7 Natural, Easy-To-Make Remedies To Get Rid Of Dandruff For Good
Dandruff is a very common problem - almost half of the world's population reportedly suffer from it. Dandruff is usually caused by a type of fungus naturally present in the skin called Malassezia. The fungus can grow out of control under certain conditions, which include cold weather, humid air, sweating too much, stress, immune system suppression, and dermatitis flare-ups.
Commercial anti-dandruff shampoos available at pharmacies can help you deal with the problem, but they may be too harsh for your hair. Before using such a shampoo, you can give home remedies a try first.
1. Aloe vera
Aloe vera can be used in many ways (which include purifying the air in your bedroom), and one of its many uses is treating dandruff. This remedy is very simple, and here's how to apply it:
- scoop enough gel from a few fresh aloe vera leaves to cover your whole scalp;
- massage the gel gently into your scalp and leave it on for one hour;
- rinse the gel off afterward.
2. Coconut oil
Coconut oil is an excellent remedy for irritated and dry skin, and it's known for its powerful antibacterial and antifungal properties. But it does more harm than good if you leave it on your scalp for too long. Other oils also shouldn't be kept on the scalp for too long, as they can actually feed the fungus that caused dandruff in the first place.
For coconut oil to work well against dandruff, use it this way:
- mix virgin coconut oil with a small amount of freshly squeezed lemon juice;
- massage the mixture into your scalp for several minutes and let it sit for 20 minutes;
- wash your hair with shampoo afterward.
It's best to apply this remedy before washing your hair as you normally do, so it won't be an inconvenience.
3. Stinging nettle
You may want to stay away from stinging nettle, but it can actually bring you a few benefits, one of which is fighting dandruff. Stinging nettle can sting when it is still growing, but it won't hurt you after you cut it and give it at least 30 minutes to wilt.
To get rid of dandruff, use the plant this way:
- infuse a handful of stinging nettle leaves in a cup of hot water;
- let the liquid sit for 1.5 hours, then strain it;
- massage the infusion into your scalp;
- put on a shower cap and let the liquid sit on your scalp for 30 to 40 minutes;
- it's not necessary to wash your hair afterward, but you can do it if you prefer.
Use this remedy twice weekly.
4. Lemon juice and yogurt
Mixing lemon juice and yogurt will give you an effective cleansing, moisturizing, and dandruff-fighting remedy. Here's how to make it:
- squeeze the juice from one half of a lemon;
- add the juice to 1/4 cup of plain yogurt;
- smear the mixture on your scalp and leave it on for 20 minutes;
- rinse your hair and wash it with shampoo afterward.
5. Baking soda
Baking soda can be used as an exfoliant, and it also helps to fight bacteria and fungi which lead to dandruff. Here's how to apply baking soda:
- gently rub 1 or 2 tablespoons of baking soda on your wet scalp for a couple of minutes;
- rinse your hair thoroughly with warm water afterward.
Apply baking soda once or twice weekly. To avoid damaging your hair, you shouldn't wash it with shampoo after this procedure.
6. Apple cider vinegar
Like baking soda, apple cider vinegar is a universal home remedy. It cleanses your hair and scalp and eliminates harmful fungi and bacteria. Apply apple cider vinegar this way:
- combine equal parts of vinegar and water (about 1/4 cup each);
- add 20 drops of tea tree oil to the solution;
- massage the mixture gently into your scalp for several minutes;
- rinse your hair and scalp with water afterward.
The strong smell may make some people avoid this remedy, but it contains substances with a powerful antibacterial and antifungal effect and is definitely worth trying. To get rid of the smell, apply this remedy before washing your hair with shampoo. Here's how to use garlic to fight dandruff:
- crush (or blend) 5 or 6 cloves of garlic;
- add some water to the garlic to make a paste;
- apply the paste on your scalp and let it sit for 20 to 30 minutes;
- wash your hair with shampoo afterward.
All of these remedies are effective, but you need to give them time to work. If home remedies and anti-dandruff shampoos didn't resolve your problem, consult a dermatologist.
This article is solely for informational purposes. Do not self-diagnose or self-medicate, and in all cases consult a certified healthcare professional before using any information presented in the article. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for harm that may result from using the information provided in the article.