An itchy flaky scalp can show up any time of year. But during the winter months the cold dry air outside, and the forced dry heat inside, are like a recipe for dandruff. Even folks that don’t normally struggle with a dry scalp can fall victim to this cold weather menace.
Skip the expensive chemical filled dandruff shampoos and try one of our simple flaky scalp fixes instead.
1. Coconut oil and lemon juice:
Coconut oil contains lauric, caprylic and capric acid all of which are natural antifungals that penetrate the hair shaft to fight the fungus that’s often behind dandruff. Plus the delicious smelling oil is rich in saturated fats that help soothe the itch as they moisturize. Lemon juice, which is mildly acidic, helps to balance the pH of your scalp driving the flakes away and keeping them gone.
At the first sign of flakes grab the coconut oil and warm up about two teaspoons. Squeeze around one teaspoon of lemon juice into the warm oil. Massage the mixture into your scalp for several minutes, cover your head in a shower cap and leave on for about an hour. Finish up by washing your hair with your favorite mild shampoo.
2. Plain yogurt:
Believe it or not cool and creamy plain yogurt is the perfect quick fix for a flaky scalp. The fat content in the yogurt helps to soothe the itch on contact as it goes to work moisturizing your scalp, as the probiotics fight the flakes.
Start by wetting your hair with warm water. Massage about four tablespoons of your favorite full fat, plain yogurt into your scalp and cover your head with a shower cap. Let the yogurt sit on your scalp for around 20 minutes and then rinse it out with cool water.
3. Apple cider vinegar and tea tree oil:
Apple cider vinegar targets the yeast-like fungus that may be partly to blame for your dandruff. At the same time the vinegar helps to restore the pH balance of your scalp fighting future flakes as well. Anti-inflammatory tea tree oil is naturally moisturizing and the terpenes in the oil target any fungus that’s still hanging around.
Mix together a half cup of apple cider vinegar, one cup of water, five to eight drops of tea tree oil and a teaspoon of olive oil in a spray bottle. Spray onto your hair concentrating on your scalp. Put on a shower cap and leave the mixture on for half an hour. Finish by shampooing with your favorite mild shampoo to remove the flakes.
4. Baking soda:
Baking soda helps tackle dandruff in several different ways. The white powder acts as a mild exfoliant, gently scrubbing flakes away. It absorbs any excess oils, dirt and dead skin remaining on your scalp without drying your skin out any further. And the alkaline nature of baking soda helps it to balance the pH levels of your scalp driving down fungal growth.
Mix a couple of tablespoons of baking soda with enough water to make a paste. Gently massage the paste into your scalp for several minutes. Rinse your hair with cool water, but don’t shampoo.
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