Don’t you just hate those white flaky bits on your shoulder?
It is not uncommon to come across someone with dandruff, the sign is pretty clear.
Dandruff could be due to a number of causes such as a dry scalp or a skin condition called seborrheic dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis or most commonly – an overgrowth of a yeastlike fungus called malassezia.
Sure there are many products formulated to treat dandruff including shampoos with zinc pyrithione, which targets fungus and bacteria; coal tar and selenium sulphide, which slow the growth and cover up skin cells on your scalp; and salicylic acid, which loosens flakes to make it easier to wash away.
But as with the rage these days, natural home treatments are the way forward.
Although it may be used more commonly to treat minor burns, it can also give you relief from dandruff. Aloe vera has a compound that inhibit the process of rapid skin cell growth, and since dandruff is caused by cells growing and dying too rapidly, aloe can restore the cells to normalcy.
~ Apply aloe vera gel to the scalp 15 minutes before washing your hair.
Apple cider vinegar
The acidity of apple cider vinegar can change the pH of your scalp so this makes it harder for yeast to grow. Vinegar can also get rid of the dead skin cells that would turn into dandruff flakes and clogging your pores.
~ Mix a quarter cup of apple cider vinegar with a quarter cup water in a spray bottle and spritz on scalp. Wrap head in a towel and let sit for an hour maximum, then wash hair as usual. Repeat this twice a week.
This versatile ingredient reduces overactive fungi that cause dandruff. It may dry out your hair at first but after a few weeks, your scalp will start producing natural oils, leaving your mane softer and free of flakes.
~ Wet hair and rub a handful of baking soda vigorously into scalp. Skip the shampoo and rinse.
This folk treatment has been tried and tested for its efficacy for years as coconut oil has natural anti-fungal properties.
~ Massage 3-5 tablespoons of oil into your scalp before showering and let it sit for about an hour. Shampoo as normal after. You should see improvement in dandruff within days.
Lemon’s acidity helps balance out the pH of your scalp so this keeps dandruff at bay. Though you won’t see immediate results, you will see vast improvement with continuous use.
~ Massage 2 tablespoons lemon juice into your scalp and rinse with water. Then stir 1 teaspoon lemon juice into 1 cup water and rinse your hair with it. Repeat this daily until the dandruff disappears.
The abrasive texture of table salt is great for scrubbing out dandruff flakes before you shampoo. It does not cure dandruff but will definitely help with the flaky situation.
~ Shake some salt onto dry scalp and work it through your head with a gentle massage. This will break the loose pieces of skin which are causing dandruff. Wash your hair with shampoo and condition as normal.
Tea tree oil
A study found that shampoos with just 5 percent of tea tree oil can significantly improves the condition of dandruff. Tea tree oil is extracted from leaves that have fungicidal properties so it is especially soothing for sore or itchy skin and scalp.
~ Search for shampoos infused with tea tree oil or add a few drops of the oil to your favourite shampoo and wash as per normal.