Dandruff affects millions of people. Those who suffer from it know just how uncomfortable and downright embarrassing it can be. It’s itchy, flakey, and those little white specs always seem to show up at the worst possible times. Several medicated shampoos are available for treatment, but they can be expensive, and some can smell somewhat off-putting. You may even have sensitive skin and can’t use it even if you wanted to. The good news is there are many remedies for dandruff you can make yourself right in your own home. Check them out below.
1. Tea Tree Oil
Some dandruff shampoos come with tea tree oil already included, but if you have some lying around, it’s straightforward to make your own. All you need to do is take a few drops of the oil and add it to your regular shampoo and continue to wash your hair and scalp with it as you usually would. That works because tea tree oil has natural anti-fungal properties, and fungus is one of the leading causes of those itchy, white flakes.
Aspirin can help your head in more ways than just dulling the pain of a headache; it’s also an excellent way for dandruff suffers to enjoy some sweet relief. Some dandruff shampoos use an active ingredient called salicylic acid, which also happens to be in aspirin tablets. You can use that to your advantage to create yet another simple treatment. All you need to do is ground two aspirin tablets as finely as possible, add it to a dab of your regular shampoo, lather it up, leave it in for about 2 minutes and then rinse. Yes, it’s that easy, and you should begin noticing results in no time.
The flakes of dandruff are caused by the skin cells on your scalp dying and flaking off. These flakes can get stuck in your hair and cling to your scalp. The regular shampooing act is usually not enough to loosen them up, causing them to stay put and gradually fall off throughout the day. The salt helps not because of any medical ingredients but simply because salt crystals are abrasive and exfoliate the skin, removing dead surface cells in the process. Start by wetting your hair just enough to dampen it, add 2 to 3 tablespoons of salt to your hair, massage your scalp well for a couple of minutes and then shampoo it out.
Honey is another common product that has anti-fungal properties and is also great for inflammation of the skin. It might sound like an unpleasant thing to put anywhere near your hair, but the benefits will be well worth it. Studies show that honey improves all dandruff symptoms such as itching, flaking, irritation, and also skin lesions left behind from scratching. The first step is to take some raw honey and dilute it with warm water until the mixture is about 10% water. Next, you’ll massage the mixture into your scalp for at least 2 minutes and leave it to do its magic for no less than 3 hours. After you’ve waited enough time, rinse with warm water. Repeat this process every 2-3 days until you achieve your desired results.
These home remedies for dandruff work wonders, but proper hygiene can also help keep your dandruff under control; shower and shampoo daily and perhaps even twice if you’ve had a rather sweaty day. Eating healthy is also a great way to take care of your skin, and while keeping clean and healthy won’t completely solve the problem for many people, it’s a great start. Last but certainly not least, no matter what you do, no matter how much it itches, do not scratch!