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Dandruff is a skin condition that appears on the skin on the top of the head and causes itching and dryness of the scalp. It is very common and anyone irrespective of age can experience it. However, it is more likely to occur in puberty and as a result of certain factors such as oily skin, stress, allergy, seasonal factors, or use of hair care products. Dandruff is not contagious or harmful but it can make you feel discomfort and embarrassed. In this post, we discussed how to treat dandruff at home in Nigeria and revealed 6 home remedies that have been used by a few Nigerians who have experienced and treated dandruff effectively.
Our Tips On How To Treat Dandruff At Home In Nigeria
1. Lemon + Cucumber
“I used two ingredients to get rid of my dandruff last year. These ingredients are lemon and cucumber. The first thing I did was to divide the lemon into two and then, look for a bowl. I juiced each of the divided lemons into the bowl and put it aside. The second step is for me to take the cucumber and divide it like I did with the lemon. After this, I used a grater, the one I normally use for okro to grate the cucumber into a bowl, then, I used a jaw to juice the cucumber well to make sure that the juice comes out of the cucumber.
This process is just like how I juiced the lemon but the difference is that a cucumber is not easy to juice without a grater. After juicing the cucumber, I mixed it with the lemon that I already had and poured it into a bottle spray. I divided my hair into sections and then sprayed the mixture in each part of the sections so that it would touch my scalp. After that, I wrapped my hair and left it for 1 hour before I washed off the ingredients.”
How we reviewed it:
Can Lemon and Cucumber Treat Dandruff?
Lemon is effective for dandruff because its natural acidity helps combat the root cause, an oily scalp, which contributes to the growth of the dandruff-triggering fungus, Malassezia globosa. Its antimicrobial properties also aid in preventing the conditions that promote fungal growth, making it convenient to treat dandruff at home naturally.
Cucumber is naturally beneficial to the scalp. A 2018 study confirmed that a gentle massage with cucumber juice can effectively rehydrate the scalp, strengthen the hair follicles, and contribute to a reduction in hair loss. However, promoters of home remedies believe that cucumber, when mixed with lemon juice can treat dandruff effectively.
2. Just Olive Oil
“I used a very simple method to treat my dandruff. I used olive oil without mixing it with any other ingredients like I have heard others do. All I did was get high-quality olive oil and section my hair into 6 parts to be able to apply the olive oil onto my scalp. After I massaged my scalp thoroughly with olive oil, I used a towel to wrap my head and waited for at least 2 hours. I did this twice every week and it worked very fine. This method was very cheap and simple for me to do.”
How we reviewed it:
Can Olive Oil Alone Treat Dandruff?
Olive oil is a natural moisturizer that may reduce dandruff by providing essential hydration to the scalp. Additionally, it has abundant antioxidants that support the maintenance of a healthy scalp. Perhaps if the dandruff is not severe, olive oil alone can treat it.
3. Fenugreek + Yogurt + Olive oil
“The kind of dandruff I had was very stubborn. It makes me feel horrible anytime I feel it. I tried several home remedies but none of them worked until I tried Fenugreek, yogurt, and olive oil. This one is very effective because it helped me get rid of my stubborn dandruff in just 2 days and 2 wash. Also, I have not experienced dandruff again since that day.
For anyone who would like to try it, begin by soaking Fenugreek overnight. Make sure it is soaked well, then grind it extremely fine with your blender. The next ingredient is a thick yogurt. Mix the thick yogurt with the ground fenugreek and lastly, add olive oil to the two. Make sure you whisk well till it becomes creamy. Then apply it on your scalp and wait for 1 hour.”
How we reviewed it:
Is Fenugreek Effective for Dandruff?
Fenugreek seeds can help to restrain the growth of the fungus responsible for dandruff. In other words, these seeds have the potential to cleanse your scalp of excess oil and deprive the fungus of its food source. Also, Fenugreek’s anti-inflammatory properties can provide relief from the itching sensation often associated with the condition.
Does Yogurt Remove Dandruff?
Yogurt is effective in treating dandruff when mixed with other ingredients such as lemon. Apart from the fact that it is a sweet food item, it also has many benefits for hair and the scalp if it is properly used.
However, this analysis shows that the mixture of Fenugreek, yogurt, and Olive oil can help to read dandruff at home.
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4. Lemon + Guava + Shampoo
“I got rid of dandruff by using lemon in 2 different ways. First, I got my lemons and squeezed the juice out of it into a tiny bowl. You can do this by using your hand or a cloth, just make sure the seeds of the lemon do not fall into the juice. The second step I did was to prepare guava leaves to get guava water. I purposely used guava leaves because lemon may dye the hair while guava leaves help to darken the hair. Then I looked for three bottles to fill three different compositions.
I filled the first bottle with some lemon juice, then filled up half of the bottle with guava water and filled the rest of the bottle with some shampoo. I filled the second bottle with the rest of the lemon juice and filled the last bottle with the rest of the guava water. So I had three bottles with different ingredients and I used the three for my hair.
I sectioned my hair, used the lemon bottle first, and made sure it reached my scalp. After some minutes, I used the first bottle of shampoo mixture to wash my hair and after I rinsed the shampoo, I added the guava water and added some oil. I repeated this process for 4 days and the dandruff was gone forever.”
How we reviewed it:
Can Lemon and Guava Leaves Treat Dandruff?
Guava leaves have antibacterial and antifungal properties that prevent the scalp from getting infected. They also contain Vitamin C, which makes hair roots stronger and reduces the risk of breakage. When mixed with lemon, these leaves can clear away dirt and dandruff around your hair follicles. Shampoos on the other hand when used routinely can also be used to control dandruff.
5. Just Lemon
“I used only Lemon to treat my dandruff. Although it went off between 2 to 3 weeks, it has never come back since then. All I did was extract the lemon juice by using a citrus juicer. I used the juice on my hair and made sure it reached my scalp, then, I left it for about 5 minutes and then washed it out. I did this 3 times every week repeatedly.”
How we reviewed it:
Can Lemon Alone Treat Dandruff?
Lemon alone can be effective for dandruff because its natural acidity helps combat the root cause, an oily scalp, which contributes to the growth of the dandruff-triggering fungus, Malassezia globosa.
FAQ On How to Treat Dandruff at Home
Can Dandruff be Treated Permanently?
According to some studies, dandruff can be managed and controlled effectively and even though some promoters of home remedies have proven to treat dandruff permanently, it may not be the case for everyone.
Does Dandruff Mean You are Dirty?
Dandruff can look irritating and embarrassing but having it is not connected to dirtiness and anyone can have it.
What is the Best Home Remedy Treatment for Dandruff?
The greatness of a home remedy depends on its effectiveness plus person to person.
In this post, we talked about how to treat dandruff at home in Nigeria and revealed the home remedies a few ladies in Nigeria did to remove dandruff in different ways.
We also reviewed each of these home remedies with our research and findings. These home remedies are inexpensive and effective and you can get any of the ingredients mentioned anywhere in Nigeria.
Now it is your turn to choose the home remedy that is most comfortable for you, try it, and come back to give us our thumbs up.