Beauty | Dealing with Dandruff

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Dandruff can be embarrassing, especially when you are in a social and work setting. While there are plenty of treatments to manage it, you should try some of the tried and tested natural remedies.

There are many reasons why you can get dandruff. It can be a dry scalp, eczema, psoriasis, a skin condition called seborrheic dermatitis, or an overgrowth of a yeast-like fungus called malassezia.

While shampoos with zinc pyrithione can do the trick, there are many natural remedies that you can try to alleviate the problem.

Tea tree oil is the most common natural treatment used. One recent study found that shampoos with just five per cent of tea tree oil significantly improves the severity of dandruff. You can add it to your regular shampoo if you have a small amount of dandruff.

Adding aspirin to shampoo can also be effective as it contains the same active ingredient (salicylic acid) as many medicated dandruff shampoos. Crush two aspirins to a fine powder into your shampoo and leave in your hair for one to two minutes, and then rinse.

Dealing with Dandruff

Baking soda is a traditional method for flaky skin as it reduces overactive fungi that can cause dandruff. Wet your hair and then rub a handful of baking soda vigorously into your scalp, and then rinse. Your hair may get dried out first but your scalp will start producing natural oils, leaving your hair free of flakes.

The acidity of apple cider vinegar can change the pH of your scalp, making it harder for yeast to grow. Mix a quarter cup apple cider vinegar with a quarter cup water in a spray bottle and spritz on your scalp. Leave it in for up to an hour, and wash your hair as usual. Do this twice a week.

Coconut oil is another tried and tested dandruff treatment. Massage three to five tablespoons of oil into your scalp and let sit for about an hour, and then shampoo as normal. There are also many shampoos now available that contain coconut oil, and thankfully smell delicious!