As a natural haired lovely it's likely that you don't want to reach for the next anti-dandruff shampoo to treat your dandruff because it probably contains sulfates and will dry out your hair.
Here are some solutions that you might not know about:
1. Drink more water
When the moisture content of the scalp falls below 10% dandruff may result. Dandruff is simple an increase in the rate at which the skin cells on the scalp divide. They are constantly dividing anyway but we only see this process when it becomes accelerated and is revealed through dandruff.
2. Crush a couple of aspirins and stir them into your shampoo
Make sure to put the aspirins into the portion of shampoo you plan on using just for that wash rather than to the whole bottle.
3. Wash your hair with baking soda rather than shampoo
Dilute the baking soda before application. 1 tablespoon for every litre of water should be enough. This can work quite well for type 1 and type 2 hair, however, type 3 and 4 hair types tend to find this quite abrasive. A sulfate-free shampoo may be the better option for we, the kinky haired.
4. Add honey to your conditioner
Honey has antibacterial properties. It can also help to relieve any itching and flaking caused by dandruff. You can use the honey on its own but do know that excessive use of honey can lighten your hair's color.
5. Rinse your hair in lemony water
Squeeze the juice from half a lemon into 1 or 2 litres of water and run it through your hair after your wash and condition routine.
6. Rinse your hair in apple cider vinegar (ACV)
This is an alternative to the lemon rinse. After your wash and condition routine, mix 100 ml of ACV with 1 litre of water and rinse your hair with the solution.
7. Add rosemary essential oil to all your hair products.
Rosemary essential oil is one of the ingredients in Neno Natural's Hair Growth Stimulator. It helps to treat dandruff because it has antibacterial properties. You can also add 10 to 12 drops of rosemary essential oil to 30 ml (1 oz) of your favourite oil and massage it into your scalp.
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