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How to Kill Dandruff

Dry scalp may be the reason for dandruff, or a skin condition called seborrheic dermatitis. It could be caused by eczema, psoriasis, or, an overgrowth of a yeastlike fungus called malassezia.  Drugstore remedies might include shampoos with zinc pyrithione, which targets fungus and bacteria; ketoconazole, which also fights fungus; coal tar and selenium sulfide, which slow the growth and die-off of skin cells on your scalp; and salicylic acid, which loosens flakes so they can be washed away.
For natural treatments, read on this article..

1.Aspirin

Aspirin contains the same active ingredient (salicylic acid) like many medicated dandruff shampoos. Keep flaking in check by crushing two aspirins to a fine powder and adding it to the normal amount of shampoo you use to wash your hair. Leave the mixture on your hair for 1-2 mins, then rinse well and wash again with your old shampoo.

2.Tea tree oil

Shampoos with just 5 percent of tea tree oil, significantly improves the severity of dandruff. You can also add a few drops of tea tree oil to your shampoo when you wash normally.

3.Baking soda

Wet your hair first. Then, rub a handful of baking soda vigorously into your scalp. Skip shampoo and go straight to rinsing. Baking soda reduces overactive fungi that can cause dandruff. Your hair may get dried out at first, but after a few weeks, your scalp will start producing natural oils, softer and free of flakes.

4.Apple cider vinegar

Mix a quarter cup apple cider vinegar with a quarter cup water in a spray bottle and apply on your scalp. Wrap your head in a towel. And, do sit for 15 minutes to max of an hour, then wash your hair as usual. Do this twice a week.

5.Use Mouthwash

To treat a worst case of dandruff, wash your hair with your favorite shampoo, then rinse with an alcohol-based mouthwash, following with your conditioner. Mouthwash’s anti-fungal properties prevents dandruff-causing yeast from growing.

6.Coconut oil

Coconut oil is a “tried and true” dandruff treatment, and it smells good too. Before showering your head, massage 3-5 tablespoons of coconut oil into your scalp and do sit for about 15 mins to an hour. Shampoo your head as usual.

7.Lemon

Dandruff relief may be no farther away than your kitchen. Just massage 2 tablespoons lemon juice into your scalp and rinse thoroughly with water. Then, stir 1 teaspoon lemon juice with 1 cup of water and rinse your hair with it. Repeat it daily until your dandruff disappears. It doesn’t caus any harm to you.

8.Salt

The abrasiveness of ordinary table salt works great for scrubbing out dandruff flakes before you shampoo. Grab a salt shaker and shake some salt onto your dry scalp. Then apply it throughout your hair, give your scalp a massage. You will find you have got rid of the dry, flaky skin and are ready for a shampoo.

9.Aloe-vera

Do massage with aloe vera by applying it on your scalp before shampooing. The cooling effects of aloe vera will soothe the itch.

10.Olive oil

An overnight olive oil remedy for dandruff is very effective. Massage about 10 drops into your scalp and cover with a cap overnight. Follow your regular shampoo in the morning. For a quicker cure, use a shampoo that contains olive oil.

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