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Common Kitchen Items to Help Treat Dandruff

Anyone who has ever dealt with dandruff knows how frustrating it can be. It’s super embarrassing and makes us want to shun black clothing. There are tons of products on the market today used to treat dandruff, but they’re expensive and never guaranteed to work.

So what can we do? You may be surprised to hear that there are tons of home remedies you can try by using basic items that are probably in your kitchen right this moment. All of these solutions are chemical-free, and most of them are all-natural.

If you’re looking for an alternative to traditional, chemical-filled dandruff treatments, read on to learn more and check out some awesome recipes.

What Causes Dandruff?

Unsightly white flakes are the sure sign of dandruff, but it’s also usually accompanied by very uncomfortable itchiness. It’s easy to write this off as an overly dry scalp, but the truth is that dandruff reflects the health of your scalp and should be treated, whether by some ancient remedy you found on the internet, botanical treatments, or scientifically proven efforts.

Dandruff can be the result of a few different things. These are the most common causes of an itchy, flaky scalp:

  • Seborrheic Dermatitis, a condition causing irritated and oily skin
  • Not enough shampooing leading to skill cell accumulation
  • Malassezia, a yeast that aggravates the scalp and causes excess skin cell growth
  • Various personal care products that react negatively with your skin type
  • Stress or diet

If you see signs like skin flakes around your scalp, hair, and shoulders, you may have a good solid case of dandruff. You may also experience an itchy scalp as well as a scaly, crusty feeling.

Think about any kind of dry skin on your body. When you have dry skin, it becomes brittle and flaky. However, with the right products and treatment, you can nourish your skin back to life.

Most cases of dandruff are not severe and you can treat them without professional medical care. But, you may consider taking a visit to your dermatologist if your scalp health does not improve.

In the meantime, we intend to treat your dry scalp today with a series of kitchen-born remedies.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil has been time-honored as a very effective natural treatment for a wide range of conditions, including acne and psoriasis. This plant-based oil is known to have potent anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties, both of which are useful in treating dandruff, and to detox hair.

Tea tree oil is fantastic for improving greasiness and decreasing itchiness. Some also even believe that the substance can fight off a particular strain of fungus that causes seborrheic dermatitis, which we mentioned earlier can cause dandruff.

You can find tea tree oil in its pure form, or you can buy shampoos and conditioners that use it in its ingredients. Be warned that some people with sensitive skin may find that tea tree oil irritates more than it helps. You can combat this by diluting the product in coconut oil.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is a super popular product that many people keep either in their bathroom cabinets or in their refrigerator. It has so many benefits for different things that it would be silly not to own a bottle. Most often, we use it to treat sunburn. The soothing effects alleviate and help heal the burns, as well as treat things like psoriasis and cold sores.

Aloe Vera can also help treat dandruff. Because the plant is antibacterial and antifungal, it not only fights off dryness, but it protects against several kinds of fungi that cause dandruff and hair loss.

It also can help reduce inflammation, which can help with the itchiness and irritation that tend to come along with dandruff.

Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse

Apple cider vinegar is used consistently to treat a long list of bodily ailments, from insulin sensitivity to weight loss. Many people use an apple cider vinegar rinse in their hair care regime to balance their pH levels, re-grow hair, thicken, and add shine. ACV rinse can also clarify your hair.

Though there’s not yet any evidence-based research confirming all of the benefits of apple cider vinegar, many people claim that it stimulates growth and activates follicles.

In the same way, the acidity found in this vinegar has been seen to help shed dead skin cells, subsequently ridding you of dandruff. The effects it has on balancing pH can also prevent the growth of fungus and clear out your roots.

There’s a good chance you already have apple cider vinegar in your kitchen pantry. Mix a few tablespoons of vinegar with some water (you should always dilute the vinegar) and rinse your hair with it when you shower. You can do this two to three times a week for best results.

Aspirin

If the words salicylic acid sound familiar to you, it’s probably because you’ve used a face product like face wash or lotion to fight acne. Salicylic acid is one of the most common acne-fighting active ingredients used today, but did you know that it’s also in aspirin?

Salicylic acid has anti-inflammatory properties. For that reason, you’ll find it in a lot of dandruff shampoos. You’ll even find it in many prescription-strength medications that are used to treat seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff.

However, you can use aspirin instead to get a higher, more concentrated version of this compound.

To use aspirin as a dandruff treatment, take two tablets, and crush them up. Add this powder to your average, everyday shampoo and wash your hair as per usual.

Baking Soda

It’s almost a sure guarantee that you can open anyone’s kitchen cupboards and find baking soda inside. Lucky for us, baking soda is also a faithful standby when it comes to treating dandruff and repairing dry scalps.

Because of its texture, baking soda makes for an excellent gentle exfoliant, and the purpose of an exfoliant is to remove dead skin cells and clarify your hair.

Baking soda is also often used in cleaning because it has antifungal properties. These same properties can be great for treating and preventing dandruff by fighting off certain bacteria. It’s also a helpful solution for reducing scaling and itchiness.

This product could not be easier to use. Apply baking soda directly to your wet hair in the shower. Use your fingertips to massage it into your hair and scalp gently. Let the product sit for one to two minutes, and then shampoo your hair as usual.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has been used in the kitchen and in cosmetics for years. It is also a common ingredient used in hair care products, so if you’re feeling a little nervous about putting something like baking soda in your hair, you can always try this natural, popular remedy.

Coconut oil is naturally soothing and hydrating, making it great for treating dandruff. You can use the oil straight from the bottle to your hair, applying three to five tablespoons to your scalp and letting it sit for about an hour.

When the time is up, shampoo your hair regularly.

As an alternative to plain coconut oil, you can also shop for shampoos and conditioners that use it as a main ingredient. This can give you similar results and help you to clarify your hair.

Lemons

There is a very good chance that you have a lemon, or at least a bottle of lemon juice, in your refrigerator right now. If not, it’s super cheap and easy to get your hands on.

Lemons have high levels of acidity, which can help balance out the pH of your scalp. When your pH levels are proper, your skin and hair are more likely to look and feel healthy. A healthy scalp usually means little to no dandruff.

To use lemons in your hair care routine, massage two tablespoons of lemon juice into your scalp and rinse with warm water. Then, mix one teaspoon of lemon juice with one cup of water and use the mixture to rinse your hair. We recommend using fresh lemon juice, as many bottled juices come from concentrate and contain loads of sugar, so it won’t be effective to detox hair.

Do this on a daily basis and watch your dandruff disappear.

Final Thoughts

Dandruff has the potential to be very embarrassing and very uncomfortable. You can practice all the perfect hygiene in the world and use the best products and still end up with flakes on your shoulders and stuck in your eyebrows. Unless you haven’t been practicing regular hygiene, it’s not your fault, and no one should have to deal with a flaky scalp.

Luckily, there are so many treatments you can try to combat your dandruff. And even luckier still, today we have learned that many of these treatments exist right in our own kitchen.

If you feel like you have tried absolutely everything to detox your hair, yet your dandruff still comes back in full force, you should give one of these natural and easy-to-find remedies a try. They are all perfectly safe, and they couldn’t be simpler to use.

Start fighting back against your dandruff today and say goodbye to your flaky scalp for good.

By
Kathy Watson

Over her 10-year career as a journalist, Kathy has worked as a columnist and reporter for both print magazines and digital publications. She started as a beat reporter for her college newspaper covering biosciences and general science. Kathy holds a B.A. in political science. Reviewed by Collective Laboratories' Medical Advisory Board

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