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FAQ: What are the remedies for dandruff?

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What are the remedies for dandruff?

ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) Rinse

This is very effective at controlling dandruff. For every cup of water add 3-4 Tablespoon of ACV to the water and use as a rinse, first pouring a little on your roots and massaging it in to lift up the dandruff then pouring the rest on the scalp to rinse it off and to condition the scalp.

NOTE that white vinegar is just as effective only that its harsher(drying) so if you are using white vinegar then reduce the ratio of vinegar to water.

Aspirin for Extreme Cases of Dandruff

Aspirin contains salicylics which is an active ingredient (salicylic acid) in most anti- dandruff shampoos and conditioners. Get 5 aspirin tablets and crush them .Mix the powder with either water or ACV or Coconut oil, depending on how extreme the dandruff is, to form a thin paste which you apply directly to the scalp and left on for 30mins before washing off.

Coconut Oil

Of all the carrier oils this is an intense anti-dandruff powerhouse . Apply regularly to the scalp to control dandruff.

DIY COCONUT OIL DANDRUFF TREATMENT- This is a simple yet very effective dandruff treatment- 1 teaspoon of lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar , 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, 1 Tablespoon of olive oil. Mix well and apply to your scalp 2-3 times  a week depending on how severe the dandruff is-do not wash off.

Tea Tree Essential Oil

When added to any of your oils or conditioners or daily spritz will immediately eradicate dandruff. It is another common ingredient in most anti-dandruff products

Neem Oil

Neem corrects almost every scalp ailments and imbalances for sebum production to dandruff to reduced growth. It is a must have for an optimal scalp. Being portent you are advised to use in very small amounts.

Other Ayurvedic Remedies Other than Neem –  Amla

Any oil containing amla is just as effective as the amla powder itself because the amla essence has been infused in the oil. Make sure that the oil is natural and not a mineral oil because mineral oils worsen dandruff and cause itchiness for most people. Henna, sesame oil, ginger and fenugreek are also effective dandruff remedies.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is not only anti-bacterial and anti-fungal but it also contains enzymes that break down the dead dandruff cells hence cleansing the scalp. You can either use the gel or u can use the juice sprayed to the scalp.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

It’s effective in moisturizing a dry scalp and thus reducing the itching and flaking. Olive oil is the best remedy for children with dandruff and is the most the recommended oil for babies with cradle cap. Warm up the olive oil and apply to the scalp, leave it on for 45mins before washing off, you can add apple cider vinegar or lemon juice to your olive oil to increase its effectiveness.

OR you can warm it up and leave it overnight as a pre-poo. For babies with cradle cap you can warm up a little olive oil and gently massage on the child’s scalp to lift up flakes then wash off remembering to leave a little on the scalp to avoid dryness.

Baking Soda

This is a mild exfoliant that removes excess flakes and absorbs excess oil. It also lowers the scalp PH to an optimal level and it stops the growth of fungus in cases where the dandruff stems from a fungal infection 

Medicated over-the-counter remedies

These are shampoos/conditioners or oils that have ingredients that target dandruff. The active anti-dandruff ingredients to look out for in these products are;

  • Selenium sulphide – works in the same way but it has the added advantage of killing yeast
  • Ketoconazole – this is effective if the dandruff is caused by a fungal or a yeast infection
  • Salicylic Acid – acts as a powerful exfoliant by causing massive shedding of the dandruff cell and regeneration of the newer skin cells
  • Zinc Pyrithione – this is one of the more common anti-dandruff ingredients it is both anti-bacterial and anti-dandruff

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