Natural Home Remedies for Dandruff

| 4/27/2011 4:22:00 PM

When the skin on your scalp dies, it flakes off in tiny, microscopic bits. In cases of dandruff, however, the skin dies and sloughs off at a faster rate—and in larger, more visible chunks. Dandruff can be caused by a number of problems: both dry and oily skin, not washing your hair enough, sensitivity to hair products, and malassezia (a yeast-like fungus that feeds on hair oils). Scratching a dry, itchy scalp can loosen dead skin flakes, but overactive oil glands can also cause flakes.

If you suffer from embarrassing, chronic dandruff, skip the store-bought, chemical laden shampoos and treat your dandruff at home with these natural remedies.

Good hygiene 

Dandruff prevention starts with good hygiene. Washing your hair on a regular basis will help reduce the amount of oil in your hair, which can help prevent dandruff. Taking it easy on styling products will also help. Hair products such as gels and mousses can make dandruff worse by creating more of an oily buildup for the fungus to feast off of.

coconut oil 
Coconut oil's antifungal properties can help fight malassezia, a cause of dandruff. Coconut oil can also restore moisture to damaged hair. Photo By Susy Morris/Courtesy Flickr.