With the Autumn months comes the cool fall air! For many of us this can mean changes to our hair and scalp. One of the most common side effects of the colder, dryer weather is dandruff or “flakes”. Dandruff can be the result of having a dry scalp, or it can be caused by skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis. Overgrowth of yeast on your scalp is also a common cause of dandruff. Remedies might include shampoos with zinc pyrithione, which target fungus and bacteria.
Other ingredients to look for are coal tar and selenium sulfide, which slow down the growth and die-off of skin cells on your scalp. Salicylic acid loosens flakes so that they can be easily washed off of the scalp. Although medicated shampoos are a great way to deal with dandruff, some household items work just as well. Here are some home remedies.
Lemon Juice For Dandruff Treatment
Some people like to opt for a more natural approach to treating dandruff. Lemon juice is a great way to treat and prevent dandruff. Just massage about 2 tablespoons of lemon juice into your scalp and rinse it out with lukewarm water. Follow this step by mixing 1 teaspoon of lemon juice into 1 cup water and rinse your hair with it as well. Repeat this sequence daily until your dandruff disappears. The acidity in lemons help to balance the pH level of your scalp, which will help keep dandruff at bay.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar as a dandruff treatment is another popular natural remedy. The acidity of apple cider vinegar changes the pH level of your scalp, making it more difficult for yeast to grow. Combine a quarter cup apple cider vinegar with a quarter cup water in a spray bottle and spritz your scalp with the mixture. Wrap your head in a towel and let sit for 15 minutes to an hour and then wash your hair as usual. Repeat this routine twice a week for best results.
Tea Tree Oil
One study showed that shampoos containing just 5% tea tree oil, can significantly improve the severity of dandruff. You can also add a few drops of tea tree oil to your favorite shampoo and just wash your hair normally.
You could have the ingredients right in your kitchen that hold the key to an itch-free, flake-free scalp. Wet your hair and then rub a handful of baking soda into your scalp. Skip the shampoo and go right to rinsing. Baking soda reduces overactive fungi that can cause dandruff. Your hair may get dried out at first, but after a few weeks your scalp will start producing natural oils, leaving your hair softer and free of flakes.
Your medicine cabinet can aid you in the battle against dandruff. Aspirin contains the same active ingredient (salicylic acid) as many medicated dandruff shampoos. Keep flaking in check by crushing two aspirins to a fine powder and adding it to the normal amount of shampoo you use each time you wash your hair. Leave the mixture on your hair for 1-2 minutes, then rinse well and wash again with plain shampoo.
To treat a bad case of dandruff, wash your hair with your regular shampoo, then rinse with an alcohol-based mouthwash. Follow with your regular conditioner. Mouthwash’s anti-fungal properties help prevent dandruff-causing yeast from growing.