Dandruff is an extremely irritating dry scalp or skin condition called seborrheic dermatitis. It can be caused by eczema or even an overgrowth of a yeastlike fungus, malassezia. In other words, a nightmare.
Let me tell you a few reasons why you might have dandruff:
You’re stressed – Stress can be bad for any skin condition. It impairs your immune system and can provoke dandruff flare-ups. Just try and relax.
You are sensitive to the fungus your hair naturally produces – Dandruff is not caused by dry skin, it is really caused by an overgrowth of the yeastlike fungus. This funny named yeast feeds on skin oils, which explains why people with oily scalps are more susceptible to dandruff.
You are not eating properly – Healthy skin and hair comes from a well balanced diet, but of course, certain foods increase the production of the flakes. Avocados, nuts and olives are great sources of healthy monounsaturated fatty acids that help reduce the flakes. Reduced intake of vitamin B complex may worsen the symptoms as well. Try and eat as much vitamin B-rich foods as possible like oatmeal, rice, eggs, and bananas.
You are not washing (shampooing) your hair enough – Oil can be very comforting for flakes. So dandruff results from this build up or even from sweat. Washing hair frequently aids in reducing and controlling dandruff.
You are using too much hair styling products – oils, gels, mousses can build up on your scalp and produce oiliness.
Unfortunately I suffer from this flaky problem and what I use is:
Castor oil constitutes of ricinoleic acid, which has anti- microbial, germicidal and fungicidal properties, and this gives castor oil its property to kill bacteria that causes dandruff. It also acts as an moisturiser, due to the high content of omega- 9 fatty acids, the oil can lock in moisture in hair and hence acts as an excellent hair conditioner. Massage a few tablespoons into your scalp and let it sit for a few hours or 20 minutes before washing your hair.
Coconut oil is a good moisturiser, using it as a natural dandruff remedy moisturises the scalp, so it helps restore health to it and reduce the flaking. It may not only moisturise the hair and scalp but also fight dryness caused by dandruff. Massage a few tablespoons into your scalp and let it be for an hour.
But you can also use:
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil would be a powerful antifungal, antiseptic, and antibacterial natural oil that has worked wonders for dandruff. Apply a small amount to especially flaky patches on your scalp. Use for short periods of time to avoid allergies. Or you can add a few drops of the oil into your shampoo.
Olive oil can soothe all those flakes by deeply hydrating the scalp. Apply a little bit to your scalp and massage it, cover your hair with a plastic bag or shower cap and let it rest overnight. The following morning wash your hair.
There are many other natural treatments, but I really prefer to stick to the oils, because I notice the difference quite quickly.
But let me just leave you guys with a homemade hair mask for dandruff if applying oil directly to your scalp does not sit well with you.
Lemon, Organic Yogurt and Honey Mask
A study made by the European Journal of Medical Journal ha confirmed that honey can heal dandruff. I am still to realise how true this study is. The pH in honey balances and heals and also has antiviral, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties that a dandruff prone scalp will enjoy
- 3 tablespoons of honey
- 1 tablespoon of organic yogurt
- 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
To make it easier to wash out the mask, cut the mask with an oil such as argan or jojoba.
Do you have any natural dandruff remedies? Have you tried any of these remedies? Please share and let us know how they affect different hair types.