2 cheap DIY home remedies for dandruff right from your kitchen
Do you avoid wearing dark-hued clothes? Or refrain from brushing your hair right when it gets ruffled by the breeze; because that would invite people’s attention to your shoulders? Shoulders that get covered with those mini cornflakes? Let’s give each other a Hi-Five! 😀 Dandruff & I had come a long way, until a year ago I managed to get it out of my life. Not with any anti-dandruff shampoo or topical solutions, but with just some really inexpensive home remedies for dandruff that I wonder why nobody really wants to vouch for.
I’d want to shower the credits at my friend, Naina, who while sample-styling my hair drew my attention towards actually doing something to finish that dandruff. It was probably only then that I let go of the feeling that dandruff was part of almost everybody’s life & that it was just dead skin flaking off the scalp. What began as a casual conversation about what one can try as part of fool-proof home remedies for dandruff, went on to become a significant realization that commercial hair products tackled only the symptoms of dandruff.
By the way, here’s a very simple post explaining the cause of dandruff. Lucid enough & free from jargon, it makes it easy to understand clear differences between the relation of dandruff with fungal infection, scalp or other skin conditions.
While we must know that every person’s scalp is different and need not be affected by the same triggers of dandruff, I can clearly call my scalp an oily one (although it doesn’t really look so). I identify this greasiness as the main cause of dandruff in my case.
Naina suggested this one natural remedy that I tried the very next weekend and I was amazed to see the result in just 2 applications. Besides Naina’s solution, I want to share with you another of my home remedies for dandruff that I discovered to work as effectively during other months of the year too.
So, here are some home remedies for dandruff that I personally can vouch for, having tried them myself:
Curry Leaves + Fenugreek seeds + Oil
This was the first thing that I tried somewhere in the colder months. Let me tell you that many others, so far, changing seasons do not really affect my scalp. However, changing places does. I guess, basis the humidity levels of the place.
Here’s how to make this solution:
- Finely crush about 1 tsp of Fenugreek (Methi) seeds in a mortar and pestle.
- Start heating about less than 100 ml of coconut oil.
- Tear about 7-8 curry leaves into small pieces.
- As the oil heats up a bit, add the crushed fenugreek seeds & curry leaves.
- Put off the flame (Do not boil the oil. Just warm it up to make the hair massage a relaxing session).
- Untangle your hair (BTW, you must do this before any kind of hair massage).
- Gently massage this into your scalp with all your fingers. The granular feel of the seeds & leaves may be a little difficult to get used to, but trust me, it feels great. Ensure massaging every part of your scalp with your fingers without exerting any pressure. Just keep it topical.
- Let this stay for 40 minutes. If you cannot sit for long, you better cover your hair with a shower cap to prevent the crushed particles falling off your head.
- Wash well with your shampoo & remember not to rub too much of it directly on your scalp. Shampoo the hair strands rather. Rinse fast, really well. Do not apply any conditioner when you do this, because a good amount of moisture will already be locked in your hair with the oil massage.
- Do not blow-dry your hair. Instead let your hair dry naurally or towel dry it. (BTW, I’ll try to shortly share how I suffered massive hair damage in my teens due to blow-drying)
With a frequency of doing this once in a fortnight, I noticed there was literally no trace of dandruff left in my hair anymore. Neither did I compromise on my hair texture in the process.
Fenugreek seeds contain a large amount of protein & nicotinic acid which moisturises the hair and strengthens the roots, which are in your scalp. Curry leaves have amazing anti-fungal properties that help fight any fungus-induced dandruff.
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
This is another solution I tried during the summer & it worked as nicely as the above remedy.
How to use ACV for Dandruff
- Mix 1 part of ACV with 3 parts of water.
- Shampoo your hair & rinse well.
- Pour the ACV solution over your hair and rub along your scalp.
- Wait for about 10 minutes.
- Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.
ACV has plenty of acetic acid & that works best for a lot of hair problems including dandruff.
I use WOW Raw Apple ACV which comes with the mother. Nevertheless, you can work with any good brand of organic ACV.
Basically, anything that’s acidic actually helps in regulating the pH of your scalp and quite solves hair issues such as frizz, dandruff, brittleness and roughness.
While these home remedies for dandruff can be nothing less than miracles, one cannot deny the role of mindful hygiene in curbing it.
Hygiene measures that control Dandruff
- Wash your pillow covers using an antiseptic liquid. Change them once in every 4 days. Sundry them.
- Wash your head gear such as sweatbands, hair bands, scarves etc similarly. While wearing a helmet, make sure you do not wear it directly without wearing a scarf or bandana.
- Depending on how oily or dry your scalp is, shampooing your hair at least twice a week is optimum. For me MamaEarth’s Tea-Tree Anti-Dandruff shampoo works well. I actually switched from Dove to MamaEarth. Dove was mild and all, but it does not claim to be sulphate- and paraben-free. Also, even with the anti-dandruff shampoo of Dove, dandruff never left me alone.
- Never keep oil in your hair for over an hour. After oiling your hair, remember to wash well.
- Never let any hair product get in contact with your scalp.
- Check for the label on your hair products and stop using anything that has sulphates and parabens.
- Stop blow-drying your hair. Instead choose to sundry or towel dry.
Disclaimer – This is a sponsored post. However, all my views, solutions & thoughts are my own and stem from my own experience.
What have you been doing to fight your dandruff? Do you also know home remedies for dandruff that really worked fantastic for you? Oh, did this post help you? I’d love to know from your comments.