Dandruff is a stubborn hair problem that just doesn’t go away no matter how many anti-dandruff shampoos you try. It is itchy, flaky and nobody wants to step out of the house when there’s a powdery looking substance in their hair. Dandruff is a result of your scalp producing too much oils, dry scalp or as an allergic reaction to certain products.
Here are 5 simple yet effective home remedies for dandruff:
1. Baking soda
Yes, the good old baking soda you’d find in any Indian kitchen might just be what your scalp needs, to become dandruff-free. It’s relatively simple to use too. Just wet your hair and rub a spoonful or the required amount of baking soda on the scap. You might feel a cooling sensation. Wash it off with just water (Yes, skip the shampoo). Do this every week and in a month or so, you’ll see no more of those white flakes.
2. Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar gives you dual benefits - treats dandruff and also reduces hair fall. But since it is concentrated, it’s not advised to use it without diluting it. Mix equal parts apple cider vinegar and water and rinse your hair in this after a hair wash. After 15 minutes, wash it off. If you’re unbothered by the smell and wouldn’t mind keeping it in your hair, then add a couple of tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to around a 500 ml of water and rinse your hair in it. You do not have to wash your hair after that.
3. Fenugreek/Methi seeds
This is an age-old remedy that always works. Soak some methi seeds in water, overnight. Drain the excess water and grind the softened methi seeds into a paste. Smear this paste on your scalp by parting your hair and getting into all the nooks and corners. Let it sit for an hour and then wash it off. Do this at least once every week and you can see a significant difference from the very first try.
4. Lemon and coconut oil
It’s no news that coconut oil is great for nourishing your hair. The acids present in the lemon juice are great for clearing up your scalp and saying goodbye to those dry dandruff flakes. Heat two spoonfuls of coconut oil and mix equal amounts of lemon juice in it. Now, apply this on your scalp and let it dry for about 20 minutes. Rinse off with a shampoo or better yet, with soapnut powder.
5. Neem leaves
Because of its strong antibacterial and antifungal properties, neem leaves are amazing as a remedy for dandruff. This is why you see that most anti-dandruff shampoos have neem as the active ingredient. Grind a handful of fresh neem leaves to form a paste-like consistency. Apply this mixture all over your hair and let it stay for about 10 or 15 minutes (not more than that) and then wash it off with a gentle shampoo.