Make Homemade Remedies for Dandruff

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All About Dandruff

Dandruff is a common scalp problem that many people have to contend with.

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For some, this problem is both embarrassing and stubborn, and in extreme cases, people with dandruff dare not wear black during the day because the flakes that fall off from their scalp will surely show. Those who have to wear a black uniform to work are often dismayed at the thought that their backs or shoulders will be inevitably covered with the unmistakable traces of that white powdery substance known as dandruff. To solve this problem, many try one type of anti-dandruff shampoo after another; only to end up with dry hair while the problem of dandruff persists. If you are living with the same problem, you will be happy to know there are quite a few remedies for dandruff just lying around in your home. Read on and find out which ones may be the answer to your predicament.

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==What is That Flaky Thing Called Dandruff?

People use dandruff as a general term for the appearance of dry flakes of skin on the scalp. These skin flakes are present because for some reason, an unusually large number of skin cells are dying. Human cells are constantly being renewed and old ones are shed. These old cells are pushed to the surface as new ones are formed. In the case of people with dandruff, cell production occurs at a faster rate, and so ironically, an excessive number of cells are expelled and pushed off onto their favourite black sweater.

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This condition is often accompanied by itching. In mild cases, dandruff can be relatively easy to control with the use of an anti-dandruff shampoo. Some studies suggest that more than a third of the North American population is affected by dandruff, regardless of sex and ethnicity. The flaking worsens with exposure to extreme temperatures.

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Dandruff is a common condition, but it is usually not severe enough for people to seek treatment. However, when the condition does become severe, it can be a source of embarrassment, and it can be difficult to arrest.

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Dandruff Triggers and Causes

Dandruff can be a chronic condition, or it can occur due to certain triggers. Contrary to what a lot of people believe, a dry scalp is not the same as dandruff. Believing that the two are the same, some people will desist from using shampoo, or avoid shampooing their hair too often because they think this will worsen the flaking that comes with a dry scalp. Actually, in the case of dandruff, an individual will experience relief from flaking when the scalp is shampooed more often. Dandruff may come as a result of the following:

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    Psoriasis
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    This is a condition where the immune system is unable to recognize skin cells as normal cells, and mistakes them for pathogens. The immune system then sends out signals for the body to rapidly produce new skin cells and push off the old ones.
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    Malassezia
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    This is a type of fungi found in the skin of animals. These live on fat cells. These fungi often find conditions conducive to growth in the human scalp.
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    Seborrheic Dermatitis
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    This is a chronic inflammatory condition usually visible in areas where sebaceous glands are numerous. It is marked by the presence of mild dandruff to scale-like flakes.
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    Head Lice
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    By themselves, head lice do not cause dandruff. However, people who have head lice frequently scratch their scalp and this triggers dandruff. The fecal matter from head lice also creates an environment where dandruff-causing fungi can thrive.
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Some Facts about Dandruff

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  • As many as an estimated 45-50 percent of people in North America and Western Europe may have dandruff.
  • Dandruff usually abates as people grow older.
  • Dandruff can be managed but there is no known cure for it; it can flare up any time.
  • People who have oily skin are more prone to dandruff.
  • Dandruff is less common in women than in men.
  • Some studies suggest that excessive salt, sugar, or spice the diet may worsen dandruff.
  • Studies also suggest that excessive alcohol makes dandruff worse.
  • Contrary to popular belief, dandruff does not lead to hair loss.
  • Dandruff is not a sign of poor hygiene.
  • Some illnesses seem to make people more prone to dandruff. These include heart attacks, stroke, and Parkinson's disease.
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Treating Dandruff

There are several shampoos that can be used as interventions for dandruff.

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Before you resort to anti-dandruff shampoo, you might consider trying a milder shampoo. This is a good course of action if your scalp is already dry. Try to experiment with different mild shampoos to see which one will end your problem. If a mild shampoo doesn't do it, or if your scalp is not dry to begin with, there are over-the-counter shampoos to resolve dandruff. You can use a preparation a few consecutive times to see which one works, or you can alternate these shampoos.

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  • Shampoos that contain zinc pyrithione or ketoconazole are used to treat dandruff caused by fungus and bacteria.
  • Shampoos with coal tar and selenium sulfide are used to reduce the growth and sloughing off of cells from the scalp.
  • Shampoos containing salicylic acid are supposed to help loosen flakes so these can be easily washed away.

