What is dandruff? Have you ever had dandruff? Once upon a time, I had mild dandruff – those tiny white flakes that make my scalp itch and fall on my shoulders or collar when I scratched my scalp, flicked, combed or brushed my hair. Dandruff was unsightly (especially when I wore black shirts or blouses) and it really bothered me.
Dandruff has to be treated. Otherwise, when left untreated, it can lead to scalp problems, hair loss, an acne condition getting worse and pimples – all this will send your self-esteem down the drain and if the condition gets really bad, it can be depressing.
If you have dandruff, you need to get treatment. Otherwise, it can get severe and become a chronic condition of your scalp. Needless to say, a scalp with especially severe dandruff does get in the way of healthy hair growing at its naturally fastest speed. Then, sharing the same comb, hair brush, towel or some other personal items can also spread dandruff.
There are many ways to get rid of dandruff – natural and ‘unnatural’. First, it is best to see a doctor, at least for an initial consultation. There are also many hair products out there to minimize dandruff.
I would like to share these natural ways I ‘tested’ to help me get rid of dandruff every day. I am not sure of your tastes, preferences or if you have any ingredient you are allergic to but here are various natural ingredients that you can do ‘test runs’ on and I hope you find something that helps. These are also practical ways which I feel can fit into your schedules.
On the other hand, if you so choose to go for medicated or chemical treatment, or use hair care products that help get rid of or minimize dandruff – this is entirely up to you. Most importantly, monitor your scalp and hair – see how your scalp and hair respond to the treatment or method you chose.
Here are natural recipes to get rid of dandruff:
Before you shower, massage some fresh lemon juice onto your scalp (not your hair). Leave this on for 15-20 minutes. Then rinse and wash as usual with mild shampoo. For a start, try 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, once a day on alternate days.
Lemon Juice with Coconut Oil or Virgin Coconut Oil
Mix 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice with 1 tablespoon of virgin coconut oil (you may use coconut oil too). Massage onto your scalp and leave on for about 20 minutes. Then rinse and wash as usual with good, mild shampoo. Start this recipe once a day on alternate days.
First, wash your hair with shampoo. Then dab dry your hair with a towel. Massage 1 tablespoon of coconut oil on to your scalp. If you have dry hair, you can apply a little on the ends of your hair. Then wash and rinse well. Start with alternate days, 3 times per week until your dandruff is cleared.
Tea Tree Oil
Since tea tree oil has antiseptic, anti-inflammation and antibiotic qualities, it has become an effective natural potion to get rid of dandruff. Just massage 1 tablespoon of tea tree oil on to your scalp. Leave on for 10-15 minutes. Then, rinse and wash your hair as usual.
You can also mix this oil with your regular shampoo and wash as usual – if your hair feels moist, skip the conditioner.
Olive oil has been used for a long time to help relieve skin problems. Therefore, it is also used to get rid of dandruff. For this, you may start by using 1-2 tablespoons once a day, every day. Before you sleep, warm this oil. Then massage this oil onto your scalp. Leave this on overnight. Wash your hair thoroughly the next day when you wake up. In fact, you can do this same routine using virgin coconut oil.
Vinegar or Apple Cider Vinegar
First, wash your hair. Then rub or massage some vinegar onto your scalp. If your scalp feels a burning or stinging sensation, just rinse with water – or try the next ‘diluted’ recipe. Otherwise, leave vinegar on for about 15 minutes and rinse well with water. By the way, the smell of vinegar will go away when your hair dries. You may start alternate days, once a day.
Diluted Apple Cider Vinegar
If the ‘concentrated’ vinegar recipe is too much to bear for your scalp, try this diluted apple cider vinegar potion. The ‘measurement’ is really up to how your scalp feels – but you can start by mixing a mug of water with 1 tablespoon of vinegar. After washing your hair, pour this onto your hair slowly – you may use more if needed. Then, dry your hair. Start this once a day, every day.
Mashed Onions / Onion Paste
This one can be unbearable for some people but I am including this because I hear that it works. Seriously, this has been a ‘tried and tested’ recipe by a few of my relatives – but not me. I cannot take the smell too much.
All you have to do is blend a few onions with a little water – make it into a paste that can be applied on to your scalp. Leave on for about half an hour. Then wash and rinse thoroughly. Apply some fresh lemon juice on your scalp to get rid of the smell of onion (if it is there). Well, if this potion is too strong for you, try other potions.
Do I have a favorite pick? Well, I like using lemon juice or virgin coconut oil the most – or sometimes, I may combine. At times I use other ingredients – depending on ‘how I feel’.
Remember, there are always no hard and fast rules. These recipes give you a pretty good jump-start. Then, you need to fine tune these potions to suit your scalp and hair condition – I do the same each time I explore ingredients to make recipes for my scalp and hair – and also the reason why I give one-to-one email support to my customers to help their unique conditions.
In case dandruff persists (in spite of having tried all ways), gets worse or you get allergic or sensitive reactions on your scalp, it is time to fix an appointment with your doctor. Depending on your condition, your doctor may then refer you to a specialist.