Struggling to get rid of those pesky white flakes on your hair and scalp? This DIY natural remedy for dandruff will get rid of them for good!
Dandruff. A word that has been the bane of so many people’s lives, whether it’s a man, woman or child. Few things can destroy your confidence like some white flakes that fall on to your shoulder. Although not technically dirt, there’s no doubt about the fact that dandruff evokes an ‘Eww’ whenever spotted!
Experts are still unable to pin point one exact reason for dandruff, but there are a number of probable causes. It could be an extremely dry scalp, or a fungal infection (cue the ‘Eww’) or a condition called seborrheic dermatitis. Some people are more prone to getting dandruff than others, while in some people dandruff is triggered by a change in weather or by illness or even stress.
Dandruff seems to be harmless, so why is it such a big problem? Dandruff is a problem because of the itchiness it causes in the scalp, along with that constant white dust on your shoulder when you wear dark colors. But the reason we are talking about dandruff today is because it is notoriously hard to get rid of. On the surface, it may seem like the solution – anti dandruff shampoos – are available in plenty, but only someone who has struggled with dandruff knows that these don’t really work!
What’s wrong with anti-dandruff shampoos?
Where do we begin? Anyone who’s tried anti-dandruff shampoos may have found that it works for a short while, but then the dandruff’s back in all its glory. Applying the shampoo becomes a pointless exercise from this point, unless you experiment with some other brand that has stronger chemicals. This is exactly what the beauty industry cashes in on, giving us unsatisfactory results while exposing our hair and bodies to yet more chemicals and toxins.
Many dandruff shampoos are made with ingredients like selenium sulfide, Ketoconazole and zinc pyrithione, which is also used in making pesticides. Some anti-dandruff shampoos are basically detergents in a pretty bottle. Can you believe that some dandruff shampoos even contain tar?
All the chemicals in such shampoos can irritate scalps with sensitive skin, and can worsen the flakiness. The way these shampoos work is by softening the dandruff so they can be washed away. They don’t really cure the problem, but attempt to control it. That’s why you notice the dandruff coming back when you use the shampoo less. In some cases, the scalp becomes resistant to the ingredients and the dandruff comes back with a vengeance.
Another complaint people have with dandruff shampoos is that it dries out the hair. That is because these shampoos have been formulated to remove natural oils, leading to excessive dryness. The result is frizzy hair that breaks at a moment’s notice.
You’ll never find celebrities endorsing natural remedies but the truth is that those are usually the best ways of getting rid of dandruff! We are going to show you two simple pantry ingredients that will get rid of the dandruff problem from the root (pun intended), while soothing the scalp and nourishing your hair. They are lemon and wild honey.
Wild Forest Honey is pure, raw honey that is not purified or pasteurized. A study in the European Journal of Medical Research showed that unfiltered raw honey could treat severe scalp issues like dandruff. Honey is antioxidant and antimicrobial, and it keeps away the pathogens that cause dandruff. Honey is also anti-inflammatory that soothes a scalp that is irritated due to dandruff. What’s more, it moisturizes the hair and scalp and keeps dryness at bay. (If you haven’t already, I strongly recommend trying a bottle of Soundaryah’s Amrutam Wild Honey to experience nature’s real magic)
Lemons are a well-known source of citric acid, which according to this 2015 study, helps adjust the pH level of the scalp, which keeps dandruff away. Lemons can also control excess oil in the scalp, which is another cause for dandruff. In addition to these, lemons provide flavonoids, Vitamin B and Vitamin C, which repair damaged skin cells on the scalp.
With these ingredients, we can create an effective natural dandruff remedy, which is also zero waste – no more plastic bottles to get rid of! Once you try this, you won’t be going back for those chemical laden shampoos anymore.
DIY Natural Remedy for Dandruff
- 1 lemon
- 1 tablespoon Wild Honey
- Cut the lemon and remove the seeds. Squeeze out the juice and add the honey to it. Mix well.
- Apply the mixture to dry scalp, making sure to get it everywhere.
- Leave the mixture on for 20 minutes. Rinse off with plain, lukewarm water. There’s no need to shampoo.
- Repeat once every 3-4 days.
Here are the answers to some common questions about this remedy.
Q: I have heard that applying lemon to your hair leads to premature greying – is that true?
A: No, it doesn’t. In some cases lemon can cause dryness if applied excessively, which is why it is recommended to balance it with honey.
Q: Won’t honey cause hair color to fade?
A: No, it won’t. There is no scientific evidence that proves this.
Q: Can we use regular honey instead of wild honey?
A: As this recipe is an Ayurvedic remedy for dandruff, it requires the medicinal properties of wild honey to be truly effective.
Q: Can this remedy be used for children?
A: For children, it is recommended to use just half a lemon and to dilute the mix in a mug of water. Make sure to keep it away from the eyes.
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