Weekly Handy Tips Series: Dandruff Control
Seven ways to get rid of that stubborn dandruff.
Dandruff is a very common problem affecting both men and women alike. All of us have suffered at one time or the other from this scalp condition. Its embarrassing, causes itching and basically unwanted!
Following basic hygiene for a dandruff free scalp helps. Like keeping your combs, towels and pillow covers clean by washing them regularly; you should avoid sharing combs or brushes, as it can cause cross infection and lead to dandruff; washing your combs and brushes each time you shampoo your hair; and the most important shampooing your hair at lease every third day.
I am listing here, in no particular order, seven ways to get rid of that stubborn dandruff using things you will find in your medicine cabinet or around the house. These ‘things’ listed below, have other basic uses, and were not solely made to treat dandruff. I know there are tonnes more that could have been on the list, these are the ones I prefer to talk about today.
Powder two aspirin tablets and mix it with the amount of shampoo you’ll need for one time. Use this shampoo-asprin mix and work up the lather. Leave on the hair for two minutes (if you have time, try leaving it on for about 10 minutes) then wash, follow up with your usual conditioner.
Mix about 1 teaspoon of baking soda to your shampoo and rub into your hair and scalp. Leave it on for half an hour. It should sting a little bit, if not, try adding a bit more baking soda. Then Rinse thoroughly with warm water. Condition as usual.
Warm any hair oil of your choice. To this, add one tablespoon of boric powder and let it to dissolve into the warm oil. Massage this oil and boric powder mix into the scalp properly. Keep for atleast an hour or preferably overnight. If using at night, tie an old scarf to your hair to protect your clothing and pillow covers from the oil stains. Shampoo as usual.
Now I understand that dettol is not so easily available in the USA. Maybe you could order it online. For those of you who are not familiar with it, its an antiseptic liquid used to clean up wounds; you could disinfect babies nappies with it; it has a lot of alternative uses, but that is for another article, another time.
Put 1 tablespoon dettol in about 500ml water (or one part dettol to 40 parts water). Use this water for shampooing. Follow up with usual conditioner.
There’s something about using a mouthwash in your hair! One, it’s very refreshing and jokes apart, listerine is a good anti-dandruff option. Soak your scalp and hair in listerine. Keep it on for about 15 minutes. Wash with warm water. Then shampoo and condition as usual. Your hair will be dandruff free and feel light.
Now this is something I wouldn’t have guessed! But sources say, it works. Section hair and massage some preparation H ointment into your scalp.(Working in sections is easier). Then take another section and repeat. Cover the entire scalp like this. Do this everyday for a week. The dandruff should be gone.
Mix together 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1 teaspoon of lime juice. You could warm up the olive oil a bit before mixing the lime juice. Massage thoroughly into scalp and hair. Tie an old scarf to your hair to protect your clothing and pillow covers from the oil stains. Keep overnight. Shampoo the following morning. Not only will your hair be dandruff free, but soft and shiny too.
Make A Soothing Itchy Scalp, Dry Scalp Natural Remedy
The lady in the video has a very strong British accent, I like it. Its worth watching and trying out. Its all natural and cannot cause any side effects! You’ve got nothing to lose.
Alternative Anti-dandruff Treatments
This guy gives two more fun, easy options. I am not saying what they are, you check out the video.