Dandruff is a condition in which the scalp becomes flaky and causes itchiness. It’s a very common problem which can be cured at home, if not very severe.
Types of Dandruff
- Dandruff Caused By Dry Skin
Dandruff often develops on people who generally have dry skin, People with curly hair also suffer from a drier scalp than other hair types. Using sulfate shampoos that create a lot of foam can also cause and aggravate dry skin-related dandruff.
- Fungal Dandruff
Fungal dandruff is caused by the infection of Malassezia globosa on your scalp. Malassezia produces oleic acid, which increases the turnover of skin cells, thus causing dandruff.
This fungal infection spreads rapidly when your scalp is excessively oily or has a pH imbalance. It is highly contagious and can spread through sharing items like combs, towels or face cap with an infected individuals.
- Psoriasis Dandruff.
Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition in which the immune system starts attacking healthy skin tissues, which leads to production of new skin cells before the old dead skin has had a chance to flake off. It then results to the formation of thick silver-colored scaly patches on your scalp, neck, knees, and back.
- Oily Scalp Dandruff
The sebaceous glands produces a natural oil called Sebum which moisturizes your hair and skin and prevent it from drying up. This natural oil also keeps the signs of aging at bay, but sometimes, your body may start producing excess sebum as a result of puberty, stress, pregnancy or irregular shampooing. When the excess sebum mixes with dead skin cells and dirt, it forms dandruff.
Natural Treatment for Dandruff
coconut oil massage
Oils enhances hair growth and keep hair healthy.
- Mix 5-10 drops of pure tea tree oil with 5 tablespoons of coconut oil.
- Apply this mixture on to your scalp as you would while oiling regularly. You don’t need to oil the lengths of your hair with this, though.
- If you find that you need more oil, make sure that you keep the ratio of the ingredients constant. However, a few teaspoons applied to the scalp should be enough.
Orange peels have acidic properties that can help reduce excess oil while conditioning your scalp. This will take care of your dandruff problem eventually.
- Ground 4 dry orange peels with 5-6 tablespoons lemon juice in a mixer till it forms a smooth paste.
- Apply the paste to your scalp, leaving it on for 30 minutes.
- Rinse off with your usual shampoo
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar actively fights the dandruff causing fungus.
- Mix one 8 tbsp of apple cider vinegar with same amount of water and keep mix it well.
- Firstly, wash your hair with water and then apply the mixture of water and Apple Cider Vineger to the wet hair.
- Massage your scalp thoroughly for 3 to 5 minutes with this mixture. Do not let it enter your eyes.
- Leave on head for 15-20 minutes and then rinse off with warm water. Repeat this routine daily for about one week and watch your dandruff vanish.
Using Alovera Gel is another effective ways to easily fight dandruffs
- Peel the gel from the Aloevera leaf.
- Mix it with in 1cup of curd and grind the mixture to make a fine liquid paste.
- Massage this as Oil on hair and scalp.
- Wash it after 30–45 mins with your normal shampoo.
We all have this lying around in our kitchen shelves. Mix baking soda with your shampoo and massage it really well on your scalp. Then wash your hair with warm water. This helps in cleaning the scalp and eliminating dandruff.
Massage your skull and wash your hair more frequently with good anti dandruff shampoo. Use anti-fungal shampoos that contain Ketoconazole, Salicylic acid and Ciclopirox Olamine
Do not oil your scalp if you have excess oily skin, as this can cause Dandruff.