The chilly winter days are not actually friendly with your skin or hairs and as the winter sets in, most of us find that the old problem of dandruff is back. Winter is the time when the air becomes dry and devoid of moisture, causing dryness of the skin as well as of the scalp. During winter the scalp gets dry and flaky, which makes the perfect bed for dandruff to set in. However, this problem can be prevented with the right measures. All you need to do is to take more care of your hairs during the winter months and follow with some anti-dandruff regime to ensure that dandruff do not find a home in your head.
Dandruff causes scalp irritation and itching and it invites all the other scalp and hair problems. Dandruff can even prevent you from wearing your favorite black jacket during the winter and can be a point of embarrassment in public. In addition to that, dandruff can work as a primary cause of hair fall, and hence, you really cannot compromise with dandruff. Washing your hairs daily or using those wet packs on hairs during winter can be difficult, but to keep your hairs safe from dandruff you have to accept those little difficulties. Here are some effective homemade treatments that can prevent dandruff during winter,
Hot oil treatment
The scalp dryness during winter stimulates dandruff to a great extent. So, keeping your scalp and hairs well moisturized during the winter months is surely an effective prevention of dandruff. Heat a steel container in flame and after removing it from the flame, pour one spoon of olive oil, 1 spoon of coconut oil and 1 spoon of almond oil in it. Mix the three well and massage your scalp and hairs thoroughly with this oil mixture before going to bed at night. Wash off with a mild shampoo in the morning. Follow this treatment every alternate day and dandruff will stay away. You can also take the same treatment with any of the above mentioned oils, instead of an oil mixture.
Tea tree oil with carrier oil
Tea tree oil has natural anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties and hence can be very effective to treat and prevent dandruff. However, never use tea tree oil directly onto your scalp; mix it with a carrier oil, like coconut oil or evening primrose carrier oil in 1:2 proportions before massaging your scalp with the oil mixture. Take the massage before going to bed at night and wash off in the morning with a mild cleanser.
Aloe Vera and Lemon
Another effective home remedy of dandruff can be prepared with Aloe Vera pulp and lemon juice. Aloe Vera has natural moisturizing properties which can effectively prevent scalp dryness and the lemon juice is a powerful agent with anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Collect 2 spoons of fresh pulp from few Aloe Vera leaves and add 1 spoon of lemon juice to it. Mix the ingredients well and massage the mixture onto your scalp. Leave on for 30 minutes and wash off with plain water or a mild cleanser.
Baking soda can work as a great clarifying shampoo for your scalp. It can clear off any buildup on the scalp that can block the pores and invite dandruff. Baking Soda can also work effectively, if you already have dandruff on your scalp. This clarifying agent simply cleans off your scalp from anything foreign. Take two spoons of baking soda in your hands and rub them gently onto your scalp. Leave on for 3 minutes and wash off thoroughly with mild warm water. No need to use a shampoo.
Ginger has natural anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties and it can work wonders in curing not only dandruff but also many other scalp conditions. Prepare fresh ginger juice by grating 2 inch ginger and apply the juice thoroughly onto your scalp with a cotton ball. Leave on for 30 minutes and then wash off with a mild shampoo. Ginger can cure as well as prevent dandruff, so taking this treatment twice in a month during winter can be an effective prevention from dandruff.
Fenugreek seeds and Apple Cider Vinegar
Fenugreek seeds can be effective to increase blood circulation in the scalp and when combined with Apple Cider Vinegar it can work as an effective remedy to prevent dandruff. Soak 2 tablespoon of fenugreek seeds in fresh water overnight. In the morning grind them and mix them with 1 spoon of ACV. Apply this paste onto your scalp and let it set on for 30 minutes. Wash off with a mild hair cleanser. Repeat this treatment twice a week if you already have dandruff, otherwise using this treatment twice a month can be sufficient to prevent dandruff.
Neem leaves with coconut oil
Neem leaves have great anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties and they can work as one of the most effective remedies for treating dandruff at home. Simply soak a handful of neem leaves in lightly warm water for 10 minutes and then grind them to form a smooth paste, adding the same water. Now mix 1 spoon coconut oil with this paste and apply it directly onto your scalp. You can also skip the coconut oil if you like to. Let the pack set on your scalp for 30 minutes but do not let it get dry. Wash off with plain water if you have not used the oil, otherwise use a mild hair cleanser.
Thyme leaves have natural properties to fight any kind of infections. Boil 4 tablespoon of dried thyme leaves in 2 cups of water, till the water gets half. Now strain the leaves after the concoction has cooled. Massage this thyme concoction onto your clean and damp scalp and leave on. Thyme concoction is not sticky and you need not to wash it off. This treatment can be highly effective to prevent dandruff from coming back.
Yogurt and basil leaves
Yogurt can provide moisture to your scalp preventing dryness. In addition to that it also helps in maintaining the natural balance of the scalp and nourishes your hairs. Basil leaves on the other hand has anti-fungal properties and they soothes the scalp. Make a paste of 15-20 clean and fresh basil leaves. Mix this paste with two tablespoons of yogurt and apply this pack onto your scalp. Leave on for 40 minutes and wash off with a mild hair cleanser. Repeat this treatment once in a week for the best results.
Rosemary essential oil can also be effective to prevent dandruff due to its natural antibacterial properties. Mix. 8-10 drops of rosemary essential oil in 18-20 drops of any type of carrier oil and massage your scalp with this mixture. Wash off in the morning with a mild cleanser. Alternatively, you can also prepare a concoction of rosemary leaves by boiling 4 tablespoons of the herb in 2 cups of water for 10minutes. Strain the leaves and massage the solution onto your scalp and leave on.
Garlic and Honey
Garlic can be a great remedy to fight dandruff during winter. Honey also has natural anti- bacterial and moisturizing properties that can help in dandruff prevention. Mix 1 teaspoon of garlic paste with 1 tablespoon of honey and massage your scalp with this mixture. Wash off with a cleanser after 30 minutes.
Here are some hair care tips that can help you to prevent dandruff during winter. Keep these tips in mind and follow any of the suitable anti-dandruff treatments religiously from the above list to ensure that dandruff do not get back,
- During winter your scalp is already dry, hence using a SLS or SLEs filled shampoo will make it even drier triggering dandruff and scalp itching. So, opt for a natural and mild hair cleanser during winter and use it more often.
- Try to keep your hairs away from stylish chemicals during winter. These chemicals can dry out your hairs and scalp more during winter causing a number of hair problems, including dandruff.
- If you prefer wearing hats or caps during winter, always make sure that you dry up the sweat formed in your scalp as soon as you remove the cap.
- Instead of using hot water for washing your hair, use lukewarm water during winter. Hot water can reap off the scalp and hairs from moisture causing more dryness.
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