It’s common for people to confuse the symptoms of a dry scalp with dandruff. The official name for dandruff is, “Seborrheic Dermatitis” – a scalp condition in which sebum is produced at a faster rate than normal leading to a yeast-like fungus to thrive and clog scalp pores. Symptoms include itchy scalp, oil buildup, yellowish flakes or scaly patches. Dandruff is long-term condition which isn’t contagious and can be controlled with an effective hair regimen and diet. Be mindful though, certain cosmetics can cause a flare up of dandruff so it’s helpful to track which products work for you.
Tea tree acts as an anti-fungal that kills the bacteria causing the overload of sebum on your scalp. If you’re experiencing slow growth or alopecia, tea tree is excellent for scalp stimulation. When you apply tea tree it penetrates the hair follicles and layers underneath the scalp, unclogs and kills micro-organisms that trigger dandruff. You can apply a few drops directly to your scalp and massage or find products that carry the ingredient.
The seeds of fenugreek carry anti-fungal properties that not only reduce dandruff but help strengthen and soften your hair.
1) Grind the seeds into paste and blend with distilled water and essential oils.
2) Pre-poo (oil rinse) using fenugreek oil, use a process cap for about 15-30 minutes.
If your nose can tolerate it, neem is one of the most highly affective vegetable oils in the world. It’s used for medicinal purposes, scalp conditions and even as bug repellant. Neem is very effective against certain fungi and dandruff falls under this category. To mask the natural scent, some use essential oils and apply directly to your scalp for a deep condition or pre-poo treatment.
Eucalyptus improves blood circulation to the scalp which encourages hair growth. It also contains anti-fungal and antimicrobial properties to relieve itchy scalp and dandruff. You can use this essential oil to mask Neem or as a standalone to apply to your scalp as needed.
Another oil that can mask Neem *hint* and helps correct the natural pH balance to reduce dryness, flakes and itchy scalp. You will feel a soothing sensation once applied directly to your scalp. Peppermint literally stimulates the nerves and skin on contact to reduce dandruff. You can find haircare products that include peppermint in their formulas.*
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*The above article are natural ways to relieve a scalp condition. You should consult your physician and if needed, a Trichologist for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.