You’re on your way out to start the day. You grab your keys and work bag and glance at the mirror only to discover horrifically that your best suit has been tainted with white flakes.
Could it be that you have developed the dreaded scalp disorder known as dandruff? Please don’t let it be true!
This pesky problem that plagues people everywhere occurs mainly due to dryness, irritation, inflammation & bacterial or fungal overgrowth. However, fret not - remedies can be found in natural everyday produce in the aisles of your nearest supermarket!
Here are the Top 7 Supermarket Remedies for Dandruff :
1) Coconut Oil
A yummy favourite, coconut oil has nourishing and anti-fungal properties that moisturises your scalp and provides relief from itching. Besides helping eliminate dandruff, you will also find your hair growing stronger and healthier with consistent use.
Method: Apply 3-5 tablespoons into your scalp an hour before washing your hair, then proceed to wash & shampoo your hair as normal.
Lemon is rich in vitamin C and citric acid that balances the scalp’s PH level and helps shed away dead skin cells. It’s anti-fungal properties also combat fungal growth whilst its healing properties sooth irritation and reduces itching.
It contains essential antioxidants that promote healthy scalp and hair too.
Method: Cut a lemon into half, squeeze, apply and massage the juice directly to your scalp. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes before rinsing with cool water.
3) Baking Soda
Baking Soda ensures your scalp’s PH is balanced, and prevents fungal growth whilst exfoliating your scalp to remove dead skin cells. It also acts as an absorbent for excess oil.
Method: Rub a spoonful of baking soda on your wet scalp and let it sit for 1-2 minutes. Rinse with warm water and repeat once a week.
This treatment should be done after you shampoo and wash and not before.
4) Apple Cider Vinegar
Full of fruity goodness, apple Cider Vinegar is anti-inflammatory and antibacterial which helps to reduce fungal & bacterial infections. It can also help maintain your scalp’s PH balance which in turn helps in reducing dandruff-causing yeast.
Method: Mix a quarter cup of Apple Cider Vinegar with half a cup of water in a spray bottle and apply once a week. If you have a more severe form of dandruff you may increase the frequency to several times a week. You may adjust the formula to your needs.
5) Tea Tree Oil
A much-lauded favourite of beauty magazines, tea tree oil is an essential oil that has a multitude of benefits. Where dandruff is concerned, its antifungal and antibacterial properties can penetrate hair follicles and kill microorganisms that trigger the problem.
This may address the itchy scalp and white flaky dead skin cells once and for all. It also unclogs sebum that blocks hair follicles from producing shiny and healthy hair.
Method: Mix 5-10 drops of Tea Tree oil with water and rinse your scalp. Shampoo as normal and use the remaining water to wash the shampoo off. Also, add a few drops of tea tree with some water in a spray bottle and spritz your scalp whenever you feel itchy.
Besides being a staple in Asian cooking, garlic can also contribute as a natural weapon against bacteria and fungi.
Method: Crush and mash about 6 cloves of fresh garlic and let it sit for 10 minutes. If you are sensitive to the strong odour, mix it with some honey. About 5-7 tablespoons should be sufficient.
Apply and massage the concoction on your hair and scalp. Leave on for a 5-10 minutes before shampooing as usual.
7) Olive Oil
A staple of the Greeks, olive oil is both a favourite in cooking and in beauty remedies for the skin as it both naturally moisturising and nourishing.
In scalp care, its properties prevent dryness, soothes inflammation and itching, and also possesses antibacterial and antifungal properties. It also restores balance so the scalp is not too oily and not too dry.
Method: Pour about half a cup of olive oil into a bowl and heat it up for a few seconds in the microwave.
Use a cotton ball immersed in the oil and apply to sections of your wet scalp.
Once you have covered as much scalp area as possible, use a shower cap and let the treatment sit for about 30 minutes. Shampoo & rinse after.
We hope you find our tips helpful !
What other edible remedies do you use to help cure dandruff? We’d love to hear from you.
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