Keep Your Head and Shoulders Clear: The Best Home Remedies For Treating Dandruff

Seborrheic dermatitis, commonly known as dandruff, is a very common scalp disorder in which there is an excessive formation of dead skin cells of the scalp which causes itchiness and severe flaking. There are a lot of causes that could point out the reason why people develop dandruff. It can be caused by growth of bacteria or yeast like fungus on the scalp called malassezia, eczema, psoriasis, inflammatory skin conditions, lack of vitamin and minerals to make the scalp always moisturized and other factors like stress and unhealthy lifestyle.

Home Remedies for DandruffGood news to all those who suffer from dandruff, it is completely curable and can be avoided with the right hair and scalp care and proper nutrition. You must always seek dermatologist first if you think your dandruff is getting so out of control that it affects your confidence and self-esteem. Experts medical advice can be useful to prescribe the best treatment for the skin. Drugstore remedies may include dandruff shampoos with an active ingredient called zinc pyrithione, which kills the malassezia fungi, selenium sulphide that slows down the growth of the bacteria, and salicylic acid that makes the dead skin cells easier to washed out.

However, in many cases you can handle the situation with home remedies and can skip that dandruff shampoo and conditioner and try some of these remedies for dandruff that you can do on your own. These remedies are guaranteed natural and safe so you do not have to worry about side effects.

Coconut oil. The number one cause of dandruff is dry skin. The amount of natural oil our scalp produces vary from person to person, just like the oil being produced by our faces. Some people are gifted with naturally self-moisturizing scalp so they do not need to apply moisturizer anymore.
Ingredients you will need:
Virgin Coconut Oil
Shower Cap
Regular Shamoo

If you are one of those people with naturally dry scalp, try applying virgin coconut oil on your scalp 30 to 45 minutes before you go to the shower. Cover with a shower cap and let the oil be absorbed by the scalp. Wet your hair and apply your regular shampoo and then rinse thoroughly with water. This natural home remedy for treating dandruff can be repeated every day or as necessary.

Aspirin. This headache medicine contains a great amount of Salicylic Acid, one of the major component of dandruff shampoos. Salicylic Acid has anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties, which help in eliminating dandruff causing fungi, and at the same time relieves the inflamed skin of the scalp.
Ingredients you will need:
Two aspirin tablets
One bottle of regular shampoo

Just crush two aspirin tablet into fine powder and mix together with your regular shampoo. Leave it for 2 to 5 minutes before rinsing well with water. You may apply your conditioner after to keep the scalp moisturized.

Apple cider vinegar. The reputation of apple cider vinegar for home remedies is legendary. It appears to cure so many physiological disorders like acne and dandruff. Apple cider vinegar has the ability to change the pH level of our skin once it gets in contact. It makes it hard for the yeast-like fungi to grow and multiply.
Ingredients you will need:
Equal parts apple cider vinegar and water

To prepare this very easy home remedy for dandruff, just mix equal parts of apple cider vinegar with water in a spray bottle. Spray on your scalp, massage the mixture well and then wrap your head in a towel or shower cap for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse your hair really well and apply conditioner as usual. Be careful not to overdo this routine limiting it only to twice a week.

Mouthwash. This is a very surprising life hack. Mouthwash keeps the mouth bacteria-free and leaves it feeling fresh for hours. Little did we know that it also has the same effect when used on the scalp. Its anti-fungal property prevents the growth of fungi as soon as it gets in contact with the skin.
Ingredients you will need:
One part mouthwash
Two parts water

To prepare, mix one part mouthwash to two parts water. Pour it directly on the scalp and leave it there for 5 to 10 minutes. Rinse thoroughly as usual with your favourite regular shampoo and conditioner. Repeat this routine for 2 to 3 times a week making sure that it has a regular interval per application. We do not want to overdo it as it can dry out the natural moisture of the hair.

Baking Soda.  Baking Soda plays a major part for many home remedies and very handy to keep around the house for several reasons. And, it helps get rid of dandruff as well. It works great to get rid of dead skin and kills fungi that cause dandruff. It also helps remove loose flakes that are left in your hair.
Ingredients you will need:
A tablespoon of baking soda
A cup of warm water
A couple of drops of rosemary oil

Mix the ingredients in an empty, clean container and shake to mix well. Apply this to your scalp and use instead of shampoo. Your hair may feel too dry at first but the natural oils from your scalp will help balance things out. You can also add a small amount or teaspoon of baking soda with an amount of shampoo when you wash your hair.

Fenugreek. Fenugreek is a spice used with Indian dishes but also used for medicinal purposes. Being rich in amino acids and protein it helps boost hair growth and fights dandruff. Fenugreek also contains lecithin that helps make hair stronger.
Ingredients you will need:
Two tablespoons of Fenugreek seeds
One bowl of water
A tool to grind the seeds

Soak the seeds overnight in a bowl of water and the next day grind the seeds until it turns to paste. Rub this into your scalp and leave it on for about 30 to 40 minutes. Wash with your favorite shampoo or rinse out with water.

Neem Leaves. Neem leaves helps relieve itching, is a great antifungal agent and inhibits over-production of fungus that causes dandruff. The smell is a little strong so you might test a little bit before trying this home remedy.
Ingredients you will need:
A couple of handfuls of Neem leaves
About 5 cups of hot water

Mix the leaves with water and leave it to steep overnight. Using a strainer, remove the liquid and use it as a rinse for your hair. You can also grind the leaves to a paste and rub it into the scalp, let it sit for an hour and rinse with warm water.

Tea Tree Oil. Tea Tree Oil has been used for medicinal purposes for many years. It can be used for burns, cuts, bites and many other treatments including dandruff. It can help fight fungus that causes dandruff and also sooth the scalp when it becomes itchy. Tea Tree Oil os only use for topical treatments.
Ingredients you will need:
One tablespoon of Tea Tree Oil
A cup of warm water
A spray bottle

Mix the oil and water in a spray bottle and, after shampooing, spray this over your entire scalp then massage it in and let it stand for 2 to 3 minutes. After that, don’t wash it out but use a towel to help dry it off.

Aloe Vera Gel. Aloe Vera is well known for soothing minor burns but can give help with dandruff as well. Aloe Vera helps slow down skin cell growth. Dandruff is often caused by cells growing and dying too fast so Aloe Vera can help normalize that process.
Ingredients you will need:
A bottle of Aloe Vera Gel

Apply the gel to your scalp and let it sit for about 15 minutes then wash your hair with shampoo and rinse as usual.

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