Dandruff, the tiny white or yellow flakes of skin that are shed by the scalp is a major source of concern for many people. It can be caused by having dry scalp, psoriasis, eczema or an inflammatory skin condition called seborrheic dermatitis.
Dandruff can be treated with several over the counter and prescription products. However if you choose to try a natural approach, there are a few items that can be found in your home that may help in providing relief. Here are a few:
- Aspirin – take two crushed aspirins and mix it with your shampoo. Leave the mixture on the hair for two minutes then rinse.
- Baking soda – apply a handful to your wet hair and after a few minutes rinse with water.
- Apple cider vinegar – mix a quarter cup of it with a quarter cup of water and apply to your hair. Leave it on for 15 minutes to an hour then rinse thoroughly. Apply twice a week.
- Coconut oil – apply three to five teaspoons of coconut oil to your scalp and let it sit for an hour. Shampoo normally after each treatment.
- Lemon juice – massage two teaspoons of lemon juice into your scalp and rinse thoroughly. Then apply one teaspoon of lemon juice mixed with one cup of water. Repeat daily.
- Aloe vera – massage this into your scalp prior to washing your hair. It helps to prevent the itchiness of dry skin.
- Olive oil – massages about ten drops into your scalp and cover your head with a shower cap overnight. In the morning you can shampoo your hair normally.
It is believed that most of these remedies work because of their moisturizing, antibacterial and antifungal properties.
It is advised that you consult your doctor before applying these products and if your dandruff still persists after application.
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