Dandruff: 5 natural remedies

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Our scalp can become irritated and dry by constantly shampooing our hair, in windy or cold weather and sweat. Stress and excessive smoking can also dry out our scalp which as a result produces dandruff. But how can we naturally get rid of the embarrassing flakes of dandruff that can sometimes land on our shoulders making our clothes dirty?  Here are 5 natural remedies to say goodbye to dandruff!   

Hair loss is normal.  Sometimes our scalp can produce dandruff which can then fall onto our shoulders or get stuck in our hair.  Small dried flakes of dandruff can come loose from our scalp and fall from our hair.  Bigger oily flakes cluster together and can contribute to hair falling out.

Here are some tips if you suffer from dandruff

Follow these recommendations to prevent you from having a scalp that is too dry or too oily:

  • Eat a healthy and balanced diet Eat vegetables, white meat and fruit …
  • Avoid coffee, sweets, dairy products and baking ;
  • Avoid too much sun exposure and wind exposure ;
  • Wash your hair with a soft, natural shampoo for sensitive skin, Take care of your hair (see our natural shampoo recipe here). Avoid chemical hair products, sprays, gels or mousses that contain alcohol;
  • Wash your hair without aggravating or scratching your scalp so you don’t speed up sebum secretion ;
  • Rinse your hair with lukewarm or even cold water: avoid washing your hair in hot water and using a hair dryer too frequently

1. Massage your hair with lemon juice

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Lemon juice is an effective natural product that can reduce dandruff production.  Softly massage your scalp with lemon juice and leave it in your hair for 5 minutes.  To obtain even better results, try diluting 4 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar or 1 teaspoon of honey in a cup of hot water and softly massage the mixture into your scalp. You can also add a 3 cm cube of grated fresh ginger into half a cup of lukewarm olive oil and leave it for 30 minutes before massaging into your scalp.

2. Believe in essential oils

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Essential oils are natural properties which are renowned for being effective in treating numerous daily aches and pains. If these oils are mixed into a shampoo or conditioner, around 12 to 20 drops, they could do wonders for your hair.

Choose calming essential oils, bergamot, sweet orange or lavender  or anti-germ oils like thyme, rosemary cineol or palmarosa.  Sage essential oil can also limit sebum secretions on your hair roots.

3. Say goodbye to dandruff with sage infusions

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You can also make sage infusions and laurel sauces to help reduce dandruff.  Add a handful of sage leaves or laurel leaves to 1/2 a litre of boiling water. Wait for the mixture to cool down and pour the brew onto the hair. Leave without rinsing immediately.

4. Make thyme infusions

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Boil two cups of water in a pan with one big tablespoon of thyme.  Leave to bubble away for 10 minutes.  Turn off the hob and leave to cool down before pouring this mixture onto your scalp.  Rinse after leaving in your hair for a few minutes. Thyme is an excellent natural antibiotic.

Another solution:  Add a handful of chamomile flowers and 3 cm of fresh ginger to 1 litre of water.  Bring the water to the boil.  Once the mixture has cooled pour it onto your scalp.

5. Vegetables

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Some vegetables can reduce dandruff.  For example you can cook fresh spinach leaves in a pan with a drop of water.  Once cooled place the spinach leaves onto the scalp for at least 10 minutes.  Rinse your hair.

You can also put dandelion leaves in a centrifuge to extract the juice. Pour the liquid on the scalp. Leave on your hair for several minutes before rinsing.

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