Dandruff is a common skin condition that can affect up to 50% of women at some point in their life. Having dandruff can have a major effect on your self esteem and ruin a great hair day in seconds. It’s often caused by eczema, psoriasis or a yeast like fungus called Malassesia. So how can you stop those little white flakes becoming the first thing you think about in the morning? Avoid spending a small fortune on dandruff treatments and get rid of dandruff the natural way with these 8 top tips.
Aspirin isn’t just good for headaches
Aspirin contains the active ingredient salicylic acid which is also found in most common dandruff shampoos. Crush two aspirins into a fine powder and mix in with your normal shampoo. Leave the mixture on for two minutes, wash off and then wash again with normal shampoo.
Baking powder will help raise your mood
Whilst it’s a great ingredient to use in the kitchen you’ve probably never considered using baking powder as a dandruff treatment. Baking powder works by reducing levels of fungi that may be the cause of your dandruff. Rub into your hair deep into the scalp and then wash it out. Your hair may seem dry initially but persevere as over time your scalp will adapt and leave your hair soft with fewer flakes.
Tea tree oil isn’t just for spots you know
Tea tree oil is that amazing natural oil that can seeming treat everything from spots to dandruff. Just 5% tea tree oil can help treat dandruff. Either add pure tea tree oil to your shampoo or buy one with it already mixed in.
Coconut oil has lots of fabulous beauty benefits
Coconut oil has so many beauty benefits including being a effective anti dandruff treatment. Massage 3-5 tablespoons of coconut oil into your scalp or alternatively buy a shampoo that’s already enriched with coconut oil.
Mouthwash can treat your scalp
If your problem is an overgrowth of yeast, mouthwash is another unusual dandruff treatment. Wash your hair as normal with your regular shampoo and rinse with an alcohol based mouthwash. Follow with your normal conditioner.
Apple cider vinegar attacks yeast
If yeast overgrowth is making dandruff attack your hair with a vengeance then apple cider may help you overcome it. The acidity of apple cider is perfect for changing the Ph level of your scalp making it hard for yeast to grow. Over time this will help reduce the chance of seeing those pesky flakes. Mix a quarter cup of apple cider vinegar with a quarter cup of water and put in a spray bottle. Spritz on your Scalp, wrap your hair in a towel and leave it for 15 minutes to an hour before washing it off.
Traditional table salt is perfect to use as a exfoliator on your scalp to remove flaky skin. The abrasiveness of the flakes helps to loosen the dry skin from your scalp. Shake the salt flakes on, massage into your hair then wash it out.
Garlic can be used for more than just food
It may be Dracula’s adversary but when it comes to beauty, garlic is your new best friend. Garlic contains unique antimicrobial properties which helps target dandruff causing bacteria. It does pong a little so mix it in with honey before massaging into your scalp. Wash it out and follow with your normal shampoo.
When life hands you lemons- create a dandruff treatment!
Just like mouthwash, lemons have a very strong acidic content (if you’ve ever sucked a lemon you’ll know this) and are great at balancing the Ph level of your scalp. Massage 2 tablespoons of lemon juice into your scalp and rinse with water. Stir 1 teaspoon of lemon juice into water and then rinse your hair with it. Repeat this on a daily basis until your dandruff is no more.
Olive oil will rehydrate your scalp
A good way to help treat dandruff is to find a way to eradicate the cause of flakes which can often be due to a dry itchy scalp. Olive oil is a thick nutritional oil that adds moisture and hydration to your scalp. Massage 10 drops into your scalp, cover with a shower cap and leave overnight. You may need a lot of time to rinse it out as it’ll leave your hair greasy but it’s well worth it. You can also buy shampoos that already have olive oil in.
Aloe Vera is here for you
If the itchiness of dandruff is driving you mad Aloe Vera may be an effective treatment for you. The Aloe Vera will soothe skin and reduce the itchiness which will stop you scratching and potentially making the problem worse.
Have a great hair day with these top tips