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Natural Cures for Dandruff - How to Stop an Itchy Scalp
While dandruff is a common condition, it can be quite stressful to manage. Dandruff can occur for various reasons, often as a result of skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, or a type of fungal infection. Dandruff can also be caused by the chlorine and chloroform in public water systems. You may not know it but when you take a shower your skin, scalp and hair are being exposed to these chemicals with the ability to strip the natural oils of your hair and cause a dry, itchy scalp.
Shampoos and treatments can help to keep dandruff at bay but for the more eco-minded, there are also plenty of tried and trusted natural remedies to remove dandruff. In addition to saving you money on expensive brands, these natural cures for dandruff are quick, easy, effective and do more than just stop an itchy scalp.
Tea tree oil & coconut oil
Not only do these gentle oils smell amazing, they can work wonders to re-hydrate and effectively cure dandruff. Gently massage 3-5 tablespoons of either tea tree oil or coconut oil directly into your scalp and let it sit for 5 minutes. Shampoo and condition as usual. You can do this daily if necessary however, you can also buy products which already contain a small percentage of these oils, or you could add a few drops to your normal shampoo.
Olive oil makes for an excellent natural treatment for dandruff as it can soak into thick, scaly areas and allows the scalp to hydrate and heal over time. For severe dry or itchy scalp issues, massage up to 10 drops of olive oil into your scalp, then leave it in overnight, wearing a shower cap to keep your pillows and sheets clean. In the morning, wash the oil out with your regular shampoo and conditioner.
This household must-have acts a mild exfoliant helping remove dead skin, balance pH on the scalp and ultimately reducing the growth of fungi that can cause dandruff. To apply, simply wet your hair and vigorously rub half a cup of baking soda into your scalp. Allow it to sit for 3-5 minutes and rinse thoroughly with warm water. No need to shampoo after treatment and you can repeat twice a week until scalp improves.
Apple cider vinegar
Similar to baking soda, apple cider vinegar is another kitchen favourite and is much cheaper than buying a salon dandruff treatment. The main benefit of using apple cider vinegar as a natural cure for dandruff is its ability to inhibit the growth of yeast and therefore bacteria that leads to a dry, itchy scalp. It also helps clean clogged pores and hair follicles. Mix two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with the same amount of water into a cup or spray bottle. Apply it directly to your scalp, massage, then wrap your head in a towel and let sit for 15 minutes and wash your hair as normal. Repeat this daily or at least twice a week until your scalp condition improves.
Lemon juice contains acids that fight the fungus that can cause dandruff and stops an itchy scalp. Simply massage 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and water into your scalp, leave it for 5 minutes and rinse well. Repeat daily until your scalp improves. Fresh lemon juice can be applied to many other treatments including all of the above to give an extra boost, help balance pH and leave you with longer lasting results.
Stop an itchy scalp or dandruff at the root of the problem! While chlorine is necessary to keep water clean and bacteria free in the public water system, these chemicals can have a negative impact on your health when they leave the shower head. Many people have a naturally dry scalp and the chlorine just exacerbates that condition causing dandruff. The revolutionary Vitamin Shower filter products contain 100% natural Vitamin C which neutralizes 99.9% of chlorine and chloramines from tap water. It is an effective method of protecting sensitive skin and treating skin conditions including a dry, itchy scalp. For a trusted natural cure to dandruff for the whole family and even pets, check out the Vitamin Shower range.
Don’t put up with an itchy, dry scalp any longer! Try these easy, affordable and natural remedies to fight dandruff. For more information about Vitamin Shower give us a call today on 1300 848 747.