The Ultimate Guide To Getting Rid of Dandruff, The Natural Way
Got dandruff? Ditch the expensive treatments and try these natural solutions.
Got an itchy, flaky scalp? Chances are its dandruff, a super common concern that affects almost 50% of the world’s population at some point in their lives. First of all, you’re going to want to check out our handy guide to the differences between dandruff and a dry scalp, since it’s easy to get confused between the two. Essentially, if you have an oily scalp, hair prone to greasiness, uncontrollable itchiness, and large yellow-tinged flakes falling from your scalp, then it’s likely to be dandruff.
What causes dandruff?
Dandruff is caused when your scalp overproduces oil (so if you identify as having an oily skin type, you’re more likely to experience dandruff). The oil clogs the pores/hair follicles on your scalp and dead skin gets trapped in these. As these cells accumulate, they cause the flakes and itching that we most commonly associate with dandruff. In severe cases, this can cause irritation which causes the skin’s cell turnover to increase, leading to even more flakes.
What are the main symptoms of dandruff?
Large white or yellow flakes that appear in your roots and fall easily from your hair. They will probably look and feel a bit oily.
An oily scalp. Hair appears shiny, feels greasy, and needs to be washed often to keep it looking clean.
Your scalp feels itchy and irritated. As you itch it you may break the skin, leading to scabs, redness, and even bleeding. Itching should be avoided in order to prevent this as it can lead to infection.
You may also notice flakes in your eyebrows or beard.
The above symptoms may flare up during cold weather and when you’re extremely stressed.
How should I treat dandruff naturally?
- Adapt your diet
Cut down on oily and greasy food, food high in sugar, and dairy products. Experts believe these can trigger the excess oil production that causes dandruff.
- Exfoliate your scalp
Use a specially formulated scalp scrub or a scalp brush to exfoliate your scalp once a week. This will help to dislodge the buildup of dead skin and prevent flakes.
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- Wash your hair regularly
To keep on top of the buildup of dead skin cells and prevent congestion, ensure that you wash your hair every 2-3 days. This will also help to prevent your hair from feeling and appearing greasy.
- Choose the right ingredients
Look out for natural hair care products that contain ingredients like tea tree, rosemary, eucalyptus, and lemon. Their anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties will help to slow down oil production and soothe irritation and itchiness.
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- Cut down on styling products
Since you already have buildup caused by oil and dead skin cells, you’ll want to prevent any other kinds of buildup from making the situation worse. Avoid using styling products like dry shampoo or mousse which can cause buildup of their own.
- Don’t scratch
Try to ignore the itching, and don’t be tempted to scratch your scalp – this will cause irritation that will worsen the inflammation. If your scalp is feeling particularly itchy, wash it as soon as you can and use your scalp brush or give yourself a scalp massage as you wash it.
- Apple cider vinegar
Many dandruff sufferers recommend using apple cider vinegar as a home remedy. Use it as a pre-shampoo treatment on your scalp. It can calm inflammation thanks to its anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties.
How can I prevent dandruff?
Since dandruff can be triggered by so many things (it can even be genetic!), it can be hard to completely prevent. Hormones, age, gender, diet, and environment all play their role. However, if you follow all of the above steps, and especially ensure that you’re washing your hair and exfoliating your scalp regularly, then you should be able to keep dandruff at bay. It's important to stay on top of these habits though because dandruff can quickly and easily return. If you’re finding your dandruff to be particularly persistent, speak to your GP or a dermatologist for professional advice and guidance.
Dandruff is a pesky and persistent problem that can be embarrassing to deal with and difficult to treat. However, it can be controlled and treated. If you suffer from dandruff or know someone who does, pass on this information to treat the common scalp condition.
Everything you need to know about what causes dandruff and how to get rid of and difficult to treat. prevent it, the natural way.
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