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How to get rid of dandruff- natural remedies

Updated on March 20, 2013
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Soothing your head naturally

Find out what help to sooth that flaky head of yours, but first you must look at your diet, and pay attention to when your dandruff seem to flare up most. I would recommend not washing your hair for at least a week! Shock horror I hear you say, but this is the best way to give your poor head a rest. I wash my hair once every 2 weeks, and my hair is shiny healthy and doesn't smell.

What is Dandruff?

The term Dandruff actually relates to an excessive amount of shedding skin cells that can lead to irritation of the scalp. We all natural shed skin cells, and this isn't always dandruff.

If a person has a dandruff issue, it can be very embarrassing, and can affect self-esteem, and confidence.However if we look at the causes of dandruff, it can help to navigate a way to prevent it from returning.

Why you should avoid chemical shampoo

People spend hundreds of £'s a year on hair styling products, and hair cuts, and hardly ever check the label to find out what nasty chemicals have been added. From past experience, I have found that leading shampoo brands that claim to give you shiny health hair, are actually laden with toxic chemicals, that we should not be putting anywhere near our heads.


Dangerous Chemicals in some shampoos

Chemical
Properties
PROPYLENE GLYCOL (PG)
Found in almost all beauty products, and breaks down proteins. Industrial PG and that used in beauty products are exactly the same, meaning that these chemicals leak directly into your skin. PG can lead to liver, brain, and kidney problems.
Isopropyl alcohol
A solvent that is a derivative of anti freeze
SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE (SLS) & SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE (SLES)
A detergent compound found in most beauty products and industrial cleaning products, can cause severe skin irritation
DEA (diethanolamine) MEA (momoethanolamine) TEA (triethanolamine)
The compounds found in these, are know to cause cancer. These are hormone disrupting chemicals, that can affect the liver and kidneys.
IMIDAZOLIDINYL UREA and DMDM HYDANTOIN
These are extremely dangerous formaldehyde based compounds, that are found in nearly all hair products and soaps

Raw Vegan Goddess

Freelea is a raw vegan, with amazing skin and hair, she rarely washes her hair either.
Freelea is a raw vegan, with amazing skin and hair, she rarely washes her hair either. | Source

The best natural products

Be careful when you see a label stating that it has natural ingredients, because most of this time it does not. Look for products that are SLS/SLES free, and don't contain alcohol (ethyl alcohol, ethanol), Parabens, phthalates or artificial fragrances.

Also you need to be aware of 'anti-Drandruff' shampoo's, usually they will just strip the scalp of all the dead skin, and your natural oil. This will work temporarily, but you will find that the dandruff will come back, and you'll end up trying a new brand, and so the cycle goes on.


Eat more fruit and vege

Diet plays a huge part in how the body heals, if your body is being pumped full of animal hormones, puss cells from dairy products, and not to mention lethal chemical compounds from hair and beauty products; it is no wonder that your body is protesting

Scalp itching, soreness and excessive skin cell production, is your body responding to the stress it is under. It is good to look at the cause, instead of wanting a quick fix. A high raw fruit and vegetable diet can help heal the body very quickly. For long term health and vitality, I would recommend researching transitioning to a high vegan diet.


Be a happy vegan

Natural Remedies

Product
How to use
Hemp Oil
Rub into hair and leave over night
Olive Oil
Olive oil is refined, and ideally you should avoid it, but it is safe to use on your head. Rub in and leave over night
Almond oil
rub into scalp
Coconut Oil
melt in hand, rub into scalp
Aloe Vera (house plant)
You can break of a steam, and use directly on sore area
Banana Smoothie
Yes, you heard right. Put a ripe banana in a blender with some water. Apply directly to scalp. Wash out under a shower
These are suggestions of alternative ways to help prevent dandruff returning, but you must also consider what foods you eat also.
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