I have been getting lots of questions about how to get rid of dandruff. I always like to do things the easiest way, and the easy way is always the natural homemade way!
So here are 6 easy and natural ways to get rid of dandruff!
- Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) Rinse
Mix 1 Cup of Apple Cider vinegar with 2 Cups of water. Put this in a spray bottle; spray on your hair and scalp. Massage it into your scalp gently, leave in your hair for about 5-15 mins then rinse of, moisturize as is desired (preferably with something light like coconut or jojoba oil). Repeat this process once or twice a week depending on the severity of dandruff.
The acidity of freshly squeezed lemon juice as with ACV helps break down fungus that is often the cause of dandruff outbreaks. Massage 2 Table Spoons of lemon into your scalp; leave it in your scalp for about 2 mins.
Warning: this will sting…
Then mix 1 tea spoon of lemon with 1 cup of water and rinse your hair with it. Repeat daily until no longer needed.
You can also Squeeze an entire lemon into a bowl and mix with 5-10 table spoons of coconut oil. Massage the mixture into your scalp and leave it in for 20-30mins and rinse with a mild shampoo. Repeat this once or twice a week.
- Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil has been medically proven to be antifungal and functions as a good disinfectant. You can mix 5-10 drops of tea tree oil in your shampoo and wash your hair as normal. However, I find this method to be more effective: after shampooing your hair, mix 1 Table spoon of tea tree oil into 1 cup of warm water or Aloe Vera juice, spray into your scalp and let it sit for a few minutes. Pat the extra moisture out, but don’t wash it out.
- Baking Soda
Baking soda kills fungus and gently exfoliates the scalp of excess dead skin. You will need 1 Table spoon of baking soda, 1 cup of Water and a few drops of Rosemary oil(Optional). Mix 1 Table spoon of Baking soda with 1 cup of warm water, or 2 Table spoons with 2 cups of warm water and so on. Use an applicator bottle or clean empty shampoo bottle and apply the mix to your hair and scalp. Shake well before use. Use this in place of shampoo and rinse as normal. Use a light moisturizer like Jojoba oil afterwards. Repeat this once a week.
Salt is a natural exfoliator; it gets rid of extra oils and dead skin flakes. Rubbing it on your scalp will also help soothe the itchy feeling. You need 3 Table Spoons of salt (Epsom Salt or Dead Sea salts are great if you have them, but regular salt is okay too). Gently massage the 3 Table spoons of salt into your scalp while its dry or slightly damp for 2-3mins. Shampoo immediately after wards. You can repeat this process once a week.
- Eat Healthy
You all knew this was coming!
I cannot stress how eating properly affects all aspects of our wellness. Eating well, helps hair and nails grow and improves our skin conditions. Eat a lot of green leafy vegetables (raw, like in salad form or blended in juice form). This encourages healthy skin, hair and nail growth. Fish oils are also essential for beautiful hair and skin; taking Omega 3,6 and 9 supplements will not cure dandruff but will reduce their severity. Also, eat lean proteins like fish, eggs, nuts and beans, these build the hair and skin.
So that’s all ladies!
Wasn’t that easy?
Let me know how any of these methods work out for you in the comments section below!
Written by Rachel Asakome
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