Dandruff – Natural Home Cures

by on January 4, 2012

The Most Effective Natural Cures for Dandruff  (Seborrheic dermatitis)

Dandruff can get really embarrassing. Especially when you wear dark clothing and some of the flakes fall down to your shoulders. No matter how good you look, it’s bound to gross out anyone who sees it on you. It doesn’t do much good to your self-esteem either. To fix that, you have to get rid of that dandruff once and for all.

What is Dandruff?
Your skin naturally sheds its layers on a regular basis. When it comes to the top of your head, it normally takes about a month to shed skin. It also sheds little by little, making it barely noticeable to anyone including yourself. In the case of dandruff, the skin sheds unnaturally fast. The shedding becomes visible in the form of white or sometimes light yellow flakes that fall all over the place. The clumps of dead, shedding skin are what we call dandruff.

Symptoms of dandruff
Some of us get dandruff once in a while. It’s sometimes unavoidable especially for those of us that travel a lot in a month. It even sometimes resolves on its own. It becomes embarrassingly gross when it becomes a chronic problem, though, since there are flaky white pieces of dead flesh all over the place. A few more signs that you might have dandruff are; Greasy, red, and flaky patches on your head. Tight, itchy, sometimes sore feeling on the skin of your head.
White or sometimes yellow flakes on your scalp and hair. Crusty, scaly rashes in some parts or all over your scalp.

Preventing dandruff
Dandruff is caused by a natural occurring fungus in our scalp. It’s a type of yeast that likes feeding on fat and oil. For reasons that are still under study, this fungus sometimes multiplies at an alarming rate and starts eating a lot of oil from your head. Moisturizing shampoos might fix the itching problem. Aloe vera shampoo, especially if you make it at home, is probably the best type since it has Vitamin E and natural moisturizing properties. Less stress and a healthy diet, along with regular outdoor exercise also contribute to a healthy scalp. All three are not only good for your overall health, but also help with keeping your natural flora levels in check. The yeast on your scalp included. Use less hair products and treatment. This could be the cause of your dandruff in the first place. All that gel, styling cream, blow drying, and treating might be throwing your scalp yeast’s levels out of whack. Use less and you might notice lesser dandruff.

Home remedies for dandruff
Our bodies develop a resistance to products we use all the time and the cures we use for certain chronic conditions might not work anymore in the course of time. The best way to prevent this from happening is switching remedies once in a while. Since we have to keep switching, the best remedies are natural cures that not only save us a ton of money, but also ensure that we get the best that Mother Nature has to offer as help. Massage pure lime juice on your head when you’re rinsing and leaving it on for about 3-5 minutes every day. Not only does it help with the flaky dandruff, it gets rid of that sticky feeling you get after shampooing and makes your hair glow. Three tablespoons of fenugreek seeds, diluted overnight in water and ground to a paste makes for a good dandruff cure. Apply the fenugreek seed paste onto your scalp and leave it on for an hour. Rinse the paste off with a reetha or gum acacia solution. Since this is a natural home remedy, you can do this as often as once or twice a day. Massaging some emu oil in your scalp every day moisturizes the scalp and could be the cure for your dandruff. If you’re feeling particularly aggressive against your dandruff, you can try the ancient method of applying tar on your scalp. Be careful with this last remedy, though. It tends to irritate skin, cause hair discoloration when applied to light hair, has a strong odor and is a particularly aggressive form of treatment for dandruff.

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