Most anti-dandruff shampoos fail when it comes to getting rid of dandruff. Why not try some home remedies? Dr Manoj Khanna, Cosmetic surgeon and owner of Enhance Clinic, lists some unconventional ingredients from your kitchen and medicine cabinet that will do away with dandruff for good.
Baking soda: Wet your hair and then sprinkle a handful of baking soda on your scalp. Massage it thoroughly. Rinse with a mild shampoo. Baking soda counters the growth of overactive fungi and leaves you with a cleaner mane.
Aspirin: Aspirin contains salicylic acid that also forms an essential ingredient in a variety of medicated anti-dandruff shampoos. Crush two aspirin tablets to a fine powder and add it to a coin-sized amount of shampoo. Apply this mixture on your scalp and leave it for a minute or two and then rinse thoroughly. Wash your hair with shampoo.
Mouthwash: And you thought mouthwash is only to fight dental problems. First, wash your hair with your shampoo and then rinse it with an alcohol-based mouthwash. Its anti-fungal properties will inhibit the growth of dandruff-producing yeast and give you shiny hair.
Salt: The abrasive quality of salt can work wonders. Just sprinkle some salt directly on your scalp using a salt shaker. Then, massage it using circular motions like you would with a scrub. This will cleanse the scalp and leave it spic and span. Don't forget to wash your hair with shampoo after this.
Garlic: Garlic has that pungent smell, but its potent antifungal properties make it one of the best remedies to treat dandruff. To prevent the pungent smell from rubbing off on your hair, mix crushed garlic with honey. Apply this paste generously to the scalp and leave it on for a few minutes before washing your hair with your regular shampoo.