Finding a new layer of Dandruff is the worst thing you could wake up to. After all, you have a job and a life to get on with. It has enough stressors without your scalp drying up and flaking off into your hair.
Luckily for you, 51% of the population gets dandruff which means there are a ton of solutions out there.
We have compiled a list of six remedies to help! These range from additions to your hair care routine to adjustments to your lifestyle.
So, without further ado, let’s get into it!
1. Boost your scalp’s health with oils!
The best oils for your hair are Tea Tree Oil and coconut oil. Both have anti-microbial properties, they hydrate and moisturise your scalp. Moisturising your scalp helps you get rid of the dryness and therefore, reduces dandruff.
While you apply coconut oil directly to your hair and scalp, tea tree oil could irritate. Therefore, combining the two oils i.e. having a base of coconut oil and adding a few drops of tea tree oil gives you the best results.
Tea tree protects your scalp against fungal infections that could cause dermatitis. Coconut oil is used to treat eczema – another possible cause of your dandruff. Due to the medical nature of these oils, they are the best choices to combat your dandruff!
2. Aloe vera’s antibacterial properties could be perfect!
Aloe vera is known for its antibacterial, antifungal properties that make it effective. The aloe vera gel, taken directly from the succulent, has shown great promise in the skincare industry. Using its hydrating properties for the face and skin is well known.
But what about your hair?
Aloe vera being antifungal and antibacterial means it fights against possible sources of dandruff. Due to these properties, it also works against inflammation, which may cause additional symptoms. This way, aloe vera protects the scalp against dandruff symptoms.
3. Apple cider vinegar offers amazing protection!
Apple cider vinegar is often used as a safeguard against dandruff. Its acidity is believed to accelerate the shedding of dead skin cells on the scalp. It also balances the scalp’s pH, which fights fungal infections that could cause dandruff.
Adding apple cider vinegar to your hair care routine is a must-try. Especially when combating dandruff and other scalp conditions, there is a lot of anecdotal evidence in favour of apple cider vinegar.
To incorporate apple cider vinegar into your routine, simply add a few spoons to your shampoo or mix it with essential oils and sprit on your hair after your shower.
4. Powdered aspirin or baking soda could answer your haircare needs!
More specifically, the salicylic acid in aspirin could be the answer. In India, alternatives like ecosprin have this acid, whose anti-inflammatory properties prevent dandruff. It helps remove scaly skin and loose flakes so that they wash off easily in the shower.
Studies have shown that shampoos containing salicylic acid fight dandruff far more effectively than anti-dandruff shampoos that do not have the acid. For an easy fix and the best results, crush two tablets of aspirin or ecosprin and mix the powder into your shampoo.
Another powder, which does wonders, is baking soda. Its antifungal properties fight the most common fungal infections. Due to this, it also greatly reduces itchiness and irritation.
- Increase your intake of Omega-3s and probiotics!
Omega-3 fatty acids are integral to your skin’s health. They are crucial to the proper functioning of your heart, lungs and immune system. They also control oil production and hydration. Therefore, a deficiency in them results in dry hair, dry skin, and even dandruff. Increasing your intake of omega-3 rich foods like fatty fish, flaxseed, chia seeds and walnuts will improve your scalp’s health.
Similarly, probiotics are also important. They boost your immune system and fight against fungal infections, which could cause dandruff. One study even showed that the dandruff severity in 60 people significantly reduced after taking probiotics for 56 days!
- Reduce stress levels!
Stress has been proven to impact physical and mental health time and again. Although it may not cause dandruff itself, it can increase dryness and itchiness. The same way stress increases hair fall without directly affecting the hair.
It also weakens the immune system, hindering your body’s ability to fight off fungal infections, which could cause dandruff. Reducing stress levels through tactics such as meditation, yoga, deep breathing, or aromatherapy could be crucial to effectively combat dandruff.
If you’re looking for an all-natural solution to your hair care needs, look no further than IHA. Using the ayurvedic method, our range of skincare and haircare products answer all your prayers. Our products have the best ingredients, with full explanations of why they are effective.
Therefore, whether you need to hydrate, moisturise, or simply better the health of your scalp, IHA’s here to care for you!