Home Remedies

If you do not want to use anti-dandruff shampoos because you have sensitive skin or you just want something mild from your own cupboard, here are some alternative remedies for you to try. These are easy to find, nontoxic and definitely worth the try.

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Aspirin

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Aspirin is used as an anti-inflammatory drug and as an effective blood thinner. An additional use for aspirin is as a solution for dandruff. Here is how you can use aspirin as a homemade anti-dandruff remedy.

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    You will need:
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    1. Regular strength aspirin (uncoated)
    2. Mild shampoo
    3. Measuring spoons
    4. Two small bowls
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    Directions
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    1. In a small bowl, measure out the amount of shampoo you need to wash your hair. Use a measuring spoon and count the number of tablespoons you'll need.
    2. For each tablespoon of shampoo, crush two regular-strength aspirin with the back of a teaspoon in a small bowl, or use a mortar and pestle
    3. Add the crushed aspirin to the shampoo.  
      1. Mix well after each addition, to blend everything smoothly.
      2. Do this gradually to make sure the aspirin is well distributed.
    4. Use the mixture to wash your hair making sure your scalp is saturated with it. Leave it on for five minutes.
    5. Rinse hair thoroughly.
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    Other things you can do
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    1. Soak hair brushes and combs in a cup of water with 2 tablespoons of this solution.
    2. Baking soda and sodium bicarbonate have been known to help reduce flaking. Baking soda is basically an alkaline compound and it is known to relieve hyperacidity.  
      1. Take 5 tablespoons of baking soda and make a paste by adding a little water.
      2. Wet your hair thoroughly.
      3. Apply the paste in sections to your scalp so that your whole head is thoroughly covered.
      4. Gently rub the paste into your scalp.
      5. Rinse your hair and scalp thoroughly.
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Lemon

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To use lemon as a homemade remedy for dandruff, you just need the juice of a couple of lemons.

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    Take 1 large juicy lemon and pound it against the counter till the skin is all soft and easy to press.
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    Slice the lemon and squeeze out all the juice.
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    Dip a small wad of cotton into the lemon and apply it to your scalp, making sure all areas are covered by a swipe of lemon juice
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    Rinse well
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    You can actually do this after you have shampooed your hair.
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Vinegar

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A vinegar wash can help resolve the problem of dandruff. Vinegar helps get rid of stubborn fats in the scalp, and these fats are food for some fungi that cause dandruff.

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    Simply take 1 cup of good apple cider vinegar and mix it with 1½ cups water
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    Shampoo your hair as usual.
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    Use the vinegar-water solution to give your hair a final rinse.
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Coconut Cream and Lemon

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This is a nice way to get rid of dandruff because your hair comes out soft and shiny too.

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    You will need
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    1. A can of coconut cream (available in most oriental stores)
    2. Juice of 1 very juicy lemon
    3. 4 cups of water
    4. Cotton
    5. Shower cap
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    Directions
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    1. Heat the coconut cream in a small saucepan. Do not allow it to boil over.
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    #Take a wad of cotton and dip it in the coconut cream
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    It should be no more than comfortably warm when you touch it.  
    1. Divide your hair into 1 to 2 inch sections and apply the cream thoroughly.
    2. When your scalp is completely covered with coconut cream, put on your shower cap and keep it on for at least two hours.
    3. Comb out your hair, gently going through your scalp to loosen any dandruff on it.
    4. Shampoo and rinse your hair as usual.
    5. Mix the lemon juice and water, and use it as a final rinse for your hair.
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Tips, Trick and Warnings:

  • Sometimes dandruff is triggered by sensitivity to chemicals. Try to see if a shampoo with milder ingredients will help relieve your dandruff.
  • Give your scalp a gentle but thorough brushing daily.
  • Remember to wash your brushes and combs very thoroughly to make sure no fungi have taken residence there, ready to move to your scalp.
  • Use your shampoo to clean your brushes and combs thoroughly, and then soak them in a solution made with 1 cup of mouthwash and a cup of water.
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Questions and Answers

Home made substance for treating dandruff?

It is said that as long as you maintain your scalp clean all the time, you will be able to treat dandruff. Therefore, some of the most common home remedies is to constantly treat hair scalp by scrubbing, and then using a wide-toothed comb in the shower. You can do this 2-3 times a week and you will see a significant change in the volume of your dandruff.

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