Dandruff is a common scalp condition in which small pieces of dry skin flake off of the scalp. It is horrible, joy ruiner, and totally embarrassing. I think we all agree on that, don’t we? This scalp condition is simply an overproduction and buildup of sticky skin cells of the scalp which shed either as clumps or as individual flakes. While there might be a handful of reasons to cause a person to have dandruff, there are easy and simple dandruff solutions you can do at home. Today, I’m going to talk about what causes dandruff, how to get rid of it naturally, and the difference between dandruff and dry scalp.
Dandruff vs dry scalp condition
Dandruff isn’t contagious or serious. But it can be embarrassing and sometimes difficult to treat. Sometimes dandruff is associated with itching and crusting on the scalp. Over the past several years, many studies have identified a fungus—Malassezia—as the cause of the problem. However, not all flakes on the scalp are dandruff! Dry scalp, a buildup of styling products, and medications like Rogaine (minoxidil) all can cause flaking, which you might mistake for dandruff. Before looking for dandruff solutions, you need to know what you’re dealing with in the first place. Here is how to tell the difference between dry scalp condition and dandruff.
Flakes caused by dandruff are denser, yellowish, and oily or sticky. The flakes generally cling to the hair or scalp until something dislodges them. Dandruff is not caused by dryness but rather too much oil (sebum). It is usually due to an over growth of harmless yeast. In some people, the yeast starts to feed on the excess oil and dead skin cells on the scalp, causing the skin cells to shed more frequently and clump into flakes. Dandruff sufferers tend to have flakes in the parting of their hair, rather than dusted on their shoulders as they do in the advertisements.
Causes of dandruff
- Excessive consumption of sugar, fat, starch
- Improper nutrition
- Heredity predisposition
- Allergic hypersensitive
- Lack of rest
- Emotional stress
- Hormonal imbalance
- Poor health
- Excessive use of hair products
- Improper use of hair-coloring products or excessive use of hot hair curling and ironing tools
- Cold weather (because people tend to wash hair less) and dry indoor heating
- Stress and anxiety
- Infrequent shampooing of the hair or inadequate rinsing of the scalp and hair.
In order to treat dandruff, first of all, avoid overwashing or scratching. Because you don’t want to inadvertently damage your scalp, creating openings where the infection can dig itself in. Therefore, you need to use your shampoo on a regular basis. And also be sure to change your pillowcases regularly, clean your hats, and so on, in order to reduce the risk of re-infecting yourself. Read on for dandruff solutions and treatments in the next paragraphs.
Dry scalp condition
In other hand, dry scalp happens due to loss of moisture from the skin. Furthermore, it can be caused by the application of soap, strong detergents, cold weather, product build up, hard water, and diet. As a result, you feel itching all over your scalp and notice small white flakes that come off easily and land on your shoulders. Dry scalp condition feels very similar to dandruff, since it makes your skin feel tight and itchy, and causes flakes to fall, but it is less severe and easier to deal with.
Dry scalp treatment
Dry scalp condition can be treated by using natural remedies such as apple cider vinegar rinses to help restore the pH on your scalp and remove build up left behind by products. You can also gently message your scalp using natural oils such as extra virgin olive oil, jojoba oil, argan oil, etc. If you use oils before and after shower, your scalp condition will improve. Apply few drops of argan oil or any other mentioned oils after shower and on wet hair and scalp, can help moister it with time. However, it is important to choose a suitable dry scalp free of chemicals organic shampoo. This will help more with the treatment and prevent further dryness of the scalp.
Homemade dandruff solutions
Dandruff can be controlled by following a healthy hair care routine. You can also try some simple natural dandruff solutions at home. It is true that natural remedies take time to show results but they can effectively treat the problem completely. The good news is, you already have these remedies in your kitchen. So all you need is to combine them in one bole and voila!
Being a mild exfoliant, baking soda helps remove dead skin cells and absorbs excess oil. It plays a large part in a lot of natural home remedies, and for good reason-it usually works! Here’s how to use it:
- Wet your hair and rub a handful of baking soda onto your scalp.
- After a couple of minutes, rinse your hair well with warm water.
- Repeat once or twice a week for a few weeks.
Don’t shampoo your hair after this treatment.
-1 tablespoon of baking soda
-1 cup of water
-A few drops of rosemary oil (optional)
Mix one tablespoon of baking soda to every one cup of warm water. To make it easy, mix them in an old (clean) shampoo or soap bottle. Shake up the mixture and apply generously to your scalp using finger tips to massage it gently and in circles. Rinse with warm water but it would be better not to shampoo. But if you need to shampoo, add a teaspoon of baking soda to a handful of (organic) shampoo and use that instead. Do this 4 times a week. However, your hair may feel quite dry in the beginning, but its natural oils will restore themselves soon.
Indian Lilac (neem leaves)
Indian lilacs are an effective antifungal, antibacterial treatment, and great dandruff solutions. Their properties not only relieve itching, but also inhibit the over-growth of dandruff causing fungus.
You will need
–2 handfuls of neem leaves
-4-5 cups of hot water
Add the neem leaves to the hot water and let it it stand overnight. The next morning strain the liquid and use it as a final rinse after you’re done shampooing. Do this two to three times a week. In addition, you can also try making a paste out of the leaves and applying it to your scalp. Let it sit for about an hour before washing it off with LUKEWARM water. Also do it two to three times a week.
Coconut oil, one of my favorite dandruff solutions which helps eliminate dandruff due to its anti-fungal properties. It also moisturizes dry scalp and provides relief from itching. You’re gonna need juice of one lemon and coconut oil.
- Mix 2 tsp of coconut oil and one lemon juice in a bowl.
- Rub it on your scalp and massage for a few minutes.
- Rinse after 20 to 30 minutes and shampoo as usual.
- Follow this remedy two to three times a week.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Rinsing your hair with vinegar may sound like a dreadful idea, but it can be quite an effective way to treat dandruff.
You will need
-1/2 cup warm water
-1/2 cup ACV or white vinegar
- Mix together the warm water and vinegar in a cup.
- Pour the mixture over your hair, scrub it around gently for several minutes, and then rinse it thoroughly with only water.
- Wait about 8-12 hours before taking a normal shower using your usual shampoo.
- Repeat once every week or two weeks, depending on your condition.