Dandruff is a condition of the scalp caused by a fungus (Malassezia) living on those areas of our body that produce “natural oils” in larger quantities, such as the scalp. Malassezia produces oleic acid, which is responsible for the inflammation of the skin and, consequently, the faster replacement of the skin cells.
Other causes of dandruff are: dry skin or, conversely, too fat (due to sebum excess), eczema, washing your hair rarely, or an allergy to some shampoos or other hair care products.
Try one of these 5 natural remedies to get rid of dandruff:
- Scalp Hydration
If you have dry skin on the hands, feet and even the face, it is possible that this is the cause of your dandruff. Dry skin causes scales on the scalp and itching. In this case, the scalp massage with warm oil helps to moisturize the skin intensively and to avoid dandruff. You can use avocado oil, olive oil, castor oil, almond oil, etc.
- Treatment with lemon and vinegar
Greasy hair can also be affected by dandruff. To remove excess sebum which is responsible for the appearance of white “flakes” on your hair, use a solution made of one liter of water and the juice of one lemon or a liter of water and a small cup of vinegar. Pour this liquid on your hair, massaging the scalp and leave it on for at least five minutes.
- Neem oil
This oil is used in India for thousands of years to treat skin problems, and especially to cure dandruff.
It is obtained from the plant Azadirachta indica, also known as the Indian lilac. Neem oil has antifungal properties, managing to clear the fungi that cause dandruff. In a cup of olive oil, put 10 drops of neem oil, massage your scalp with this mixture and leave on to act for at least 30 minutes. Neem oil can be found in natural stores.
- Black pepper
Pepper contains zinc and selenium, two ingredients often used in anti-dandruff shampoos. Put two teaspoons of ground black pepper in a cup of yogurt and apply on the scalp. Let it act and then wash your hair with a mild shampoo. Pepper can be irritating to eyes, therefore, be very careful that this mask does not come into contact with eyes. You can also use the essential oil of black pepper, which you can find in natural stores. Make sure you put a few drops of pepper oil(up to ten) in a cup of olive oil or other oil used as basis. Then massage the scalp with this mixture.
- Egg yolk
An egg yolk mask helps you get rid of dandruff by its hydrating properties. Beat the two egg yolks, massage the scalp with the mixture and leave it for at least 20 minutes. Apply on hair length, because it is a very effective natural “balm”.