Dandruff is a physiological condition whereby the dead skin cells of the scalp are shaded as flakes. While it is natural for the dead cells from scalp to flake; it becomes a disease of embarrassing concern when flaking exceeds 487,000 cells per square centimeters. The disorder affecting the scalp marked by itching and increased flaking; dandruff is caused by the heightened secretion of ‘sebum’ (oil secreted by the sebaceous gland). Also triggered by micro organisms as their metabolic waste, lack of individual resistance may be another of its causes.
Caused mostly due to the increased secretion of sebum, restoration of the scalp’s pH balance usually settles the issue. Dandruff is one of the ailments where home remedies are particularly effective. This is particularly true of dry dandruff; but cases of oily dandruff are difficult to be treated.
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Effective home remedies for dandruff
- Besides resorting to a healthy hare care regimen, certain home centric use of natural herbs and fruits work wonders for dandruff. One such schedule includes regular massaging of lemon into your scalp. Following the massage, you are required to wash your scalp with shampoo.
- Similarly lemon juice added to that of coconut oil ensures the right pH balance whereby healthiness of scalp protects against dandruff. The mixture may be made out of lemon juice and mustard oil as well. The citric acid of lemon juice helps to restore the required balance.
- Before choosing to apply shampoo a soothing massage of oil, generally ensures healthy hair free from dandruff. You may go for coconut oil; but massage of almond or olive oil will prove to be more effective.
- In cases of oily dandruff hot bath or a steam shower is naturally effective as a remedial option. But the same option should be avoided in cases of oily dandruff.
- Apart from lemon, curd also can be included as one of the remedial options. Application of curd is especially effective for dandruff of the oily type.
- Take some neem leaves and boil them for 30 minutes and crush to make a paste. Apply this paste on your scalp for around an hour and then rinse it off later. You will notice that your hair look much healthier.
- Make a paste of a few tulsi leaves and then mix in amla powder. Apply this paste for around 30 minutes on your scalp and then wash your hair thoroughly. You will see that this remedy works wonders.
- Acetic acid in plain vinegar as well as in cider vinegar is helpful to combat conditions of dandruff. Having foamed your head with an effective herbal shampoo, you can rinse it off with water. For the final round of washing you can use vinegar diluted in water. Weekly use of the same will prove to be an effective option.
- You can also try out another condition whereby you add two table spoon measures of cider vinegar to six similar measures of water. The same can be applied to the scalp with cotton and left overnight. The next morning you can have it washed off with shampoo.
- Take peels of around 3-4 lemons and boil them in water. After the solution cools down, apply it on your hair and then rinse it off. Repeat this activity at least twice a week and see the change.
- Grind some ginger and beetroot to make a paste. Massage your scalp with the paste and leave it overnight. Rinse it off thoroughly the next morning. Follow this routine for continuous 4-5 nights.
- Rubbing a sun baked lemon peel to the affected scalp before immersing the same in coconut milk is another good option.
- In case you have colored hair, it is advisable to avoid lemon and vinegar. For the dandruff treatment option for colored hair beetroot juice and juice extracted out of ginger is an effective alternative.
- Amalgam of lime juice and vinegar in the ratio of one is to two measures in tea spoon works wonder to cure dandruff. Overnight application is to be followed by rinsing it clean with an egg based shampoo.
- In case you are not allergic to eggs, application of two beaten eggs diluted with little water also comes in handy.
- The multi dimensional medicinal uses of aloe vera also serve to be effective from the point of view of dandruff cure. Application of its gel is equally effective if used prior to washing of head.
- Besides aloe vera, rose also makes for effective dandruff treatment. Soaked rose merry leaves may be boiled in sufficient amount of water. The consequent mixture of the leaves and two spoonful measures of white vinegar can be applied to the affected scalp after washing the same.
- Fenugreek paste applied overnight to the dandruff prone scalp can be another remedial measure. It can also be used an hour before washing of head.
- Washing of head with ritha another natural ingredient by the name of ‘acacia concina’ serves as a protection against dandruff prone scalp.
- Washing of head with two tablespoons of powdered green gram and six similar measures of curd is another effective remedial means.
It must be borne in mind that processed or tinned food including that of tinned fruits acts as an antidote to the cure of dandruff. Besides avoiding these, hair should be brushed properly to stimulate blood circulation and means adapted to free scalp from accumulated dirt and dead cells.