Having dandruff is a nightmare! Those of us who suffer from this problem are aware of how stubborn and irritating it can be. Having dandruff is like having something to worry about constantly.
If you have dandruff, you must be anxiously looking for ways to treat it and get rid of it. We are here to address that anxiety of yours. There are a number of ways in which you can treat your dandruff at your home. I have personally tried some of these, and the results have been soothing for me.
These DIY methods are reliable and have worked for people. Let’s go through them and start the process of bidding adieu to your dandruff!
Cure Dandruff With These 10 Home Remedies
These are easy and feasible ways to fight dandruff at home, using easily available ingredients.
1. Using A Curd Mask
I am starting with my personal favorite remedy to treat dandruff. Curd can work wonders for your hair if you are trying to make it dandruff-free. While it can be a messy process, it is simple and effective.
All you need to do is follow these few steps:
- Pour some curd in a bowl and apply it to your hair, including your scalp.
- Let it stay for nearly an hour.
- Rinse off the curd and use shampoo to wash it off properly.
You will see instant results.
2. Avoid Oiling Your Hair
Contrary to what is believed, oiling your hair may aggravate your dandruff. As per research, the yeast that causes dandruff is fed by the fatty acids present in the oil. It is not recommended for you to leave the oil in your hair for a longer time. Wash it off after few hours of application.
Oil can act as fuel for the fungi that cause dandruff. If you are suffering from dandruff, you must avoid applying hair oil to your scalp for longer hours.
3. Incorporate Apple Cider Vinegar Into Your Routine
Apple cider vinegar is quite a popular and go-to remedy when it comes to dandruff treatment. With its application, you can maintain the pH balance of your scalp. This, in turn, will prevent the growth of fungus that causes dandruff.
The anti-dandruff properties of apple cider vinegar are mostly based on the experiences of people and have no scientific backing as such.
To apply apple cider vinegar to your hair, follow these steps:
- Take an equal amount of water and apple cider vinegar and mix the two in a bowl.
- Apply the mix on your clean and washed hair.
- Let it sit for about 20 minutes, and then wash it off.
You should not use this mask on your hair regularly. Using it twice a week will suffice.
4. Egg Yolk Mask
Egg yolk is known for its biotin content, which is said to treat dandruff. Egg yolk consists of many important nutrients that can add health and shine to your hair.
Method of Application:
- Break an egg and separate the yellow yolk from the white part of it.
- Apply yolk on your dry hair and scalp.
- Cover the hair to contain the smell of egg using a shower cap.
- Rinse off the egg using water and apply shampoo. You may repeat the process of washing your hair with shampoo to get rid of the bad egg stink.
Try repeating the egg-yolk mask three times a week for better and consistent results.
5. Honey Hair Mask
Honey is a powerhouse of nutrients. Along with other health benefits, it is also considered to be soothing for the scalp. Honey is believed to protect the hair and scalp against dandruff-causing microbes.
To proper way to apply the honey mask to your hair is below:
- Take two tablespoons of honey and add it to 2/3 cup of warm water to dilute it.
- Stir the mix properly.
- Massage the honey mix into your hair and on your scalp using your fingertips.
- Leave it for around 30 minutes and rinse off using water and shampoo.
Note: Tit would be better if the honey you use for the hair mask is organic and unadulterated.
6. Aloe Vera With Lemon Juice
Aloe vera is widely used in DIY skincare products. It is popular because of its various beneficial properties. Since aloe vera has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties, it can also prove to be good for your scalp.
Aloe vera can soothe the scalp and make it less flaky and dry, adding shine to it. While lemon is known for removing grease from hair, it can help reduce flakes.
Let’s see how you can use aloe vera and lemon for dandruff:
- Take 1/3 cup of aloe vera gel and squeeze the juice of half a lemon into it.
- Apply the mixture to your scalp and massage it gently.
- Leave it as such for around 30 minutes.
- Wash your hair using shampoo.
Repeating this mask once a week will be sufficient.
Neem is an ayurvedic herb that has anti-bacterial properties. It has the potential to fight infections and is also used for hair-related benefits. Due to its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, neem can prevent dandruff and promote the healthy growth of your hair.
How to use neem for dandruff:
- You can make a neem hair by grinding leaves of neem turning it into a paste.
- Apply the paste on your scalp for around 20 minutes.
- You can wash it off using any mild anti-dandruff shampoo.
- Another method would be to boil the neem leaves in water and use it to rinse your hair.
8. A Healthy Diet
As cliché as it may sound, living a healthy lifestyle and following a healthy diet are the most effective ways to tackle dandruff. You must eat healthily and give your body the nutrients it requires. Your scalp and hair also need those nutrients to stay healthy.
Consuming enough proteins, vitamins, and minerals will help you maintain a healthy scalp and keep dandruff at bay.
9. Meethi Hair Mask
Meethi or Fenugreek seeds contain protein and are good for hair health. They can help with hair moisturization and prevent dandruff.
How to apply Meethi hair mask on the scalp:
- Take 2 tablespoons of Meethi, 1 tablespoon of ginger, 2 tablespoons of curd, half a lemon, and 1 tablespoon of Besan (gram flour).
- Soak the Meethi seeds in water for around 2 hours. Extract the water out of it.
- Blend the soaked Meethi seeds in a mixer along with the ginger until you get a smooth paste.
- Add half a lemon juice and the curd to the paste.
- Add Besan to it and stir the mixture. Your paste is ready.
- Apply it on the scalp for around 40 minutes and wash it off.
- Alternatively, you can use overnight soaked fenugreek seeds on hair. Turn them into a paste and simply apply them to the scalp. Wash off in around 20 minutes using a shampoo.
10. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is quite a buzz when it comes to skin and hair-related concerns. It has anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties and hence can prove to work effectively in the treatment of dandruff.
You can add 5 – 10 drops of tea tree oil to your mild anti-dandruff shampoo and shake it well. You will see the results after consistent use.
Tip: You need to try to be consistent with your dandruff treatment remedies for at least a few months. This will help prevent dandruff from coming back.
What are the causes of dandruff?
There can be many reasons for dandruff to occur. A few of them are: Irritated and oily scalp, having Malassezia (fungus responsible for dandruff), skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis, dry skin, sensitivity to certain products.
Is dandruff contagious?
While dandruff can be challenging to get rid of, it is not contagious. It can be treated with consistency and be prevented from coming back.
Dealing with dandruff is a frustrating task. Sticking to these home remedies will hopefully help you deal with the dread. The methods are TESTED and TRIED.
Choose your favorite dandruff control remedy, try it, and let us know whether it did the job and saved you from the flaky monster.