Dandruff is a very common problem that can appear in the scalp of women, men and even children. Although it is a common problem, it can cause inconvenience and discomfort to the people who suffer from it.
When you notice dandruff appearing in your scalp, you can try out some natural home remedies to get rid of it and even some specialized natural dandruff shampoos or treatments, but if you see that the dandruff is persistent, you can seek for some focused expert advice.
Here, we will help you get rid of dandruff naturally at home with some tips as well as home recipes that are easy to follow.
But first, let’s have a look at some dandruff information that will help you understand better what dandruff is and why it appears.
What Is Dandruff?
Dandruff is a scalp condition that leads to skin flakes appearing on the scalp and hair. In fact, those flakes are dead cells that are expelled to the scalp because new skin cells are formed.
So, dandruff appears because new cells are created faster than they die and therefore the skin sheds more, becoming more noticeable.
Severe dandruff can be a manifestation of a serious skin condition called Seborrheic Dermatitis that appears when the skin is inflamed. If the flakes that your scalp produces are larger and greasier, then you can suspect that you have a more intense type of dandruff.
What Causes Dandruff?
Let’s have a look at some of the reasons why dandruff appears because by knowing the roots of the problem, we can deal with it more easily and effectively as well as be more aware so that we prevent it.
Can Stress Cause Dandruff?
Some people may notice persistent dandruff during periods of high stress and suspect that this is what is causing dandruff but this is not true.
Stress may make it more difficult for you to get rid of dandruff because stress can negatively affect your immune system and its ability to fight body disorders but it is no way the one that is causing your dandruff.
The over activity of the glands producing sebum can make dandruff worse or in some people trigger its appearance.
By not having a diet rich in healthy nutrients such as B Complex vitamins, you make your body more vulnerable to skin disorders including scalp. Also, excessive consumption of alcohol and foods which contain sugar is bad for both your skin and hair health.
Radical changes of temperature, like severe cold, excessive wind and rain or low humidity and heat can also worsen or even trigger dandruff in some cases.
Bad Quality Hair products
Inappropriate and poor quality hair products that have an unbalancing pH or contain certain aggressive chemicals can be responsible for the appearance of dandruff. Apart from shampoos, these products may also be hair gels or lacquers.
Hormonal changes are extremely important in all our body functions including scalp health.
Not A Good Scalp Hygiene
Not often shampooing can lead to dandruff.
Natural Anti Dandruff Remedies
The positive side of dealing with dandruff is that there is a huge arsenal of natural treatments and shampoos to get rid of it.
First, you will need to check if the scalp has any inflammation, eczema or psoriasis, in which case you will have to apply an anti-inflammatory lotion but, for that, it is best to consult a dermatologist who will prescribe some appropriate medication.
If you are going to apply an anti-dandruff shampoo, you will have to be careful in case it contains sulfur, zinc or selenium. These components will eliminate dandruff but it is usually a very aggressive treatment that can cause secondary effects on your scalp.
Otherwise, any other shampoo without these components would be an excellent choice.
You can also opt for some natural anti dandruff treatments developed by yourself at home like the following ones we are recommending here.
Lemon is one of the best natural medicine you can have at home. To deal with dandruff, you have to squeeze a fresh lemon and apply the juice on your scalp and hair giving it a light massage after you shampoo.
This will also give a healthier and shinny look to your hair. Just keep in mind that you will probably have to repeat the process for a few times until the dandruff is totally cleared.
Apple Cider Vinegar Treatment
Apple Cider Vinegar is ideal to fight against fungus and bacteria, and, in the case of dandruff, to get rid of dead cells on your scalp that produce the dandruff.
What you have to do is mix an amount of apple cider vinegar with exactly the same amount of water. The quantity will depend on the length of your hair.
Apply this mixture on your scalp and gently massage it using circular movements. Leave it on for about 30 minutes and rinse your hair with water and without using any shampoo.
Repeat this remedy at least once every two weeks, depending on how quickly dandruff starts to disappear.
Baking Soda is also a very effective option to get rid of dandruff. It can change the pH level of your scalp and therefore make any fungus disappear.
If you have a very irritated and dry scalp, you can make a paste mixing two spoons of cooking soda and a bit of water. it is important for it to be a paste and not to have a very watery consistency because what we want is for it to stay in your scalp and hair for few minutes.
After applying the paste, massage your scalp and hair gently so it spreads properly and let it stay on for about 15 minutes. Then, wash with a shampoo and plenty of water.
In conclusion, these were some natural ways to get rid of dandruff at home which can prove to be very useful on their own or combining them with a good natural anti dandruff shampoo.