Dandruff is one of the worst nightmares for anyone. That sudden urge to scratch your head in public and then find white flakes on your fingers and shoulders can embarrass you to a large extent. Dandruff is known to be a complex problem in Ayurveda. There are different causes of dandruff in different people. However, it is grouped under Kshudra rogas- something that can be cured easily.
The one way you can treat dandruff is first by not thinking about it all time and getting affected by it. Secondly, stop buying multiple shampoos and hair care products for it. Using different products without having proper knowledge can harm your hair even more. Most anti-dandruff shampoos are made of chemicals that might remove dandruff but eventually cause hair fall or other hair problems.
Ayurveda has the solution for all these hair problems, but first, we need to know the basic causes of dandruff.
Poor Hygiene of Hair
While washing hair every day is not right, not washing it for a week or more can cause a mess. Not washing your hair frequently enough – less than three times a week can accumulate dust and pollution on your scalp making hair dull and dry and your scalp itchy. This makes the scalp a breeding ground fungus and, later, dandruff.
Poor Eating Habits
Eating habits define a lot about your health and hair. It would help if you always took a balanced diet and nourished food, so your body and hair are healthy. Eating lots of fatty fast food and fewer vitamins & proteins can weaken your hair roots and make them prone to dandruff.
Certain skin conditions like eczema or other skin disorders can be an individual’s major cause of dandruff. With such conditions, one tends to get more flaky skin and dry, itchy scalp in winter than others.
According to Ayurveda, when a person is stressed mentally, they invite more skin and hair issues as the immunity is low. Thus, to keep stress under control, one should practice yoga and meditation regularly. This will help avoid dandruff.
Ayurvedic Treatments for Dandruff
Some amazing home remedies and Ayurvedic treatments reduce and remove dandruff, keeping your hair healthy and lustrous.
Amla is said to have anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties along with Vitamin C, which is very effective in relieving itchiness on the scalp and reducing dandruff.
How to use:
Mix Amla powder with Tulsi leaves and add some water to the paste. Apply this mixture to your hair. Let it stay for 30 mins. Rinse well.
Aloe Vera is another effective Ayurvedic treatment for itchy scalp and dandruff. It soothes skin and also has anti-bacterial properties.
How to use:
Scrape aloe vera from the aloe vera plant and apply it directly to the scalp. Leave it overnight or for 30 mins and wash it off.
Methi or Fenugreek Seeds
Methi has antibacterial properties that are considered the best Ayurvedic treatment for dandruff. It also nourishes the scalp and strengthens the hair roots.
How to use:
Soak Methi seeds overnight and grind them into a paste. Mix curd, lemon juice or henna into the paste and apply it to your hair. Let it stay for 30 mins and wash off well.
Neem has antifungal and antibacterial properties and is antiseptic as well. It kills bacteria to fight dandruff, soothes the scalp, and relieves it from itchiness.
How to use:
Apply Neem oil to your hair and leave it overnight or for a few hours. Wash off with water.
To Sum Up
While the aforementioned tips can go a long way in solving the dandruff problem, no cure or remedy can completely remove it, until you follow a healthy lifestyle and use the right hair solutions.