Dry, Flaky & Itchy Scalp: Simple Home Remedies & Treatments For Dandruff

Do you find yourself constantly scratching your head because of an itchy scalp? You’re not alone. Many people experience discomfort from dandruff, which could also be quite embarrassing in public. In today's post, we'll share 5 Home Remedies For Dandruff that will help you reduce a dry scalp and relieve your itchy scalp.

What causes dandruff and what is it, anyway? Dandruff is basically flaky dead skin cells that come from a dry scalp. Technically, it’s just a cosmetic problem and dandruff in itself is harmless. But what is causing dandruff is worth some looking into.

Causes of dandruff include:

Irritated, oily skin

You are more likely to have dandruff if you suffer from a condition called Seborrheic dermatitis, which affects many areas of the skin, including the scalp. In this case, the scalp produces extra skin cells. When these extra skin cells die and fall off, they mix with oils on the scalp, forming dandruff.

Not brushing your hair enough

Brushing your hair regularly increases blood flow to the scalp, and helps in the normal shedding of skin, reducing the risk of dandruff. Plus, it's totally relaxing! 

Dry Skin

This is especially an issue during winter months, as the cold winter air, combined with heated rooms indoors can cause and itchy scalp and flaking skin. Dandruff that is caused by dry skin, rather than oily skin usually falls off in smaller, non-oily flakes.

Using the wrong hair products

If you are still uncertain as to why you have dandruff, take a look at the hair products you are using, as some hair products can lead to an inflamed, itchy scalp. Shampooing your hair too often could also irritate the scalp further, causing dandruff, so we recommend to make use of dry shampoo instead, to soak up excess oils in your hair. Not sure if you're shampooing to often? Click here to learn how often you should wash your hair, to keep it at optimal health. 

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Other causes could include medical reasons such as eczema, psoriasis, fungus or bacterial infections on the scalp, in which case we’d recommend consulting a doctor. 

To relieve your itchy scalp, you can either purchase an over the counter anti-dandruff shampoo and treatment, or go the more natural route (organic ftw) and simply try some of these great 5 DIY dandruff home remedies.

1. Baking soda

Baking soda is not only amazing for baking cookies, but is also a powerful disinfectant when it comes to cleaning anything. We’re talking your kitchen, your bathroom tiles, and yes… your scalp, too! Baking soda makes a great DIY dandruff shampoo because it exfoliates your scalp and prevents dandruff.

Here's how to create this dandruff remedy:

1. Mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda with water until you reach the perfect paste consistency. 

2. For best results, part your hair in sections and apply a few drops of olive oil before spreading the paste on your scalp, and let it sit for 5-10 minutes.

3. Thoroughly rinse the mixture out. For best results, repeat this procedure regularly - once or twice a week.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar  

Apple Cider Vinegar is a great home remedy for dandruff because it has probiotics and anti-inflammatory properties that kill viruses and yeast that cause itchiness on the skin. Its anti-inflammatory properties soothe scalp irritations caused by dandruff, while the high acidity makes it more difficult for dandruff causes bacteria and fungus to grow. Apple Cider Vinegar also acts as a mild conditioner, soothing the scalp and adding shine and bounce to the hair. Pro tip: Even if you aren't suffering from dandruff, Apple Cider Vinegar is amazing to keep your hair looking luscious during the dry winter months.

Here's how to create this dandruff treatment:

1. Mix ½ cup of Apple Cider Vinegar with ½ cup of water.

2. Massage it well into your scalp and then leave it in 10-15 minutes.

3. Rinse off with cold water. Repeat this routine regularly every few days until you start seeing results.

3. Lemon Juice  

Have you ever gotten lemon juice on a recent cut? Did it sting like crazy? That’s because lemons contain antiseptic properties, which is why they are a great home remedy for an itchy scalp and dry scalp. Lemon juice, much like Apple Cider Vinegar is acidic, and therefore alters the pH level of the scalp, banishing unwanted dandruff causing bacteria and fungus. Keep in mind, however, as the pH level of your scalp changes throughout the day, lemon juice is just a temporary fix! 

Here's how to remove dandruff with lemon juice:

1. Massage fresh lemon juice onto your scalp and leave it in for 5 minutes. We recommend to test a drop of lemon juice on a small part of your scalp - if it really stings, then dilute the juice with water.

2. Repeat this procedure at least daily until the itchiness goes away.

4. Banana and avocado

Yum… sounds like a smoothie for your scalp. Bananas and avocados are an awesome dandruff treatment because they are extremely nourishing and moisturizing, which means they can reduce the flakes, inflammation and dryness of the scalp. Avocados are rich in antioxidants, which keep the skin cells on your scalp happy and healthy, while bananas are especially great for conditioning the scalp and hair. Plus, they smell yummy! Click here for more of our fave DIY hair masks. 

How to use banana and avocado as a home remedy for dandruff:

1. Mash 2 bananas with 1 avocado and apply all over your scalp where it’s itchy.

2. Leave it in for at least 30 minutes. Rinse it out with cold water and repeat this regularly until the itchiness subsides or goes away.

5. Tea Tree Oil  

Tea Tree Oil is one of our favourite essential oils!  It has natural anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, which will help relieve your dry scalp or itchy scalp. Tea Tree Oil comes from leaves of the Myrtle Tree, which is native to Australia, and has been widely used in Australia for at least 100 years! The uses for Tea Tree Oil are endless: it is used in making homemade cleaning products, healing skin issues, treating viral infections, and of course, getting rid of dandruff. What’s even better: a little bit of tea tree oil goes a long way.

How to use Tea Tree Oil For Dandruff:

1. Mix 3 drops of tea tree oil with 1 tablespoon of vegetable or olive oil.

2. Massage it well into your scalp and then rinse thoroughly with water. The smell of Tea Tree Oil is a little bit strong, so you may want to do this before going to sleep or on days when you’re at home.

Also, an off topic side note: if you ever get an unwanted pimple, dab a little bit of Tea Tree Oil onto it and watch it dry out overnight. Magic.

Have you ever tried any of these home remedies for dandruff or an itchy scalp? Which remedy was the most effective for you? Let us know in the comments below and if you have any other tips, please do share them! We love to hear from you. xo 

Posted by
Liliya Kay

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