DIY | How to get rid of dandruff
So it might be something that you are embarrassed about but it is something that is really common and almost everyone has dealt with it at least once. Dandruff.
Dandruff: is a skin condition that mainly affects the scalp. It can result in flaking and sometimes mild itchiness. Dandruff is the build up of dead skin cells that clump together due to a buildup of oil.
There are many reasons behind why you might have dandruff such as environmental factors, travelling, change in climate, stress, genetics, not washing your hair enough, and trying new hair products.
There are many shampoos on the market that are formulated to target dandruff and help with itchy scalps. If you have mild dandruff this should fix your problem after regular use of the shampoo. Some useful medicated dandruff shampoos on the market are: Head and Shoulders, Selsun Blue, and Neutrogena T-Sal.
Add a tablespoon of baking soda to your regular shampoo and massage it into your scalp. Massage it in well for a few minutes and rinse. This will help get rid of the dandruff in a few weeks depending on the severity.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Using a product to get rid of the build up on your scalp at least once a week is a good way to make sure that all the products that you have used actually have been thoroughly washed out of your hair. A healthy scalp will also help with less hair loss.
Tea Tree Oil
You can directly apply a few drops of tea tree oil to your scalp and massage. If you have sensitive skin/scalp you can add a few drops of tea tree oil into your shampoo and massage your scalp with it. It will take a couple weeks depending on the extent of your dandruff. If you have very sensative skin this may irritate your scalp more.
Coconut Oil and Lemon Juice
Coconut oil will help hydrate your scalp while the citric acid in lemon juice will help remove excess buildup of oil on your scalp. Add 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and mix it with 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. Massage your scalp with the mixture. You can rinse it off after about 20 minutes.
This is a bit of a messy method but it works! Apply curd to your scalp and massage. Leave it on your scalp and hair. You can leave it on for 30 minutes and then rinse off. This method is very effective in helping remove dandruff. You will have to do this process about 3 times a week regularly to see the results.
Mix 5 tablespoons of aloe vera gel with 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice. Massage your scalp with this mixture and leave on overnight. Rinse off in the morning. Do this about three times a week and you will see the benefits of aloe vera on your scalp and hair. Aloe vera is rich in vitamin E which will help protect your hair from sun damage. It is also rich in vitamin B12 and vitamin C which will both help your scalp stay healthy.
As with any home remedy you need to make sure to do it regularly to see the results of it. Which ever remedy you decide to try you should make sure to do it at least three times a week to see the results. As always with any DIY make sure to do a test patch first and to keep your skin sensitivity in mind.
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