Home Remedies for Dandruff

Dandruff is the presence of small white flakes usually appearing on the scalp and the hair. In medical term it is known as "pityriasis". The cause of dandruff is the excessive shedding of outermost cells (dead skin of the scalp). this excessive shedding can be due to any of the following:

* Not producing sufficient oil
* Skin fungus that causes scalp to overproduce greasy scales
* Infrequent hair washes
* Shampoo left over in hair after rinsing hair (due to improper rinsing after shampooing)
Stress (common cause these days)
* Cold weather
* Extreme temperatures whether it be low or high
* Not going out in sun
* Improper blood circulation
Dandruff Home Remedies
  • Add 1tsp camphor to half cup coconut oil or neem oil. Store it in a glass container. Apply it to the scalp parting the hair straight and give a circular massage for the entire scalp.
  • Cut a lemon into half. Rub a half on your scalp. Shampoo after one hour.
  • Take 2tbsp fenugreek seeds & soak it in water overnight. Next morning grind it into paste & apply the paste on your scalp. Shampoo after half an hour.
  • Mix one part of lemon juice with two parts of coconut oil. Massage it to the scalp.
Few important things you should take care of:
# Shampoo: Use a herbal or mild shampoo like Pantene or Sunsilk or…which suits your hair. Don’t use chemical based or strong shampoo till it is strongly required.
# Diet: Take a healthy diet rich in proteins, vitamins & minerals. Drink lots of water, about 12-15 glasses everyday, even if you aren’t thirsty.
# Keep your scalp clean.
# Frequently wash your hair. At least weekly twice.
# Wash your hair thoroughly with water after applying shampoo so that no shampoo is left in your hair.
# Many people suggest to - use curd as remedy for dandruff. But for many instead of decreasing, curd increases dandruff. So be aware before using it & stop immediately after first use when you see increase in dandruff.
# Don’t sit all the time inside your house or office. Come out in the sun for some time (at least for few minutes) so that sunlight falls on your hair.
# Last but not the least, infact it’s the most common cause of dandruff ‘stress’, so avoid stress as much as possible.