HE FLAKES THAT ARE OFTEN NOTICEABLE IF THEY FALL FROM YOUR SCALP ON TO YOUR SHOULDERS CAN MAKE YOU FEEL REALLY UNCOMFORTABLE
Dandruff is a medical problem that has managed to unite over half the adult population across the world – beyond gender, age and race. It is the process of shedding of dead skin cells from the scalp. A small amount of flaking is normal as skin cells die, however, some people can experience an unusually large amount of flaking either chronically or as a result of certain triggers, which can often be accompanied by redness and irritation, and even causes itching. This scalp condition is caused by a fungus, Malassezia, which feeds on sebum (the oily matter secreted by the sebaceous glands on our scalp) and the dead skin cells which occur naturally due to formation of new skin. Dry scalp, in fact, is a different condition from dandruff in symptoms and treatment. If you are certain that you have dandruff, then for natural treatments, read on.
1. Baking Soda
The key to an itch-free, flake-free scalp could be hiding in your kitchen. Wet your hair and then rub a handful of baking soda vigorously into your scalp. It acts as a scrub and exfoliates the scalp gently, without irritating it and removing dead skin cells. Do not apply shampoo just go right to rinsing. Baking soda reduces overactive fungi that can cause dandruff. At the beginning, your hair may get dried out, but after a few weeks your scalp will start producing natural oils, leaving your hair softer and free of flakes.
2. Apple cider vinegar
Rinsing your hair with vinegar (specifically Apple Cider Vinegar or white vinegar) can be quite an effective way to treat dandruff. Given the fact that dandruff is the result of skins cells maturing and dying too fast, building up, and causing irritation applying vinegar will get rid of the unwanted skin that would flake off into dandruff, and in addition it won’t clog up your pores or cause more.
The acidic content of vinegar is supremely beneficial to drastically reduce flaking. The acidity of apple cider vinegar changes the pH of your scalp, making it harder for yeast to grow. One home remedy is to apply an equal quantity mixture of white vinegar with water on the scalp skin about half an hour before a head wash. Another is a mix of a quarter cup apple cider vinegar with a quarter cup water in a spray bottle and spritz on your scalp. Wrap your head in a towel and let sit for 15 minutes to an hour, then wash your hair as usual. Do this twice a week.
3. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera cools off and also mildly exfoliates the skin of the scalp and has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial
properties. The best way is to directly extract some juice from the aloe vera plant and applied in the scalp and then washed off with a mild shampoo. This will calm down an irritated scalp and provide relief from inflammation.
You can also find dandruff relief in your refrigerator. Lemon’s acidity works the same as the vinegar remedy, it helps balance the pH of your scalp, which helps keeps dandruff at bay. Just massage 2 tablespoons lemon juice into your scalp and rinse with water. Then stir 1 teaspoon lemon juice into 1 cup water and rinse your hair with it. Repeat this daily until your dandruff disappears.