Do you find yourself constantly scratching your head because of an itchy scalp? You’re not alone. Many people experience the discomfort of dandruff, which could also be quite embarrassing in public.
In today’s post, we’ll share home remedies for dandruff that will help you reduce dryness and relieve your itchy scalp.
What is dandruff, anyway? Dandruff is basically flaky dead skin cells that come from a dry scalp. Technically, it’s just a cosmetic problem and dandruff in itself is harmless. But what is causing dandruff is worth some looking into. Some causes could include medical reasons such as eczema or fungus and bacterial infections on the scalp, in which case we’d recommend consulting a doctor.
But it could also be caused by simple things like change of seasons, allergic reactions, overusing certain hair products, or simply lack of proper hair hygiene.
To relieve your itchy scalp, you can either purchase an over the counter anti-dandruff shampoo and treatment or go the more natural route (organic ftw) and simply try some of these great DIY dandruff home remedies.
1. Baking soda
Baking soda is not only amazing for baking cookies but is also a powerful disinfectant when it comes to cleaning anything. We’re talking your kitchen, your bathroom tiles, and yes… your scalp, too! Baking soda exfoliates your scalp and prevents dandruff. To create this remedy, mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda with water until you reach the perfect paste consistency. For best results, part your hair in sections and apply a few drops of olive oil before spreading the paste on your scalp, and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. Then, thoroughly rinse. For best results, repeat this procedure regularly – once or twice a week.
2. Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has great anti-inflammatory properties that can kill viruses and yeast that cause itchiness on the skin. To create this dandruff remedy, mix ½ cup of apple cider vinegar with ½ cup of water. Massage it well into your scalp and then leave it in 10-15 minutes. Rinse off with cold water. Repeat this routine regularly every few days until you start seeing results.
3. Lemon juice
Have you ever gotten lemon juice on a recent cut? Did it sting like crazy? That’s because lemons contain antiseptic properties, which is why they are a great remedy for an itchy dry scalp. Massage fresh lemon juice onto your scalp and leave it in for 5 minutes. We recommend testing a drop of lemon juice on a small part of your scalp – if it really stings, then dilute the juice with water. Repeat this procedure at least daily until the itchiness goes away.