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5 Ways To Get Rid Of Dandruff Permanently


I get a lot of emails from people who are suffering from chronic dandruff. No matter what they do, dandruff won’t budge.

So what is dandruff? Every day our skin sheds older cells and replaces them with new ones – this is the process of regeneration. Dandruff occurs when the skin cells are shed at a faster rate than normal. The flakes that you see are actually the dead skin cells. In some people flaking can be accompanied by redness and irritation.

Not to mention the social embarrassment, the persistent, unrelenting itch can be vexing. Home remedies will work to alleviate the symptoms, but if you want to get rid of the dandruff for good, then treat its cause. Let’s look at most common causes of dandruff and how to put a permanent full stop to it.

5 Ways To Get Rid Of Dandruff Permanently

1. Eat Live Yoghurt

A flaky, itchy scalp is usually caused by an an-overgrowth of yeast. Normally, there’s small amount of yeast that lives on our scalp and feeds on the dead skin. And our skin’s good bacteria keep this yeast in check. Problem occurs when the balance of ‘good’ organism and ‘bad’ organism is faltered and the yeast begins to overgrow. Some of the triggers of yeast overgrowth are overuse of antibiotics, steroids, stressful lifestyle, and hormonal fluctuation.

Recent research suggests that taking probiotics (dietary supplements containing healthy bacteria) can bring relief from dandruff. Yoghurt, too, contains healthy bacteria and will help get rid of the root cause of dandruff – the yeast. (Please choose the plain live yoghurt, not the fruit yoghurt, which will in fact encourage the yeast growth.)

And if you are happy to put yogurt on your hair, try the miracle hair mask for an instant relief.

2. Don’t Feed The Yeast

Again, if fungus is the cause of your dandruff, then you got to pay attention to your diet to correct the imbalance between good organisms (bacteria) and bad organisms (yeast). To begin with, remove all foods that feed the yeast – this includes breads, fruit juices, alcoholic drinks, soya sauce, and vinegar (and food containing vinegar such as ketchup, pickles), tempeh, mushroom, peanuts and mature cheese. Also avoid refined flour and sugar for at least 2 to 3 weeks.

You can also take help of certain herbs to fight the nasty yeast. These are: aloe vera, kadu twigs (found in Indian stores), garlic, raspberry leaf, marigold and echinacea.

3. Essential Fatty Acids Can Help

Dandruff can also occur when your sebaceous glands produce too little oil, causing dry, flaky, itchy scalp. Foods containing essential fatty acids feed the skin from inside out and therefore help combat the dryness and also reduce the redness and itching.

Eat more of oily fish (salmon, mackerel, sardines), plus flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, hemp seeds, walnuts or their unrefined oils. And how can I forget my favourite – Ghee (clarified butter). Also called as ‘God’s Food’, ghee will not just eliminate dandruff, it will also make your hair and skin shine bright.

4. Ditch Your Shampoo

I have suffered years of itchy, flaky scalp due to using conventional shampoos. And I didn’t even realize that until a few years back.

The harsh detergents, preservatives and artificial perfume in your shampoo can irritate your scalp, and cause excess dryness. Even the so-called natural shampoos are not so natural – meaning they too contain detergents, which can strip natural oils and irritate your scalp. It would be best if you can switch to homemade shampoos such as this or this one.

5. Use A Shower Filter

Hard water can make the dandruff worse. With all the cal and mineral deposits building up, the flakes and itch will not budge. But you can fight the hard water by using a acidic hair rinse, which will help remove the mineral build up. Alternatively you can install a water filter to give you cal-free water.

Useful Home Remedies To Reduce Itchy, Flaky Scalp.

While you are work to eliminate the dandruff from the root, here are some powerful home remedies which will give you an instant relief from dandruff.

Tea tree oil: With its anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, tea tree oil will bring great relief from dandruff.

Many people recommend using this oil neat, but it’s safer to use it with some base oil such as olive or sesame. Mix 10 drops of tea tree oil with 1 tablespoon of base oil. Massage into your scalp and leave on overnight (or at least couple of hours).

Aloe Vera Gel: Aloe vera is miraculously soothing and will lessen your itch and redness instantly. It also has anti-fungal, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that help promote the healing of skin.

To use: cut open the leaf and use the fresh gel directly on your scalp. And if using the market bought gel, ensure that it is not mixed with water or artificial flavorings.

Neem Oil: Also known as ‘Heal All’ in India, neem oil has been used for thousands of years to treat skin irritations, acne, eczema and dandruff. Neem oil is effective against several human fungi including candida, which is one of the major cause of dandruff. This oil is also rich in essential fatty acids and will work to soften your dry, angry skin.

How to use: mix 1 teaspoon neem oil with 2 tablespoon olive oil or avocado oil. You can also add 3 to 4 drops of lavender essential oil. Massage into your scalp and let it sit for few hours. Wash it off using a natural shampoo or SLS free shampoo.

And remember natural remedies take time to produce results, but the results are lasting. So hang in there!

Do you have dandruff? Have you tried any of the above tips?


Leave a Comment:

Khadija says

I am suffering from itchy scalp since 1 year n heavy hairfall
What is the best remedy for me

    Minaz says

    Hi Khadija,

    I just recently posted homemade dandruff shampoo, that also helps with hair fall.

Marta says

Is there really a way to get rid of dandruff permanently for real? I have it since I can remember myself, for over 15 years maybe. When I use expensive shampoo for dandruff, it goes away for like 5-6 months and then it gets back. Has anybody really got rid off dandruff forever?

    Minaz says

    Hi Martha, I have successfully got rid of my dandruff. I suffered from it for many years.
    What really helped me was using: homemade shampoo, applying the miracle hair mask and oiling hair regularly.
    Also eating yogurt helped.
    Let me know if you have more questions.

    Phaneendra says

    I am having dandruff from past 5 years but never tried any remidy for it,kindly suggest me a homemade treatment.

    Minaz says

    Use miracle hair mask that I suggest in the article.

Susan George says

What i really think that applying oil on your scalp will really help in reducing dandruff.

Vivek kumar says

Plz tell me how to get rid of wet oily dandruff.. I am suffering from around 6 months

    Minaz says

    For oily dandruff, try this hair mask.

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John Crooks says

I use Apple vinegar for my hair every other day and I do stopped using shampoo and use soap to wash my hair, I been doing this for a year and it cleared up my dandruff problem!

    Minaz @hairbuddha says

    Thanks for sharing John.

    Zaain Abbas says

    You wash your hair with. “Apple vinegar” ?

    Rupali says

    John Crooks may i know which soap you are using for washing your hair??????????????

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