As the cooler months approach, white flakes are not only falling from the sky but also falling from our scalps. Itchy, dry, flaky. Why, why, why? I bought a black shirt because I liked the way it looked. If I wanted a black shirt with white specks, I would have bought it like that.
Bye, bye, dandruff! Hello, home remedies! Follow me to the kitchen, while I share with you some of the best, inexpensive treatments you can find in your kitchen.
Dandruff can be a result of dry scalp or caused by a skin condition. Either way, ain’t nobody got time for that! Common dandruff issues occur when there’s a build-up of oily matter called sebum, or sweat, on the scalp. Washing your hair more frequently can help reduce the sebum and control dandruff and its symptoms. What you wash with is important because you want to improve the issue instead of encouraging it. Shampoos with tea tree oil significantly improve the severity of dandruff. You can also add a few drops of tea tree essential oil into your regular shampoo for similar results. It is important that you shampoo thoroughly. Even if you have to shampoo twice, take the extra step to clean your scalp and reduce access oil build up. You’ll thank me later.
You may be over-styling your hair. Using thick hair products with certain oils can potentially worsen dandruff. Cut back on hair sprays, styling gels, and mousses when possible. Be aware that your texture sprays and dry shampoos will increase build up and cause oiliness and an itchy scalp.
Aspirin contains the same active ingredient (salicylic acid) as many medicated dandruff shampoos. Minimize flaking by crushing two aspirins into a fine powder and adding it to your shampoo each time you wash your hair. Leave the mixture on your hair for 1-2 minutes, then rinse well and wash again with your daily shampoo.
Baking soda reduces overactive fungi that can cause dandruff. After wetting your hair, rub a handful of baking soda vigorously into your scalp. The baking soda is cleansing so you can skip the shampoo and go right to rinsing. Your hair may dry out at first; but after a few weeks, your scalp will start producing natural oils, leaving your hair softer and free of flakes. If you love the results but feel like it is leaving your hair drier than you’d like, do a coconut oil treatment. Heat up a bit of coconut oil in a coffee mug, test the heated oil on your wrist first, then pour onto your hair. Let this treatment sit for thirty minutes to one hour. This antidote will add shine and moisture back you’re your stripped hair.
Apple cider vinegar is another dandruff treatment that makes it harder for yeast to grow because the acidity of apple cider vinegar changes the pH levels in your scalp. Mix 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar with 1/4 cup of water in a spray bottle and spritz on your scalp. Wrap your head in a towel or a shower cap and let it sit for fifteen minutes to an hour before washing your hair as usual. Do this twice a week for best results.
Use lemon juice to aid in dandruff relief. Just massage two tablespoons of lemon juice into your scalp and rinse. Then stir one teaspoon lemon juice into one cup of water, rinse your hair with it, and repeat this daily until your dandruff is gone. Lemon’s acidity helps balance your scalp’s pH levels, which helps keeps dandruff away.
Table salt works great for scrubbing out dandruff flakes before you shampoo. The grit of the salt is used to exfoliate the scalp and loosen build up. Yes, grab a salt shaker and shake some salt onto that dry scalp. You will fall in love with how it feels. Next, work it into your hair, giving your scalp a massage. You’ll find you’ve worked out the dry, flaky skin and are ready for shampoo.
This last option is a tricky one. An overnight olive oil treatment is a remedy for dandruff because it keeps your scalp moisturized. My hair soaks this up and loves it because I have very textured course hair. Someone with a fine texture hair might regret doing this for several days. Olive oil and coconut oil can be risky business for certain hair textures. If you have a fine hair texture, I recommend leaving this treatment on for no more than an hour or two. For someone with course hair and a lot of it, you can easily sleep in this as the plan suggests. Trust me on this one. Your hair will love you. It is easy, massage about ten drops onto your scalp, and cover your scalp with a shower cap for overnight protection. I also put a towel over my pillow or use an older pillow case when using this treatment. In the morning, be sure to wash the olive oil out of your hair thoroughly. If you don’t, good luck getting any volume or movement in your hair.
If you’re more of a product junkie and don’t have time or energy to try the home remedies, try Aveda Scalp Benefits. They have a shampoo, conditioner, and a leave-in serum you spray on your scalp and leave in. Also, if you cannot handle the itching any longer and need a quick fix, find an Aveda salon near you. They offer amazing scalp treatments that rid the irritation and soothe your scalp. If you tried to home remedies and it left you desperate for a little extra moisture, they also have an in-salon treatment for dry hair and damaged hair.
Don’t suffer from dandruff in the dry winter months when the problem can be solved right in your kitchen or the nearest salon–accessible and easy. Wear that black shirt now. I dare you!