Dandruff is one of those problems which might not seem significant but can lead to a lot of social embarrassment. Not to mention, a lot of dandruff can be a signal that something is seriously wrong with your scalp health. You should never hesitate from consulting a dermatologist is that is the case. You can also go for a few well known natural remedy to your flaky woes. These won’t cost you much and won’t render a harsh judgment on your scalp, unlike those “premium-grade” shampoos and conditioners.
Vinegar is mostly used for cooking purposes. It has this strong smell that might drive you away from it. Taken raw, it is really sour. Vinegar is nothing but a mixture made mainly out of acetic acid. It is made by fermentation of ethanol and has quite a few health effects. One of the most well-known types of vinegar is Apple Cider Vinegar. It is famous for being a natural remedy for a lot of ailments. It is used for weight loss and cholesterol control.
As far as dandruff goes, cooking vinegar can form an excellent natural remedy. You might be skeptical because of its smell, but if you want to save your scalp from the severe chemicals, then vinegar is as good a remedy as any.
Depending on the severity of dandruff affecting you, you can use vinegar to treat it. You can use a one to one ratio of vinegar and water as a wash. Apply it on wet hair and wait for some time. Do not mind the scent. Rinse your hair thoroughly. Do this for two to three consecutive days, and you will have noticeable results. Depending upon your dandruff, you can increase the concentration of vinegar. But be wary, if you increase the concentration, it might become more difficult to treat the smell.
Tea tree oil
Do not mistake this for oils extracted from tea leaves – the tea you drink. No. Tea tree oil is extracted from leaves of the similar sounding tree but is in fact completely different. They are well known for being used in quite a few cases. The effectiveness of tea tree oil is well documented.
From being used as an insect repel to a cleaning agent, you can use it for your everyday chores. Not to mention, the sweet and unique fragrance of Tea tree oil. The odor is what makes it such a good deodorant.
You can use tea tree oil to get rid of the flaky skin on your scalp. It works well and does not have the strange and poor smell you get from using vinegar. So that’s a plus. Because of this, many shampoos use tea tree oil as one of the ingredients. It helps in clearing and treating dandruff and leaves behind a soothing smell.
Neem is one of the most well-known herbs. It is really cool how neem can cure lots of diseases. The taste of it might not be so great though. Neem leaves are a great remedy for skin diseases. They are used to make neem paste which can then be applied on the injury. Neem has an anti-bacterial property. It can be used to boost immunity. If you are a diabetic, then consuming neem juice can help you control your blood sugar level.
Dry neem leaves are used to protect clothes from insects while the branches are used as makeshift toothbrushes. These toothbrushes were used in India since time immemorial because of their anti-biotic abilities.
You can use neem to treat dandruff and poor scalp health. Neem leaves can be used to get shiner and stronger hair. All you need to do is make a paste of neem leaves. Use this paste to cover your scalp. Keep it on for a couple of hours and then rinse off. This remedy not only works well for dandruff but also head lice.
While garlic has been used for garnishing many a gourmet, it is not loved particularly due to its unpleasant smell. A clove of garlic does not smell so bad. Why do you think that is? Is it because it is covered by layers or something?
The answer lies in the fact that when you cut or smash garlic, you cause the compounds in it to mix. This results in the formation of a chemical known as “allicin”. This allicin is what gives garlic its much-hated smell.
You can use this to your advantages. Allicin has numerous health benefits associated with it. You can use it to control your blood sugar level. Garlic is often prescribed to those suffering from gout. It brings down the level of uric acid in the blood and prevents crystallization which usually leads to gout. The other benefit of allicin is dandruff eradication. You can either apply a dry garlic paste on your scalp directly or eat it. Either way, it will help you with your flaky woes. There are many “Do it Yourself” videos one can find on the internet. You can either one of them. If you have a sensitive scalp, then you should probably watch out for the garlic concentration paste you are applying to your scalp.
Aloe Vera is also a good remedy for dandruff. It is used for the treatment of many skin problems. Because aloe vera is an excellent antioxidant. There are numerous benefits of using aloe vera on your scalp.
Aloe vera is a good hydrating agent. It prevents your scalp from drying out. A dehydrated scalp would lead to more dead skin, and flakier problems arise. Apart from that, aloe vera is rich in nutrients. It helps in delivering the essential vitamins and minerals to your scalp so give a stronger and shinier looking hair. Sounds a bit like one of those typical commercials, doesn’t it?
Because of its so many benefits, it is no surprise that many shampoos have tried to use it as an ingredient along with tea tree oil. But you can always go for the natural and safer way. Buy an aloe vera plant, grow it. It might seem costly, but you will have a treasure chest worth of health benefits from it.