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How to Treat Dandruff Naturally
How do you get rid of dandruff? There are many natural remedies to a dry, itchy scalp. Find our organic dandruff shampoo, and other natural dandruff remedies to find the dandruff cure that’s right for you.
Dandruff is a problem most of us encounter at some point in our lives. However, for others it is an ongoing issue. Knowing how to get rid of dandruff can be complicated when the problem might only be made worse by using mainstream dandruff shampoos which can irritate the scalp or be overly harsh, and in some cases actually cause the scalp to become dry and flaky. Using natural shampoos and conditioners free of potentially irritating ingredients can be a very important step in the right direction.
What causes dandruff?
There are so many causes that often we might be using a treatment that isn’t appropriate, so with any ongoing symptoms, it's best to talk to your healthcare professional. However, if you are currently using a mainstream dandruff shampoo and would like to try switching to an organic dandruff shampoo, or would like to see if a natural solution can assist, below are my favourite natural dandruff remedies.
How to get rid of dandruff naturally
Problem one: dry scalp
Deeply condition your scalp with Organic Hemp Oil once to twice a week. Hemp oil is a natural humectant, meaning it can draw moisture from the air into the skin. It is also able to deeply penetrate and strengthen the scalp skin cells. Warm a tablespoon of the oil in your palm and massage thoroughly all over the scalp, leave to penetrate for 10 minutes and then shampoo off once or twice. A conditioner may not be necessary depending on your hair type.
If you have a flaky, itchy scalp it doesn’t always indicate dandruff. You might need to use a natural shampoo that is more moisturising rather than deep cleaning. Sometimes dry skin can worsen the issue of dandruff. If you are prone to dry skin then you may notice the dandruff flakes are more dry than oily.
I recommend the 100% Pure Healthy Scalp Shampoo and Conditioner. The Healthy Scalp Shampoo is formulated with Burdock and Neem which work to clean and nourish your hair and scalp. It stimulates circulation to help alleviate dryness, itching and flaking. It is a very gentle organic dandruff shampoo that doesn’t strip your hair or leave it feeling dehydrated! Once you have shampooed your hair, I recommend following up with the matching 100% Pure Healthy Scalp Conditioner which is the perfect accompaniment for healthy hair.
Another wonderful Burdock based product is the Weleda Revitalising Hair Tonic. Massage this non greasy tonic through the scalp and the combination of Rosemary, Clover and Burdock root works with the hairs natural oils to nourish and treat a dry scalp.
A great trick for dry scalps is also organic coconut oil, just massage a little over the entire the scalp before bed and wash out in the morning.
To supplement a healthy diet and skincare routine, the Ethical Nutrients Evening Primrose, Fish Oil and Vitamin E capsules can be taken daily to provide essential fatty acids which assist in skin repair and regeneration, helping heal sore, dry scalps.
Problem two: product and oil build up causing a flaky scalp
Although washing your hair every day is not recommended, not washing your hair enough can also lead to dandruff symptoms. If you use a range of different hair products, work or live in an environment prone to dust and pollution, oils, dirt and toxins may accumulate on your scalp.
So if this sounds like you, why not try washing your hair more often and see if you notice any changes. For regular washing (4-5 times a week) I recommend the Ethique Heali Kiwi - Shampoo for Dandruff or Scalp Problems. This is an amazing natural dandruff shampoo bar with the antibacterial properties of Neem and Kiwifruit oil, plus soothing Oats, and has been specifically developed for those with dandruff-prone hair. It soothes and helps to regulate the oils in the scalp to help stop flaking and that irritating itchy sensation.
For a cleansing hair rinse to remove build up, the Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar can be used as a concentrated natural dandruff treatment by mixing 3 parts Apple Cider Vinegar with 1 part water . Simply rinse using the Apple Cider Vinegar solution after washing your hair as normal, and apply leave-in conditioner to the ends only.
Problem three: oily skin
Another common cause of dandruff is the overproduction of oil on the scalp. Even if you shampoo often, some people just naturally have oilier scalps than others! In this instance you need to switch your mainstream dandruff shampoo to one that targets oily hair and brings balance back to the scalp.
For this I recommend using the Lavera Freshness & Balance Shampoo. This shampoo helps to clarify the hair, scalp and roots to remove excess oil and build up without drying out the ends. Its uses natural Sea Salt which de-greases the hair and removes dirt and grime, and Arnica Blossom Extract which adds nourishment to the ends.
To distribute the oils throughout your hair and prevent clogged pores, regular brushing is equally important. I highly recommend a Vegan Bamboo Hair Brush! They are super gentle on an itchy scalp and designed to avoid breaking any hair strands. The bristles are also really flexible so when you’re detangling your hair, it minimises hair being caught and falling out. These brushes come in 3 sizes and are totally vegan and made with eco friendly Bamboo.
Problem four: sensitive scalp
If you have a sensitive scalp, you might also be more prone to dandruff. This could in fact be due to the harsh chemicals found in many supermarket anti-dandruff shampoos. A great solution here is to use an organic dandruff shampoo that is all natural and formulated for sensitive skin.
I love the Lavera Basis Sensitive Moisture & Care Shampoo which is specially formulated to be extra gentle on sensitive, flaky scalps. This shampoo is made with ingredients including Aloe Vera and Rice Extract which both work to soothe and prevent itchy scalp irritation. Organic Almond Milk is also included to help protect and nourish the hair.
To encourage a healthy scalp and reduce sensitivity, incorporate supplements that
provide natural dandruff remedies from the inside! The Ethical Nutrients Zinc Maintain tablets can supplement a healthy lifestyle by encouraging skin and hair healing and boosting your immune system. Taken daily, Zinc tablets can address Zinc deficiencies and help balance health and wellbeing.
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