So you are unable to wear your black suits and are worried you will never be able to see them again? You can still wear them some time later and get those white flakes treated to quite some extent. Our skin rejuvenates itself naturally by shedding the dead cells constantly. In about every 28 days, a fresh layer gets added. The tiny skin cells on arms, hands and legs and hands go unnoticed. Our scalp is slightly different. The hair follicles secrete fatty oils. A yeast-like fungus – malassezia – feeds on these fatty oils and when its growth is out of control, we see a lot of dead cells getting shed. To make the matter worse, the oil in the hair follicles clamps these white shed-offs and they get stuck to the hair forming a white patch. Here’s how to treat dandruff naturally.
1. Baking Powder
Wet your hair. Then take some baking soda and rub it vigorously onto your scalp. Then rinse it off after some time. Don’t shampoo. Do this regularly. Baking soda has a property to reduce intense fungi. Initially you might have to tackle dry hair, but within a few weeks, scalp’s natural oil production will leave your hair softer. And most importantly, free of flakes.
Salicylic acid- an active ingredient in medicated dandruff shampoos is present in Aspirin. Crush two aspirins and add the fine powder to the shampoo while washing your hair. Wait for 2 minutes and rinse well. Give a plain shampoo wash again. This will keep flaking in check.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
Once the pH of your scalp is altered, yeast can’t grow. The acidity of apple cider vinegar is just right for this job. Mix ¼ cup apple cider vinegar and ¼ cup water in a bottle. Spray this on your scalp. Cover your head with a shower cap for half an hour. Then give your hair a thorough wash. Following this twice a week regularly should fetch results.
Lemon is another kitchen agent that helps maintain your scalp’s pH balance. Squeeze 2 spoons lemon juice in 1 cup water and apply it onto your scalp. Then rinse it with water. Repeat this every 3 days for the dandruff to disappear. Lemon’s acidic levels do the trick.
5. Aloe Vera
The magic of Aloe Vera just can’t be overemphasized. It is one of the healthiest plants that we have for skin. Massage the Aloe Vera gel before shampooing. The inflamed skin gets a nice cooling effect. This stops you from scratching the scalp and avoids further dandruff formation.
Garlic has great anti-fungal properties that work on dandruff-causing bacteria. Rub the crushed garlic on your scalp. To tackle its strong odor, add honey to it and massage the scalp. Thoroughly wash your hair after 10 minutes.
Along with these remedies, try not to scratch the itch caused by dandruff. This could worsen your healing scalp. Also, take control on you stress levels as they act as catalyst for accelerating the dandruff formation. With these helpful strategies, keep those unwanted flakes at bay.