The itching! I think for me that is the most irritating and embarrassing aspect of having dandruff. It can occur anywhere at any time and the bad news is that scratching the itch can be so relieving that it can take you away from an important conversation.
While recently complaining about dandruff, I learnt from someone else that it affects all races and all ages. Also called seborrheic dermatitis and seborrhea, the condition is known as cradle cap in infants.
Unknown to many people, not everyone experiences dandruff on their head as others complain of having it on their ears, nose, eyebrows sides of the nose and the beard. A few people have them on their chest if they have hair on it as well. Although some individuals do not experience scalp symptoms most people will complain of white flakes on the shoulders. Intense cases, on the other hand, are shown by intense itching, burning, and unstoppable scratching.
Although there is no known cause of dandruff, there are common triggers and they include an oily skin, oily scalp, poor hygiene, weather( hot and humid, cold and dry) and infrequent washing or shampooing. Other triggers include poor immune system, chronic illness, and mental or emotional stress.
You might know all of the above facts about dandruff but did you know that you can get rid of them using home remedies as well? Here are some of them,
- Baking soda
Although we always associate it with cakes, bread and mandazis, this important kitchen ingredient can help get rid of dandruff. You only need to wet your hair slightly, rub a spoonful of baking soda on your scalp and leave it for 6090 seconds. It is only then that you can wash it off.
- Tea Tree Oil
Tee trea oil is used to take care of many problems and dandruff happens to be one of them. All you have to do is to pour some drops of tea tree oil on your scalp and spread it in an even manner. Let it soak for five minutes and wash it off using a mild shampoo.
- Mehndi or Henna
Henna is known to soften the hair and you should use it with some lemon juice which is also known to be good for dandruff. The first step is o mix the henna with curd and some tea liquor and the lemon juice. Let the mixture rest for eight hours and then apply it on your hair. Leave it on for two hours then rinse thoroughly.
I think I speak for everyone when I say that this is a tried and tested product and has been used in this country for decades. While many people decry the smell, there are new products on the market that do not smell so much or do not smell at all. You can use a shampoo with coconut oil for your hair or you can use it on its own. All you need to do is to massage 35 tablespoons into your scalp and let it be for an hour. Shampoo normally and you will be good to go.
- Aloe vera
While all of the above remedies are ideal for removing dandruff from your hair, aloe vera stands out because it can also fight the itch. Say goodbye to long days and nights of having to scratch where there is an itch as an indicator of dandruff. Take some aloe vera and massage your scalp with it before shampooing it.
Lemon has very many houses and that is why you will always find them in the house. Just massage two tablespoons of lemon juice into your scalp and rinse with water. Stir 1 teaspoon lemon juice into a cup of water and rinse your hair using the mixture. You should repeat this on a daily basis until your dandruff disappears. The acidity in the lemons will help balance the PH in your scalp and this will help to keep dandruff at bay.
Garlic is very powerful and boasts antibacterial properties which are ideal for eliminating dandruff causing bacteria. Crush some garlic and rub it on your scalp. If you do not want to have to deal with the potent smell that comes with it, you may need to mix it with some honey. Massage the mixture into your scalp then wash it as usual. Garlic is also ideal for your hair, immune system and skin. Using it as frequently as possible in all your meals can really help you fight many off many conditions.
- Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a good remedy as well. You will only have to mix two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar mix with two spoons of water as well as with 1520 drops of tea tree oil in it. Apply to your scalp and massage. Rinse your hair after some minutes and repeat two or three times every week.