Among the various hair problems that one faces, danduff is the most embarrassing one. White flakes falling off from the scalp are often spotted on victim’s shoulders. There are several factors can be held responsible for causing Dandruff. Stress, residues of cosmetic hair products, excessively dry skin etc. are a few to name.
How to Deal With Dandruff Naturally
When you find yourself suffering from dandruff, you must immediately become proactive and start taking measures that will stop the worsening of the condition.
- Wash your hair regularly (or more frequently)
- Start oiling your hair if you are not doing it
- Check your daily routine, sleep timely and sufficiently
- Avoid Stress
- Prepare this anti-dandruff hair pack and start using it right away
If the cause of dandfruff is only on the scalp like dryness of skin and poor scalp hygine, it can be treated with herbal remedies, but if the dandruff is occuring as a result of some underlying skin condition like eczema or Psoriasis, treating the causative factor is the ideal mode of treatement.
Herbal and Natural Remedies for Dandruff Treatment
The natural remedies usually involve the use of following
Herbal / Ayurvedic Hair Oils
Herbal Hair Packs
Natural Hair wash Powders
How To Make Herbal Anti-dandruff Hair Pack Powder
Bhringraj Powder – 100 gms
Neem Leaves Powder – 30 gms
Amla Powder – 50 gms
Hibiscus Flowers 4-5, if you dont have fresh Hibiscus flower petal you can also use Hibiscus powder but it should be pure.
If you are using all the ingredients in powdered form you can just mix everything together and store in an airtight jar. Keep this away from moisture.
For using fresh Hibiscus flowers you can grind the petals in a mortar and pestle and add it into the hair pack right before the application.
Benefits of Using This Homemade Anti-dandruff Hair Pack
Bhringraja: Eclipta Alba as it is Botanically referred, is called False Daisy in English and Bhringaraja in Sanskrit. It has been used in various Ayurvedic formulations that used in a treating a wide range of hair related problems like Hair loss, thinning of hair and dandruff. Bhrigraja is also used in treating severe hair conditions like Alopecia.
Neem Leaves : While Neem bark is an excellent remedy for Acne, Neem Leaves on the other hand have proven microbial properties that helps in getting rid of dandruff.
Amla : This indeed is a wonderberry, Indian Gooseberry as it is called in English and Amalaki in Sanskrit is extensively used in Ayurveda for curing a variety of Diseases. It is the richest source of Vitamin C and also a good source of Vitamin A. It is also a vital ingredient in several Ayurvedic Keshkalps. Amla is one of the three ingredients in Triphala. Amla fruit is dried and ground to fine powder (traditionally pounded) and is then incororated in Hair Oils, Hair masks and Natural shampoos. It is used for preventing premature greying of hair and as an anti dandruff ingredient in hair products.
Hibiscus Flowers have properties that are effective in dealing with dandruff and dryness of scalp.
Try this simple hair pack if you are combating dandruff, if you are allergic to any ingredient used in this herbal powder just avoid the ingredients.
Premature graying of hair has become a very common problem in the contemporary era, people lead a workaholic and stressful life with busy schedules which makes taking out time for personal care a luxury. The nutrition part in daily diet is almost neglected and all these may lead to grey hair. However there might be other reasons also like deficiency of vitamin B-12 or problem of Thyroid.
The silvers or salt and pepper whatever you call it can also occur due to excessive use of electric hair dyers, harsh chemicals present in some hair care products.
Best 3 Homemade hair dye for grey hair recipes
The Triphala Hair Dye for natural black hair color
What you need
Ink-nut (Terminalia chebula / harad/ Haritaki)
India Gooseberry (Amla)
Black Earth (Kali mitti)
Sugar cane juice
How To :
To make your homemade hair dye, first you need to grind all the ingredients except the sugarcane juice.
Sterilize a glass jar .
Mix the ground powder in sugar cane juice.
Place the lid and leave for one month.
After one month the dye is ready to color and cover your grey hair.
