Advertising
Advertising

12 Homemade Treatments To Get Rid Of Dandruff Quickly

12 Homemade Treatments To Get Rid Of Dandruff Quickly

Dandruff can be a very embarrassing condition to have because it is so noticeable to others, but many people have had or will have dandruff at some point in their life. People who have dandruff are always looking for ways to eliminate those white flakes for good, but since there are so many different dandruff treatments out there, it can be difficult to choose the best one for you. While some treatments are permanent, others turn out to be temporary. When eliminating dandruff, most people understandably want to find a permanent solution; one that will keep flakes at bay forever.

Depending on the cause of your dandruff, this can be done, but you may have to make a small change in your hair and skin care habits to keep the dandruff away. Dandruff can be caused by hair product sensitivity, skin conditions, and not shampooing enough, but the most common cause is dry skin. Here are 12 treatments you can do or make at home that have been proven to get rid of dandruff:

1. Change Your Hair Product

Coconut hair spray
    via Pinterest

    Sometimes dandruff can be eliminated simply by changing the styling products you use or applying less product than you normally do. If you prefer to let an extra day go by before you wash your hair, try styling your hair on the second day with homemade cocnut oil hairspray. The coconut oil will provide the moisture your scalp needs and will be less likely to flake in your hair.

    1. Melt 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and pour into an empty, clean spray bottle.
    2. Add 1 cup of filtered water and 3 drops of lavender essential oil (it will make your hair smell clean).
    3. Shake before spraying on dry, damp or wet hair.

    2. Coconut Oil Will Get Rid of Dandruff

      via Pinterest

      Since a dry scalp is the most common cause of dandruff, it’s no surprise that coconut oil is an effective treatment for dandruff. To eliminate your unwanted white flakes, you will need to repeat this treatment about once or twice per week. Your hair will receive a few other benefits from the coconut oil as well.

      Advertising

      1. Wash your hair, but do not apply any conditioner and dry your hair completely.
      2. Apply as much cocunut oil as you need to cover your scalp.
      3. Try not to rub the oil on the rest of your hair, unless you want to use it as a hair treatment at the same time.
      4. Wash the oil out and style as usual.

      3. Eggs are a Surprising Dandruff Eliminator

      dandruff egg Home Remedies Shop
        via Pinterest

        Hair masks are not typically made of eggs, but this one will help to eliminate dandruff. The vitamin A found in egg yolks work with your hair to produce more sebum, which will help to prevent dandruff. Only attempt this treatment if you are not too sensitive to odors, as egg yolks can create a bad smell.

        1. Separate 1 or 2 egg yolks and whip
        2. Apply only to scalp area – try to avoid the rest of your hair
        3. Cover your head with a plastic bag, being careful not to let the egg drip out
        4. After 1 hour, shampoo the egg out of your hair

        4. Apple Cider Vinegar Can Aid in Getting Rid of Dandruff

        shutterstock_220256785

          ACV is a well-known natural treatment for many ailments and is becoming more known as a hair conditioner. This is exactly how it should be used for those who want to get rid of dandruff.

          1. Mix one part ACV and one part water in a measuring cup
          2. Shampoo your hair and rinse
          3. Caefully pour the ACV/water mixture over your scalp and hair
          4. Massage it into your scalp
          5. Rinse and style as usual – after your hair is dry it will not smell like vinegar

          5. Honey

          honey
            via Pinterest

            Raw honey has been proven to have a host of benefits for the body and skin. It is full of vitamins and minerals and can help to keep sickness at bay. It is also a great home remedy for dandruff.

            Advertising

            1. Make a paste with 90% raw honey, 10% warm water
            2. Massage into scalp for 5 to 10 minutes, trying to avoid the rest of your hair
            3. Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes
            4. Rinse off with warm water or wash as usual
            5. Repeat twice a week until dandruff is gone

            6. Olive Oil

            shutterstock_193533122

              Olive oil is one of the easiest ways to treat dandruff. This oil has well-known health benefits for your body, skin and hair, so you can apply it to just your scalp, or all over your hair for added benefits.

