Dandruff is often regarded as a sign of bad hygiene, causing a crisis of confidence in young people. However, the truth is that it is a very common and obstinate condition, affecting a wide range of the population.

It usually occurs due to an underlying skin condition; most common fungal infections or allergies and could be really difficult to get rid of.

If you too are tired of that itching in your scalp and want to don your favourite black dress without worrying about scalp flakes, read on to know some easy and effective solutions to get rid of dandruff forever.

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  1. What causes dandruff?
  2. Home remedies for dandruff
Doctors for Home Remedies for Dandruff

Before jumping into the solutions of this condition, let's know a little about its causes so that it would be easier for you to understand the reasons behind dandruff on your scalp and how to get rid of it.

Skin from all parts of your body sheds its topmost layer and regenerates without being noticed. Scalp skin also follows the same rhythm. However, when this rhythm gets disturbed, shedding of skin increases and you get to see the appearance of flakes on your scalp. Some conditions that may be responsible for dandruff are -

  • Seborrhoeic dermatitis: It is the most common cause of dandruff in the general population and is caused by excessive growth of yeast or fungus on the skin. Due to this, your skin becomes red, scaly and itchy, leading to the production of yellow or white flakes on scalp, face and other areas of the body. When the same problem occurs in infants or babies, it is called cradle cap.
  • Tinea capitis: This is a fungal infection of the scalp that causes dandruff. It is also known as scalp ringworm.
  • Eczema: It is an inflammatory condition of the skin, making it dry, red, itchy and flaky.
  • Psoriasis: This condition similar to eczema in appearance, producing dry, red itchy flakes over the affected area.
  • Contact dermatitis: This is an allergic condition caused due to exposure to some allergens like hairspray, dye or creams.
  • Poor hygiene: It is not directly associated with causation of dandruff, but if you don't wash your hair for a long interval, it will cause accumulation of dirt and dead cells leading to dandruff.
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After reading all the causes of dandruff you may have developed a vague idea about its production. Now let’s move on to some easy and natural ways to get rid of this condition -

Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is produced from apples by the process of fermentation. It has antifungal and antibacterial properties, which makes it effective in eradicating dandruff from your scalp if used regularly. Furthermore, the acidic content of this vinegar makes it hard for yeast to grow on your scalp. Here is how you can use apple cider vinegar to get rid of dandruff:

Ingredients:

  • 1 quarter cup of apple cider vinegar
  • 3 quarter cup of water

Procedure:

  • Mix both the ingredients in a mug or bowl
  • Apply it all over your scalp and other affected areas, if any
  • Leave it for 10 to 15 minutes
  • Rinse it thoroughly with cold water

How frequently you should do it?

  • Apply this twice a week to clear all dandruff from your scalp.

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Lemon

Lemon is rich in ascorbic acid or vitamin C. It also has antibacterial and antifungal properties. You can utilize all these benefits of lemon juice to get a dandruff free scalp Just follow the given method to banish your obdurate dandruff:

Ingredients:

  • ½ lemon
  • A bowl

Procedure:

  • Take the lemon and squeeze it to extract the juice out of it in the bowl
  • Apply it all over your scalp with the help of a cotton pad
  • Leave it for 30 minutes and then shampoo your hair

Tips:

  • You could also mix lemon juice with some hair oil like coconut oil or almond oil. Just apply the mixture on your scalp, leave it for at least 2 hours, and shampoo afterward.
  • Another way of using lemon is after shampooing. Use regular shampoo, then give your hair a final rinse with a mug of water mixed with lemon juice.

How often should you do it?

  • Repeat this twice a week until you get a dandruff free scalp

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Egg hair mask

An egg is a rich source of dietary protein, using it for your hair will help you to clear dandruff. Furthermore,  it will give you that shiny and lustrous mane that you have always desired. Who doesn't want a bonus, eh? Let’s learn how you could make the best use of eggs for your scalp and hair:

Ingredients:

  • 1 or 2 eggs, depending upon the length and volume of your hair
  • A bowl
  • Lemon juice (optional)

Procedure:

  • Crack the egg into a bowl and whisk it thoroughly, add lemon to it
  • Apply it to your scalp and hair
  • Leave it for 20 to 30 minutes, no more than that, otherwise, it will be difficult for you to wash it out
  • Rinse it and wash your hair with a regular shampoo

Tips:

  • You could use yogurt or curd or honey to your egg hair mask. This will enhance its potential to combat dandruff

How frequently you should do it?

  • Apply this hair mask twice a week until your dandruff goes away.

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Baking soda

Baking soda is also known as sodium bicarbonate. This is a common item that can be found in every household. It is often used for various cooking purposes but did you know that it could help you to fight dandruff too? Well, now you know. Baking soda halts the growth of fungi on your scalp, thus preventing it from producing flakes. Moving further let's quickly reveal how to use it on the scalp?

Ingredients:

  • Two tablespoons of baking soda

Procedure:

  • Wet your hair thoroughly with water
  •  Take adequate amount of baking soda and rub it over your scalp
  • Leave it for few minutes and rinse thoroughly

How often you need to do this?

  • You can apply this every time before shampooing your hair. After a few weeks of repetition, your dandruff will hopefully go away.

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Aspirin

Aspirin is basically a pain reliever but it can also be a great ingredient for combating dandruff. You must be wondering how a pain killer could get rid of dandruff. The reason behind this is that aspirin contains salicylic acid, a key ingredient found in various anti-dandruff shampoos. Salicylic acid helps in reducing flakes, prevents excess oil production and reduces inflammation of the scalp. So, it could be a useful alternative for you to eradicate flakes from your scalp. Here is how to use aspirin for scalp:

Ingredients:

  • Take two tablets of aspirin

Procedure:

  • Crush the tablets to form a powder
  • Mix it with your regular shampoo to wash your hair

How often should you use it?

  • As long as your scalp is producing flakes, use this aspirin mixed shampoo to wash your hair.

Garlic

Garlic is rich in sulphur compounds and selenium, which provide it with potent antifungal properties. Hence, it could be one of the key ingredients that might help you to get rid of your stubborn dandruff. Here is what you need to do in order to get its benefits:

Ingredients:

  • 4 to 5 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of honey

Procedure:

  • Crush garlic cloves and mix them with honey
  • Apply the mixture on your scalp and leave it for 5 minutes
  • Rinse thoroughly with your regular shampoo

How frequently you should use this?

  • Repeat this twice a week to banish all dandruff from your scalp.

Tea tree oil

Tea tree oil is an essential oil derived from the tea tree. Along with its divine smell, it's loaded with various medicinal properties. This oil has proven antifungal activity, which is definitely helpful for your dandruff treatment. You can get its benefits in two ways -

  • There are shampoos available in the market with 5% tea tree oil as one of the main ingredients. You could buy these shampoo to wash your hair regularly.
  • Another way is to mix 5% tea tree oil to your regular hair oil, like coconut oil, almond oil or olive oil and massage your hair with this concoction to get rid of stubborn dandruff permanently.
Dr Shishpal Singh

Dr Shishpal Singh

Dermatology
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