One of the most common hair problems that everyone has encountered is dandruff. It is unpleasant and can spoil the life of every person. We shall tell you how to get rid of dandruff at home using natural ingredients which will restore the healthy look of your hair.
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What Is Dandruff?
Dandruff is usually called the visible excessive peeling of the scalp, when dead particles of the epidermis are not washed out, but remain on the hair, falling on the shoulders and clothing. It is important to understand that dandruff is not a disease, but just a symptom indicating the presence of a problem. There are several types of dandruff:
- Dry skin dandruff – Appears a few days after shampooing, often accompanied by itching and redness. It appears more often in the winter months due to the fact that cold weather and indoor heating dry out the skin. Dry skin dandruff flakes are small and white.
- Oily skin dandruff – Appears on the fourth or fifth day after shampooing, has a yellowish tint and does not fall, but sticks to the hair. Its flakes are larger than dry skin dandruff.
- Disease-related dandruff – Usually caused by conditions like Seborrheic dermatitis, atopic dermatitis (Eczema), Psoriasis.
There are many factors that affect the appearance of dandruff. The most common reasons are:
- hereditary predisposition
- increased sebum production (seborrhea)
- hormonal fluctuations
- climatic conditions (eg dry heating air in winter)
- improper hair care
- yeast-like fungi.
How to Get Rid of Dandruff at Home?
As we said, realizing that dandruff is not a disease, but a symptom is very important. It is a sign that you need to change something in your daily routine or diet. Let’s see how to get rid of dandruff at home!
Hair care essentials
Think of a balanced diet and sufficient water intake. To reduce sebum production, avoid fatty, salty, and spicy foods. And if on the contrary, the skin is too dry – pay attention to the amount of water you drink. Two liters a day is a must.
Good hygiene is essential. Any styling products should be rinsed off very well without allowing them to remain on the scalp for long. Also, do not use other people’s combs and towels, and wash your tools regularly.
Brush your hair gently before washing.
Wash your hair every day. This alone may be enough to noticeably reduce dandruff, especially for mild to moderate dandruff problems.
Use anti-dandruff shampoos if the flakes are very visible or if the scalp is reddened. Follow the directions on the shampoo packaging. Many anti-dandruff shampoos need to be applied to the hair and allowed to soak into the scalp for 10-15 minutes, then rinsed off.
Do not scratch or scratch your scalp, this can only worsen the appearance of dandruff.
Try to eliminate stress causing factors.
Apply anti-dandruff oil masks
Basically, homemade mask recipes include vegetable oils – castor, coconut, olive, jojoba, burdock, or tea tree oil. They are also good for softening dehydrated and flaky scalp. The oil can be used mixed with other products, for example, with honey or egg.
Rub warm olive oil into the scalp before going to bed, cover with a plastic bag, wrap a towel on top. Wash off with shampoo in the morning.
Just before shampooing, add a small amount of baking soda to the shampoo.
In the same way, you can use tea tree oil by adding 1 drop to the shampoo.
Mix coconut oil with citric acid and apply this mixture to the scalp. After 30 minutes, rinse with water and then rinse with shampoo.
Mix 4 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with 1 glass of water and rinse your hair with the mixture. Then rinse with water.
The benefits of honey for hair have been appreciated by many. The antibacterial properties of honey are great for those who are looking for effective home remedies to get rid of dandruff as quickly as possible.
Sour milk products
Apply kefir or yoghurt to the hair roots and then rinse with warm water.
Natural vinegar, herbal teas such as nettle, and aloe juice can also help.