Last Modified on Jan 31, 2015
Dandruff flakes are embarrassing, over the counter remedies don't work, and a doctor's dandruff cure is expensive - fortunately natural dandruff remedies beat them all! Itchy scalp, flaky skin, inability to wear anything black. Dandruff is miserable. The fact that this skin condition is common is no comfort at all, but our alternative remedies and holistic treatments can offer exactly the comfort you're looking for!
Now, everybody sloughs off some dead skin cells. It's happening all the time, and if you only see a few flakes then perhaps all you need is more shampooing or hydration, or perhaps a different hair cleaning regimen altogether. Those with true damage also experience reddened and perhaps itchy or inflamed skin in patches or all across the scalp.
Natural Treatments: Lemon juice, aspirin mixed into shampoo, and salt are other home remedies often used for dandruff conditions. These mostly remove the flakes rather than address the itchiness, though increased acid levels on the skin can reduce itchiness as well (the skin's mantle is naturally a bit on the acidic side).
If your dandruff condition is more serious, also check out our seborrheic dermatitis page for more complementary and alternative health cures.
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[YEA] Dandruff remedy -- According to this BBC News Health article, dandruff and itchy scalp are caused by overactive Malassezia fungus. This fungus is naturally found on human skin, but if it's overactive it causes a fast turnover of skin cells. In other words, Malassezia produces flakes faster in dandruff sufferers than in people without dandruff.
If you have oily hair (like me) then you're more susceptible to dandruff, since Malassezia feeds on sebum, the oily matter produced by the sebaceous glands in our skin.
This is the real secret. When I tell most people they just think it's gross and don't hear me out. :)
When I hop in the shower in the morning I give my scalp a vigorous 15 second rinse under the water. This gets the visible oiliness out of my hair, but doesn't actually strip my scalp of any oil.
It's washing without washing.
When you first do this you'll notice that your hair might feel a little "sticky. " Don't worry, you have to give it time to adjust.
The interesting thing is after a few days my scalp seemingly stopped producing so much oil. I don't know the science behind it, and I haven't been able to find conclusive studies about it, I just know it works.
Some people use baking soda and vinegar. Or lemon juice. These products don't strip your hair of its oils.
Good luck to all of us suffering from... I call it: "shampoo-itis"
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