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How to Treat Dandruff Naturally
Did you know that the shampoo you're using might be making your dandruff worse? There are many issues that can causes dandruff, here are some of the common reasons and how to treat them naturally.
Dandruff is a problem most of us encounter at some point in our lives. However, for others it is an ongoing issue that might only be made worse by using chemical based shampoos and conditioners which can irritate the scalp or be be overly harsh and cause the scalp to become dry and flaky.
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 a natural alternative, or wold like to see if a natural solution can assist, below are my favourite options.
How to get rid of dandruff
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 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 trying out 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 shampoo that doesn’t strip your hair or leave it feeling dehydrated! Once you have shampooed your hair, I recommend following up with their matching 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 dryness.
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, cracked scalps.
Problem two: product and oil build up
Although washing your hair every day is not recommended, not washing your hair enough can also lead to dandruff symptoms. If you use 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 Lavera Anti-Dandruff Shampoo. This is a great, natural shampoo with the antibacterial properties of organic lemon, neem and rosemary that 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, Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar can be used as a concentrated treatment, 3 parts to 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 shampoo to one that targets oily hair and brings balance back to the scalp.
For this I recommend using the Lavera 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 the ends.
To distribute the oils throughout your hair and prevent clogged pores, regular brushing is equally important. I love this Vegan bamboo hair brush. It is super gentle 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 which means you will be benefiting the environment too.
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 antidandruff shampoos. A great solution here is to use a 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 scalps. This shampoo is made with ingredients including Aloe Vera and Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract which both work to soothe and prevent scalp irritation. Organic Almond Milk is also included to help protect and nourish the hair.
To encourage a healthy scalp and reduce sensitivity, 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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