There is one problem that everyone faces once in their lifetime, that problem is that of dandruff! Suffering from dandruff is not always a pleasure as there is no exact remedy of it from anywhere. If there is nothing that seems to help you out, then why not give your store-bought shampoo a bit of break. Try some kind of natural alternatives, by switching to your homemade shampoo! You really can expect a huge difference in your dandruff. I have chosen some options only for you. You surely can try all of them and choose that one works for you. Before that, let us see dig into what is dandruff really and how it is formed.
Dandruff is a medical problem that has managed to unite over half the adult population across the world – beyond gender, age, and race.
Dandruff is a scalp condition which is caused by a fungus, Malassezia, which feeds on sebum (the oily matter secreted by the sebaceous glands on our scalp) and the dead skin cells which occur naturally due to formation of new skin. Although this microbe is a normal part of the scalp, this is when it turns problematic- the fungus feeds on sebum, breaking it down into fatty acids that may irritate the sensitive scalp of many. This is also the reason for dryness and itchiness on the scalp, leading to the dead skin cells accumulating into visible flakes. The level of sensitivity of people to these fatty acids determines whether they develop acute or mild dandruff. If you are looking for home remedies for dandruff, we are to help.
Malassezia thrive in moist environments and thus, become a nuisance during summers and monsoons due to excessive humidity and sweating. However, the cold wind during winters robs the scalp of moisture and leads to dryness that results in itching and flaking. Clearly, dandruff is on duty all year round.
So, here are some of the homemade DIY shampoos for the dandruff which can remove the shreds and can make your hair bit shiny and beautiful than before.
1. Cucumber and Lime Skull Detox
This is kind of a mild and soothing cleanser for your scaly scalp. The cucumber contains the anti-inflammatory and the astringent properties that can help to reduce the skin irritation, the redness, and the itching.
You will need 1 cup of the chopped cucumber, 1 teaspoon of the lime juice. If you want, you can add 3 drops of the rosemary essential oil.
You need to blend the chopped cucumber into a fine paste. Then you can strain using a fine strainer or you can use a muslin cloth. Then you need to add the lime juice. If you like, you can add the rosemary oil also and mix it well. Now the anti-dandruff shampoo is totally ready to use.
Now apply this mixture into your scalp. For this, you can use your fingers, or you can use a cotton piece and then apply it section by section. You need to massage softly for about a couple of minutes, and then let it to soak in for about 5 to 15 minutes. Now wash it out. Your hair will be nourished, cleansed, and moisturized as well.
2. Anti-Dandruff Shampoo Using Honey
Honey is kind of a mild cleanser and it can work really very well as a better anti-dandruff shampoo for you. Honey can also be a great moisturizer. Honey can hydrate and also can condition your scalp and can make your hair shiny, soft, and frizz-free as well due to the humectant nature it has.
You will need 1 tablespoon of the honey (in this case, raw honey can work the best), 1/4 cup of the water. If you want, then you can add 1 tablespoon of the aloe vera gel. It can help to soothe your scalp. And you can also add 1 drop of the peppermint essential oil, which can give you a tingling sensation.
You need to combine the honey and the water in a mug or in a squeeze bottle. Then shake it well. Now your honey shampoo is totally ready to use.
You need to wet your hair. Then you have to massage the honey shampoo for about a minute, then you can rinse thoroughly. You need to let your hair to dry naturally.
3. Egg Yolk Shampoo
Egg yolk is the best part about eating an egg. But did you know that the egg yolks can also be a superb hair cleanser? The egg yolks contain the lecithin that is an emulsifier. It can work to emulsify the oil with the water. Basically, the egg yolks can cut through the grease and the dirt from your scalp and can make your hair screechy clean.
You will need 1 of the egg yolks, 1 or 2 tablespoons of the water. If you want, you can add 5 drops of the peppermint essential oil, which can add a refreshing smell and tingle as well to your scalp, 1 teaspoon of the aloe vera gel or the lime juice that is used for the extra cleansing and the shine.
Firstly, you need to separate the egg yolk from the white part. Then you need to place the egg yolk in a bowl, and then you need to add 1 or 2 teaspoons of the water and mix it well. You can add the essential oil and the aloe vera gel for the fragrance or the lime for the extra cleansing.
You need to apply the egg shampoo into your wet or even your dry hair. Take about a half tablespoon of the mixture into your hand and then you can apply it to your scalp. You need to massage your scalp for about a couple of minutes and let it work throughout your hair. Then let it settle for about 5 minutes. Then rinse it with the cool or the lukewarm water.
Hope one of these helps you in finding the best dandruff remedy for your hair!