes before rinsing, and then shampoo again. Aspirin contains salicyclic acid, which is the active ingredient in many commercial medicated shampoos.
Natural Oils - Olive oil , coconut oil, or almond oil soothe and moisturize your skin. They also have anti-fungal properties which will help your scalp to regain a healthy balance. Warm some oil and massage it into your scalp, then put on a shower cap or wrap your head in a towel and leave it on for several hours or overnight.
Baking Soda - Massage baking soda onto your wet scalp and then rinse with clear water. A proven fungus -fighter, baking soda will contain the growth of dandruff-causing fungi. This allows your scalp to balance out its natural oils, giving you softer, healthier, flake-free hair.
Apple Cider Vinegar - The acidity of apple cider vinegar causes the pH of your scalp to inhibit the growth of yeast. After shampooing, massage apple cider vinegar through your hair and onto your scalp, leave it on for a few minutes, and then rinse thoroughly. You can also mix equal parts apple cider vinegar and water in a spray bottle, and spritz it onto your scalp, wear a shower cap or wrap your head in a towel, and let it soak in for about an hour.
Lemon Juice - Like vinegar, lemon juice balances your scalp’s pH, and makes it hard for excess yeast to grow. Massage lemon juice onto your scalp and leave it on for 15-30 minutes, then rinse. Use some every time your wash your hair. This remedy works best if you make it part of your daily routine.
Salt – Salt is a good natural gentle abrasive, and is effective to help scrub away the itchy dry flakes of skin. Give your scalp a good scrubbing, and then wash your hair as usual. You can double up your treatments and by adding apple cider vinegar or lemon juice to the rinse!
Garlic or Onion - Make a paste with garlic or raw onion, and massage it into your scalp. The anti-fungal properties will eliminate the dandruff-causing yeast and bacteria. Of course, you may not like the smell of your hair after this treatment; massage some honey into your hair before washing and rinse with lemon juice to remove the pungent aroma.
Balanced Diet - Your overall health affects your skin. Be sure that your body is well nourished with plenty of fruits, vegetables, healthy fats, and protein. Your skin will appreciate enough Omega 3 fatty acid, B vitamins, Vitamin C, and Zinc.
Sunshine -A little bit of sun is may be good to keep dandruff away, as well as provide some essential vitamin D. Of course, too much sun exposure will damage your skin, it is important to be cautious.
Dandruff is a symptom of an unhappy scalp. Whether it is caused by simple dry skin, or an imbalance of yeast and bacteria, there is a simply, healthy home remedy that will help. Experiment until you find the treatment that works best for you. None of these home remedies will cause harm! Give them a try and you will soon be free from an itchy, flaky scalp, and have beautiful smooth, shiny hair!