Dandruff is a problem that many people meet at least once in a lifetime, it can occur at any age after puberty, but often appears during puberty.
Renewal of skin cells is a natural process, which in principle is not noticeable until its rhythm is disrupted. At the core of this phenomenon is the excessive peeling of the scalp skin. Besides being an aesthetic problem, dandruff is a symptom of scalp disorder.
The causes of dandruff are different, it can be caused by aggressive hair care products, from bacteria or fungi, unbalanced diet, hormones and it’s not excluded occurring dandruff due to stress.
If peeling and falling of dead cells becomes more intense and more accelerated, especially if it is followed with enhanced secretion of sebum, and with itching and redness, it is a condition that requires special attention and treatment. In this case ordinary shampoo against dandruff will not be of great benefit and you should ask for help from dermatologist.
Most common causes of dandruff
Vitamin B deficiency
It’s proven that deficiency of vitamins from B group cause occurrence of dandruff. To compensate lack of this vitamin, we should include seafood (fish, oysters), fresh vegetables (cabbage, tomatoes, carrots) and nuts (walnuts, peanuts) in our daily diet.
If the water is supersaturated with calcium, magnesium and iron, it is necessary to install a water filter. Hard water leads not only to the occurrence of dandruff, but also to hair loss.
Aggressive hair products can lead to disorders of the sebaceous glands, and as a consequence can appear dandruff. It’s recommended to use products that contain zinc pyrithione and ketoconazole. Also, it’s advisable to wash your hair several times a week (even if you have oily scalp) to remove dead cells.
Disorders in the body
Dandruff is a common satellite of gastrointestinal tract and nervous system. The occurrence of dandruff is signal that we should pay attention to the way of life, avoid stress, ensure a healthy and restful sleep, and enough rest.
Alternative medicine offers numerous cures for removing dandruff, and here we listed ten natural ways to get rid of dandruff once for all.
1. Apple cider vinegar
The effect against fungus and bacteria is well known for apple cider vinegar. This is the reason why it’s so effectively removes dandruff and itching.
After you wash your hair with shampoo, rub apple cider vinegar into the scalp. Leave some time to act, and then rinse. To alleviate the smell, you can mix two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with two tablespoons of water and olive oil.
The good bacteria in yogurt help us to fight the fungus that causes dandruff formation.
Spread yogurt on the scalp and leave it about fifteen minutes. Then rinse hair with a minimal amount of mild shampoo.
3. Essential oil of cedar
Essential oil of cedar is often used as an antibacterial agent or a fungicide, and is also effective against dandruff.
All you have to do is mix the essential oil of cedar (seven drops), spruce (ten drops) and cypress (ten drops). Rub the resulting mixture on the scalp and leave for one hour, then rinse hair with a mild shampoo.
4. Coconut Oil
In the fight against dandruff also can be used coconut oil.
Wash your hair with mild shampoo, but do not use conditioner, then dry your hair and apply coconut oil on the scalp. Avoid use of the rest of the hair and rinse the scalp again. It’s recommended to use coconut oil two to three times a week.
5. Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil has antibacterial and antifungal properties, so it is also used for solving the problem of dandruff.
Mix one tablespoon of olive oil with seven drops of tea tree oil, and apply resulting mixture on the scalp. Leave on for overnight and rinse hair in the morning.
6. Flaxseed oil
Flaxseed oil contains essential fatty acids that help in removing dandruff. In this way, it will take much more time to fight dandruff, but flaxseed oil will have other positive effects on your body. Consume one to two teaspoons a day.
7. Bay leaf
Pour over a handful chopped bay leaf with a liter of boiling water. Cover pan, and after 20 minutes strain it. Wait to cool down, wash your scalp and leave to act for one hour. Then rinse your hair with water.
8. Canadian barberry
Canadian barberry can help in removing the fungus “Pityrosporum ovale”, which causes dandruff.
Two teaspoons of chopped root of Canadian barberry, pour with a half a pint of boiling water. After it cool down, wash your scalp with it.
Teaspoon chopped rosemary, pour with half a pint of boiling water. After it cool down, rinse the hair with it.
Apply lemon juice on the scalp before or during hair washing. After that, rinse your hair with a mild shampoo.