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How to Get Rid of Dandruff: 3 Home Remedies That Really Work

How to get rid of dandruff naturally


Dandruff is not cool.

Imagine – you wearing your favourite black dress or shirt and then you see flakes all over it. That’s not nice, is it?.

To top it off you have this urge to scratch. Gosh, the whole dandruff experience is embarrassing and annoying.

The worst thing is it’s not easy to get rid of those itchy, flaky bits. It’s because dandruff has so many causes.

Dandruff can be an indicator that there is something not quite right with your body.

Maybe you are not drinking enough water and therefore have dehydrated skin and scalp.

An itchy, flaky skin can also be due to a lack of essential fats in your body. Fats have a bad reputation, but there are so-called good fats. Bad fats are fried foods, hydrogenated oils and refined oils – which you want to keep to a minimum.

Good fats are the nuts and seeds and their cold-pressed oils. I have put down a list at the end of this article.

Another cause of dandruff is harsh detergents in the shampoos or hair care products. These synthetic chemicals can produce an allergic reaction in some people, causing skin irritation, redness and flaky skin.

Other causes may be hard water, certain medication, poor gut health, and stress.

Before you go on and fix the cause, follow these 3 simple steps and get an instant relief from the dandruff flakes and itch.

The three tips that I share with you will:

  • get rid of dry, flaky scalp
  • soothe the itch and redness
  • Improve your scalp health – which is so important for strong and beautiful hair.

3 Steps to Dandruff Free Hair

You don’t have to follow all three steps at once. But if your dandruff is really bad, the sequence may help.

Step 1: Exfoliate 
Exfoliate the scalp

The first step is to loosen up the dandruff flakes and the dead skin cell which are clogging the scalp skin. This will get your scalp breathing and also start the healing process.

So how do you exfoliate? Unlike the skin, you exfoliate the scalp in a more delicate way – using just the oil and your fingers (to massage). But you can also use a wide-tooth wood comb.

There are many beneficial oils for dandruff such as coconut, olive and avocado. I wouldn’t say one is better than the other, it’s a matter of personal choice and what works for you.

But a rough guide on when to use which:

-use Coconut Oil if your dandruff is due to fungus and oily scalp.

-use Olive Oil if your dandruff is due to scalp dryness.

-use Avocado Oil if your scalp is flaky and itchy and needs soothing.

To exfoliate your scalp you will need:

Place the coconut oil in a bowl. You can add neem oil etc., and mix well.

If the oils are solid, you can place them in a hot water container until they melt. But it’s not necessary.

To use:

Start with dry or damp hair.

Apply the oil to your scalp and hair. Now using your fingers, massage your scalp – this will exfoliate and dislodge even the stubborn flakes from your scalp.

Let it soak for an hour (or overnight for best results). Next, you can follow the step number two.

Or wash it out with a homemade shampoo (or an SLS free Shampoo). Done.

Step 2: Nourish and Moisturise Your scalp
Moisturize and Nourish Your Scalp

The second step is doing a yogurt mask.

Yogurt is an excellent home-remedy for dandruff.

Yogurt contains tons of healthy bacteria that help to fight dandruff causing yeast.  Also, the lactic acid in the yogurt has gentle exfoliating action. It will remove the dead skin and flakes to promote clean and healthy scalp.  At the same time, yogurt conditions, moisturises, and adds volume and shine to your hair.

You can use yogurt on its own, or combine it with fenugreek powder. I like the combination of yogurt and fenugreek. It works magic to ward off those flakes.

Fenugreek is a popular spice in Indian cooking. But it also has amazing beauty and healing benefits. Its properties soothe irritated, itchy skin, and help clear up dandruff. Plus, fenugreek is very moisturising and nourishing for hair. Regular use of fenugreek in a hair mask or hair oil will improve hair growth, and make your hair soft, shiny and fuller looking.

It’s very simple to prepare and use the yogurt and fenugreek mask – here’s how to make and use this ultra effective dandruff mask.

You can also combine yogurt with honey or use it with neem and shikakai powder to make a natural remedy for dandruff.

Step 3: Wash your Hair with a Homemade Shampoo
shikakai and reetha homemade shampoo

Many a times dandruff is caused due to an allergic reaction to detergents in the shampoo or conditioner.

Even the so-called natural or organic shampoos are not innocent. They still have detergents in them and may cause dry, itchy, flaky scalp.

So for those of you who cannot use a store bought shampoo, use a homemade shampoo.

The most simple natural shampoo for dandruff is shikakai powder or shikakai tea.

Shikakai is naturally pH balancing – this helps to keep the scalp healthy and dandruff free. Shikakai gently cleans the hair without stripping it of its natural oils. As a natural conditioner, it increases bounciness and silkiness of the hair and promotes hair growth.

To make the shikakai shampoo you will need:

Enough water to make a runny paste

To use: Wet your hair. Massage the mixture into your hair and scalp. Let it sit for 3 to 4 minutes, then rinse off with plain water.

Enjoy your soft, refreshed and itch-free scalp

Tip: Use applicator bottle for easy pouring.

Other good homemade shampoo options: egg shampoo or ree-shi shampoo.

More tips to Never Get Dandruff Again

1. Yogurt: Yogurt is good as a scalp mask. But eating yogurt will also help a great deal. Live or homemade yogurt takes care of your gut health and also keeps the yeast/fungus in check, which is one of the major cause of dandruff.

2. Healthy fats: Healthy fats are anti-inflammatory and they will slow down the production of flakes and soothe irritated skin. Good fats are ghee, butter, avocados, nuts (cashew, almonds, peanut, walnut, coconut), and seeds (pumpkin, sesame, sunflower). You can also use their cold-pressed unrefined oils. Healthy fats nourish the body from within and keep your skin and hair healthy and well moisturised.

3. Veggies & Fruits: Fresh vegetables and fruits are full of antioxidants and phytonutrients. These nutrients renew and repair the cells of our bodies(including scalp cells). So make sure you get your daily supply.

4. Turmeric: Widely used in Indian cooking, this yellow root is getting a great popularity worldwide. Thanks to its strong anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antiseptic properties. Turmeric helps to keep dandruff in check and also provides smooth and glowing skin. You can include turmeric in your soups, stir-fries, or drink it with milk.

5. Stay happy: Stress is the root of most illness, and it can even make your dandruff worse. Stressing over things doesn’t really help; it only adds fuel to the fire. The best way to deal with your problems is to face it heads on, with confidence and you will see the problems vanish away. Meditation and walking in nature are very effective stress-busters. Give them a try.

6. Last but not least take Vitamin C: This powerful antioxidant improves scalp circulation and helps to promote a healthy scalp. Foods rich in vitamin C are amla, lime, citrus fruits, berries, cabbage, cauliflower, papaya, pepper and potato.

Where to buy the ingredients?

Oils: You can get coconut oil, olive oil and avocado oil in your grocery shop, or health foods store or online. For maximum goodness, make sure that the oils are unrefined and cold pressed.

Fenugreek seed powder: You will find these in any Indian store, or you can buy them online

Shikakai powder: Again, you can find this in India store, or it’s easily available online.

How do you deal with dandruff? Have you tried any of these remedies before? Please share in the comment box…

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Leave a Comment:

Sienna Eskildsen says June 5, 2017

Nice hair treatment tips and Conditioning your hair with egg will make them strong and shiny. it helps alots 🙂

Sumy Mathew says December 9, 2015

How often can you do this. Thank you.

Thrive T says November 6, 2015

I tried rice water and it has definitely helped with my dandruff. Will try it with shikakai next time. thanks for sharing.

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