1. Neem Oil (or Leaves) + Coconut Oil + Curry Leaves
Did you know that neem tree could survive even in harsh climatic conditions? Yes! Native to India, this tree has incredible health benefits. It has the power to heal many ailments – both internally and externally. Apart from curing hypertension, ulcer piles, diabetes, malaria, and skin problems, it is one of the best herbal remedies for dandruff and other hair problems too. Due to its antibacterial and anti-fungal effects, it has been used as one of the key ingredients in soaps, shampoos, and other organic cosmetic products. However, you should never use neem oil directly onto the hairs. You need to dilute it with something before applying. Though there are many essential oils you can mix it with; coconut oil is the best when it comes to dandruff.
Coconut oil has all the nourishing properties your hair requires. But make sure to use the purest form of it. 100% organic coconut oil not only moisturizes the hair from roots to tips but also tackles scalp dryness. Certain components of coconuts keep the hair healthy, protected, and nourished from premature aging effects like excess hair loss and baldness. You will be surprised to know that people have been using this oil since ancient times. Mostly, people living in the coastal regions use a lot, as they grow there in abundance. These places usually include Indian Subcontinents, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Burma, Malaysia, Philippines, and few parts of Caribbean.
Curry leaves, on the other hand, is another herbal ingredient to treat dandruff naturally. The medicinal properties of curry leaves are known since ages. Apart from enhancing the flavor of a food dish, it has been widely used in skin care and hair care products. When it comes to hair, these green leaves can stimulate them for better growth. While there be many leaves, you might be wondering why curry leaves in particular for hair? Well, they constitute a blend of vital nutrients that assist in better growth. Also, they strengthen the hair follicles, prevent hair thinning, and graying. Whether you are consuming in the form of food or applying topically, it benefits your hair in both ways. Hence, to try a remedy using these three ingredients, follow the steps given below:
- Neem powder – 1 teaspoon (or neem leaves – 5 to 10)
- Coconut oil – 2 tablespoons (depending on your hair length)
- Fresh curry leaves – 5 to 10
Method of Preparation:
- Step 1: Take all the above ingredients in a small pan (Let’s say Pan A).
- Step 2: Take another separate pan filled with water (Let’s say Pan B). Boil it.
- Step 3: Once boiled, take Pan B from the fire.
- Step 4: Follow the double boiler method. Place Pan A inside Pan B. Never heat the essential oils directly. All their essence evaporates.
- Step 5: Once the ingredients in Pan A warms, filter them and apply on your scalp.
- Step 6: Leave it for an hour or two before washing with a mild shampoo.
How Does This Work?
The reason Curry leaves are healthy for hair is due to the presence of proteins, beta-carotene, vitamin B, vitamin B6, vitamin C, phosphorus, calcium, and iron. All these are known to be hair vitamins too. Hence, they help in stimulating better growth, prevent premature graying, repair the damaged roots, rejuvenate the hair follicles, reduce hair fall, and strengthen the shafts.
The Remedy Is Not Good, If:
- You are consuming it orally. It is only for topical application.
- You are applying it on your skin. It is only meant for your hair and scalp.
Apart from the remedies listed above, follow a healthy hair care regimen. Clean your hair regularly as there are greater chances for dandruff to thrive in oily hair. Shampoo your hair regularly without excessively drying them.
- When there is an imbalance of the diet and lifestyle, you can experience symptoms of trouble.
- Skin enriching supplements like zinc, omega-3 fatty acids and skin-critical vitamins like B and E are essential to maintaining healthy skin.
- Avoid consuming excessively sugary and yeasty food products. Dandruff is known to be caused by a fungus in these unhealthy foods.
- Stress is an apex contributor of many illnesses. If you do not manage your stress well, you will leave opportunity for dandruff to intensify.
When To See A Doctor?
If you suffer from dandruff, and you have used home remedies as well as over-the-counter products for treatment, and you find no signs of improvement, then you need to see a dermatologist. This is to ensure if the condition is simply plain dandruff or something else. If you face bleeding in the scalp or loss of hair in regular intervals, then it is time to visit a doctor.
In the consultation with the dermatologist, you can be asked questions about the diet, hygiene or daily habits. Accordingly, you will be prescribed shampoos or medication as per the situation. Kindly check with the Doctor for the duration you may have to use this shampoo.
You must see the doctor within a week, if there is itchiness or have red spots on the scalp. The next condition you have to look for is the flaky skin around the eyebrows, behind the ears. This condition is known as seborrhoeic dermatitis. Kindly see the doctor, if other than dandruff, you find scaly skins around the face as this point to a condition known as psoriasis.
Natural Remedy vs. Pharmacy
In the case of extreme dandruff situation, it is better to use a prescribed medicated shampoo.
- There are a handful of active ingredients in the shampoo, if you find a particular type of shampoo is not working, then you can switch to another.
- If you are having dandruff caused by fungus infestation, you can take ketoconazole; an element found in the product called Nizoral.
- If you are using 1% ketoconazole, you will not need a prescription in the US; any greater than 1% will need to submit doctor’s prescription. However, in Canada up to 2% is relaxed for use.
The most favored anti-dandruff shampoos contain selenium sulfide and zinc pyrithione (cytostatic agents).