The white, flaky enemy that is dandruff affects around 50% of us – men and women alike. And while it may barely be noticeable to others, you probably feel that every living person is gossiping about your hair.
Caused by an array of underlying issues (such as sensitivity, dry skin, eczema,
psoriasis, fungus growth or seborrheic dermatitis), it can be tough to understand what, exactly, is causing it. But it needn’t be difficult to overcome (and you won’t need a ton of
medical ointments or harsh chemicals).
Here we countdown the top five most effective antidotes for finally taking on dandruff (and winning).
1. Go nuts for the dandruff-busting power of coconut oil
If you haven’t heard by now, coconut oil is quite a natural wonder. Not only can it help you to reduce Cellulite naturally, but it can also make your dandruff a thing of the past!
As coconut oil is brimming with healthy oils, it’s thought that it helps to hydrate the skin and prevent dryness (the latter of which can lead directly to dandruff).
How to get rid of dandruff with coconut oil: Before you hop in the bath, rub four
tablespoons of coconut oil into your scalp, and then leave it to sink in for an hour.
Following this, you can wash your hair as normal, and repeat as often as necessary to get rid of the white stuff for good.
2. Squeeze the life out of dandruff with lemon juice
Lemon juice is super acidic, so you can think of it as the arch-nemesis of dandruff. By
using it regularly you can redress any imbalance in the pH of your scalp.
How to get rid of dandruff with lemon juice: Gently rub in two tablespoons of lemon juice into your hair and scalp, then rinse off with fresh water. Follow this up by stirring a single teaspoon of lemon juice into a mug of water – using this to rinse your hair once more.
Make this a part of your daily routine for as long as it takes to get rid of your dandruff.
3. Behold the amazingness of baking soda
Amazing for baking, incredible for cleaning and, as it turns out, an effective solution for
finally becoming flake-free (will the wonders of baking soda never cease?!).
Baking soda works to overcome dandruff by tackling the fungi that can lead to it. If you try this out, just be aware that your scalp and hair may feel drier than normal, but it will get back to its best within a week or two.
How to get rid of dandruff with baking soda: Rinse your hair in the shower and then vigorously rub the baking soda into your scalp. Don’t shampoo or condition, just rinse it out and lay off washing overnight.
4. Cheers! Here’s to the power of apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is another natural beauty tool. Beyond steadying insulin sensitivity
and increasing weight loss, applying it to your hair can also fight dandruff.
Like lemon juice, apple cider vinegar is acidic, so it can reduce the growth of the fungus
that’s often behind dandruff by balancing out the pH of your skin.
How to get rid of dandruff with apple cider vinegar: There are two main methods for using apple cider vinegar – you can either add five tablespoons to your shampoo or mix it up with essential oils to be sprayed directly onto your hair (the essential oils should limit the drying effect of the vinegar).
5. Say “Alo!” to a beautiful scalp with aloe vera
Aloe vera can be found in everything from creams to conditioners, so you’ll not be
surprised to hear that it's bursting with moisturizing qualities. In fact, so effective it is that
it’s even been known to treat burns, psoriasis, and cold sores.
A bonus of aloe is that it also helps with the itching side of dandruff, as it cools and soothes the skin.
How to get rid of dandruff with aloe vera: Simply rub a little Aloe into your scalp before washing your hair.