Apply this paste at night on the hair and wash off in the morning.
This hair dye pack will give a natural black color to the grey hair
Liquorice (Mulethi/ Mulhati) and Indian Goosberry (Amla) Treatment
Take one part Amla Juice, one Part clarified butter and one-fourth part Liquorice.
Take all of them in a heavy bottom pan and simmer until the water (liquid) dries up and thick clarified butter is left.
Let it cool and then store it in cool and dry place.
This remedy is very safe to use as a hair dye and does not have any side effects on the skin.
The Homemade Recipe for Henna and Amla Hair Dye
It is very important to treat your head lice as it is contagious and can be contracted by your spouse and children very easily.
How to choose a treatment method for head lice?
Treatment of head lice can be done with both over the counter products and home remedies. However you should first diagnose the degree of infestation before applying any product on your head to treat head lice.
Children below 6 years of age should not be given any head lice removal treatment without consultation of the pediatrician/doctor.
Most of the products require repeated applications for complete removal but be careful that you dont overdo the usage of such products.
Custard Apple Home Remedy for Head Lice Treatment
Custard Apples are being used in Thai folk remedies since long time. Both the leaves and the seed of custard apple tree have medicinal properties and they can be used in the treatment of head lice too.
Treating Head lice with Custard Apple Leaves
Take fresh leaves of Custard Apple tree and crush them to take out the juice. You mar crush the leaves with mortar and pestle and then strain the juice with the help of a cheese cloth.
Apply this fresh juice on the scalp and leave it for 20 mins. Now rinse off the juice and wash your head with a mild herbal shampoo.
Home Treatment of Head Lice with Custard Apple Seeds
Grind Custard Apple Seeds to fine powder, mix this with water to make a paste.
Now apply this paste on head and leave it overnight. Cover your head with a shower cap or with a cloth. Rinse it next morning and shampoo your hair.
Precautions while using Custard Apple home remedy for head lice
The oils present in the custard apple seeds are very dangerous for eyes. They may cause severe burning, redness and can also affect vision.
- Do Not allow the paste enter your eyes in any case.
- Do not touch your eyes after touching or itching your head when you have the paste on.
- While rinsing the head next morning just bend forward and wash your head so that the water does not enter your eye.
- Take someones help to apply the paste on your head so that you can keep your eyes tightly closed throughout the application.
Tea Rinse to Stimulate Hair Growth
Tea is a very common ingredient and its found mostly in every kitchen. Its not too long ago when i found that many women use tea as a hair rinse.
However tea rinses do not have much proven scientific credits to them but those who have tried this vouch on its effectiveness.
What is a tea rinse and how to use it on hair
The idea about ideal tea as a beverage is different for different people. Some say green tea is more healthy and is better than black tea, and then there are people like me who are happy with both green and black tea.
However green tea is very good for hair and it contains substances that are used in making herbal shampoos too, black tea rinse also works great on hair as it stimulates hair growth and stops common yet severe problems of hair like shedding and flaking.
So for better result one might consider green tea for making a hair rinse.
Green Tea hair rinse for hair growth and preventing dandruff
Green tea strengthens hair.
It prevents and reduces hairloss or shedding
Manages split ends
Green tea rinse removes dryness and itching of scalp.
Green tea is good source of pro vitamin b (panthenol) which is used in making shampoos and hair conditioners. It is also rich in antioxidants that helps prevent untimely hairfall and boosts hair growth.
How to make tea rinse for hair
A tea bag is the basic ingredient for any tea rinse. (black or green as per availability and personal preference).
2 tea bag shall be sufficient for one time rinse.
2 cups of water
Boil 2 tea bags in 2 cups of water.
Let it steep overnight or minimum 4-5 hours.
Put the tea into a spray bottle and spray it all over hair and scalp until the hair is completely soaked in this homemade tea rinse.
Let it sit for 20-30 minutes.
