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Dandruff Control - Easy Home Remedies to Treat Dandruff

Updated on September 20, 2011

Dandruff Control - Possible Symptoms and Causes

Dandruff is a condition that can cause the scalp to get flaky. Quite often these flakes will dislodge and can settle on a person's shoulders, clothes or even on their eyebrows or face.

There are typically two types of dandruff: Dry or Waxy.

Dry dandruff is the kind that will cause the condition above where flakes are loose and scatter easily. Waxy dandruff is more likely to stick to the scalp in patches.

There are few different possible causes of dandruff such as; poor nutrition, being on a low-fat or no-fat diet, deficiency of zinc, over activity of oil glands, yeast infection, high use of alkaline soaps and shampoos or shampooing in water that is too hot.

Luckily there are quite a few things you can try at home to reduce or eliminate dandruff on your own.

Dandruff Control Remedy #1 - Shampoo More Often

This is a good dandruff remedy in cases where dandruff is due to over-activity of oil glands.

Washing hair daily will help eliminate the oil, thereby help eliminate the dandruff.

Dandruff Control Remedy #2 - Avoid Hot Water

As mentioned above, sometimes water that is too hot can cause dandruff.

When washing hair or showering, try lukewarm or cooler water to avoid drying scalp out.

Dandruff Control Remedy #3 - Avoid Alcohol Based Products

There are many hair care manufacturers that include alcohol in their products such as gels, mousses and certain hair sprays.

A good way to control or eliminate dandruff is to use hair care products that are alcohol free.

Redkin, Aveeda, Hempz, Silque, and Honey Bee Gardens are just some of the manufactuers of alcohol free hair care hair sprays, gels and mousses.

If you also have hair that is dry, switching to a non-alcohol based product can help improve this condition as well.

Dandruff Control Remedy # 4 - Use an Anti-Dandruff Shampoo

There are certain types of shampoos made specifically to control dandruff.

They contain ingredients such as ZPT (zinc pyrithione) or selenium sulfide. You can also try shampoos that contain salicylic acid or Coal-tar.

You might find that one anti-dandruff shampoo might stop working after awhile. In this case, simply switch to a different shampoo with different active anti-dandruff ingredients.

Some products you might want to try are:

  • Neutrogena T-Gel Shampoo
  • Nizoral Anti-Dandruff Shampoo
  • Head & Shoulders Shampoo
  • Pantene Pro-V Shampoo + Conditioner
  • Selsun Blue Dandruff Shampoo
  • Garnier Fructis Fortifying Shampoo
  • Sebulex Medicated Dandruff Shampoo

Dandruff Control Remedy #5 - Try Vitamin E Oil

Vitamin E oil can work wonders in reducing scaling and relieving itchiness.

You can find Vitamin E oil in many health stores, and in most major pharmacies.

Simply rub the Vitamin E oil into your scalp to help reduce and control dandruff.

Dandruff Control Remedy #6 - Use Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is another natural product that can help alleve dryness and itchiness.

Simply squeeze the thick gel from a few aloe vera leaves onto scalp and leave to sit overnight before shampooing out in the morning.

Dandruff Control Remedy #7 - Use Coconut Oil

You can eliminate dandruff in just a few days by rubbing coconut oil onto your scalp on a daily basis.

You can purchase Coconut oil in most health stores and most major pharmacies.

Dandruff Control Remedy # 8 Try Listerine

Strangely enough, applying Listerine to your scalp can help reduce and eliminate dandruff as well.

It is important to make sure that skin on your scalp is not broken or irritated before using however, because Listerine could cause burning under those conditions.

Dandruff Control Remedy # 9 - Apply Lemon Juice

Lemon Juice is another home remedy you can use for Dandruff Control.

it can help restore the proper acid/alkaline balance of the scalp. Simply apply lemon juice to scalp for one hour before shampooing out.

Dandruff Control Remedy #10 - Use Apple Cider Vinegar

Another way to balance the acid/alkaline of the scalp is to try using apple cider vinegar.

There are two ways you can use this remedy:

You can combine equal parts of apple cider vinegar with equal parts water, apply to hair and let dry without shampooing out or;

Simply apply apple cider vinegar by itself, leave it on for about an hour and then shampoo it out.

Dandruff Control Remedy # 11 - Use a Shampoo With Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree oil can also be helpful when it comes to dandruff.

Simply buy a shampoo such as Nature's Gate or Jason Natural Products Shampoo that contains Tea Tree Oil and see if it improves the situation after a few hair washings.

Dandruff Control Remedy # 12 - Brush Hair More Often

Sometimes simply brushing or combing your hair more often can help increase scalp's circulation and will help with milder cases of dandruff.

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      Anath 7 years ago

      A shampoo with tea tree oil works wonders when treating dandruff. You can also use tea tree oil diluted in a carrier oil to massage your scalp for treating dandruff.