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Here's a recipe using cider vinegar to help treat dandruff.
Put herbs in a Pyrex (or other heatproof) bowl or casserole dish. Then add 2/3 cups boiling water and cover. Let sit for 15 minutes and then strain the mixture, ou can use cheesecloth to strain. Gunnel the liquid into a bottle with a tight fitting lid and add the cider vinegar. Shake well. Massage a small amount into your hair after you shampoo.
This is a guide about using white vinegar for dandruff. Instead of trying expensive medicated shampoos, try using vinegar instead.
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We have had good luck with using Apple Cider Vinegar. Just pour some on your head about 5-10 min before showering. My son only needed a couple of applications and dandruff is very minimal now. Hope it helps.
I see that someone else also said use vinegar which is what I was going to suggest, but you should also start taking selenium this will help also.
My husband also uses TGel and got tired of it. He now uses a shampoo called Chinese Herb Stimulating Shampoo by Lamas Botanicals. We got ours at a local natural health food store. It works great on his hair.
AS A HAIRDRESSER, MY ADVISE IS TO GO TO A DERMATOLIGIST AND MAKE SURE ITS PLAIN OLD DANDRUFF, ALOT OF DISEASES OF THE SCALP CAN MIMIC DANDRUFF. IF IT IS PLAIN OLD DANDRUFF , YOU NEED TO STIMULATE THE SCALP, WITH THE PADS OF YOUR FINGERS , THIS ALLOWS EVEN BLOOD FLOW TO THE SCALP , THERE FORE SHEDDING THE UNWANTED SKIN. A HOME REMEDY IS SEA BREEZE APPLIED TO THE SCALP WITH A COTTEN BALL AND MASSAGED IN WITH THE PADS OF FINGERS FOR ABOUT 5 MINUTES AND THEN USE A FINE TOOTHED COMB TO GENTLY SCRAP BACK AND FORTH WITH THE TEETH ALL OVER THE SCALP, THEN PUT SARRAN WRAP OVER YOUR HEAD AND WAIT FOR 15 MIN, YOU MAY ALSO ADD SOME HEAT WITH HAND HELD DRYER, THIS WILL INCREASE BLOOD FLOW EVEN MORE. DO THIS ROUTINE ON A WEEKLY BASIS, YOUR SCALP WILL FEEL TINGLY, THIS IS NORMAL. YOU MIGHT ALSO WANT TO ADD TEATREE OIL TO YOUR SHAMPOO, ABOUT 2 DROPPER FULLS. THIS IS AGREAT ANTISEPTIC AND LICE PREVENTION TECHNIQUE.
I agree with using the vinegar. Put some in a spray bottle and spray your scalp a few minutes before your shower. Just keep using it on a daily basis and the dandruff shouldn't reappear.
Is there a difference between flaky scalp and dandruff? i heard it was different. e-mail me at FatimaPervaiz28@hotmail.com with ur answer....and apple cider vinegar works on hair.
I saw a tip for dandruff on another site that said put 10 aspirin in a bottle of any kind of shampoo let them dissolve over night, shake well before using. I haven't tried it, but the person who posted the tip swears it works.
I had been suffering from Dandruff for ages. Probably for more than 10 yrs and my hair has been reduced to half its volume because of the problem. I have tried several remedies but none of them kept the dandruff away it always returned sometimes after week. Have tried nizarol, head and shoulders, almost all anti dandruff shampoos in the market, home remedies, apple cider, vinegar, lemon, youghurt...What not? Honest.
Then i went to this excellent Ayurvedic doctor who advised me that dandruff has to be controlled only with diet. To begin with he put me on a total vegetarian diet, which also excluded youghurt, all baked items, tamarind, pickles etc...i was given triphaladi churnam which had to be mixed in warm water and twice a day. After three days i was given khadirarishtam ( which was a blood purifier) and abhayarishtam. I have to tell you i was running to the toilet all the time and my only purpose in life seemed to be to excrete. I lost about 3 kgs in a week on this diet and medicine. after a week, i was still conitnuing the churnam and arishtam and i was asked to apply oil on my hair - Dhoordoorpatradi keram and matayaldai thailam mixed in equal quantites and massage gently. this application has to be kept on the scalp for about 20 mts. He asked me to apply this mixture on my face, eyelids, ears shoulders and arms. Before washing it you have to apply lemon juice. You should not use any kinds of shampoo to wash it off but only thali powder. This powder is made from natural products such as hibiscus flowers and fenukreek. The same powder can be used on the face and neck as well.
I think it's better to get some good cream or treatment from a pharmacy or doctor. But the other ideas here are really good too. If anyone has some really good ideas for getting rid of dandruff do e-mail me. firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. I have had dandruff for four years so far. I have not found a good cure.
