Nothing can throw you off your game like tiny white flakes on your shoulder in an all-black outfit. Well, dandruff is a common condition, and it is a recurring issue for many. Dandruff can be caused by a variety of factors, ranging from genetic to environmental. To put it simply, when too much fungus or bacteria accumulates on the oily parts of your scalp, it causes itching, which leads to flakiness. Summer can aggravate this condition if sweat accumulates on your scalp for extended periods of time.
It’s natural to reach for an anti-dandruff shampoo on your next shopping trip, but there are better ways to deal with dandruff and an itchy scalp. What’s more, you can make these remedies right at home, using ingredients you already have in your kitchen.
Read on for 4 do-it-yourself natural remedies for itchy scalp and dandruff that you can try at home for effective results.
1. NEEM LEAVES
When it comes to dandruff, you can definitely rely on neem leaves. Neem relieves itchiness and redness on the scalp significantly. It has antibacterial and antifungal properties that inhibit dandruff growth. Here’s a simple DIY mask you can try.
Grind some neem leaves in a food processor. Make a thick paste with a tablespoon of honey. Apply the mask to your scalp and leave it on for about 15-20 minutes. Washing your hair in cold water will leave you with a nourished scalp.
Pro tip: Boil neem leaves for 15 minutes in water. Keep it in a spray bottle and use it every time you wash your hair to keep your scalp hydrated.
Yogurt or Dahi is an ingredient that is beneficial to all hair types. It has anti-inflammatory and cooling properties that aid in the treatment of dandruff and a dry, itchy scalp. To make a DIY mask, combine half a cup of yoghurt with peeled and mashed papaya. Allow it to sit in your hair for 30 minutes before washing it as usual. This keeps dandruff at bay and off your shoulders. This mask aids in both scalp cleansing and hair growth.
Pro tip: Apply this mask twice a month and watch wonders happening yourself.
3. COCONUT OIL
Coconut oil is rich in properties that can help soothe irritation and the underlying disease that is causing it. The anti-parasitic properties will assist in clearing the scalp of itchy elements and providing relief. Coconut oil and lemon is a tried-and-true remedy for dandruff that also smells nice. Before showering, massage 3-5 tablespoons of coconut oil and lemon juice into your scalp for about an hour, then shampoo as usual.
Pro tip: Add a few drops of any essential oils to the coconut oil and lemon mixture for extra nourishment and fragrance.
4. FENUGREEK SEEDS (METHI)
Fenugreek seeds, also known as methi, are high in protein and are known to nourish the hair and prevent hair loss. They are also high in supplements that strengthen the hair and scalp. Furthermore, it strengthens hair follicles and promotes hair growth.
Pro Tip: Here’s a fenugreek seed hair mask that you can try. Soaking 1 cup of fenugreek seems overnight. Add the soaked fenugreek seeds to a food processor and grind them so that it turns into a paste. Add an egg yolk also to the paste. Mix it. After that massage the paste to your hair. Leave it on for 30 mins and then shampoo your hair.
Haircare is the new skincare. During summers, your hair needs extra care and love. So this summer promises to pay a lot of attention to your hair. Use these home remedies for dandruff-free tresses. If you want detailed information on how to get rid of dandruff because sometimes you need to consult a dermatologist if the problem has escalated and can’t be treated at home Pankhuri has a masterclass REC How to Treat Dandruff And Dry Scalp.
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