Even the nicest looking and the healthiest hair can be ruined by dandruff. This common problem can affect almost anyone but fortunately it is not dangerous and it can easily be solved.
What is dandruff?
Dandruff is often mistaken for normal shedding of the dead skin cells from the scalp, which occurs occasionally and comes in the form of flakes. Dandruff does look similar, but its cause is very much different.
Dandruff is in fact caused by a fungus called pityrosporum ovale, which can inhabit the skin of the head, multiply, cause itching, dryness and flaking. The flakes are visible on the hair, especially if it is dark, and as they fall, they can be noticed on the clothes too. Dandruff can even spread on the eyebrows, ears and the back of the neck.
Fungus is not the only cause of dandruff. This skin disorder can also be caused by eczema or seborrheic dermatitis. Other causes may include harsh weather, increased production of oil from the sebaceous glands, excessive use of cosmetic products, stress, hormonal imbalance, dehydration and poor diet.
Whatever the cause is, if it is caught on time, dandruff can easily be solved at home, without using special shampoos and chemicals.
Home remedies for dandruff
One of the simplest and most effective remedies for dandruff is the application of pure aloe vera gel, directly on the scalp, ten minutes before shampooing. This should be repeated before each shampooing until the dandruff is all gone.
Another good home remedy involves massaging the scalp with a mixture of three tablespoons of warm water with one tablespoon of pure apple juice.
Another possibility is to mix one tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil with one teaspoon of fresh lemon juice. This should be applied to the scalp and left overnight, with the hair wrapped in a towel so the oil does not stain the linen. Some people use almond oil instead of lemon juice, which seems to be just as effective.
Even Aspirin can be used to treat dandruff. Two Aspirins should be crushed into powder and mixed with the regular amount of shampoo used for washing the hair. After the rich lather is made, it should stay on for a few minutes before rinsing. This method is repeated until the dandruff is gone, at least twice a week.
Rosemary has many benefits, and treatment of dandruff is one of them. A stalk of fresh rosemary should be soaked in some water overnight, and the water is then used for rinsing the hair.
Boiling one white beetroot in a liter of water and massaging the water into the scalp each night before bedtime is yet another home remedy against dandruff.