Winter hair care: 5 home remedies to get rid of dandruff
By NCVC Staff | Published on Sep 23, 2023
Winter can be a challenging time for our hair, with issues like excessive greasiness, oiliness, roughness, dryness, and the dreaded dandruff. Although dandruff is caused by factors like fungus, irritation, an oily scalp, and the presence of Malassezia, it tends to occur more frequently during winter due to dryness and irritation of the scalp. If you’re wondering how to get rid of dandruff, worry not! We’ve got some natural remedies to help you combat this hair woe.
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In an exclusive conversation with Health Shots, Dr. Rinky Kapoor, a renowned Consultant Dermatologist, Cosmetic Dermatologist, and Dermato-Surgeon at The Esthetic Clinics, shared some natural remedies that can effectively reduce dandruff, especially during the winter season.
Natural Home Remedies to Get Rid of Winter Dandruff
Dandruff not only affects the health of your hair but can also impact your confidence. Dr. Kapoor explains, “The medical term for dandruff is seborrhea, and it can not only harm the scalp but also cause hair fall.”
He further explains, “Dandruff is a type of fungal infection and can occur due to irregular brushing or hair washing, stress, Parkinson’s disease, using the wrong shampoo, or not using shampoo at all. In winter, dandruff worsens as the skin’s pH balance is disrupted, leading to dryness.”
1. Coconut Oil and Lemon
Lemon’s citric acid helps cleanse the scalp, while coconut oil nourishes it. When combined, these ingredients work wonders in preventing and eliminating dandruff.
Here’s how to use it: Mix 2 tablespoons of warm coconut oil with an equal quantity of lemon juice. Gently massage the mixture onto your scalp and leave it on for 20 minutes before shampooing.
2. Almond Oil and Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil possesses antifungal and antimicrobial properties, making it one of the best solutions for treating dandruff at home. It also helps remove dead skin and chemical buildup. On the other hand, almond oil helps balance the fungus and yeast that cause dandruff.
Here’s how to use it: Mix two drops of tea tree oil with 50ml of almond oil and gently massage it into your scalp. Wash your hair with a regular shampoo after 30 minutes.
3. Aloe Vera and Neem
Aloe vera and neem both have excellent antibacterial and antifungal properties, making them an excellent combination to combat dandruff. Moreover, they offer soothing and cooling effects for the scalp.
Here’s how to use it: Blend 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel with 10-15 fresh neem leaves. Apply the smooth mixture to your scalp and hair, leaving it on for 30 minutes. Rinse with an anti-dandruff shampoo.
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4. Fenugreek Hair Mask with Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
Fenugreek contains nicotinic acid and protein, which prevent dandruff and nourish the scalp, promoting hair growth. Apple cider vinegar, on the other hand, controls dandruff, strengthens hair, and balances the scalp’s pH level.
Here’s how to use it: Soak about 2 tablespoons of fenugreek leaves or seeds overnight and grind them in the morning. Add ½ teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and mix well. Apply the mixture to your scalp and hair, leaving it on for half an hour. Wash with a good anti-dandruff shampoo and don’t forget to apply conditioner afterward.
5. Banana, Lemon, and Honey Mask
These three ingredients work together to combat dandruff, moisturize the hair, and cleanse the scalp by removing buildup.
Here’s how to use it: Mash a banana, add a few drops of lemon, and a teaspoon of honey to create a mask. Apply the mask to your scalp and wash it off after 30 minutes.
Remember to brush your hair and shampoo twice a week, even during winter. If your dandruff is severe, it is advisable to consult a dermatologist for immediate treatment.
With these natural remedies, you can bid farewell to winter dandruff and enjoy healthy, beautiful hair all year round.