Dandruff is one of the most annoying hair problems and is a sign of bad scalp health. Having the little pesky white flakes fall on your shoulder throughout the day can be very embarrassing. However, the good news is that you can prevent dandruff naturally at home with dandruff control products.
Before we look at some of the best anti-dandruff products, let’s understand what causes dandruff.
What Causes Dandruff?
To understand the causes of dandruff, you must know that there are two types of dandruff: dry & oily. Here are the causes of dry & oily dandruff:
Oily dandruff: An oily scalp is characterised by the overproduction of sebum. Excess oil production can trigger the activity of a fungus called Malassezia. This fungus feeds on the natural oils on the scalp and breaks it down into oleic acid. Your body increases the process of skin cell renewal to fight Malassezia. With increased cell production, dead skin cells start accumulating on the scalp, resulting in flakiness and oily dandruff.
Oily dandruff shows itself as yellowish flakes.
Dry dandruff: A dry and dehydrated scalp that lacks moisture can cause itchiness and inflammation, eventually resulting in flakiness and dry dandruff.
Dry dandruff flakes usually tend to be whiter than oily dandruff.
Best Anti-Dandruff Products
Many dandruff control products available in the market are chemical-based and contain sulphates. Sulphates can strip the scalp of natural oils, causing dryness and bacterial buildup and resulting in dandruff and other hair problems. Hence, it is important that you use natural, sulphate-free products to treat dandruff.
Here are some of our best-selling 100% natural anti-dandruff products:
Dandruff Control Shampoo
It is a sulphate-free anti-dandruff shampoo enriched with a blend of coconut oil and essential oils of rosemary and patchouli. This shampoo helps cleanse the scalp gently and clears oil buildup without removing natural scalp oils. It treats both oily and dry dandruff and prevents greying and flakiness.
Formulated with the goodness of eucalyptus and chamomile essential oils, this scalp serum helps hydrate and moisturise the scalp and treats dandruff. It also contains a blend of aloe vera and amla, two natural ingredients that have been used as a remedy for dandruff and scalp infections in Indian homes for ages.
Flaky Hair Oil
Aroma Magic Flaky Hair Oil contains jojoba oil, a powerhouse of anti-inflammatory properties. It helps soothe scalp irritation, balances the scalp’s pH level, and controls dandruff. It also helps relieves itchiness associated with dandruff.
Other DIY Natural Remedies to Prevent Dandruff Naturally
Besides using the abovementioned anti-dandruff products, you can also try a few DIY natural remedies at home to treat dandruff. Here are two of our favourite ones:
Tea Tree Essential Oil
Tea tree essential oil has potent antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, making it an effective natural remedy for dandruff.
How to use
Add a few drops of tea tree oil to your shampoo. Apply this mixture to your scalp. Rinse with cold water after 5 minutes.
Lemon Juice + Curd
The citric acid in lemon helps balance the scalp’s pH levels and prevents the growth of Malassezia. Curd also has anti-inflammatory properties and is one of the best natural ingredients for dandruff. Lemon and curd hair mask is one of the best natural hair masks for dandruff.
How to use
Mix 1 tbsp. of lemon juice and 2-3 tbsps. of curd. Apply the mixture to your scalp and massage using your fingertips. Leave it on for 10 minutes, and then wash your hair with a shampoo and conditioner.
In conclusion, dandruff can be a pesky problem that affects many people, but there are plenty of products and DIY remedies that can help treat it. It's important to find the product or remedy that works best for you and to be consistent with your treatment in order to see results.