Dandruff, also known as seborrhea, is a common noncontagious condition of skin areas rich in oil glands (the face, scalp, and upper trunk) they are marked by flaking and sometimes redness and itching of the scalp, varying in severity from mild flaking of the scalp to scaly, red patches. While there are an array of hair products that promise dandruff treatment Dr Manjiri Patankar Puranik, founder of Instasculpt advices us to rely more on home remedies while treating dandruff.
She lists the 30 best methods to get rid of the flaky white stuff. Heat a small amount of olive oil and rub into the scalp, leave for an hour and wash off with warm water. Later wash your hair with shampoo. Stop use of any hairstyling products. NEEM TREATMENT: Soak some neem leaves in water and boil it. Use it neem water to wash your hair. Neem leaf has antifungal and antibacterial properties, making it effective in treating dandruff. AMLA POWER: Take amla powder and grind it with tulsi leaves and apply it to the scalp for an hour. And then thoroughly wash it off. Oil your skin with vitamin E (found in avocados) and zinc (found in seafood, nuts and seeds).
It’s best to use the lemon juice in squeeze bottles since it’s easier to control. Stand over either your kitchen or bathroom sink and squirt the lemon juice all over your head and massage. Leave on for about fifteen minutes, then wash your hair. It usually takes no more than two treatments for the dandruff itch to disappear. Olive oil and almond oil– Mix the two together and apply to scalp and leave on for five minutes. Once it starts to tingle rinse and shampoo. Olive oil is an excellent natural conditioner that seeps into the scalp. Apply olive oil into scalp and leave it overnight covered with a cotton cloth Take multi-vitamins full of Vitamin B, B6, B12 and E. These vitamins help to produce scalp oil and protect from dandruff.
Aloe Vera is one of the best herbs to cure all kinds of hair problem. To add natural moisturizer into your scalp use Aloe Vera gel. Increase intake of fresh fruits as much possible. Add zinc, omega3 fatty acids, and vitamin B complex food into your diet. Cut down intake of sugar base food. Minimize caffeine containing drinks and foods. Baby oil works well for dandruff. Baby oil can be massaged on the scalp. A towel can be wound around the head after the application of oil. It should then be left overnight. The next day, the oil could be washed using a herbal shampoo. Warm oil is massaged on the scalp, then a warm moist towel is wrapped around the head.
After a few minutes, the hair can be washed. YOGHURT TREATMENT: In bowl add a tsp of lime juice, one tsp mustard oil to one cup yoghurt. Apply this mixture to the scalp and let it rest for one hour. Then thoroughly wash the head and hair. FENUGREEK TREATMENT: Soak 2 tbsp. of fenugreek seeds (meethi) in water overnight and crush them into a fine paste next morning.Apply this paste to your hair and scalp for at least 30 minutes.Wash your hair thoroughly after 30 minutes. Follow this treatment for continuous four weeks, for best results. If you brush your hair, do it with a natural bristle brush that’s mediumstiff.
When you shampoo, massage the scalp vigorously so that you can loosen the flakes and wash them off. VINEGAR TREATMENT: Prepare a mixture of equal amounts of vinegar and water. Apply this on your scalp and leave it on overnight. Wash your hair the next morning with a mild baby shampoo. EGGS FOR YOUR HAIR: Beat 2 eggs and apply the paste on your scalp and rinse it off after one hour. This treatment will assist in preventing dandruff and hair fall.
A solution of beetroot juice, vinegar and some ginger juice, when applied on the scalp helps to get rid of dandruff. Apply hot olive or sesame oil on the scalp before bedtime. Next morning, rub little lime juice on your scalp one hour prior to bathing. Wash and rinse your hair well. Comb your hair daily as this promotes blood circulation inside the scalp. Also, regularly massage your scalp with herbal oil. Apply 2 tbsp. of apple juice mix in water directly to the scalp. Apples have enzymes that eliminate dead skin cells that further causes scalp flakes.
Make a paste of ginger root & beetroot. Massage the hair with this paste every night. Rinse in the morning. It helps to control dandruff effectively in about 4 to 5 nights. Baking soda is potential to clear excess flakes and clarifies the scalp from dandruff. Add 1 tsp. of baking soda to a handful of shampoo and you will find that it can remove dandruff flakes even hiding in hair strands. Apply paste made of neem leaves on your scalp to fight dandruff as neem has an antiseptic property. Neem leaves is successful in treating lice, treating dandruff and many other eruptions on the scalp.
Soak two tablespoons of fenugreek (methi) seeds overnight. Grind it into a fine paste in the morning, apply on the scalp & leave for half an hour; wash it off. Follow this regimen twice a week for the first two weeks & once a week for other two weeks. Vitamin B is effective in controlling dandruff. Take a lot of green vegetables and pulses. Eat eggs and proteins in large quantities as they strengthen the hair and also prevent dandruff from recurring.
The abrasiveness of ordinary table salt works great for scrubbing out dandruff before you shampoo. Grab a saltshaker and shake some salt onto your dry scalp. Then work it through your hair, giving your scalp a massage. You’ll find you’ve worked out the dry, flaky skin and are ready for a shampoo. Numerous shampoos are available in the market that professes to remove dandruff. Pick a good branded medicated shampoo containing zinc pyrithione, tea-tree oil, green tea, and ketoconazole. These ingredients are known to prevent dandruff.