Dandruff is a scalp condition, caused by a fungus called Malassezia. The fungus, is actually a normal part of our scalp, the problem occurs when the fungus feeds off the scalp, breaking it down and irritating the scalp. The end result is a dry and itchy scalp, dead skin cells turning into visible flakes, and a sense of sensitivity.
Aloe vera is the queen for skin conditions, and that applies to dandruff as well. There is nothing better for soothing skin irritations than aloe vera. The best way to use it to get rid of dandruff is by squeezing and extracting some aloe vera gel directly on your scalp. After applying, massage your hair, and then wash it off with anti-dandruff shampoo.
Garlic is fondly called “the king of home remedies.” And that’s not wrong. There isn’t any illness, condition, or disease that can’t be healed or at least prevented by garlic. Although the odor is disagreeable to many, but the effect is well worth it. Avoid cooked garlic for home remedies. You want the fresh, raw garlic that releases tons of oils and juices when you crush it. So, crush one garlic clove, mix it with water, and then apply on your scalp. After some time, wash with shampoo. You can neutralize the smell by adding honey and ginger to the mixture. The effects will be the same, and there will be no trace of that odor.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Vinegar, specifically apple cidar vinegar. The acidity of the vinegar helps soothe your dry skin and eliminate the fungus that’s causing dandruff. Apply a mixture of equal amounts of vinegar and water on your scalp, let it stay there for 20 to 35 minutes, and then wash your hair. As simple as that.
It is only fitting that we start with the two most commonly used ingredients in home remedies: apple cider vinegar and baking soda. There is nothing that these two cannot fix, dandruff included. Baking soda, unlike vinegar, acts as a scrub for your hair, and helps you exfoliate your scalp. The result is the same itch-free and dandruff-free scalp you just get there via a different route. The best way to reap the benefits of baking soda is to add some to your regular shampoo and wash your hair with it.
Salt is an abrasive, and it can scrub dandruff off in a matter of minutes. Now, imagine your head is a vegetable, or a piece of meat. Grab a saltshaker, and shake the salt onto your head. After you’ve salted your scalp, massage it so you can spread it all over. Work through your hair, and after 15 minutes of gentle massage with round movements, shampoo your hair.
This is one of the oldest remedy out there for dandruff. You need approximately 10 drops of olive oil. Massage the oil on your scalp, cover with a cap, and let it stay overnight. In the morning, wash your hair with your regular shampoo, and you are good to go. For those who want to take things to another level, you can use shampoo with olive oil in your morning shower.