Dandruff can destroy your confidence. It’s embarrassing, misunderstood, and everyone wants to avoid dealing with it. Unfortunately, dandruff has a very bad reputation. Many people believe that dandruff only happens to people who are ‘dirty’ or people who do not bathe often enough.
The truth is that dandruff is caused by the skin on your scalp, and not by your actual hair. The skins cells on your scalp grow, die, and eventually fall off. This is what causes those tiny flakes that often make their way onto your shoulders. It can happen to anyone—no matter how often you lather, rinse, and repeat. In fact, almost half of the population has dealt with dandruff at some point in their lives.
No one wants to deal with this condition. Dandruff might make you avoid being seen in public, or enjoy everyday activities due to the embarrassment you are experiencing. Fortunately, there are many ways to get rid of dandruff and get on with your life. Take a look at these simple tips!
1. Try a shampoo designed specifically for dandruff.
There are many shampoo and conditioner products that exist out there that are designed specifically for dandruff. Your existing shampoo might not do enough for you, so try replacing your everyday shampoo with one that is specialized to get rid of dandruff.
Most of these special products are a little bit pricier than shampoo made for regular hair, ranging from about $10-$50 per bottle. Try out different brands (and remember to follow the directions properly!) and you will eventually find the one that works best for you.
Wash your hair with this new shampoo once a day until you notice that the skin flakes have disappeared. Remember that you should leave the shampoo in your hair for a few minutes in order for it to work most effectively. After this, to avoid dandruffs’ return, use this special shampoo only a few times a week. You do not want to overdo it, of course. You should not shower everyday normally; this is bad for your skin and your overall health!
2. Work on your inner health.
Dandruff can be caused from or worsened by skin issues derived from stress and/or an unhealthy lifestyle. Be sure to take control of your stress level by trying your best to avoid situations that stress you out. Is working getting you down? Are you having some relationship problems? Identify the stresses in your life.
Whatever the case may be, be sure to avoid whatever stresses are happening in your life. It will also help you to find an outlet for built-up stress such as exercise, meditation, writing, etc.
Your eating habits can also influence your skins’ overall health. Try your best to avoid overly processed foods that are high in fat and sugar. Eating foods with plenty of vitamin B6 and zinc will have a positive effect on your skin’s overall condition. Foods high in vitamin B6 and zinc include fish, poultry, spinach and lentils. Eating health food is a smart life choice anyhow, so this is a win-win idea! Health is wealth, after all.
3. Coconut oil scalp treatment.
There are many natural scalp treatments that exist for getting rid of dandruff. The coconut oil scalp treatment is one of them, and can be a great way to not only get rid of dandruff but have a relaxing experience in the process!
The first step to the treatment is to wash your hair with shampoo only, and not use any conditioner. Allow your hair to dry after this.
Once your hair is dry, apply coconut oil to your scalp alone, trying your best to avoid the rest of your hair (you don’t want anything on the tips, for instance). Almost immediately afterwards, wash out the oil completely. It may take a couple of washes to remove all of the oil, but be sure it is all gone. Look in a mirror to check your results. Use this method once a week until you get the results that you desire.
4. The lemon juice method.
Another natural method for ridding of dandruff is the use of lemon juice. The citrus fruits’ acidity helps to clear out unwanted flakes, and it also smells great! Bonus!
Simply take two tablespoons of lemon juice and massage it into your scalp with your fingers. You can also use an actual slice of lemon to massage your scalp, with no need for juicing. After you have done this, rinse your hair with water.
The final step of this process is to do a final rinse of your hair using one teaspoon of lemon juice in once cup of water. This method can be repeated daily until results are shown.
5. The yogurt method.
The first step to this method is to wash and rinse out your hair. Before your hair has dried, rub plain yogurt onto your scalp. Try not to eat it before you put it in your hair!
Leave the yogurt in for about 20 minutes. Rinse out the yogurt using little to no shampoo, because shampoos that are not specifically designed for getting rid of dandruff can cause dryness. You can try using this method once daily until results are apparent.
6. Use salt as an exfoliator.
Shake some salt on to your scalp and gently rub it throughout your scalp with wet fingers. Massage the salt into your scalp for about 10-12 minutes.
Because salt is a natural exfoliator, you should be able to see and feel the flakes remove from your scalp. After this, rinse your hair off with shampoo. You should be able to see results immediately.
Dandruff is very common, and as you can see, there are plenty of options available for tackling this issue. Remember that every case of dandruff can be a little bit different from the other and can be caused by very different factors. Some dandruff is drier, while others are oilier. If one of these methods do not work for you, don’t worry! Just try out another a few days later. Find the method (or combination of methods) that work best for you and your scalp. The best of luck!