How to reduce severe dandruff


Dandruff can be caused by a number of things like harsh chemicals, dry scalp, or you could have a yeast fungus called malassezia. It can be annoying and embarrassing to deal with especially if it flakes in public.

Here are remedies to use to manage your dandruff.

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Add asprin to shampoo

Shampoo’s can suck the moisture out of your hair. So ask your GP for a kinder and dandruff treating medicated shampoo. Or try adding asprin to your regular shampoo; it contains salicylic acids which is found in many medicated shampoo’s and it is said to be the best alternative. Crush 2 asprins and dilute with the amount of shampoo you use for one wash, use it weekly and follow with a rinse.

Table salt

The one item that you find in most kitchens could just be the answer to your dandruff issues. Sprinkling this directly on to your scalp and massaging it throughout will help with removing dandruff flakes. This is an essential step to include in your wash days, preferably before you shampoo your hair.

Apple cider vinegar

ACV is a fungicide hence using it clears fungi. Dandruff is a result of dead skin cells that build up over time and ACV helps with removing these without clogging your pores which can also increase your dandruff if left unattended. Mix half a cup of water and AVC, massage thoroughly and rinse with plain water. Repeat once a week until the dandruff clears.

Adjust your diet

Our diet has an impact on our overall health, certain foods are great for promoting healthy hair and nails. Stock up on greens like broccoli and kale. Although fish oil cannot make your dandruff completely disappear but it can lessen and prevent it from coming back.

Tea tree rinsing

Even though oil build up can cause dandruff overtime, using tea tree oil weekly on your scalp can provide a soothing relief to an itchy scalp. Add a couple of drops of tea tree oil to 500ml of warm water. Rinse your hair with the mixture, leave It over night and rinse again in the morning following with tea tree oil shampoo and conditioner. Many scalp related issues can be kept at bay by using tea tree oil including scalp odour and scalp ringworms.

Important: Speak to your doctor before trying any of these, as there may be an underlying skin condition, such as eczema, that could be exarcebated by certain ingredients.

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