Natural Homemade Dandruff Treatments

Try these simple treatments to help soothe your scalp and banish those pesky flakes.

Natural Homemade Dandruff Treatments

Dandruff is more than one simple problem. It may be the result of a dry scalp, or a skin condition called seborrhoeic dermatitis. It could also be caused by eczema, psoriasis, or, very commonly, an overgrowth of a yeast-like fungus called malassezia. Over-the-counter remedies include shampoos with zinc pyrithione, which targets fungus and bacteria; coal tar and selenium sulphide, which slow the growth and die-off of skin cells on your scalp; and salicylic acid, which loosens flakes so they can be washed away. For more natural treatments, read on.

Tea-Tree Oil
One study showed that shampoos with 5% tea-tree oil significantly improve dandruff severity. You can also add a few drops of tea-tree oil to your favourite hair shampoo as you wash normally – but avoid getting it in your eyes as it can sting.

Bicarbonate Of Soda
Overactive fungi can cause dandruff. Wet your hair and then rub a handful of bicarb vigorously into your scalp. Skip the shampoo and go right to rinsing. Because bicarb is an alkaline, it may bring the pH balance of the scalp to a healthy equilibrium. Your hair may feel dried out at first, but after a few weeks your scalp will start producing natural oils, leaving your hair softer and flake-free.

Apple Cider Vinegar
The acidity of apple cider vinegar changes the pH of your scalp, making it harder for yeast to grow. Mix a quarter cup of apple cider vinegar with a quarter cup water in a spray bottle, and spritz on your scalp. Wrap your head in a towel and let it stay on for 15-60 minutes, then wash your hair as usual. Do this twice a week.

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