Gather a handful of lemon leaves and cut them up - put into 1 1/2 litres of hot water (distilled is best). when cool strain & bottle. use weekly til dandruff disappears & then once a month for control. shampoo hair and then rinse in this solution
I am looking for a natural or inexpensive way to treat dandruff. I have been buying expensive shampoo that helps but doesn't really eliminate the problem and it's pricey (That T-Gel stuff). Love the site, DB in Min.
Apply one tablespoon of Lemon Juice to your hair. Shampoo, then rinse with water. Rinse again with a mixture of two tablespoons Lemon Juice and two cups water. Repeat every other day until dandruff disappears.
Editor's Note: This tip is best for light colored hair since the lemon juice can lighten your hair.
If you have a sharp bristle hair brush or comb it is best to use it by scraping all the dandruff off your hair. Scrap throughly, you might feel some pain though but it'll go away... then you bow your head outside in your backyard or your tub and shake all the dandruff off your hairr then if there is still dandruff use any of the remedies with vinegar or apple cider or shampoo.
I HAVE A QUESTION FOR ARYA. I HAVE NEVER HEARD OF AN AYURYEDIC DOCTOR. WOULD THIS BE A DOCTOR OF NATURAL MEDICINE ? ALSO, WHERE WOULD ONE FIND THE THINGS THAT YOU USED TO GET RID OF YOUR DANDRUFF. I FOUND YOUR INPUT VERY INTERESTING.
Pls make sure that u first have dandruff and not eczema or any other skin problem. Dandruff must be treated from within first. Stress increases oil on the scalp and thus more dandruff, secondly try taking multivitamins, like omega3/6, vit b 6, magnesium/calcium.
try this and adjust an unhealthy diet to get rid of dandruff and youd feel better too.
about the apple cider vinegar, can we use all the brand of apple cider vinegar? how about brand like "Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar"? is it ok?
In my exsperience true dandruff is a YEAST infection.....Vinegar is one treatment.....but probiotics.....acidopholus...(tea tree is pretty harsh) probiotics added to the rinse ought to kill it....other yeast infections are athletes foot and ring work.....so you see you are not going to be rid of it in one application.....Eating yogurt and acidopholus will help......also treating hair with coconut oil occasionally will help also....and it's very good for your hair....though you want to use it warmed it breaks to liquid at 75 degrees or so..Use sparingly or it will make your hair appear greasy...you can get it in cooking oil section of Walmart....and it is great for many moisture needs on your body....It will give you terrific nails if you rub it into them....also I use it with a few drops of tea tree oil to kill athletes foot...but tea tree is to harsh to use straight on your scalp..(it is more or less turpentine from the pau d' Arco tree)...You can even cook with coconut oil..and it is reputed to kill yeast in your body...cause if you have dandruff you probably have it in your whole system...bought this way....I believe the name is LUANNE...it is inexspensive and great for your needs....you might also use red tea...also found in Walmart to rinse dark hair in ......rouibous.....pronounced ray boos...is great for dark colored hair.....
use raw aloe vera gel fresh, you can also use egg and youghurt.
Can anybody please tell me which brand of ACV should be used?
put dark chocolate on your hair and leave overnight i swear it works. wash off in the morning and shampoo hair as normal.
I am looking for a home remedy for getting rid of dandruff. Any suggestions?
I have used vinegar but my dandruff is still there. I also have heavy hair loss. One of my friends suggested that I take vitamin and calcium capsules. Will that help me stop the hair loss. Are there any other ways to get the rid of dandruff? Please help.
How do I get rid of dandruff?
By sprinkl77 from Buena Vista
How do I get rid of dandruff?
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If you have dandruff or flaking, and don't want to spend lots of dollars on dandruff shampoos, just add a plain aspirin with your regular dollop of shampoo, suds it in, and watch the flakes disappear. It really works!
By Sandra from Floral City, FL
I'd heard of this tip some time ago, so I crush up 5 aspirin and put them into the last 4cm of shampoo. It didn't work for me. (01/20/2006)
I heard adding tea tree oil to any regular shampoo works. (02/13/2006)
I am having a dandruff problem. Does anyone know any conventional treatment? I tried all kinds of shampoos, both medicated and commercialized. I also tried using cream with cortisone, but it did not help at all.
Sara of Mississauga
Honey, if you've tried all those things, it's time to go to a dermatologist. It's the only other way. Good luck. (08/07/2005)
Just wondering if you've tried tea tree oil? My niece has severe eczema and it's the only thing that works on her scalp and skin. You should be able to find it at health food or natural food stores.
I also agree with the PP, that if nothing has worked it's time to see a doctor. There could be something medical causing your dandruff.
Good Luck to you.
Zincon shampoo. Wash hair with regular shampoo. Then massage into scalp the Zincon shampoo.
