Yes, winter dandruff is a thing and here are 5 DIY hair masks to fix it
By NCVC Staff | Published on Sep 23, 2023
Winter brings cozy hot chocolate, sweater weather, and fuzzy blankets. But along with these pleasures, it can also wreak havoc on our scalps, causing what is commonly known as “winter dandruff.” This condition is characterized by a flaky and itchy scalp, which can be quite uncomfortable and embarrassing. But fear not! With a few simple DIY hair masks, you can keep winter dandruff at bay and enjoy the season to the fullest.
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Coconut Oil and Neem: A Powerful Combination
Coconut oil is renowned for its moisturizing properties, thanks to its abundance of fatty acids and vitamins. When combined with neem, which has both antibacterial and antifungal properties, you have the perfect defense against dandruff.
To create this mask, mix one teaspoon of neem powder with four teaspoons of coconut oil. Adjust the quantities based on your hair length. Gently warm the mixture, then massage it into your scalp for 20 minutes. Allow it to sit for an hour before washing your hair with a mild shampoo.
Aloe Vera and Apple Cider Vinegar: The Dynamic Duo
Aloe vera is widely known for its hydrating properties for dry hair, but did you know it also has antifungal properties that can benefit your scalp? Apple cider vinegar, on the other hand, helps balance the pH of your scalp and hair while providing a natural shine. Additionally, it possesses antibacterial properties that prevent scalp infections.
To prepare this mask, mix two tablespoons of aloe vera gel with two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. Dilute the mixture with four to six tablespoons of water to avoid skin irritation. Apply the mask to your hair and leave it for 20 minutes before rinsing it off.
Fenugreek Seeds and Hibiscus: Strength and Nourishment
Fenugreek seeds are packed with protein, which strengthens hair and prevents dandruff. Hibiscus, rich in vitamin C, strengthens hair roots and helps prevent hair fall. Combined together, these two ingredients are a powerful duo for combating winter hair woes.
Soak two tablespoons of fenugreek seeds overnight with a hibiscus flower. If you have hibiscus powder, you can skip soaking the flower. The next morning, grind the soaked fenugreek seeds and the flower (if applicable). Adjust the consistency by adding a teaspoon of olive oil or coconut oil. Apply the mixture to your hair, leaving it on for 30 minutes before rinsing. If you have extra time, leave it on until it completely dries for maximum benefit.
Tea Tree Oil and Olive Oil: The Dynamic Defense
Tea tree oil boasts excellent antibacterial properties, while olive oil provides much-needed hydration to your scalp. Together, they can prevent dandruff by warding off infections and dryness. Note that tea tree oil needs to be diluted to avoid irritation, so use it sparingly.
Combine 5 drops of tea tree essential oil with 3 to 4 tablespoons of olive oil, adjusting the quantity for your hair length. Massage the mixture onto your scalp for at least 20 minutes, then let it sit for 30 minutes before washing with a mild shampoo.
Banana, Lemon, and Honey: The Moisture Magnet
Bananas offer exceptional moisture for both hair and scalp, which is especially beneficial during the dry winter season. Lemon is known for its powerful cleansing properties that keep the scalp free of build-up that can lead to dandruff. Honey, a natural humectant, helps retain hair moisture. Together, these three ingredients create the ultimate hair mask for winter.
Mash one banana and combine it with 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of honey. Adjust the quantities according to your hair length. Apply the mixture to your hair, leaving it on for 20 minutes before rinsing with a mild shampoo.
Remember, a little care goes a long way in preventing dandruff during winter. Give these DIY hair masks a try and bid farewell to winter dandruff for good!