My scalp is itchy, I scratch it. The next thing I know it is raining down little flakes of dead skin onto my outfit. I slowly realize that I have dandruff! Has this happened to you? If so, don’t not panic. You don’t have to give away all your dark colored clothing just yet.
Suffering from dandruff can be embarrassing, gross and irritating, but you are not alone in this experience. Some people’s dandruff is worse in cold weather, others have terrible dandruff during the hot seasons. What irritates your scalp may be different than the next girls/guys, but no one likes to go through it. Luckily, there are lots of different treatments to try.
Before you whip out the anti-dandruff shampoos, there are some natural and inexpensive ways to treat dandruff. Besides, once you’ve used a dandruff shampoo for a while, it may stop working. Since we all deal with different skin, shower water and weather conditions- do not give up if one treatment doesn’t work. You will be able to find something that helps battle the dandruff.
Excess oils on the scalp frequently cause dandruff, so once you remove the excess oil the flakes will go away. One of the simplest ways to get rid of dandruff is to try to switch shampoos are shampoo more thoroughly. Make sure that you get all the surface of the scalp.
You can even try shampooing twice if your skin is particularly oily. Lather once to get rid of all the dirt and oil. Rinse. Lather again to let the shampoo really get down to the skin. Let it sit for a couple minutes before rinsing.
Vinegar, regular or apple cider, will help your scalp be relieved from itching and flaking. To treat your hair with vinegar wet your hair first. Apply about two tablespoons right onto your scalp. Massage it in then let it sit for about five minutes. This will remove dead skin from your scalp. After this do your regular shampoo and conditioning routine to get rid of the smell.
Add 1 teaspoon of baking soda to your shampoo. This will get your extra clean, and can even remove dandruff that may be hiding in the strands.
Fresh Lime Juice
Just as a warning, this can sting a little bit when you apply it. It has truly worked wonders for my dandruff problem though. Remove the juice from a whole lime. Apply it to your scalp. Only do this method once a week, because more may irritate your scalp.Lemon and Garlic
Mix 1 tablespoon of lemon juice with two tablespoons of garlic to make a thin paste. Garlic will kill any bacteria on the scalp while the lemon juice helps get rid of flakes (as a bonus the lemon smell nice). Apply the paste to the scalp. Let sit for a half hour. Shampoo and condition afterwards. This treatment can be performed as often as needed, but usually once a month is sufficient.
If you have tried everything without any end to the dandruff, you can try some of the anti-dandruff shampoos. We recommend having two to three on your regular shampooing rotation. If you use one dandruff shampoo too long, it will stop working.
Anti-dandruff shampoo can get expensive. Sometimes combining an anti-dandruff shampoo once a week with one of the natural treatments is enough to put a stop to the dandruff.
These top tips come courtesy of Mee at Mee Beauty, who can help you with dry skin in South London.