You have boycotted the color black as well as your social circle. Clearly, the scaly, white flakes falling from your scalp don’t let you have it any other way. Seborrheic dermatitis or dandruff is a common and embarrassing scalp condition caused due to a number of factors. These may be largely confined to personal hygiene, environmental changes and genetics. Sometimes the condition is mild and can be handled with minor lifestyle
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changes. It becomes a cause for alarm when the condition is chronic. Despite using the best of shampoos and conditioners out there to cure this problem, the situation remains unchanged. So much so that your hands are always busy scratching your scalp and your wardrobe’s ruled by the color white! If you find yourself struggling to get rid of dandruff, here are 6 easy home fixes that you must absolutely try:
- Black Pepper And Lemon Juice Rinse – Black pepper adds the right zing to lot of your favorite dishes, but its benefits go far beyond merely enhancing flavor. It has antibacterial and anti inflammatory properties that help ease the irritation caused by dandruff. It also contains the minerals, zinc and selenium which are active components in many anti-dandruff shampoos. Lemon on the other hand is yet another antibacterial remedy for dandruff. It helps balance pH levels and cleans dirt, oils and grime that can lead to a buildup of dandruff on the scalp.
Directions for use – Mix 1 tablespoon of finely ground black pepper with 1 tablespoon of lime juice and milk. Now, gently massage the mixture onto your scalp and leave on for an hour. Wash off as per routine.
- Salt Massage – Who knew that this kitchen essential could also be an excellent dandruff remedy too? Salt is a great exfoliating agent that helps scrub off the dead skin from your scalp and absorbs excess oil. It also gives respite from continuous itchiness.
Directions for use – Take 3 tablespoons of salt and massage it onto your scalp for 5 minutes. Shampoo soon after.
- Aloe Vera Gel Massage – A widely used ingredient in popular skin creams, aloe vera is also found to have remarkable effects on treating dandruff. This cooling gel helps reduce inflammation owing to the compounds called glycoproteins. It moisturizes the scalp, thus reducing the itchy feeling caused due to dandruff. It also contains the molecule called pectin that helps in the growth and stimulation of new cells giving you a healthy and clean scalp. Its anti-fungal properties give relief from dandruff and prevent it from coming back.
Directions for use – Take adequate amount of aloe vera gel in your palms and massage it generously throughout your scalp for 10 minutes. Leave on for half an hour and wash off with a mild shampoo.
- White Beet Rinse – Beetroot may not feature high up in your choice of foods, but it surely works its wonders towards curing dandruff. Massaging your scalp with boiled beetroot water can help improve the blood circulation to your scalp, keeping it nourished and hydrated, thereby reducing itchiness. Use white beetroot instead of red, as it may make your hair drip the color red.
Directions for use – Boil 3 whole beetroots in water and let the liquid cool down. Massage your scalp gently with the liquid and leave on for 20 minutes. Use the same to wash your hair later.
- Coconut And Olive Hot Oil Massage – Nothing nourishes your hair better than a hot oil massage! Infact, coconut and olive oil are the most popular home remedies for treating dandruff. The high vitamin E content in olive oil helps moisturize the scalp and hair. Coconut oil contains antifungal and antibacterial properties that prevent scalp infections causing dandruff and itchiness.
Directions for use – Mix two tablespoons of coconut oil with one tablespoon of olive oil. Heat the mixture for 30 seconds and massage your scalp with it for 5 minutes. Leave on for 30 minutes and shower with a mild shampoo, soon after.
- Skip The Hot Shower – Last but surely not the least, never ever wash your hair with hot water. Hot water has the ability to dry out your scalp which is one of the worst things to aggravate dandruff. Use either cold or lukewarm water to rinse your hair instead.
Note – While these quick fixes are sure to help keep your dandruff dilemma at bay, one must not ignore the power of a wholesome diet. Consume fruits and vegetables in plenty and keep your body well hydrated. While stepping out, cover your hair with a hat or a scarf to minimize the impact of harsh rays of the sun and the pollution.
Author Bio – Vineetha Reddy
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