Dandruff is a common problem for many individuals. While medicating shampoos do work to correct the problem, simple home remedies using products out of your pantry, especially lemon and vinegar, can complement the shampoo’s hard work and get rid of your dandruff even quicker.
Lemon peel and juice contain various extracts that help rejuvenate the hair and alleviate dandruff. For mild dandruff, juice one lemon and mix with coconut or sandalwood oil. Typically, three parts lemon juice to one part oil is a good combination. Rub the mixture over the affected part of the scalp and leave it in the hair overnight. Wash the mixture out of the hair the next morning with shampoo, specifically a medicating shampoo designed to treat dandruff. Adding lemon juice to the washing water will also help moisturize the hair.
If you do not want to leave the mixture in your hair overnight, try taking the peel of a lemon and rubbing it directly over the affected area. Let the peel work for 15 minutes and then wash it out with medicating shampoo. This is a quick alternative to the juice and oil mixture, but the lemon peel may feel uncomfortable or burn on the scalp. Do not use the peel if it is painful. Switch to the juice and oil mixture.
You can make a quick and healthy conditioner for your hair using curds and lemon juice. Take t2 tbsp. of curds and add 3 to 5 drops of lemon juice. Stir the mixture together until a paste is formed. Apply the paste to your scalp for 20 minutes and then rinse with shampoo. Your hair will feel silky and the mixture will help reduce the dandruff.
You can substitute lime juice for lemon in each of these recipes.
Vinegar is an excellent tool to naturally correct the pH balance within your hair, remove residue from shampoos and other hair care products and prevent an itchy scalp. Take 2 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar and mix with 3 cups of distilled water. Apply the mix to the hair and give your scalp a nice massage. Leave the mix on overnight and rinse the next morning with a medicating shampoo. Not only will your hair be healthier, it will have a great shine and will feel soft.