Dandruff refers to the condition of the scalp where white-colored flakes shed down like snow from the horny layer of skin and settle on one’s shoulders and clothes. In case of excessive formation of scales, it assumes an unpleasant and irritating condition associated with bacteria which is usually unhygienic.
In this condition, whenever the hair is brushed or combed scaliness increases, often followed by itching and the scalp may become red from scratching.
Home Remedies for Dandruff
There are varieties of medicated shampoos available in the market for the treatment of dandruff. Most of these shampoos cause irreparable damage to the hair roots in the process of curing the disorder because of their synthetic ingredients. Only natural home remedies can offer a satisfactory cure to this disease.
The use of Fenugreek (Methi) seeds is one such remedy. One to two tablespoons of fenugreek seeds should be soaked in water overnight. The softened seeds should then be ground to paste in the morning. This paste should be applied all over the scalp and left for an hour. Finally, hair should be washed properly with a mild herbal shampoo like PURA D’OR Advanced Therapy System Shampoo.
Fresh lime juice is equally useful for treating dandruff. A teaspoon of fresh lime juice can be taken and thereafter hair should be washed. This juice removes excessive oiliness and stickiness from the scalp thereby preventing the formation of flakes and also gives a good bounce and luster to hair.
Washing the hair with green gram powder mixed with curd twice a week is another useful remedy.
The use of curd has also proved to be very beneficial for removing dandruff. Two to three tablespoons of curd should be applied to the scalp and kept for about half an hour. Thereafter hair can be washed with a mild herbal shampoo.
Another measure that helps to counteract dandruff is to dilute cider vinegar with an equal quantity of water and dab this on to the hair with cotton wool in between shampooing. Cider vinegar added to water for rinsing after shampooing works as a good conditioner and keeps the scalp clean.
Above all proper hygiene should be maintained to keep the hair and scalp clean so as to minimize the accumulation of dead cells. Hair should be properly brushed daily to remove flakiness and improve circulation. One of the most effective ways of brushing is to bend forward with the head towards the ground and brush the hair from the neck towards the top of the head. Short hair can be brushed from the roots to the ends in one stroke.
Diet also plays an important role in the treatment of dandruff. The patient should resort to a high intake of fruit diet for about 4-5 days. Fresh fruits such as grapes, apples, pears, pineapples, and grapefruits can be included in the day to day diet. Citrus fruits and dried stewed or tinned fruits should be avoided.
Proper steps should be taken to eradicate constipation and cleanse the bowels. A high fiber and a simple diet consisting of chapattis, brown rice, whole grain cereals, and sprouts should be taken during meals.
Foods such as tea, coffee, meat, sugar, condiments, pickles, soft drinks, candies, ice creams, products made of sugar and white flour, and refined and processed foods should be avoided. Starchy, fatty and protein foods should be restricted.
Exposure of the head and scalp to the rays of the sun provides a good source of Vitamin D and is very useful in eliminating dandruff.
Above all, every possible step should be taken to stay fit and fine.
Thus it can be concluded that natural home remedies prove to be very beneficial in the treatment and cure of dandruff without any harsh effects.