              1. Before washing, apply olive oil to your scalp while hair is dry
              2. Wait 10 minutes, and wash it out
              3. Style as usual

              7. Vodka

              dandruff vodka TreeHugger
                via Pinterest

                Vodka is a very effective dandruff treatment and can also be used as a hair rinse or face wash. This alcohol has a low ph level and is safe to use on your hair and skin, but not recommended for everyday use unless it is diluted and mixed with other products.

                1. Pour a half cup of vodka into a bowl along with 2 teaspoons of crushed Rosemary leaves
                2. Let the mixture sit for 2 days
                3. Strain into another container
                4. Massage the liquid into scalp for 10 minutes and let sit for an hour
                5. Wash your hair as usual

                8. Tea Tree Oil

                dandruff tea tree oil essentialoilpro.net
                  via Pinterest

                  Tea tree oil has been found to be a very effective treatment for dandruff, both on its own and in addition to other remedies. There are 2 ways you can use tea tree oil to get rid of dandruff.

                  Advertising

                  1. Add a few drops to your shampoo and wash your hair as usual OR
                  2. Add a few drops of the oil to a carrier oil such as coconut or jojoba oil and apply directly to your scalp for 5 minutes before washing it out

                  9. Lemon

                  shutterstock_211542739

                    Drinking lemon juice helps to restore your body’s natural ph levels to normal, and it does the same for your scalp which makes lemon juice an effective treatmentfor dandruff. Your hair and scalp also have an optimum ph level and it is important to keep it balanced.

                    1. Juice a half to 1 lemon and apply the juice to your scalp and hair
                    2. Let it sit about 25 minutes – your scalp may itch during this time, but this is a normal reaction to the treatment
                    3. Wash your hair as usual

                    10. Turmeric

                    shutterstock_370061894

                      This spice has so many benefits for the inside of the body and some surprising ones for the outside as well. Turmeric is just as effective in getting rid of dandruff as it is for other ailments it cures.

                      Advertising

                      1. Mix together 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder and either 2 tablespoons of coconut oil or olive oil
                      2. Massage the paste into your scalp, trying to avoid the rest of your hair
                      3. Let it sit for at least 1 hour, up to 3 if you can
                      4. Wash your hair as usual

                      11. Bananas are a Surprising Way to Get Rid of Dandruff

                      shutterstock_328348772

                        Banana treatment is not recommended for those who struggle with a more severe dandruff problem. If you are just starting to notice dandruff, a banana paste can help to eliminate it at this stage.

                        1. Peel one banana and mix it with either 2 cups of vinegar or 2 tablespoons of honey
                        2. Mix together until it forms a paste
                        3. Massage into your scalp, covering all of your hair for about 10 minutes
                        4. Let it sit for 15 minutes
                        5. Rinse or wash it out and repeat once a day for at least 1 week

                        12. Drink More Water

                        dandruff water Stylecraze
                          via Pinterest

                          This is definitely not a short-term solution, but if you have dandruff because of dry skin, the best thing you can do to eliminate dandruff in the long run is to make sure your body is properly hydrated. The inside of your body is not the only part of you that will benefit from drinking the right amount of water; your skin, scalp and hair will thank you as well. If drinking water is hard for you, try adding a little lemon juice for a fresh taste. Find a water bottle with a straw, because sipping through a straw will help to hydrate you better than drinking a glass of water all at once. You should aim for at least 2 litres of water per day.

                          Featured photo credit: Nevada31 via shutterstock.com

                          More by this author

                          12 Quick And Safe Ways To Get Rid Of A Stye Science Unlocks The Secret To Why Introverts Prefer Alone Time To Socializing Mother And Daughter: A Long-Awaited Reunion After 82 Years 8 Habits Of People Who Look Younger Than Their Actual Age Why Women Suffer From Insomnia More Often Than Men (And Ways To Help!)

