You put on your favorite little black dress or brand new navy blazer and are feeling like a million bucks, until you notice those telltale white flakes sprinkling your shoulders.
An often-embarrassing condition, dandruff is just the increased shedding of normal skin cells from the scalp. While everyone sheds these microscopic cells, dandruff sufferers do so more quickly. Oily buildup on the scalp, usually caused by a skin condition such as eczema, then bind the dead cells together, creating visible flakes. With a wide selection of commercial treatments on the market, dandruff can be expensive to combat.
Many simple and inexpensive home remedies can help relieve the flaking, itching and dryness:
- Shampoo frequently – Daily cleansing with a mild shampoo will decrease oil and cell build up, and is often all that is necessary to keep milder cases of dandruff in check. Follow up with a good conditioner.
- Vinegar – it’s not just for salads – Another favorite home remedy for dandruff is vinegar (white, apple cider etc.). Just mix the vinegar with a little water. Pour over your hair, massage it in, and rinse.
- Use Listerine – In addition to freshening your breath, Listerine mouthwash can be an effective dandruff treatment. Wet your scalp, rub the Listerine in, wrap your hair in a towel for about fifteen minutes, and rinse.
- Give your hair a twist (of lime) – When washing your hair, add a teaspoon of fresh lime juice to the final rinse. This useful remedy not only combats oily buildups to prevent dandruff, but also leaves hair glowing.
While dandruff is essentially a harmless cosmetic problem, occasionally it can be linked to more serious skin conditions, such as psoriasis or seborrhea dermatitis, which can be both painful and unsightly. Consult your doctor about more stubborn forms of dandruff, especially if accompanied by severe itching or redness.