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Dandruff affects almost 70% of the people at least once in their lifetime. But many are constantly battling this hair problem as it refuses to go away or surfaces every few months. If you too are fed up of these white flakes on your scalp, it s time to switch to natural ways to get rid of dandruff. Here s how.
How dandruff starts
Shedding dead skin cells is a natural process and often goes unnoticed; however, in people who develop a scalp infection due to a type of fungus called malassezia, there is an increased turnover of these cells. When these cells combine with the oil secreted from the scalp, there is a formation of greasy clumps that we call dandruff.
Shampooing your hair takes off these flakes and therefore, appears to be effective in reducing dandruff; however, this is only a temporary solution. For lasting results, you can try a few of the remedies mentioned here that have been traditionally used in Indian homes for healthy, dandruff-free hair.
According to Ayurveda, an oil massage allows you to imbibe the antimicrobial benefits of the oil and the massage also serves to improve the blood circulation to the scalp the net result is lesser dandruff.
This is especially useful if you have dry dandruff which is non-greasy. Many people also swear by a regular, weekly massage of the scalp with a combination of equal quantities of castor oil, sesame oil and coconut oil that has been warmed before application. Want to know the right way to oil your hair? Expert Jawed Habib shares tips.
Neem contains several active constituents that have marked antifungal action and this makes it an effective remedy for dandruff. Neem is also useful to counter other hair and skin problems. Find out here.
If you chronically suffer from dandruff, make it a practice to massage your scalp regularly with neem oil. Leave on for a few hours and wash off with shikakai.
Methi or fenugreek seeds
Fenugreek has antifungal and antibacterial properties which help banish dandruff and also prevent it from arising again. You could also use fenugreek seeds for problems like pimples, itchy skin, etc.
Amla or Indian gooseberry
Amla is well-known as a hair conditioner but it also has valuable anti-dandruff properties. It helps keep scalp infection at bay with its antibacterial properties. Amla also comes in handy to add a natural shine to your hair.
Amla can also be used in combination with tulsi or basil for action against dandruff.
Triphalapowder is generally available at stores that sell herbal powders and is made up of three fruits amlaki, haritaki and vibhitaki that make it a valuable source of vitamin C as well as antioxidants.
Dahi or curd
Curd is obtained from fermentation of milk and contains a lot of lactic acid and other ingredients that have antifungal action and this makes it a good remedy for dandruff. You can also use curd to give your skin a makeover.
Here s another curd pack which you could try.
If you have an itchy scalp and dandruff, one of the best remedies you can use is egg. The amino acids present in it will also strengthen your roots so that your hair does not break easily. Also try these egg masks for your hair's health.
Dandruff is not just an embarrassing problem, it may also lead to other problems such as premature loss of hair and acne. Therefore, as soon as you notice those flakes making an appearance, it is vital you try one of these remedies to get dandruff under control.
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