                          Trending in Beauty

                          1 Haircare 101: Hairstyling Tricks for Both Men and Women 2 18 Things You Need To Know Before You Get Your First Tattoo 3 3 Home Exercises To Fix Your Rounded Shoulders In One Month 4 What Your Poop Says About Your Health 5 10 Best Online Shopping Sites I Wish I Knew Earlier

                          Read Next

                          Advertising
                          Advertising
                          Advertising

                          Last Updated on July 28, 2020

                          14 Low GI Foods for a Healthier Diet

                          14 Low GI Foods for a Healthier Diet

                          Diet trends may come and go, but a low-GI diet remains one of the few that has been shown to include benefits based on science. Low GI foods provide substantial health benefits over those with a high index, and they are key to maintaining a healthy weight.

                          What is GI? Glycemic index (GI) is the rate at which the carbohydrate content of a food is broken down into glucose and absorbed from the gut into the blood. When you eat foods containing carbohydrates, your body breaks them down into glucose, which is then absorbed into your bloodstream.[1]

                          The higher the GI of a food, the faster it will be broken down and cause your blood glucose (sugar) to rise. Foods with a high GI rating are digested very quickly and cause your blood sugar to spike. This is why it’s advisable to stick to low GI foods as much as possible, as the carbohydrate content of low GI foods will be digested slowly, allowing a more gradual rise in blood glucose levels.

                          Foods with a GI scale rating of 70 or more are considered to be high GI. Foods with a rating of 55 or below are considered low GI foods.

                          It’s important to note that the glycemic index of a food doesn’t factor in the quantity that you eat. For example, although watermelon has a high glycemic index, the water and fiber content of a standard serving of water means it won’t have a significant impact on your blood sugar.

                          Like watermelon, some high GI foods (such as baked potatoes) are high in nutrients. And some low GI foods (such as corn chips) contain high amounts of trans fats.

                          In most cases, however, the GI is an important means of gauging the right foods for a healthy diet.

                          Eating mainly low GI foods every day helps to provide your body with a slow, continuous supply of energy. The carbohydrates in low GI foods is digested slowly, so you feel satisfied for longer. This means you’ll be less likely to suffer from fluctuating sugar levels that can lead to cravings and snacking.

                          Advertising

                          Let’s continue with some of the best examples of low GI foods.

                          1. Quinoa

                          GI: 53

                          Quinoa has a slightly higher GI than rice or barley, but it contains a much higher proportion of protein. If you don’t get enough protein from the rest of your diet, quinoa could help. It’s technically a seed, so it’s also high in fiber–again, more than most grains. It’s also gluten-free, which makes it excellent for those with Celiac disease or gluten intolerance.

                          2. Brown Rice (Steamed)

                          GI: 50

                          Versatile and satisfying, brown rice is one of the best low GI foods and is a staple for many dishes around the world. It’s whole rice from which only the husk (the outermost layer) is removed, so it’s a great source of fiber. In fact, brown rice has been shown to help lower cholesterol, improve digestive function, promote fullness, and may even help prevent the formation of blood clots. Just remember to always choose brown over white!

                          3. Corn on the Cob

                          GI: 48

                          Although it tastes sweet, corn on the cob is a good source of slow-burning energy (and one of the tastiest low GI foods). It’s also a good plant source of Vitamin B12, folic acid, and iron, all of which are required for the healthy production of red blood cells in the body. It’s healthiest when eaten without butter and salt!

                          4. Bananas

                          GI: 47

                          Advertising

                          Bananas are a superfood in many ways. They’re rich in potassium and manganese and contain a good amount of vitamin C. Their low GI rating means they’re great for replenishing your fuel stores after a workout.

                          They are easy to add to smoothies, cereal, or kept on your desk for a quick snack. The less ripe they are, the lower the sugar content is! As one of the best low GI foods, it’s a great addition to any daily diet.

                          5. Bran Cereal

                          GI: 43

                          Bran is famous for being one of the highest cereal sources of fiber. It’s also rich in a huge range of nutrients: calcium, folic acid, iron, magnesium, and a host of B vitamins. Although bran may not be to everyone’s tastes, it can easily be added to other cereals to boost the fiber content and lower the overall GI rating.

