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Dandruff is a hair problem which is often characterized by a flaky scalp, can be easily solved. The flaky bits of skin, tangled in the root of the hair shafts reduces the life span of the cells constituting the scalp. Moisturization of the scalp is the key. There are several homemade remedies for dandruff. Thus, it is important that you choose the right hair oil for dandruff prone scalp.
1. Coconut Oil and Camphor
Shelf Life : 2-3 months; as long as the camphor retains its smell
- In a small 100ml container, preferably glass or ceramic container mix 50 grams of coconut oil and 50 grams of camphor.
- Leave the camphor in the coconut overnight and oil your scalp and the roots of your hair generously with the oil.
- If you feel that, your scalp still feels dry, go for a steam or leave the hair oil for over 6 hours before washing it off.
The camphor is a natural antibacterial agent and helps fight dandruff causing bacteria.
The coconut, on the other hand, with its fine particles nourishes the roots of the hair and the hair follicles to fulfill the scalp’s needs.
You will need a mild shampoo to wash off the oil from your hair.
2. Garlic Cloves with Olive Oil
Shelf Life : Over a year
Olive oil contains large amounts of omega 3 fatty acids, an essential fatty acid that the body cannot manufacture by itself and needs to obtain from external sources.
Olive oil allows the scalp to absorb the same, effectively and helps control dandruff. Olive oil is great for dandruff prone scalp since, despite being highly moisturizing it does not feel sticky and is extremely easy to wash off with a mild shampoo.
- For added benefits, pound a few cloves of garlic and add it to the bottle of olive oil.
The garlic renders its magical mineral content of the oil, enriching it with micronutrients that play a key role in rendering strength to your hair.
Shelf Life : Zero; freshly prepared at every application
Coconut oil is a great medium to add different types of oils to and obtain the benefits from all the components.
Ghee or clarified butter found in most Indian homes is rich with the goodness of milk enzymes and the fat content of the milk. While the fat is absorbed into the scalp and the hair follicles, the enzymes inhibit the growth of bacteria.
Coconut oil is to lighten the density of the mixture. While ghee is excellent for the scalp, but it depends on the texture of the scalp and the length of the hair to determine the quantity of ghee that is added to the coconut oil. However, it is an excellent option as home remedy for dandruff but the scalp must be cleansed properly to obtain maximum benefits from this remedy.
However, to wash off the ghee from your tresses, you will need a strong shampoo
4. Mint or Eucalyptus Oil with Sesame Oil
Shelf Life : 12-15 months; the older, the better
Sesame is an extremely light oil with tiny particles that easily permeate the scalp tissue and hair follicles.
On the other hand, mint or eucalyptus oil is an anti-bacterial, anti-viral and antifungal essential oil. These properties can be easily used to combat bacterial infestation on the scalp that can lead to big lumps of flaky skin tangled in the hair.
- We recommend mixing a few drops of mint or eucalyptus essential oil just before using it on the scalp and tying it into a tight bun or covering your head with a shower cap.
- The strong aroma of the oil seeps and remains intact providing maximum benefit. This remedy is also beneficial in getting rid of hair lice.
5. Almond Oil with Rosemary Oil
Shelf Life : Zero ( Freshly prepared at every application )
Almond oil with its subtle smell and high Vitamin E content can be used to get rid of dandruff. Dandruff is not always dry but the excess sebum secretion on the scalp can make it oily. Under such circumstances, oil such as almond oil can come very handy.
- In a bowl, take two tablespoons of almond oil and mix a few drops of rosemary oil in it.
- The rosemary cools the scalp and makes it easier for the almond oil to ensure that the moisture has seeped in just enough to moisturize the scalp.
6. Lemon Juice and Shallot Juice with Bhringaraj Oil
Shelf Life : Zero ( Freshly prepared at every application )
A common remedy that almost every one of us has tried as a youngster is to rub lemon wedges on the scalp to get rid of dandruff. Here, we introduce a slight twist in the tale.
- Take a juice of half a lemon, sieve the juice of two to three medium shallots and
- add it bhringaraj oil before applying it on the scalp.
Shallots or Madras onions as they are otherwise called are excellent for reducing dandruff and prevent hair thinning.
You might need a strong shampoo to get rid of all the oil applied to your locks.
7. Hibiscus Flowers with Coconut Oil or Mustard Oil
Shelf Life : 6 months to a year
Hibiscus flowers have been regarded as the Holy Grail product for jet-black hair.
Hibiscus oil can be extracted easily from the flowers. Unfortunately, the oil cannot be found in the markets easily.
- Nevertheless, of course, you can roughly chop the petals of about ten to fifteen hibiscus flowers and leave it in 100 ml of coconut oil or mustard oil.
The mustard oil is a great alternative, especially during the winter months due to its deep nourishing nature, whereas coconut oil is comparatively lighter and a suitable option during the summer months.
These recipes for homemade remedies for dandruff prone scalps are essentially fixated at the causes of dandruff by closely examining the symptoms and directed towards curing the problem from the very base. Each ingredient mentioned in the above recipes has a role to play. While the freshly prepared oils can be mixed right before application are extremely simple, whereas the rest require slight labor and can be prepared beforehand. As these oils age, they become more effective at solving the problem at hand.
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