You don’t have to live your life brushing white flakes off your shoulders. Dandruff can make you feel self-conscious. The good news is there are natural ways to control dandruff that really do work.
1. Tea Tree Oil
You find tea tree oil in vitamin and health food stores. Take a couple of drops and rub them into your scalp. There’s no need to rinse your hair. You can also add the oil into your daily shampoo or conditioner for an easy remedy. Take your container of oil and pour it directly into a full bottle of shampoo or conditioner. Shake the bottle well before use.
White or apple cider vinegar are both effective in treating and controlling dandruff. You rinse your scalp with diluted vinegar after you shampoo and condition. The dilution helps to change the pH of your scalp and makes it healthier. Some people say that vinegar also helps add shine to your hair.
3. Dandruff Shampoo
Choosing a dandruff shampoo is not as easy as you think. Each has different ingredients aimed at doing different things for your scalp. See your dermatologist to determine what is going on with your skin. Your doctor will tell you which ingredient to look for in the right shampoo for you.
If you don’t want to see a dermatologist, choose one dandruff shampoo and use it for several weeks. If it isn’t working, find one with a different ingredient. The most common active ingredients in dandruff shampoos are salicylic acid, selenium sulfide, and ketoconazole.
4. Baking Soda
Grab a box of baking soda and head to the shower. Wet your hair, sprinkle a bit of baking soda on your scalp and wait for one minute. Rinse your scalp and then shampoo as normal. The baking soda acts as a natural exfoliant while soaking up oil from your skin.
5. Shampoo Often
Many people are under the mistaken belief that dry skin causes dandruff. In reality, it’s excess oil that produces the flakes. Don’t avoid shampooing for fear of drying your scalp. Regular shampooing reduces excess oil and keeps dandruff under control.
No one has to live with dandruff. While not every natural remedy will work for you, one almost certainly will. Use this list as a starting point to discover which remedy is right for your unique scalp. Your days of itching and flaking are soon coming to an end.