Let the Zincon soak in while you finish the bath. Put conditioner on the strands and ends of your hair (which is what you should be doing anyway) and rinse. Repeat daily. (08/08/2005)
My uncle had the worst dandruff in the world when he came to live with me. I read in a natures remedies column somewhere to use a vinegar rinse. After you wash hair, just put white vinegar in it and rub briskly with a towel. Do not rinse out. Just lightly saturate the hair, not drown yourself in it. It will not leave you smelling like a giant Easter egg either. (08/08/2005)
I've heard of using vinegar but use it in a spray bottle. Spray the scalp several minutes before shampooing. I think this would work after the shower if you wanted to spray it on your scalp instead of using a rinse. Either way, vinegar is a good, non-toxic way to go. (08/08/2005)
I thought I had dandruff or dry flaky scalp and tried every shampoo and home remedy I heard about. I finally went to see a dermatologist. She told me that my scalp was actually oily and that I had to rotate my shampoo, but not bottle to bottle but day to day. She told me not to use tea tree oil shampoo; since my scalp was oily, an oily shampoo was not what I needed. She put me on a schedule of four shampoos, each with a different main ingredient.
The shampoos are: Selsun Blue (selenium sulfide), Denorex (salicylic acid),T-Gel (coal tar extract) and Head and Shoulders (Pyrithione zinc). Generic store brands are OK as long as you are sure of the main ingredient. I bought a bottle of each and and labeled them 1, 2, 3, and 4. That way I don't have to worry about which one I need to use on a particular day. I bought the large bottles and it cost close to $30.00, but that was almost a year ago and I still have plenty left. Also, don't use conditioner on your scalp. This schedule has worked wonders for me. I noticed an improvement in less than a week. Good luck. (08/08/2005)
First determine if you have dry scalp or real dandruff. Real dandruff comes from within. Your scalp and probably your face, back, and chest produce excess oil. When it solidifies, it forms a crust on your scalp and when it comes away from your head, that's dandruff. Many of the remedies above will work, and additionally, Neutrogena T-Gel works great. But if your problem is severe and doesn't respond, see a doctor by all means. (08/08/2005)
Listerine in a spray bottle. Spray your scalp and let sit 5 minutes. Then shower as usual. Yes, you can shampoo. I find that real Listerine is the best, unless you can find a generic that has the same ingredients listed in the same order. Still cheaper than medicated shampoo. (08/09/2005)
By Fran Marie
We had that problem here. We use Head and Shoulders for Sensitive scalp. Comes in a blue/purple bottle. Hope this helps. (08/09/2005)
Nizoral works well. It is by prescription. You use it for a week, then once a week after that. (08/09/2005)
Try massaging your hair with Aloe Vera plants mucus. Amazing the results in a week's time. Its a typical Nagercoil Louisvalan Kannyakumari traditional culture. It is a proven one and it acts like a hair gel, too. (08/10/2005)
I use Denorex, and leave it in for 10 minutes. It helps a lot. I have bad dandruff. (08/15/2005)
My stylist told me to massage Sea Breeze astringent into my scalp before I washed it. Also try adding a little baking soda to your shampoo. (09/02/2005)
I had a bad dandruff problem or what I thought was dandruff. Well it turned out to be just a very bad case of dry scalp, so my dermatologist told me to change my shampoo to something less harsh ie., Sunsilk or even baby shampoo and to use Sea Breeze twice a week. She said to squirt it on to my scalp when I was done washing it and comb it through and leave it in. Oh my goodness, my scalp stopped itching and flaking on the 1st use. (02/22/2007)
Even I had similar problem. I was advised to use "Charma thailam", a medicated oil from Nagercoil, India. Presto, the problem vanished. Now my hair fall is arrested, bonus no dandruff. (06/13/2007)
By Reeta rajah
Use Head and Shoulders every 2-3 days or so and eventually after a short period of time it will stop. (11/04/2007)
Shower regularly and put on lime and olive oil 5 minutes before taking your shower. Don't forget to shower everyday. (12/15/2007)
Wet your hair first, use olive oil and pour it on your fingertips, rub the olive oil on the scalp where it itches or where you have dandruff then rise with water. Finally use any dandruff shampoo to wash your hair.
You will discover amazing results over a week. Also watch out of your eating habits. Avoid eating oily and fried food, get enough sleep (at least 8 hours a day), drink plenty of water. By following the steps above, your dandruff will be gone forever. Don't believe me, wait till you try it. (12/28/2007)
Oh forget to add on, please use lukewarm water to wash your hair. Avoid using hot water to wash your hair and rinse your hair till you feel it is clean. Please note do not use your fingernails to scrub your hair, use only your fingertips even when you go to a saloon ask the shampoo girl to use her fingertips to wash your hair. I hope this tips will help. (12/28/2007)
This worked on my flakes that "did not amuse":
It only took a few times with a couple of regular washings in between for me, it killed the fungus and that was several years ago. (I skipped the conditioner, don't know if that makes a difference in treatment). (10/03/2008)