Dandruff is mostly a medical condition, but it can be categorised as a beauty concern as well because, obviously, it is not a pleasant sight when all the white flakes from your scalp fall around everywhere. You definitely wouldn't want that, right?
Having dandruff and wearing dark-coloured clothes can be especially gruesome because the white flakes would definitely start to show up on your dark clothes. And that can honestly be a very embarrassing situation to be in.
But, not to worry, dandruff is a very common problem and has nothing to do with hygiene per se. It could be caused by a dry scalp, an irritated oily scalp, eczema or even psoriasis.
It could even be the result of fungal infections on the scalp. Contrary to the popular belief, dandruff can happen even on oily scalps.
It appears as white flakes and causes itchy sensations on the scalp. Itching it is actually a bad idea because that would make more flakes fall.
So, rather than buying a medicated dandruff treatment from the store, try out these tried-and-tested home remedies to make your dandruff go away.
If these don't work, then yes, may be it is time to try medicated shampoos. However, do give these remedies a try as well!
Salt is naturally abrasive in nature, which helps to scrub out the dandruff. And even our scalp needs scrubbing at times, just like the face. Shake some table salt into your scalp and gently massage it. This will scrub out the dead skin flakes. Wash and condition as usual after this, and you will find the dandruff gone.
Make a scalp pack with some baking powder and water. This is exceptionally good for oily scalps. Make sure you use this only on your scalp, as this can be quite drying for your hair. You can even skip the use of shampoo with this remedy, as this works as a natural shampoo.
Both white vinegar and apple cider vinegar would work. Mix one teaspoon of vinegar into half a cup of water and apply this on the scalp, an hour before shampooing your hair. The acidic content in the vinegar kills all the infection-causing bacteria in the scalp.
Also known as Indian lilac, this is a great herb for a host of skin and hair problems, and dandruff is no exception. Boil a few neem leaves in water and let the water cool. Massage this water on to your scalp and keep it on for an hour or so before washing it. This is a very gentle treatment but will work wonders due to the antibacterial and antifungal properties of neem.
Lemon is used to get rid of the excessive sebum in the skin and even on the scalp. Massage some lemon juice on the scalp, and leave it on for 15-20 minutes. Make sure you don't go out in the sun after this, as the lemon could end up in bleaching your hair.
Tea Tree Oil:
Tea tree oil is an ingredient that boasts of antifungal properties. It is known to work wonders on the face for the treatment of spots, so there's no doubt that it would work well for treating dandruff as well. Add a few drops of the oil to your shampoo and wash as usual. This would cure the infections of the scalp.
Aloe Vera Gel:
Another multipurpose ingredient, aloe vera gel has multiple skin and hair benefits. This method is especially good for those with dry skin. The gel would give amazing levels of hydration without being too oily. Wash your hair after the aloe vera gel massage and experience a dandruff-free scalp!