                          6. Natural Muesli

                          GI: 40

                          Muesli–when made with unsweetened rolled oats, nuts, dried fruit, and other sugar-free ingredients–is one of the healthiest ways to start the day. It’s also very easy to make at home with a variety of other low GI foods. Add yogurt and fresh fruit for a nourishing, energy-packed breakfast.

                          7. Apples

                          GI: 40

                          Apple skin is a great source of pectin, an important prebiotic that helps to feed the good bacteria in your gut. Apples are also high in polyphenols, which function as antioxidants, and contain a good amount of vitamin C. They are best eaten raw with the skin on! Apples are one of a number of fruits[2] that have a low glycemic index. Be careful which fruits you choose, as many have a large amount of natural sugars[3].

                          Advertising

                          8. Apricots

                          GI: 30

                          Apricots provide both fiber and potassium, which make them an ideal snack for both athletes and anyone trying to keep sugar cravings at bay. They’re also a source of antioxidants and a range of minerals.

                          Apricots can be added to salads, cereals, or eaten as part of a healthy mix with nuts at any time of the day.

                          9. Kidney Beans

                          GI: 29

                          Kidney beans and other legumes provide a substantial serving of plant-based protein, so they can be used in lots of vegetarian dishes if you’re looking to adopt a plant-based diet[4]. They’re also packed with fiber and a variety of minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, and other beneficial plant compounds. They are great in soups, stews, or with (whole grain) tacos.

                          10. Barley

                          GI: 22

                          Barley is a cereal grain that can be eaten in lots of ways. It’s an excellent source of B vitamins, including niacin, thiamin, and pyridoxine (vitamin B-6), fiber, molybdenum, manganese, and selenium. It also contains beta-glucans, a type of fiber that can support gut health and has been shown to reduce appetite and food intake.

                          Please note that barley does contain gluten, which makes it unsuitable for anyone who is Celiac[5] or who follows a gluten-free diet. In this case, gluten-free alternatives might include quinoa, buckwheat, or millet.

                          Advertising

                          11. Raw Nuts

                          GI: 20

                          Most nuts have a low GI of between 0 and 20, with cashews slightly higher at around 22. Nuts, as one of the best low GI foods, are a crucial part of the Mediterranean diet[6] and are really the perfect snack: they’re a source of plant-based protein, high in fiber, and contain healthy fats. Add them to smoothies and salads to boost the nutritional content. Try to avoid roasted and salted nuts, as these are made with large amounts of added salt and (usually) trans fats.

                          12. Carrots

                          GI: 16

                          Raw carrots are not only a delicious low GI vegetable, but they really do help your vision! They contain vitamin A (beta carotene) and a host of antioxidants. They’re also low-calorie and high in fiber, and they contain good amounts of vitamin K1, potassium, and antioxidants. Carrots are great for those monitoring their weight as they’ve been linked to lower cholesterol levels.

                          13. Greek Yogurt

                          GI: 12

                          Unsweetened Greek yogurt is not only low GI, but it’s an excellent source of calcium and probiotics, as well. Probiotics help to keep your gut microbiome in balance and support your overall digestive health and immune function. Greek yogurt makes a healthy breakfast, snack, dessert, or a replacement for dip. The most common probiotic strains found in yogurt are Streptococcus thermophilus[7] (found naturally in yogurt) and Lactobacillus acidophilus[8] (which is often added by the manufacturer). You can also look into probiotic supplements for improving your gut health.

                          14. Hummus

                          GI: 6

                          When made the traditional way from chickpeas and tahini, hummus is a fantastic, low-GI dish. It’s a staple in many Middle Eastern countries and can be eaten with almost any savory meal. Full of fiber to maintain satiety and feed your good gut bacteria, hummus is great paired with freshly-chopped vegetables, such as carrots and celery.

                          Bottom Line

                          If you’re looking to eat healthier or simply cut down on snacking throughout the day, eating low GI foods is a great way to get started. Choose any of the above foods for a healthy addition to your daily diet and start feeling better for longer.

                          More Tips on Eating Healthy

                          Featured photo credit: Alexander Mils via unsplash.com

                          Reference

                          Read Next