A lot of naturalistas struggle with the flaky hell that is dandruff and after trying a myriad of products that promise to help but really don’t, decide to just go through the big chop all over again. Don’t go for the scissors just yet! First, let’s have a look at some simple ways to get rid of dandruff at home.
Dandruff can be attributed to a number of causes, a few of which are;
- Dry skin
- Skin diseases (e.g. eczema)
- Oily scalp
- Not shampooing regularly.
- A yeast infection that feeds on oils on the scalp.
Most of these causes are interrelated. If you constantly use oil on your hair and you don’t shampoo regularly, yeast could fester on your scalp and cause acute dandruff. Dandruff can be a reaction to a new hair product, and it can also be a manifestation of any skin diseases possessed by the sufferer. It’s also important to note that dandruff is not contagious.
6 Simple Ways to Rid Your Natural Hair of Dandruff
- Exfoliate your scalp.
This is an actual thing, it helps to clarify the scalp by removing dead skin cells that cause flaking. You can do this using a store-bought scalp exfoliator, or a simple DIY treatment you can whip up at home. An easy one is using one part baking soda/brown sugar, three parts conditioner, and a few drops of tea tree or lavender oil. Apply to your scalp and massage for a short period (about 5 minutes) then rinse out and shampoo as usual.
2. Try a hot oil treatment
A hot oil treatment can be very beneficial to your hair in a lot of aspects. It increases hair strength and aids blood flow to the scalp, but it can also help to deliver some much-needed moisture to your scalp and this obviously reduces dry scalp. The key is to use warmed up oils(good choices are coconut, olive, and avocado oils), apply to your hair and massage in all the way down to your scalp, cover with a plastic cap for a minimum of 30 minutes, and then completely rinse it out. Afterward, you can shampoo and condition as usual. Learn how to do hot oil treatment step by step.
3. A DIY rinse
Using fresh lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, and green tea, you can brew a really powerful remedy for dandruff. The lemon juice helps to normalize the PH balance of your scalp, the ACV is antibacterial, and green tea is an antioxidant with antifungal properties that can help fight off dandruff especially if it’s caused by yeast. Mix 1 part apple cider vinegar, 1 part lemon juice, and 3 parts green tea, and pour into a spray bottle. Section your hair and spray directly onto your scalp, cover your hair for about 20mins and then rinse it out. Now, wash and condition as you normally would. You can use this treatment as often as twice a week. An ACV rinse is also helpful for other aspects of your hair, find out more here.
4. Incorporate argan and tea tree oils into your regimen
These oils are antifungal and can help rid your natural hair of dandruff, since tea tree oil is an essential oil and argan oil is a carrier oil, they work well together. So in an applicator bottle, mix the oils using the ratio of 1 or 2 drops of tea tree oil to 12 drops of argan oil, apply directly to your scalp 3 or at most 4 times a week.
5. Shampoo more frequently
This should go without saying, but shampooing more frequently especially with a shampoo designed for dandruff is very beneficial.
6. Rice water!
Rice water is a highly acknowledged natural hair hero. It is rich in vitamins and minerals and can be used in many different ways for many different benefits of the hair and skin. In this regard, it helps to restore moisture to the scalp and get rid of the dryness which perpetuates flakiness. You can incorporate rice water into your regimen by using it after shampooing your hair, massage it in and cover up for 20 minutes, then rinse out with warm water. If you suffer from acute dandruff, it would be a good idea to do this even when you co-wash too.
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