Video:How to Get Rid of Dandruff Naturallywith Jonathon E. Stewart
One thing you don't want to see when someone runs their fingers through your hair is an avalanche of dandruff. Kick those flakes for good with these all natural dandruff remedies.See Transcript
Transcript:How to Get Rid of Dandruff NaturallyHey guys - Jonathon Stewart here for About.com. There's nothing worse than standing on the patio at a cocktail party and shouting with joy to everyone around, "hey - it's starting to snow!" only to realize that it's just your dandruff falling into your martini. So before you're even in such a pickle, here are a few steps to getting your flaky head under control. Check it out.
Causes of DandruffDandruff can be caused by a number of things, from a buildup of waxy hair product or your scalp being burned by chemical dyes, to common skin disorders like eczema or different types of naturally occurring fungi or even poor nutrition. Dandruff can occur on specific occasions, or it can be chronic.
In fact, all of us are constantly shedding old skin cells and growing new ones - it's just part of how the human body works. But when you're seeing flakes on your clothes or any time you scratch your noggin, it's probably time to take matters into your own hands.
Find a Dandruff-Friendly ShampooStart by switching to an all-natural shampoo for your daily hair-washing - many shampoos that contain any variety of chemicals can actually complicate your flaky scalp. Dandruff-combating shampoos may work temporarily, but often fail to cure your dandruff permanently.
Natural Dandruff RemediesYour head generally has enough sense to do the trick of chemically balancing its own scalp, if you just get yourself and all those chemicals out of the way. If the following tips don't kick your dandruff for good, you might want to check in with your dermatologist to make sure you don't have a scalp infection that requires medical attention.
Exfoliate Your ScalpAfter shampooing, use an all-natural scalp scrub to exfoliate any dead cells that may be lingering on your head. Mix together about a teaspoon of brown sugar, a half teaspoon of honey, and a quarter teaspoon of apple cider vinegar until it makes a thick paste. Massage the scrub into your scalp and let it sit for a few minutes, then rinse out thoroughly. Use this scrub as part of your routine about once a week.
Try a Vinegar WashYou might also try using an apple cider vinegar and water mixture on your scalp twice a week in addition to the scrub. Mix together in equal parts in a spray bottle, thoroughly coat your head, and massage the vinegar into your scalp. Let it sit for several minutes, then rinse.
Yeah, the apple cider vinegar is pretty amazing stuff, but, well, it stinks. But the upside is that if you get any of that scrub in your mouth, the brown sugar and honey are really tasty. Oh, and the vinegar smell completely vanishes once your hair dries.
Repeat the Anti Dandruff RoutineFinally, once you're out of the shower, try putting about a half-teaspoon-sized dollop of olive oil in the palm of your hand, and massage into your scalp, which should help to control any visible flakes while your scalp is healing. Pop some extra vitamin C and be sure to give your new routine a little time to work. Just know that within even a week, these remedies have been successful for many dandruff sufferers. Former dandruff sufferers, I should say.
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