Damn the ’ruff! (Or, how to manage dandruff)

Damn the ’ruff! (Or, how to manage dandruff)

Dandruff is a common condition of the scalp that causes it to flake. While neither infectious nor a dangerous condition, dandruff can be socially debilitating. While it can’t be cured, dandruff doesn’t have to be endured. Read on to know what we mean. 

What are the different types of dandruff treatments?

Washing your hair and using an effective dandruff shampoo can help alleviate your condition. India's hot and dry weather can play havoc with hair (read as dandruff). Which makes it imperative to find the right shampoo. And finding the right shampoo may entail trying more than a few. Add to that the probability that a shampoo that works wonders instially may lose its efficacy with use. 

How to shampoo right

While most of us do it mindlessly, it’s worth remembering shampooing is a process that deserves to be done right. In fact improper shampooing too can aggravate a dandruff condition.

1. Massage the shampoo into your scalp thoroughly.
2. Leave the shampoo to work on your scalp and hair for 3 to 5 minutes (or for as long as the label suggests).

  1. Thoroughly rinse ensuring no shampoo remains either on your scalp or hair.

Home remedies for dandruff

While there are plenty of over-the-counter products to treat dandruff, natural, homemade remedies can be just as effective.

Coconut oil. Massaging coconut oil into your scalp an hour before shampooing your hair can help the scalp feel hydrated and replenished. 

Aloe vera. Known for its hydrating power, massaging aloe into the scalp can help hydrate it and reduce flaking. 

Apple cider vinegar. The acidity of the apple cider can help stimulate the shedding of dead skin cells on the scalp. It also helps balance the pH of the skin and reduce the growth of dandruff-causing.

Baking soda. Applying baking soda to wet hair and allowing it to sit for a few minutes and gently washing it away helps remove dead skin cells and reduce scaling and itchiness.

Lime juice. 2 tablespoons of lemon juice massaged into your scalp and allowed to sit for a couple of minutes and washing it off helps rejuvenate the scalp and prevent it from drying.

Asprin. You read that right. For an easy dandruff remedy, try crushing two tablets of aspirin and adding the powder to your shampoo before washing your hair. The salicylic acid in the asprin helps fight scaly skin and loosens flakes that can be removed.

Olive oil. Using a few drops of olive oil, massage the oil into your scalp a few hours before shampooing (typically the night before) can help hydrate and nourish the scalp. 

Tea tree oil. Adding diluted tea tree oil to a carrier like coconut oil massaged into the scalp is known to help fight dandruff and reduce inflammation of the scalp.

Shampoo dandruff away 

The frequency with which one must shampoo in order to keep dandruff under control varies from person to person. Some people require shampooing twice a week, while others require it more regularly, perhaps even daily. Many of us overlook the fact that shampooing the scalp as well as the hair is essential.

At Haeal, we’ve a range of nature-based remedies that can help in managing dandruff. From tea tree oil to activated charcoal to vitamin C to aloe vera, we’ve formulated shampoos that are known to help.

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