Dandruff, sometimes known as scurf affects the scalp. It causes dry, white flakes of skin to appear on the scalp and some parts of the body.
Dandruff is not contagious but can be a nuisance and very irritating. On rare occasions, it may cause the skin to be more susceptible to infections.Too little shampooing can also cause the build up of dead cells on the scalp.
The home remedies for dandruff you need
An easy way to take care of dandruff is to use some fenugreek paste in your hair and work it to the scalp. Let it stay in the hair for 25 minutes before washing it off with water.
Make sure you do not apply any shampoo to the hair. This remedy is also good for hair loss, and early gray hair.
Aspirin and vinegar rinse
One of the effective home remedies for dandruff is aspirin and vinegar treatment. Dissolve 10 aspirin tablets in a cup of warm water. Massage it into your scalp and let it sit for about 10 minutes. Rinse out the aspirin thoroughly and use vinegar to rinse the scalp after that.
Apply this method after you shampoo your hair, and do it quite a number of times to get a good result.
Apple cider vinegar and hydrogen peroxide
Add one part of apple cider vinegar and one part of hydrogen peroxide to 10 parts of water.
Use this solution as a shampoo to rinse your hair. After rinsing, apply 20 drops of tea tree oil to your scalp and massage for about 5 minutes. Leave it on the scalp overnight.
This home remedy for dandruff will eliminate the flakes as well as kill the excess yeast-like fungus that encourages dandruff.
Fresh mulberry leaves
You can wash your hair with fresh mulberry leaves for dandruff treatment. Get about 600g of fresh mulberry leaves, wash them in cold water and press them to gather the juice.
One best way to do this is to use a juicer to extract the juice. Add some warm water to the juice and use it to wash your hair once a week for 3 weeks. This will reduce the amount of dandruff significantly, and make your scalp less itchy.
Vitamins and supplements
There are some vitamins and supplements that are good natural home remedies for dandruff. 100 mg of vitamin B-Complex taken with 1,000-3,000 mcg of Biotin has shown to be very effective in treating dandruff. Omega 6 such as primrose oil and borage oil also help to relief inflammation.
A 30 mg of zinc can support the skin function and immune system. Zinc can deplete the copper stored in the body, so take 3 mg of copper with this supplement.
What about over-the counter shampoo
It is believed that a regular hair wash with shampoo can reduce dandruff. Normally a mild non-medicated shampoo diluted with equal amount of water can control the oils on the scalp, thus reducing dandruff.
Sometimes, regular shampoo cannot control serious dandruff. You may need an anti dandruff formula classified by their various ingredients. Formulas with selenium sulfide or zinc pyrithione work fastest. They retard the rate at which scalp cells multiply.
The formula with salicylic acid and sulfur loosen flakes on the scalp to be easily washed away. Those with tar reduce cell growth, and those with anti-bacterial agents reduce bacteria on the scalp.
It is important to know that light colored hair can be temporarily tinted brown if you use tar based shampoos.
There are other natural home remedies for dandruff that can be effective. However these ones mentioned have proven effective for many people.
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