Ever since I was nine, there is one thing I’ve always battled with. And no, I’m not talking about pre-teenage acne or realizing that while all my classmates had their growth spurt, I would be forever stuck in my 5’1 body. Nope, the one thing I’ve been battling with ever since I turned nine, is dandruff.
Now before you laugh off my words as irrelevant, picture this: since I was nine, I’ve had to be careful with my clothes, especially when I have on black t-shirts. Because, all I have to do is brush my hair just a little bit and I will be covered with so many flakes, that passersby assume I have on a greyish shawl.
Imagine dealing with that embarrassment every day. And don’t get me started on what I went through when I went to salons and everyone and their mother felt like they had just the right recipe to get rid of my dandruff. You name it, I’ve tried it. I even had engine oil rubbed into my scalp once. That is an experience I do not want to EVER repeat.
So what’s a young girl to do when everything she’s been told would work fails? Try new methods of course! And here’s the best part: these methods actually work!
1. Tea Tree Oil: Thanks to its anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties, tea tree oil has been known to help treat dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis, thanks to its effectiveness in fighting the specific strain of fungus that causes both. To prevent irritation to your skin though, be sure to dilute your tea tree oil in carrier oils like coconut oil or olive oil, before applying it to your scalp. A few drops of tea tree oil will usually do the trick!
2. Coconut Oil: Research has shown that coconut oil could aid in the treatment of eczema which is a skin condition that has been known to contribute to dandruff. To enjoy the full antimicrobial benefits of coconut oil, it’s best to use it for as long as six to eight weeks to see changes.
3. Aloe Vera: Not only does Aloe Vera help to treat skin conditions like burns, psoriasis and cold sores, it is also perfect for treating dandruff, thanks to its antibacterial and antifungal properties.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar: Apple Cider Vinegar works wonders in balancing the pH of your skin, which helps to reduce fungal growths, and therefore helps fight dandruff. Simply add a couple of tablespoons to some essential oils and spray directly onto your hair.
5. Aspirin: Studies have shown that the salicylic acid present in aspirin helps get rid of scaly skin and also loosens flakes in your hair so they can be easily removed. To get the full benefits of aspirin, simply crush two tablets of aspirin into your shampoo before washing your hair.
6. Baking Soda: Baking Soda’s antifungal properties work wonders in helping to loosen flakes in your hair, getting rid of dandruff and inhibiting fungal growth. For best results, simply apply baking soda directly to your wet hair, massage it into your scalp, let it sit for about two minutes and then shampoo your hair as usual.
7. Lemongrass Oil: Lemongrass oil’s antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties work wonders in helping to reduce dandruff symptoms. Just like tea tree oil however, lemongrass oil should not be applied directly to the scalp as this can cause skin irritations. Instead, dilute a couple of drops of lemongrass oil in a carrier oil before applying it to your scalp, and you should be good to go.
With care and consistent use, your hair should be dandruff-free pretty soon. It is important to remember though that no matter what remedies you use, you have to watch your diet, as well as this, contributes immensely to general health care. So eat a lot of proteins, foods rich in Omega 3’s and zinc and you should be good to go!
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