Now condition your hair with a hair conditioner
Benefits of Tea Rinse
Using tea rinse for hair is a dollar effective way of deep conditioning hair and taking up a natural herbal approach of treating your tresses.Make sure you take out enough time for doing this treatment on your hair as you will need a minimum of 4-5 hours to steep the tea before applying it on your hair.
Have you ever done tea rinse?
Did the tea rinse help your normal hair ?
Will you recommend others to use tea rinse for hair?
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Boil 1 tsp of tea (any brand) in water, let it cool (in room temperature). Rinse your hair with this after you shampoo your hair. Let it stay, no need to rinse it again. This homemade hair conditioner will leave your hair smooth, silky and shiny.
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After Shampoo Conditioner
The homemade after shampoo conditioners are basically used as final rinse.
Apple cider Vinegar Rinse for Oily hair : Dilute apple cider vinegar in water and use it to rinse your hair after shampoo. Vinegar removes any soap residues left on the scalp. It also gives volume to flat oily hair. Remember to dilute the vinegar before rinsing. No matter how much hurry you are in but never use concentrated vinegar on your scalp, this will cause more damage to the hair. Alternatively vinegar can be replaced by juice of fresh lemon to derive same results
Green Teal Rinse :
Boil Green Tea in water and use this water to rinse your hair after shampoo. Green tea contains caffeine and it is said that the caffeine penetrates into the scalp and makes the roots strong and stimulates hair growth
Natural Conditioners for Dry and Frizzy Hair
Effects of Dryness on Hair
Dryness in hair causes the outer layer of the scalp which are called cuticles, flake off (peel away) from the central shaft.
How does a conditioner helps the dry hair
Conditioner acts as a glue and sticks the cuticle back to the central shaft
Conditioner provides lubrication to the hair
Prevents static electricity which results in avoiding frizzy hair.
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Mayonnaise Hair Conditioner for extremely dry hair
The ingredients used to make mayo are coincidentally good doers for hair. The egg and olive oil in the mayo makes it the best homemade hair conditioner for dry, frizzy and unmanageable hair.
Take mayo in your hand and spread it length wise by gently combing the hair. By combing we ensure that the conditioner is evenly applied on the hair. Now cover the hair with a plastic cap. Let is sit for 20 mins then rinse it off. Remember this is not an after wash hair conditioner so you will need to shampoo your hair after rinsing off the mayo hair conditioner.
To take this conditioner one step further you can add equal part of mashed avocado to the mayonnaise.
Milk and Banana Conditioner for Unmanageable hair
Blend 1 cup of milk with 1 medium sized banana. Add 1tsp of olive oil and mix all the ingredients to make a paste. Now dampen your hair with warm water. Apply this conditioner following the technique mentioned in mayo hair conditioner.
The Avocado Hair Conditioner for Strong and Long Tresses
Cut an avocado and remove the seed. Scoop out the flesh and mash it nicely. Apply this avocado mash on the scalp by massaging it. Cover your head with a shower-cap to aid penetration. Keep it for one hour then shampoo your hair with a non alkaline shampoo. Complete this by using an after wash conditioner prepared by mixing 2 tsp of lemon juice to a quart of water. Use this as a last rinse then pat dry your hair.
How to apply homemade hair conditioners
Traditionally hair conditioner must be applied in wet hair after shampoo i.e washing your hair clean with a shampoo. It is not necessary to condition your hair after each hair wash but it is better to do so as hair conditioners gives your hair soft, silky and shiny look. For regular quick hair conditioning, apply your hair conditioner to washed hair and let is remain for 3-5 mins and then rinse it of with water.
The other way to condition your hair is deep conditioning. Apply your store bought or homemade deep hair conditioner to washed wet hair. After application you will now want the conditioner to sit on your hair for sometime so that it goes deep and nourish your hair. Take a shower cap and wear it such that your entire head is covered so that the conditioner does not dry up quickly. Incase you do not have a shower cap you can cover your hair with warm towel also.
Now sit and relax for 1-2 hrs and then rinse your hair.
Try these DIY Conditioners and share your experience in the comments section.