It’s the middle of summer but your mane and shoulders look like they have snow on them. That’s dandruff which can be very embarrassing especially if you have dark-colored hair or wearing dark-colored tops. But having dandruff is not only an awkward ordeal, but also an uncomfortable one because it tends to cause scalp itchiness.
There are many different causes of dandruff and that’s why it’s one of the most common scalp conditions. Experts say that dandruff can be brought about by:
Contact with harsh chemicals such as those in hairstyling products
Exposure to allergens and air pollution
Changes in the season
Intake of certain types of foods, such as greasy or spicy ones
Hyperactivity of the oil glands in the scalp
Stress and fatigue
The causes of dandruff are as many as the solutions for it currently available at your local pharmacies and supermarkets. But sorry to say, not all of them can deliver. In fact, some of them rely on very strong active ingredients that they only leave the problem aggravated!
If you are constantly bugged by dandruff and you are frustrated that none of the commercially-available solutions for it can meet your expectations, there is no need to fret. That’s because there are a number of all-natural remedies for dandruff that are cheap and proven effective by many dandruff sufferers.
Some of the best remedies for the said scalp problems are from the world of Ayurveda, an age-old system of healing straight from India.
Let’s take a look at some of the most effective Ayurvedic solutions for dandruff:
Coconut Oil and Lemon
A lot of skin problems can be remedied with the help of coconut oil and freshly-squeezed lemon juice. In Ayurvedic healing, the combination of these two makes for a really effective solution for dandruff. All you have to do is mix equal amounts of warm coconut oil and lemon juice. Massage on the scalp about 30 minutes before you take a shower. Afterwards, shampoo your hair as usual. Doing this daily can bring impressive results in no time.
Lemon and Egg
Having a hard time getting your hands on coconut oil? Then simply combine lemon juice (10 drops of freshly-squeezed ones) with the white of a medium-sized egg. Apply the resulting mask on the scalp and allow it to dry there very well. Shampoo and rinse your hair thoroughly afterwards. This Ayurvedic treatment for dandruff should be done once a week so that your scalp problem may go away as soon as possible.
Apple Cider Vinegar
In a cup of warm water, add 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. Mix and apply on the scalp using a cotton pad. Allow the mixture to stay on your scalp for about 30 minutes before shampooing your hair. This remedy from the world of Ayurvedic healing should be done regularly. Also, do make sure that the mixture is not blistering hot!
Milk and Ground Black Pepper
A lot of people swear by the effectiveness of milk and ground black pepper in putting an end to dandruff. What you need to do is place a teaspoon of ground black pepper in half a cup of milk. To boost the healing properties of the mixture, throw in a teaspoon of fresh lime juice, too. Massage on your scalp afterwards and let it stay there for 20 to 30 minutes. Shampoo your hair as usual. Do this on a daily basis to see results.
Aloe Vera Gel
You may also break off an aloe vera leaf, carefully peel off one of the side with a sharp knife, scoop out the gel with a spoon, and have it massaged on your scalp. Do this Ayurvedic remedy for dandruff before hitting the sack — just wear a shower cap to safeguard your pillows from stains. The next morning, shampoo your hair very well. Do this once or twice a day. If you have no access to aloe vera gel, you may try using 100% pure aloe vera juice.