Dandruff is a common problem that affects people of all ages. For this reason, there are many solutions to this problem, some of which include natural homemade treatments. Here are two of these solutions: an anti-dandruff shampoo and rinse that you can prepare at home and quickly benefit from its results!
One of the most common skin conditions is dandruff, which mainly affects your scalp and can cause itchiness and flaking. Even though the exact reasons why some people develop dandruff are unclear, with experts leaning towards environmental, hormonal, and genetic factors to explain it, there are several ways to treat it. Here are two of them, natural and homemade shampoo and rinse.
DIY Baking soda anti-dandruff shampoo
The texture of baking soda helps remove the dirt and excess oil from your hair, as well as the loose skin cells from your scalp that cause dandruff. Unlike many commercial dandruff shampoos, when used every once in a while this homemade shampoo won’t strip your scalp of its much-needed natural oils.
If you want to go with a bought anti-dandruff shampoo though, there are some ingredients to pay attention to and some potential risks to avoid. Antifungal agents, for example, are a commonly advised element to look for in shampoo, according to experts. These include ketoconazole, selenium sulfide, and zinc pyrithione. On the other hand, you should avoid products that carry risks of dryness and sensibility to your scalp.
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
- 1 cup of water
- 2-3 drops rosemary essential oil (optional)
First of all, you need to combine one tablespoon of baking soda for every cup of water and mix well. If you wish to make a bigger amount, you should still maintain this baking soda-to-water ratio. You can add essential oil if you want to leave your hair with that special scent. Pour the mixture over your hair and massage it into your scalp. Then, rinse your hair thoroughly.
DIY Apple cider vinegar rinse
Apple cider vinegar is a typical addition to many kinds of natural remedies, mostly due to its antifungal, antimicrobial, and antioxidant properties. When it comes to hair care and dandruff prevention or reduction, this vinegar showed several positive results. Not only did it temporarily lower the pH levels of the root of the hair, alleviating some dandruff symptoms, but it was also proven that it limits some bacteria and fungi from growing.
That’s why this other homemade remedy combats dandruff so well; it’s a weekly rinse with apple cider vinegar. This will help you bring this substance’s nutrients and properties to your scalp while leaving your hair with the well-known apple scent of apple cider vinegar!
- 1 part apple cider vinegar
- 1 part of warm water
Firstly, mix the water and vinegar. Most people will do with just one cup of each, but those with long and thick hair may need to use two cups or more. Once you’ve combined them, pour the vinegar water over your hair and gently massage it into your hair and scalp. After 3 to 5 minutes have passed, rinse with clean water. After 8 to 12 hours, wash your hair as normal.
Dandruff can be an annoying skin condition to live with, but you can take action to get rid of it with this homemade shampoo and rinse, both made with natural ingredients that you surely have in your pantry. What are you waiting for to try these solutions?