Natural Remedies For Dandruff That Really Work!

Dandruff – the yucky, flakey bits of dry skin that nobody wants to talk about.

Dandruff is an incredibly common condition, that is usually temporary and can easily be treated.  Unlike just having a “bit of an itchy scalp”, dandruff can become a major cause of embarrassment for the sufferer.

More likely to be found in men than women, and often in individuals with oily skin, dandruff is a flaky pain above the neck that many of us will experience at some time in our lives.

But fear not – the itchy, scratchy barrage of flaky skin can be soothed by many natural remedies.  In this blog, I’m going to share 5 of the most effective dandruff solutions Mother Nature has to offer.  So stop itching for a minute, and read on…

apple-cider-vinegarVinegar Yep, you read that right.  Not only does vinegar taste great on chips, it also acts as a natural fungicide and helps to eliminate unwanted skin cells that would eventually become dandruff. Rinsing your hair through with either Apple Cider Vinegar or White Vinegar is a particularly effective way to treat dandruff, as it addresses the root of the problem.  Mixing up your dandruff-dousing vinegar solution couldn’t be easier.  You will simply need:

  • 1/2 cup of warm water
  • 1/2 cup of ACV or white vinegar
  • A cup to mix in

Literally, all you have to do is mix the two ingredients together and pour the mixture over your hair.  Rub it into your scalp, leave for a couple of minutes, then rinse with water.  Repeat every week and see our flakes disappear.!

bakingBaking Soda – this little beauty has many excellent uses, but it becomes the stuff that dreams are made off when used as a gentle exfoliant for the scalp.  Easy to buy, easy to use and definitely helps to do away with the dreaded ‘druff!

Simply wet your hair and add a spoonful of baking soda to your roots.  Rub well in, and then rinse with just water. The baking soda reduces overactive fungi that can cause dandruff, giving you a cheap and cheerful remedy that really works.

garlic.jpgGarlic.  Our favourite whiffy spice is full of medicinal goodness.  When it comes to dandruff, garlic offers natural, anti-fungal properties, making it perfect for helping to get rid of those nasty flakes.  Simply crush a clove or two of the good stuff, mix with water and apply to your scalp for super fast results.

Worried about the smell?  Well, who wouldn’t be?  If you can’t bare to be seen out smelling like a slice of garlic bread, why not add some honey and lemon to the mix instead?

Screen Shot 2016-07-06 at 22.59.25Tea Tree Oil. This oil has long been know for it’s antibacterial properties, as well as it’s awesome ability to fight fungal as well as bacterial infections.  Unlike our other remedies, tee tree oil won’t leave you smelling like a restaurant kitchen.

Simply add a couple of drops to a good quality shampoo, and wash away your flaky bits.  Alternatively, you can add a few drops directly onto your scalp at night, and wash your hair in the morning.

aloeMy final top natural remedy for dandruff comes in the form of Aloe Vera, a plant that has many, many uses in natural remedies.  Aloe Vera acts as an anti-fungal and antibacterial product, that can also calm down an irritated scalp and provide relief from inflammation.   For best results, add the natural Aloe Vera from the plant. The gel should be rubbed directly onto the scalp at night, and the rinsed out in the morning for the very best results.  Quite frankly though, Aloe Vera is so marvellous, I wonder if there is any condition it doesn”t help with!

A life without itching, or shoulders covered in flakes, has got to be good, right? Of course it is.  Keep following my blog for regular ideas and natural solutions for a wide range of skin complaints and hair remedies.

In the meantime, if you have tried one of my remedies, why not tell us all about your experience in the comments section below.

Until next time people x

Keep Split Ends At Bay, The Natural Way!

Split ends!  We all get them from time to time, and nobody likes them!  Like a diet that allows you to eat everything at once, a treatment for split ends that allows you to abuse your hair on a daily basis is never going to happen.

But, there are ways to keep the dreaded splits at bay.  Our hair is very delicate and modern living, along with harsh styling products and heated appliances, can cause the hair shaft to weaken causing nasty split ends.  Eventually the end will split further causing the hair to break off entirely!  Eww!  Far better then, to keep you hair healthy by looking after it from end to tip.  Adding more chemicals lotions and potions to your hair that promise to banish those pesky ends forever could only make the problem worse.  So in times of need, turn to Mother Nature for ways get your hair glowing again. Here are my 3 favourite natural remedies for keeping you hair in tip top health:

eggs and lemon

Use eggs, lemon and honey to sort out split ends

Eggs

Yep, that’s right, I said eggs!  The high protein levels in eggs have long been known for their high levels of nutrients and softening properties. Using an “Egg mask” will help you strengthen the roots as well as condition your hair to get rid of split ends. Super simple to make, just whisk one egg  with few drops of lemon juice (or more than one egg if you have very long hair) until the mixture is foamy and cover your scalp and hair with it.  You can also add a drop of honey for added strength and a beautiful, lasting scent.  Leave for 20 minutes then shower off as usual!  Eh voila! Lovely, shiny hair that has added strength and no extra needless chemical compounds to contend with.  Repeat as necessary!

avocado

Avocado and almond oil – great for adding moisture

2. Avocados

The humble avocado doesn’t only give you soft skin and make a wicked guacamole dip, it’s wonderful oily properties are also easily absorbed by dry and split hair.  The Egyptians first discovered the healing properties of avocado and this remedy works just as well today.  Just mash up some avocado’s, add a little almond oil and leave on your hair for about 30 minutes.  Wash off well, and enjoy lovely, shiny, soft feeling hair. If you are clever, just use half and save the other half to dip your chips into later!

Chamomile-Tea

3. Chamomile Tea

Ah, a lovely cup of chamomile tea!  Good for enjoying at any time of day.  But did you know that  a chamomile tonic can also work wonders for your hair?  Of all  my favourite home remedies, this is perhaps the easiest! Just rinse you hair in cooled chamomile tea, using at least two tea bags at a time. If you have fair hair, the yellow colour of a chamomile tea tonic also imparts brightness and shine to you hair as well. Bonus!  Rinsing with chamomile can help to reduce or prevent hair loss and split ends developing in dry, frizzy, over-worked hair.  Chamomile also smells delicious so no need to undo all your good work with a dehydrating shampoo or conditioner after you have used it. Now pour yourself a delicious cuppa, and sit back and enjoy your soft, strong and shiny hair.

Have you ever tried home made recipes or remedies for you hair?  I’d love to hear all about them, and how they worked out for you. I specialise in making my own natural hair products for dry, frizzy our curly hair.  Contact me if you would like to find out more about my range.

Thanks for following my blog, and be sure to stay tuned for more top tips to keep your hair healthy and looking en pointe!

Annie x

 

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